Assassin’s Creed Origins Unpirated After A Month

Assassin’s Creed Origins Unpirated After A Month
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Ubisoft is claiming a win in their war on pirates. A combination of a new release of Denuvo’s anti-tamper tech and VMProtect has so far stopped Assassin’s Creed Origins from being pirated on PC.

A new release of Denuvo is clawing back ground against pirates with several high-profile games – including Assassin’s Creed Origins, Injustice 2 and Star Wars Battlefront 2 – so far remaining uncracked.

Earlier versions of Denuvo were being cracked within days of new game releases. So far, games protect with the latest version of the anti-tamper software have remained uncracked.

Denuvo is intended to protect software from piracy during the “initial sales period” and it appears to be doing just that.

Ubisoft have taken additional steps and bolstered their anti-piracy measures for Assassin’s Creed Origins with VMProtect. There were rumours that these measures were causing performance issues for PC gamers, which Ubisoft dismissed in a statement to Gearnuke:

“We’re confirming that the anti-tamper solutions implemented in the Windows PC version of Assassin’s Creed Origins have no perceptible effect on game performance,” said Ubisoft in an official statement.

Whatever they’re doing, it’s working and it looks like pirates are going to have to pay up if they want to play Assassin’s Creed.



  • So no only did Ubi remind pirates that the annual AC shovelware is out, but taunted them as well.

    I foresee no upsurge in cracking attempts…

  • Denuvo is intended to protect software from piracy during the “initial sales period”

    If that’s the case then why do they almost never turn it off after the “initial sales period”? I’m all for paying for games, but let’s not forget that this DRM crap ultimately hurts the paying customer too, either through reduced/poor performance, bugs, or being locked out entirely for whatever reason.

  • … it also made the game unplayable for consumers who bought a legitimate copy.

    Dont pat yourself on the back saying it worked… when its unplayable.

  • I wouldn’t trust ubisoft or any other publisher when they say “drm doesn’t affect performance” because they most likely have tested on an developer pc without drm enabled.

  • You could also re-title the article to be: Copy bought and still unopened after a month.
    Same with my Scorpio – still all boxed up.

    • Not necessarily. People pirate games to demo them if the service doesn’t have a demo option. If they like it hopefully they buy it.

  • Huh? I thought the way you claimed a win against pirates was to focus on providing the best service possible to your paying customers and just not worrying about it too much. Isn’t that what GabeN said back in 2011?

    And despite 99.9% of games on their service being available from pirates, it doesn’t seem like the hypothetical lost sales have brought Valve to its knees just yet…

    And I mean, obviously literally nobody bought The Witcher 3 and it made 0 money despite the devs making it available 100% DRM-free on launch day…

  • Been playing this since launch and haven’t had any issues with it being ‘unplayable’. Game runs fine, as a paying customer I haven’t had my experience hurt in any way so far.

    Would be interested to know what percentage of people saying this game doesn’t work have actually installed it, or even have the minimum specs to play it.

  • I’ll take Denuvo over games not getting released \ being released 6-12 months late on PC.

    That being said, I actually support the idea of Denuvo (devs should ultimately get paid, especially if you actually have a system that can play AC:O in the first place).

    However, I am fearful that such DRM as it gets harder to crack may impact game preservation (and to a lesser extent, modability) in the longer term.

  • “We’re confirming that the anti-tamper solutions implemented in the Windows PC version of Assassin’s Creed Origins have no perceptible effect on game performance,” said Ubisoft in an official statement.

    Yeah. I call bollocks. My PC is constantly running at 100% capacity and Discord throws a hissy fit when AC:O is running.

    • Yeah I’ll buy Ubisoft’s statement if and when they give a non-DRM’d version to an independent third party to benchmark. Until then I call shenanigans.

    • By the same logic.

      I drove my cat to work today. The sun was out. Therefore I have a solar powered car.

      Just because AC:O causes your machine to run at 100% does not mean that the anti-tamper software is the cause. They may remove that software and the game could still have those issues, if could just be a badly optimised game.

      Or you could be right it could be Denuvo causing it, and Ubi could be lying through their teeth.

    • Mine is running fine, task manager not showing it running at 45% when I am just kicking around the game. I think your PC might have other problems.

      • Sorry, not showing it running at *over* 45% when I’m just idling around. It does max out when things get hectic, but that is true on most games.

    • i think its more likely no one wants to pirate it. I mean all you could play is a crappy short campaign and arcade mode. No real point in pirating the game.

  • You can’t win the war on pirates like you can’t win the war on drugs.
    The pirates will just get stronger and stronger.

  • Yeah right,

    All Ubisoft is doing is holding up a big sign saying “Please crack our games”

    Its like walking through the bad side of town and yelling “I have lots of money on me”

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