Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM is on the ropes this week. FIFA 18’s Denuvo copy protection has been blown open less than 24 hours after it launched. It’s become the second game this week to last less than a day as Total War: Warhammer II’s DRM crumbled in just 10 hours.
The general expectation from publishers is that DRM protection will be broken eventually, but the first few weeks are seen as the crucial period. This is where the lion’s share of sales are made. Anything less than this is a failure, and lasting less than a day renders Denuvo useless.
We may be experiencing the death throes of Denuvo in its current incarnation. Copy protection broken on the day of launch just isn’t worth it for any company involved. A lot of baggage comes with including Denuvo DRM in any game release, and it’s difficult to envisage it being an enticing proposition for publishers when it’s now demonstrably weak. They’re stuck between a rock and a hard place; eager to protect their games yet also putting off the large number of PC gamers that absolutely refuse to buy Denuvo titles.
At this stage there has to be some blowback. Denuo has been made redundant. Either publishers stop using it or Denuvo figures out ever more ingenious (and invasive) methods to prevent it being cracked so quickly again.
For FIFA 18 we’re hopeful that a patch is issued for legitimate owners that removes Denuvo. EA has previous for this, having removed Denuvo DRM from Mass Effect Andromeda shortly after it was broken. I'm not overly familiar with cracked games but it would also stand to reason the cracked version of FIFA 18 would be severely gimped. EA Sports' title hooks into a lot of online features for its game modes, so not having access to this could restrict a lot of the game's appeal.
Is Denuvo dying? Or will they come with stronger copy protection than ever before? Let us know your thoughts!