Denuvo DRM has been Patched out of Mass Effect Andromeda

Written by Jon Sutton on Tue, Jul 11, 2017 9:57 AM
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Tucked away inside Mass Effect Andromeda’s 1.09 patch, which arrived late last week, was the removal of the controversial Denuvo anti-tamper DRM technology. It obviously wasn’t included in the patch notes as BioWare probably doesn’t want to highlight Mass Effect Andromeda’s cracked status, but if you boot up the latest version of the game, it's now Denuvo-free.

That change doesn’t mean that Mass Effect Andromeda is totally DRM-free, however, with the usual Origin client DRM still applying.

The 1.09 patch for Mass Effect 4 also improved performance, stability, and the dodgy facial animations. For multiplayer fans, a new Platinum difficulty mode was added for co-op. You can see the full patch notes here.

Mass Effect Andromeda becomes the latest in a long line of games to subsequently have Denuvo patched out following the availability of game cracks. Rime, Syberia 3, 2Dark, Doom and The Climb have all had Denuvo patched out. The overall aim of Denuvo isn’t to be crack-proof (any software can theoretically be reverse engineered) but to hold out during the opening weeks and months of a game’s launch. The longer and more protracted the cracking process, the better for Denuvo, publishers and developers.

As I said in my piece on the rise and rise of Denuvo though, it appears as if Denuvo is here to stay, despite the speed of the cracks. More games than ever utilise it, and it’s become bigger news if a AAA doesn’t use Denuvo than if it does. “Through 2017, the use of Denuvo has been more popular than ever,” we wrote. “Now there is an average of one game every week using Denuvo, and if previous years have taught us anything then we can expect a sharper price during the back half of 2017.”

Are you willing to give Mass Effect Andromeda second chance now Denuvo has been removed?

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So that's happened and I was wondering why my game is running so smooth now, I got 15+fps now game is running with 45-fps on medium...

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Can we call it Renuvo or Remuvo now ? lol

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19:30 Jul-12-2017

It was about damn time.

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02:06 Jul-12-2017

+all upcoming singleplayer content were removed :/

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21:31 Jul-11-2017

I remember when we received demos to nearly all games back in the day. I had fun playing the Demos and then deciding to buy. Game sending us no demo's really takes away ones choice of try before buy.


Now they want us to buy buggy unfinished games. I know it takes a huge budget to build a AA or AAA title, I get that, but releasing a MESS makes it worse, and gamers never forget.

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17:16 Jul-12-2017

along with the Pre-order bonuses like OST and artwork.

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18:56 Jul-11-2017

Denuvo reminds me of an age were companies get super greedy with unfinished games with ton of DLC, microtransactions and DRM. Just make a clean game, it will sell and yes it will get pirated but most pirates will never buy games anyways.

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17:04 Jul-11-2017

Denugo (then you go).

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18:48 Jul-11-2017

I think you tried too hard xP.

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15:33 Jul-11-2017

So that's happened and I was wondering why my game is running so smooth now, I got 15+fps now game is running with 45-fps on medium...

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14:32 Jul-11-2017

honestly, i saw this one coming after the rumor that all dlc was cancelled.
Btw, out of the 65 games (if my math is right) that have not patched out denuvo, now 42 games are already cracked. Thats almost 75% already.
Also the majority of the 23 that arent cracked, are either EA games, online ones or indy games.

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14:34 Jul-11-2017

But all with all, i dont think the idea of denuvo is that bad. Its only fair that companies want to protect theyre products, its only the way how they force some stuff on to us. As for now, honestly, if they keep on using denuvo for theyre titles, then they are digging theyre on grave.
Its a matter of time, before all denuvo titles are already cracked by the time the games have theyre release.

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17:08 Jul-11-2017

The way I think it was a bad idea because the companies are paying denuvo to get the service which by now isn't foolproof. The pirates are not gonna buy the originals anyway. The regular customers will be pissed off because of the additional load.
A good game like say Counter Strike might be pirated by some. They liked the game and want to try the online mode. They will buy it. Apart from Fifa I don't exactly know which game had a demo.

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18:51 Jul-11-2017

It is fair to protect your game but no it isn't fair to harm every user. I know many legitimate users who started pirating (inc. me) because of this. Denuvo is a pain for benchmarking, switching RAM or BIOS updates. It's just too harmful.

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12:04 Jul-11-2017

Can we call it Renuvo or Remuvo now ? lol

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12:19 Jul-11-2017

remuvo is a good one imo

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11:10 Oct-16-2017

agreed , lel

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11:38 Jul-11-2017

Denuvo is just a joke at this point.

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10:54 Jul-11-2017

Meh, still a weak game

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10:13 Jul-11-2017

Denuvo isn't solution. Quality content and DEMO is what players want,most "pirates" download cracked games just because of lack of demos. It has been proven by many researches that most people who pirate games will actually buy games. Honestly it's way better to test game for free and if you like it support devs by buying it,2 hours refund option on steam is worthless for most games because 2 hours gameplay is not enough.

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10:38 Jul-11-2017

MEA is not on steam btw.

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10:54 Jul-11-2017

Even though i'd say most pirates wouldn't buy the games anyway, the loss of demos sure is a big part of it. I myself have become patient with buying games because one in two AAA games these days runs like **** and isn't worth my 60 bucks

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11:24 Jul-11-2017

I'd love to see that proof from researchers! Can you send me a link if you get a chance?

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11:35 Jul-11-2017

I can try to find it,I've read it long time ago also it was on czech website. Final result was "Children who pirated games are more likely to pay for their games in future."


Ps.: I send you link. It's not the same research I meant but it has similar results. ;)

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11:55 Jul-11-2017

Thanks for sending that over. Interesting data but hard to parse... ie they can give more than one reason as the total percentages are up in the 200% range. ie some are probably picking demo game + refuse to pay etc, so it's difficult to get exact answer from this.


Speaking from experience, I only ever pirated a game because I wanted to play and I didn't want to pay for it / couldn't afford it. I don't want to say it was the same for everyone, but I definitely never demoed a game, liked it and then bought it. I already it free, I'd done the illegal bit, now I wasn't going to pay for it.


For me, age is the main thing, or perhaps the rise of digital. When I was young I pirated quite a lot. Now I don't do any. Even with say $200 a year to spend on games I could buy an obscene number of games in sales, more than I could ever hope to play.

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12:19 Jul-11-2017

Your right Jon. Tell me how a 14 years old would pay for games without working or every time asking mom, dad or relatives for money in order to buy 60$$ games or less.

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13:09 Jul-11-2017

Have to agree with that pirating a game to test what its like and how it runs is why alot of us do it, ill buy the game if its all good

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13:21 Jul-11-2017

I doubt it, unless not all features are covered in the pirated game, which is less than 10% in most cases (except sinlge player games, that have some sort of multiplayer option, though I don't remember a game that was -70% about the single player and had a long lasting multiplayer to make the people buy it if it can be pirated).

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13:24 Jul-11-2017

I think the old Battlefront games, Evolve and probably Section 8 are good examples for this sort of games, where the singleplayer even with bots looks fun, but would be great to try it out with other people

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13:57 Jul-11-2017

You know that some cracked games have cracked multiplayer aswell right? Mostly new games for example Battlefield 4,Sniper Elite 4,Portal Knights,Dead Rising 4(source: crackwatch). Ofc not all games but at least some of them.

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13:49 Jul-11-2017

I pirated BF3 to see if it will work on my laptop. i5-520M, gt 330M 4 GB ram 1080p. It run great. The beta ran horrible for the laptop. If I pirate games that are games that I truly want to see how they work on my PC and if I like this game I buy it, if not I delete it and never see it again. But for Example TW3 pirated ran a lot beeetterr than the original version (purchased from GOG the GOTY)

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13:50 Jul-11-2017

In GOG TW3 was unplayable.. at least they gave back my money and I wasted them on some bad games cuz I was curious what I could get for 1$ games from G2A

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18:58 Jul-11-2017

Lie! Witcher 3 has no drm so there is no way GOG version could harm performance. It was something else on your side

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08:20 Jul-13-2017

Here we go again.... u cant handle the true about saying TW3 was unplayable for me?? Even if they dont i have problems with gog. Steam ia much better than them..I dunno why ppl praise gog so much.

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