Remedy Entertainment has thought up a creative way to expose players who nab Quantum Break without paying for it. Care to take a guess what it is? Here’s a hint: it has to do with eyes, and they’ve done this once before with the release of Alan Wake. Give up yet? Gamers who Pirate Quantum Break will be made to wear a Jolly Roger-bedecked eyepatch upon the left eye of the main character Jack Joyce.
Stealing Quantum Break isn’t the only way to be branded a buccaneer. An FAQ on Remedy’s community website states “Make sure you’ve logged into your Microsoft account before starting the game.” This would seem to indicate that the game’s DRM can be triggered even by legitimate copies. Let’s be honest, though: why would anyone not want that eyepatch? In fact, playing without logging in may be the only way, legitimately or otherwise, to obtain the item. According to research by Eurogamer, “We had a quick scout around… There are no cracked versions of the game floating around.”
Quantum Break was released for Xbox One and Windows 10 yesterday, April 5 for the standard AAA price of $60. It’s a third-person action-adventure shooter starring two main protagonists given different time-based abilities. Metacritic has given the game a 78/100 score from 71 reviews.
Matt Eschbach is a PC, Mac and Android indie game developer and fiction writer. His works have won multiple monetary awards from various contests. Graduating college in 2012 with a major in Game Design, Matt spends his time making stuff up and then building it. His favorite hobby… is sleeping.