Denuvo is a digital rights management (DRM) and anti-tamper software used to combat piracy. Today, most games on online distribution platforms like Steam and Epic Games use the software.
Unfortunately, the sentiment towards it is mostly negative because it affects game performance. Still, the software prolongs the time it takes to crack a game, so even if players do not like it, game developers do. Therefore, new games still use the technology despite the unfavorable feedback from gamers.
What Games Use Denuvo?
A lot of the September 2023 releases use Denuvo. The difference is how they announce that they use this technology. For example, Mortal Kombat 1 and EAFC 24 have made it public information for so long. Other developers like to keep it under wraps. Lies of P only made it public three days before release. The contrarian is Payday 3. Fans rejoiced when they announced that they removed Denuvo days before their release.
So, how does Denuvo affect game performance? According to Extreme Tech, it causes games to load longer and frames to drop lower than they should. Denuvo impairs CPU and storage. On release, these are big performance issues, especially for budget PCs. Players have to wait for a game patch before they can truly enjoy the game. The worst case scenario: players cannot play their games because of incompatibility.
Despite affecting the players’ experience, game developers stick to Denuvo as their go-to anti-tamper technology. Games usually have pirated copies about two weeks after release, some even on release day. However, with Denuvo, it can take up to three months before games get pirated. In particular, Assassin’s Creed: Origins took 99 days before it was pirated. If players want to play new games that have Denuvo, they have to pay for it.
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