The resulting backlash and technical problems with Uplay have resulted in a number of successful hacks and cracks of its systems that allow the player to bypass the system and play with the game disc. In March 2010, a security consultant named @w0lf was able to activate the game The Settlers 7 online without any added software by entering the game disc's serial number into the game's code, and then using a modified version of the game's installer to install the online authentication system and an update that lets the user play the game online. In July 2010 a video was posted online which demonstrated how to bypass Ubisoft's Uplay online authentication and play Assassin's Creed II online. Uplay was released for the Xbox 360 game console in November 2010. The Uplay platform does not support backwards compatibility with older game consoles, although the company said it may in the future. In February 2011, Ubisoft announced that Uplay would be available on all of its games. There are numerous reasons for the backlash against Uplay and the resulting desire for cracks of the system. It was released with versions of the game that had serious bugs, such as an inability to install patches. It was also announced that Uplay would launch with a mandatory connection requirement, with the requirement to connect to servers every 24 hours. The company also released the games that had been hacked to have the connection requirement earlier than those that needed to be connected to servers. It was announced that the game Assassin's Creed II would be the first to launch with the requirement that the player must connect to the Uplay servers and online servers every 24 hours. It was also announced that all subsequent games would launch with the requirement to connect to servers online, and that this would be the case for all games going forward. There have been two ways to bypass the Uplay requirement, one way is to crack the game that has the online requirements, the other way is by using the Uplay servers with the discs of the games. These servers are set up to allow people to play games online without any connection or connection required. Ubisoft has discontinued the Uplay program, and currently it is unclear how Uplay will be able to handle the back catalog of games that are still connected to the original servers and can't be relaunched without a server reboot.
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