A side effect of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands’ use of Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM is that those looking to benchmark CPU performance are finding themselves locked out of the game. Ubisoft’s open-world co-op shooter comes with its own in-game benchmarking tool, letting users see how their PCs stack up while playing Wildlands.
Unfortunately Denuvo, software designed to prevent game piracy, also has the unintended side effect of punishing those looking to test multiple systems. Denuvo blocks Ghost Recon Wildlands from running if it detects too many hardware changes, which is Denuvo’s method of ascertaining whether this copy of the game is being run on multiple systems.
While swapping out graphics cards for Ghost Recon Wildlands benchmarks seems to have little effect, once users swap out the CPU they may themselves locked out of Wildlands for 24 hours. Any CPU switch after this then results in a further 24-hour ban. As you can imagine this makes benchmarking several processors and extremely laborious process.
German website Gamestar discovered this, writing “The fact that no processors can be found in the technical table is due to the Denuvo copy protection: While the repeated exchange of graphics card is not a problem, access to the game after swapping too many different CPUs is temporarily blocked – test with several CPU models are extremely lengthy.”
While the number of users this could actually effect is absolutely minuscule, it does highlight the issues which can be caused by stricter and stricter DRM regulations. By all accounts Ghost Recon Wildlands doesn’t run great in the first place, and, besides Ubisoft, the finger of blame is also quick to be pointed at Denuvo. The unintended side effect is that without CPU benchmarks, it becomes much harder for PC gamers to understand how Ghost Recon Wildlands dodgy performance is affected by specific processors.