Talos Principle Pirates Stopped By Inescapable Elevator Included By Developers In Illegal Copies Of The Game

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated Dec 29, 2014 11:51 AM EST

We've been increasingly hearing stories about developers adopting in-game anti-piracy measures, often leaving out features or making impossible for those with illegally downloaded copies to progress.

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The studio behind The Talos Principle, Croteam, included a clever solution of its own in the puzzle game. At least one user on Steam's Forums reported a "bug" that leaves you eternally trapped in an elevator, which was seemingly done by the developers on purpose for cracked versions of the game.

A NeoGAF user posted a screenshot of the complaint, with others chiming in to remind us that Croteam pulled a similar trick with Serious Sam 3. In that case, an invincible scorpion enemy made it impossible to progress. An inescapable elevator may be less ridiculous, but it also sounds eminently more frustrating. Given that the game was acquired freely, nobody really has the right to complain in either case.

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In case you're unsure that this isn't actually piracy prevention and could actually be a bug, Croteam's Twitter account retweeted praise on the elevator trap from fellow development studio Devolver Digital. Well played, indeed. What will developers come up with next to bamboozle pirates?

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