The Evil Within 2 launches today on PC and it does not use Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM. It’s an odd thing that a AAA game not having Denuvo is news, but it is in this day and age.

To the best of my knowledge, The Evil Within 2 is the first Bethesda game since Fallout 4 in November 2015 to not use Denuvo. Dishonored 2, DOOM, Prey and Dishonored: Death of the Outsider have all been launched with Denuvo during the past year or so.

This change in tact comes after Denuvo’s DRM protection was blown open for a number of AAA titles during the past fortnight, in all cases being cracked in less than a day. Total War: Warhammer 2, Shadow of War and FIFA 18 all had their Denuvo encryption broken within 24 hours of their respective launches.

Bethesda’s bold move with The Evil Within 2 represents quite a momentous occasion for those who have rallied against Denuvo over the past few years. It now seems the controversial anti-piracy method is dead and buried in its current incarnation; we don’t expect TEW2 to be the only AAA title to forgo Denuvo protection this holiday season. What's quite surprising is how quickly Bethesda managed to opt out. The presumption was that Denuvo DRM is locked in months ahead of launch, and yet Bethesda looks to have reacted to current situation swiftly.

I would get ready for a shock over the coming year though. AAA giants aren’t the sort to just give up on copy protection. A new form will be back, stronger and more invasive than ever - the continuation of the escalating arms race between pirates and DRM measures.