Monster Hunter World's PC debut has been rough, with poor optimisation the biggest complaint. To top things off, the game wouldn't even start on Intel and AMD CPUs made before 2012/2013, thanks to the use of a newer processor instruction in the title's DRM.
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Denuvo’s notorious anti-piracy tech used to be seen as uncrackable. It held up against hackers’ best efforts for years, contorting itself into obtuse new shapes every time anybody broke through.
In 2016, a Bulgarian hacker calling himself Voksi came along with a breakthrough that revitalised the whole Denuvo cracking scene. He’s been a pillar of it ever since. Now he’s in deep trouble.
Anti-piracy protection software Denuvo is getting cracked faster and faster on more games, with certain games made free by hackers in as short as a week. Denuvo says that the protection is meant to protect games during "the initial sales window", but is that even the case any more?
A week after release, much of the discussion surrounding Rime isn't about the ruins or the mystery, but rather piracy. Players claim anti-piracy software slows the game down. Pirates say the newly cracked version of the game fixes that problem. Rime's producers seem unsure if DRM caused performance hits, but Denuvo itself denies there is a problem at all. It's a mess.
Rime, the indie game caught halfway between Ico and Journey, was released last week. With Denuvo DRM. Like a lot of games. But that made some players angry, and prompted the developer, Tequila Works, to state that once the Denuvo DRM is broken, which it eventually always is, the company will release a DRM-free version of the game.
Theft protection company Denuvo is not having a good week. First Resident Evil 7, which employs Denuvo's once-unassailable anti-tamper tech, was cracked in just five days. Now folks have discovered a bunch of unprotected content on the company's website, including what are reportedly emails from companies like Capcom and Google.
A couple of weeks ago, Playdead removed Denuvo's anti-piracy tech from the Steam version of Inside. They did so in typical Playdead fashion, which is to say without using words to explain any of it. Now id Software's done the same with DOOM. Sadly, they didn't make the announcement with heavy metal.
Denuvo, an advanced form of anti-piracy tech, withstood cracks for years. But 2016 may well be seen as the year it finally succumbed its opponent's advances in an age-old arms race.
Well, guess all that worrying was for nothing. Despite fears from the scene that Denuvo's famous "anti-tamper measures" were making it impossible to illegally share video games, it's emerged over the weekend that one of the industry's most stalwart defences against piracy has reportedly been cracked.
More than two months after release, it's still not possible to pirate Just Cause 3. The same is true for Rise of the Tomb Raider, released for PC in late January. Cracking computer games used to be measured in hours or days, but now, it's turning into weeks and months. The nature of piracy is changing in a big way.