Denuvo’s march to the grave continues unabated - Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is the latest to crumble to hackers within a day of its launch. Shadow of War’s Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM has already been busted wide open, becoming the third game in a fortnight to be cracked with just a day. The other two games were FIFA 18 and Total War: Warhammer 2.
I suspect this is particularly bad news for publisher Warner Bros because there’s not a lot of goodwill surrounding Shadow of War whatsoever. The combination of Denuvo, microtransactions, loot crates and content locked behind a paywall grind means it’s easy to see why some may be keen to source it through other means.
You have to think now that Denuvo’s deals with publishers are locked months in advance because there seems little point in bothering to use it at this stage. It wasn’t that long ago that hackers were close to declaring Denuvo uncrackable, made tricky by the manner in which it constantly re-encrypts itself. Now Denuvo DRM is well and truly cracked it’s got to be time to go back to the drawing board for Denuvo Software Solutions.
For AAA publishers going forward, they have to be looking at alternative solutions to protect their games. A common tactic is to intrinsically link online play with constant updates and live events, all of which require an active connection to the game’s servers. Don’t be surprised to see more games funnel down that always-online route, with any cracked version being a severely limited way of playing the game.
Where next for Denuvo? What tactics will publishers use next to prevent piracy? Let us know your thoughts!