Stop thief! It appears that a bunch of European crooks have pinched a delivery truck containing PC copies of Assassin's Creed III. And unluckily for gamers in Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, that truck was originally headed your way.
According to a report on Dutch industry website EB
), the vehicle contained practically every single copy of the game destined for those three countries. The theft took place on November 14.
Ubisoft has announced that the theft won't affect the PC launch, due this week, as copies can be sourced from elsewhere. If you took the time to pre-order the 'Join or Die' Edition of the game though, you may well be out of luck - those copies cannot be re-manufactured, and as such are likely to be gone forever.
If you're also unlucky enough to buy a copy of the game from a shifty-eyed dealer in a back alley, you won't get the chance to actually play the game. Ubisoft has passed on serial numbers and barcodes of all the stolen games to retailers, and the affected games have also been placed on an online authentication blacklist.