Deus Ex Human Revolution hackers sued by Square Enix

A group of Italians have become the targets in a lawsuit filed from game publisher Square Enix. The Patent Arcade web site reports that the company has accused the group of taking a development build of its upcoming cyberpunk themed action RPG Deus Ex Human Revolution and then leaking that build onto various Internet pirate web sites.

The preview build for the game was released to those pirate sites last May, before E3 2011. Square Enix stated that the 15 people named in the lawsuit got their hands on the preview build by accessing the server of an Italian gaming magazine called GMC. The magazine itself is not named nor blamed by Square Enix in its lawsuit as the server was accessed by an outside IP address. The company is seeking damages "in excess of $5000" from the defendants. Earlier this year the game's official web site was hacked with a number of email addresses taken as a result. The two events do not seem to be related.

Developed for the past several years by Eidos Montreal, Deus Ex Human Revolution will be the third game in the series (the first two were developed by the now defunct Ion Storm). The PC version of the game will have support for Valve's Steamworks as well as support for DirectX 11 graphical features. The system requirements for the PC port have already been released. The game is slated to be released for the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 platforms on on August 23.

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If it's being released in August I am pretty sure it would be better to wait and play the final product then a development build.. Some people are very impatient!

I've never understood the attraction of playing an unfinished game. But I guess you're right, some people are impatient and there are others who just want to brag that they played it before everyone else...

Intrinsica said,
I've never understood the attraction of playing an unfinished game. But I guess you're right, some people are impatient and there are others who just want to brag that they played it before everyone else...

Resident evil 1.5? Go look at how much people would pay just to play for that even 30 minutes - thousands. I've got some beta builds of old things, official originals are worth a lot of money to collectors, leaked things like this that everyone has isn't really worth much but things might change from this build to the final build that people preferred in the beta for example.
Obviously that doesn't mean I'm saying that it's good, legal or worth hacking to get a beta build, no, that's wrong. Same as when HL2's source code was leaked, not cool.

n_K said,

Resident evil 1.5? Go look at how much people would pay just to play for that even 30 minutes - thousands. I've got some beta builds of old things, official originals are worth a lot of money to collectors, leaked things like this that everyone has isn't really worth much but things might change from this build to the final build that people preferred in the beta for example.
Obviously that doesn't mean I'm saying that it's good, legal or worth hacking to get a beta build, no, that's wrong. Same as when HL2's source code was leaked, not cool.
Resident Evil 1.5? Is that RE2 before they scrapped the game and did a almost complete rewrite when 90% of the game was done? (Clare was just some random motocross biker chick?)

necrosis said,
Resident Evil 1.5? Is that RE2 before they scrapped the game and did a almost complete rewrite when 90% of the game was done? (Clare was just some random motocross biker chick?)

Yep that's it.

This beta leak did Square Enix a great service and they should be thankful, because they will be getting a lot of sales after people played it and loved it. Personally, I was very skeptical about this being a good game, but after playing about an hour of the leaked beta, I preordered. There is no better marketing.

DerpDerp said,
This beta leak did Square Enix a great service and they should be thankful, because they will be getting a lot of sales after people played it and loved it. Personally, I was very skeptical about this being a good game, but after playing about an hour of the leaked beta, I preordered. There is no better marketing.

The company is seeking damages "in excess of $5000"

If they weren't considering a service i'm quite sure they would've added a couple of zeros to that number

DerpDerp said,
This beta leak did Square Enix a great service and they should be thankful, because they will be getting a lot of sales after people played it and loved it. Personally, I was very skeptical about this being a good game, but after playing about an hour of the leaked beta, I preordered. There is no better marketing.

Apt nick there...there will be finished demo's available and people won't blow it off because certain things are not finished and don't play well/right. They can play the official demo and see what the finished game will be like.

The Regal Wind said,
Be right back, reinstalling Deus Ex.

(Because somebody had to mention it)

Except you don't install it as the leak was for the 360

BeLGaRaTh said,
Except you don't install it as the leak was for the 360

Took all of 5 seconds to find the leaked PC version. Not that I'm condoning downloading it.. loved the first, waiting for the retail to buy it myself.

he's talking about the original game that was a time prison... now i'm off to install it too... damn interwebs...

The Regal Wind said,
Be right back, reinstalling Deus Ex.

(Because somebody had to mention it)

As long as it is the first and not Invisible War. The war was "Invisible" under all the loading screens.

cralias said,
Because suing some guys totally solves the hacking problem...

I was thinking that too. How about they sue the game mag GMC for lack of security around a pre-release game.
Saying that tho, after the 'leak' and it got some public game play to drum up excitment about the release, bringing in hackers that is also in the public eye to drum up yet more free PR about the game is a good move, even more so when they place blame on a magazine for the leak.

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