- Thu Jul 31, 2014 9:22 pm
I heard about the unofficial patch but did not trust it. I've run the game in nothing but stock since I got it. I only used the universal launcher because I discovered it by accident, it allowed the game to start up near instant, and I did not have to start steam beforehand in order to run it. It also allowed me to play offline when the servers were down or on the fritz. Pretty much it. I didn't take an interest in modifying paint jobs on unpaintable cars, tuning Ferraris and the bikes to level 4, etc. I was happy with the game as it was.
As to the rest...No dice.
On the fresh character and account if I attempt to purchase any of the DLC cars, the bikes, etc. it says content is not available. I cannot even get into the casino. In addition, that blip that indicates you're near an undiscovered wreck is gone as well.
Some further searching got me to some threads on the steam community forums from people with the same issue. A few posters theorized that the links in game are borked and its no longer possible to buy the DLC in game. I'm skeptical about this because I did get on the game in march, april, and may of this year and I distinctly remember I unlocked then bought the Jaguar DLC car and the flared black mercedes and had no issues. There was no issue for me until I logged on yesterday and I got nuked with the "DLC vehicle hack detected" and all of my DLC was converted to pink mustangs. If you'd like , I can forward my email receipts for everything to you privately via email and you can see it for yourself.
I just now got finished installing and running the game off a separate hard drive and OS (My backup hard drive that I normally keep physically disconnected from my computer. Cryptolocker is scary.) and it was the exact same issue. I don't know if this is how they ban accounts or what, I had no problems getting online and interacting with other people in the game , its just that I no longer have access to ANY of the DLC content.
Right now I have a couple of possibilities I've come up with. The first one being that its an issue with the servers. If so, then others would have noticed by now, even players on these forums, and would have posted something. It still does not explain the DLC vehicle hack detected message though.
The second possibility is that I've received some sort of ban and it's tied to my product key, which explains why making a new account did not work either. The ban would have been tied to my product key, not my IP or account. I am unwilling to spend 20 dollars for another copy of the game though, then another 20 or so to repurchase all the dlc. I'd rather put that money towards the purchase of The Crew. (Read your write up btw. Convinced me to go pre order the "Muscle edition" from a local gamestop.)
The thing that frustrates me most is not the ruination of my save, the loss of DLC access (Corvette ZR1 was my favorite car to drive) ... I'm mainly frustrated with the fact that I cannot nail down a cause nor a solution to the issue. It just bugs the heck out of me.
Atari's customer support number, the one I found anyway, is no longer in service. I posted the response to the help request I submitted as well. I was aware of eden closing (and its recent resurgence, hooray !) and Atari's chapter 11 misadventures , so I wasn't expecting much help from them anyway.
What I was hoping for in posting this that someone here has had the same issue I have right now and has found a cause and solution or at least a solution. I know others have had this issue before but I've found very few forum postings about it and even then no cause or solution was posted other than using a backup save, which in my case does not fix the problem.
The more I think about it the more I suspect I received some sort of DLC ban tied to my product key. Some sort of automated ban. Maybe due to the conditions of the servers connectivity, it could not identify that I purchased the DLC and so saw it as a "hack" and automatically banned my key from accessing any of it.
Been playing the game since may 2012 with no issues. First time I've had a problem like this.