Total War: Warhammer 2's Denuvo DRM Cracked in Under 24 Hours, New World Record

Written by Neil Soutter on Fri, Sep 29, 2017 12:59 PM
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Creative Assembly and Sega are now the owners of a rather dubious world record - Total War: Warhammer 2 fastest cracked Denuvo title ever. The ambitious strategy sequel set in Games Workshop’s Warhammer Fantasy universe launched yesterday on PC, and yet within 24 hours it’s already been busted open by crackers.

This is nothing less than disastrous for Total War: Warhammer II, leaving Creative Assembly open on all sides. Not only has the copy protection not lasted the crucial few weeks after launch, but legal copies of Total War: Warhammer 2 are still burdened with the much-derided Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM that’s serving zero purpose. The Denuvo-free version of Total Warhammer 2 is now probably available on hundreds of torrent sites around the world. I’m sure this will somehow help its sales though, using the mental gymnastics which have been applied to an EU study on piracy that was recently unearthed.

Regardless, Total War: Warhammer II is now comfortably the fastest Denuvo game to be cracked, beating the previous record-holder Tekken 7, which held out for all of four days. Resident Evil 7 and Rime share the third place on the podium - their copy protecting crumbling in five days.

The big question now is how is Creative Assembly or, more likely,  publisher Sega going to react. It seems kind of redundant to leave Denuvo in there now that TW: Warhammer 2’s been cracked, so hopefully a patch will be along shortly to remove it. That’s not always how it works but now Denuvo is only harming sales rather than attempting to improve them.

How have you held out from buying Total War: Warhammer 2 due to the use of Denuvo? Would you buy it if Denuvo was patched out? Let us know!

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17:45 Oct-01-2017

Would really suck spending all that time on a game, and it just gets pirated. I guess people who pirate the game don't have the money to buy it anyway. There is a possibility that a percentage of the people who pirate the game, will end up liking the game, and then buy it.

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21:28 Oct-05-2017

Denuvo will affect Game performance and FPS, basically Ruining some optimization to a cretin degree

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14:14 Sep-30-2017

Denuvo was always harming sales.

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01:21 Sep-30-2017

FIFA 18 Cracked so it's official Denuvo is dead

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01:24 Sep-30-2017

Yet Publishers will still keep pointlessly putting it in their games.

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01:30 Sep-30-2017

i don't think Publishers will keep using a DRM that can be cracked 24 hours after release

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17:37 Sep-30-2017

Just watch them.

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01:02 Sep-30-2017

now might be a good time to do those denuvo vs no-denuvo benchmarks, before all the optimization patches. i'm not encouraging piracy, but if you do it, do it at your own risk.

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00:04 Sep-30-2017

well now it's time to FINISH HIM i mean IT :D

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21:55 Sep-29-2017

Denuvo is a plague to gaming and those that are still delusional about what denuvo really is... well they be like patrick the star lol


For me personally, im glad i did not fell for this scam and realized it when i got DA:Inquisition... it was my 1st and last denuvo infested game.


R.I.H. Denuvo 2014-2018 :D

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19:13 Sep-29-2017

It amazes me that in this neverending battle developers still hadn't figured out that the only way a product will sell if it's top quality. No matter what sort of protection they come up with, it will eventually fail just like any other.

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19:10 Sep-29-2017

Just like all previuos "uncrackable" protections, Denuvo bit the dust and we are now at square 1 when games get cracked day 1.

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18:50 Sep-29-2017

YEEEEES!!!..... YEEEEES!!!.... YEES!!! YES!!! YES!!! YES!!! YES!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esCvMOMAFf0
Denuvo Just got kick by the Crackers! AHAHAHAHAHA!!

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17:37 Sep-29-2017

hahahahahahaha.


Ha.

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16:52 Sep-29-2017

Great job! F*ck denuvo!


Sincerely,
Legit Customer

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16:51 Sep-29-2017

I payed for my Rise of the tomb raider and yet its been cracked twice now and devs still use denuvo on that game, same has gone for many other games, the devs are stupid and they only hurt the legit buyers, if anything denuvo will make more people pirate

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16:07 Sep-29-2017

The only thing DRM does now is make the experience worse for the people who have legitimately purchaced the game. I understand the need for protection against piracy but this is clearly not the way.

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15:56 Sep-29-2017

top kek

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15:40 Sep-29-2017

When you thought your game was protected. But its not.

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15:14 Sep-29-2017

Since Denuvo is being cracked so much faster now, I wonder if devs will realize it's a waste of time. When it took a week or longer, I could understand the mentality of keeping it. Most sales for AAA games come in the first week, and if it takes a week to crack, then it did its job. But if Denuvo is being cracked in 24 hours, that's going to start raising some questions on the its merit. Because I imagine it's not a cheap service to use, and it always carries criticism from fans. So maybe this is the beginning of the end for Denuvo.

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15:12 Sep-29-2017

Dunevo has been praised way too much when it first appeared. It was just a matter of time before people figured out how it works and started finding ways around it. And that's exactly what is happening now. So much for the "uncrackable DRM"...


**I do not support piracy. Above is just my opinion on the subject

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14:53 Sep-29-2017

I wonder will Denuvo staff get good retirement packages???

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13:47 Sep-29-2017

Developers should have learned this since the first Denuvo crack. If you can crack it find something new. They never learn.

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13:19 Sep-29-2017

It's more like DEADNUVO now !!!

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