Denuvo is an anti-piracy solution (DRM) that game developers can add to their games. Players have been angry about Denuvo for years and apparently for a good reason: Denuvo slows down the games after recent testing.
What is Denuvo?
Denuvo is a Digital Rights Management (DRM) solution for game developers. You can license Denuvo and integrate it into your PC games. In this case, the Denuvo software provides protection against piracy. It's designed to make it harder for people to "crack" games and distribute them for free. According to Denuvo, "it stops reverse engineering and debugging" to crack a game.
No anti-piracy solution is perfect, but Denuvo promises the "longest crack-free release window". In other words, the developers of games are it. I hope their games will not be cracked for a while, and force the people who otherwise would stalk the game to buy it if they want to play the game without waiting.
Denuvo is not additional software that is installed on your computer computer, and you will not see it in your list of installed software. In a game using Denuvo, Denuvo's anti-piracy software is integrated into the code. When the game runs, Denuvo runs as part of the game. Anyone who wants to crack a game must avoid Denuvo protection, which makes this process more difficult.
Impairing Game Performance
Fair-minded gamers should have game developers make money when they sell their games. but that is not the point. As is often the case with anti-piracy solutions, gamers have long objected that Denuvo creates problems for legitimate, paying customers.
Denuvo claims this is nonsense. Denuvo's official website states: "Anti-Tamper has no noticeable impact on gaming performance and is not to blame for a crash of the real executable files."
The opposite, however, speaks for it. The director of TEKKEN 7 accused Denuvos DRM for performance issues in the PC version of the game, for example ̵
It's clear why players do not like Denuvo. But game developers are continuing to do so because it slows down cracker and makes piracy harder – sometimes.
You can see how long it took to crack the Denuvo games. Some games, such as DOOM were cracked on the day of release. Some, such as Sonic Mania were cracked a week after the release. But Denuvo seems to be taking a lot of time for some games – Assassin's Creed: Origins was not cracked for 99 days.
That's a pretty big deal for game developers. This means that players had to buy the game if they wanted to play it within the first three months, which theoretically generates more revenue.
Denuvo's website is proud to have attributed a quote to Square Enix: People need to buy the game.
Although Denuvo causes problems for legitimate players, it's easy to see why game developers choose their games. Fortunately, some – but not even most – developers are so nice to mend Denuvo later. It is quite unnecessary after the game has already been cracked.
Players do not like Denuvo, but game developers do
At best, Denuvo would not do anything for you if you were a player who legitimately bought the game. In the worst case, Denuvo causes performance issues, meaning you need a more expensive graphics card and a faster CPU to play the latest games. It worsens the experience for paying customers. People with lower-end hardware take the brunt of the damage, as higher-end gaming PCs can solve the problem and yet provide a very playable performance.
Suppose that Denuvo is right and that Denuvo itself is not a problem. This means that game developers often cause problems when adding Denuvo to their games. Maybe the problem is that game developers do not understand Denuvo properly. In both cases, however, this is a worse experience for gamers.
Unfortunately, it does not look like game developers will not use Denuvo any time soon. Apart from a serious boycott of games like Denuvo – something that appears in the occasional negative Steam rating but does not look like a threat that game developers are worried about – game developers believe they make more money by including Denuvo May be right.
Hopefully, a future version of Denuvo or another competing anti-piracy program can achieve the same developer goals while saving resources.
Not everyone uses Denuvo
Of course, some game developers go the other way. CD Projekt Red does not use anti-piracy software in The Witcher 3 at all. Everyone can download and play them. As the co-founder of CD Project Red and GOG says:
The piracy factor was irrelevant because we can not force people to buy things. We can only convince them of this. We absolutely believe in the carrot, not the stick.
Unless many other game developers adopt the same attitude, Denuvo and similar solutions will take a long time to come. But hopefully they will get better. If such software is required, players should at least expect better speed than Denuvo.
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