Here's how Quantum Break deals with pirates

April 6, 2016 by Kris Ligman

Rather than ban players it suspects of stealing the game, Remedy Entertainment's decided to 'mark' pirates for the world to see.

In Pirates of the Caribbean, Jack Sparrow's obviously piratical nature is confirmed when another character reveals a branded 'P' on his wrist. Historically, branding pirates is a thing that may or may not have happened, but Quantum Break developer Remedy Entertainment has gone with something similar to confront players it believes are using an ill-gotten copy of the game.

Suspected pirates may find that when they load up or restart the game, their character will sport a black eyepatch, complete with skull-and-crossbones motif. Reports indicate this is limited to the PC version of Quantum Break, and it can also be triggered accidentally with a legitimate copy, if the player logs out of the Windows 10 store before loading the game.

Remedy slyly acknowledges the eyepatch in its Windows 10 FAQ, though it doesn't go so far as to suggest its customers are thieves or anything. Rather, the FAQ suggests that downloadable content may have "accidentally triggered" the eyepatch and that players should restart the game while logged in to the Windows 10 store. A previous version of the FAQ as reported by Eurogamer encourages the be-eyepatched to "eat a lot of vitamin C" as well.

The studio did something similar with pirates of its previous game, Alan Wake.  Other games have outed pirates and cheaters in some creative, silly ways, such as Game Dev Tycoon. If you play a stolen copy of that game, your fictional development studio's profits start to dwindle, and you receive an in-game message that pirates are undercutting your business.

I'm not so sure the eyepatch has the desired effect in games like Alan Wake or Quantum Break, though. If anything, it just makes your character look more badass.

(h/t Eurogamer. Image source: disastorm.)

Kris Ligman is the News Editor for ZAM. A self-professed aficionado of eyepatches for both medical and aesthetic purposes, you can bother them on Twitter @KrisLigman.