Is Denuvo Dead? FIFA 18 Latest Game to be Cracked in Under a Day

Written by Jon Sutton on Mon, Oct 2, 2017 5:48 PM
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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!

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20:23 Oct-05-2017

well theres nothing done that cant be undone!

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20:47 Oct-05-2017

except for existence.

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09:08 Oct-09-2017

And time.

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18:36 Oct-09-2017

Einstein's the theory of relativity says otherwise and it's proven. How do you think your GPS is accurate? ;)

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04:54 Oct-10-2017

Physics... I always hated Physics.
You win.

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11:36 Oct-10-2017

Physics are fun IMO, but calculating them is annoying as hell :D

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05:11 Oct-05-2017

Last time anyone said "Or will they come with stronger copy protection than ever before?", the "they" ceased to exist. Look at SecuROM. It ceased to exist by 2016. Poof. Gone.

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10:11 Oct-04-2017

Denuvo should've never existed in the first place.

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17:58 Oct-03-2017

no need for denuvo in PC gaming they just have to make games that are played MP only so crackers can't do a thing about it xD

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22:15 Oct-03-2017

true

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09:26 Oct-04-2017

Not true.
Games were started as an SP enterprise and majority of real gamers would pick a strong narrative over graphics, gameplay and other mechanics any day.


MP is fine and should be there for those who like it but not all of us prefer mundane, watered-down, repetitive games similar to mobile game but just with a prettier coat of paint.


Thank You and Have A Nice Day!

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20:52 Oct-05-2017

Not true, the VERY FIRST video game is multiplayer, I think it was called tennis for two or something like that. Still I much prefer singleplayer games to multiplayer games.


Gameplay and mechanics > Level design > Content > Story > World Design > Sound > replayability > Challenge > Graphics are my priorities for a game. :)

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17:02 Oct-09-2017

Exactly. Mechanics were always the core of games, and it's what makes it different than other art forms. Your downvoters know little about video game history.

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18:41 Oct-09-2017

I had down voters here?


Well to the cowards that downvote and never leave a comment why, all I have to say is... wrasm Sassa frassa rassa massa
Sanna fanna rassin cassin rassin dassan Sassafrassarassum Ratsa kassam rassem fearsom Rassin cassin wassin dassin.
(whoever catches this reference, I applaud you and would like to give you a cookie)

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20:21 Oct-05-2017

what is needed is...no theres nothing that there is to do, what man did, another man can undo

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13:57 Oct-03-2017

good games are needed,,, denuvo is not !!!!!!!!!!!

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12:21 Oct-03-2017

Honestly I think more people are buying games on PC today than ever before, and all Denuvo is doing is inconveniencing people who are actually paying for the game.


People who pirate either do so with the intention of buying the game if it's good (before Steam refunds) or they don't have any intention of buying the game regardless. So they aren't really losing a sale there

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13:56 Oct-03-2017

absolutely

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05:12 Oct-05-2017

The EU recently made a survey that 27% of games are sold in the EU thanks to piracy, effectively proving that piracy does help boost sales.

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20:54 Oct-05-2017

Not exactly, percentage-wise PC was most popular in the 90s to early 2000s, which is why it's referred to as the PC golden era. Keep in mind that 95%+ of PC gamers are in 20 games(0.1% of games) and that the rest less than 5% are in 99.9% of the games available on PC... so yeah...

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11:34 Oct-03-2017

In other news, EU Commission's report has shown that piracy actually increases sales of games.


This is not me promoting piracy. I don't promote it and I won't. It's just an interesting thing next to these news.

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12:19 Oct-03-2017

This keeps coming up - the report was inconclusive, yet it's now being widely spread as factual. The margin of error was +-45%! It's impossible to come to a conclusion.

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21:10 Oct-03-2017

I only skimmed through the document considering it's around 300 pages of tables and technical data, but I wasn't able to find anything that mentions the actual error margin number, though I did read a piece of text that says it's relatively large.

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21:11 Oct-03-2017

It's something to be taken with a grain of salt, I agree, though I still believe that piracy does not hurt games as much as publishers want you to believe they do.

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11:02 Oct-03-2017

and folks this is why we pc gamers don't get nice exclusives like consoles

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11:37 Oct-03-2017

Nah. PC doesn't get many exclusives because PC is not a closed market as consoles are. It's harder to control and harder to manipulate, so they don't bother. No one also stands to profit from exclusives on PC, so doing so is a waste.

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14:41 Oct-03-2017

Exclusives are made to sell Consoles. Nobody makes games to sell PC's. FYI there are thousands of games made just for pc only.

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09:35 Oct-04-2017

yup, we don´t have exclusive games on the pc, we get entire genres exclusive to the pc :)

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05:14 Oct-05-2017

PCs have more exclusives than all the consoles combined.


Also, saying that third-person action-adventure shooters with stealth elements exclusive to consoles is better than anything on PC is subjective. Rags or Top Hats much?

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20:24 Oct-05-2017

you dont make a pc to sell a game, you make a game to sell a console

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00:21 Oct-08-2017

And without that game, the console is obsolete. But why not PCs? Because they have better jobs to do anyway. Gaming is not the only thing they excel at. I mean, Xbox Exclusives are dead now. And PS Exclusive games can be played with PS Now.

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10:06 Oct-03-2017

R.I.P FU**NUVO
hope it wont return :) !

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10:03 Oct-03-2017

Denuvo in 2015...Gold Standard in DRM
Denuvo in 2017...Gold Standard in 'Cracked under 24 Hours!'

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09:26 Oct-03-2017

Denuvo is pretty much dead. Unless they completely change their protection and improve it, the games will get cracked faster and faster.

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10:45 Oct-03-2017

They already tried improving it, this is 4.6 version of denuvo, atleast that's what the crackers say.

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07:54 Oct-03-2017

you would think that all the games that has had the Denuvo protection cracked, They would rethink and remove it entirely

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05:31 Oct-03-2017

I was so surprised when i saw that, normally fifa was cracked in the latest years in like 6-8 months or so. Dont know what happend, but Denuvo need to seriously up their game, or bail out.

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22:14 Oct-02-2017

FIFA 18 really isn't what FIFA used to be. I used to love FIFA games, now i'm at the point where i see a new FIFA coming out and i just couldn't care less. They are just milking the game for all it's worth. Another game that has fallen to corporate greed sadly.

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22:29 Oct-02-2017

Problem is that they release a new game every year and then it gets quite dull after a time. Same with NBA 2k once you played it for a certain time it will get quite boring over the years and I could care less as well.

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06:22 Oct-03-2017

they make fifa every year because there is transfer window in the real football. They put the new players in new teams. Maybe they add some new teams too. Improving graphics, gameplay, fixing bugs from past games...

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09:21 Oct-03-2017

Lol mm ....modders put more changes into the game than ea sports puts into next fifa iteration ...ea reached the point of laziness where they have to make the game worse this season in order to sell the next one as an improvement lol clowns

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11:41 Oct-03-2017

But you can literally do that yourself in the game. It could also be easily done with a simple update or a patch.
I've also not seen substantial improvements to graphics and gameplay in a while in FIFA.
It's just the way they started it and the way it stuck, and they're never going to complain about selling practically the same game every year for full price.

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22:29 Oct-02-2017

sorry man, i don't like fifa and any other soccer game, but it's simulative and it always get more similar to reality... i think it's improving, you can't say they're milking everything they can out of it, it's the same game since the first one, just with improved fidelity.

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21:01 Oct-02-2017

INSERT DEADNUVO JOKE HERE

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05:15 Oct-05-2017

Too old. Try Denuvo anal rape brazzers.

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20:51 Oct-02-2017

get rekt denuvo

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20:33 Oct-02-2017

game has been cracked

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19:19 Oct-02-2017

Yup it seems pretty dead already but it will bleed out for a few more games I think.

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19:03 Oct-02-2017

FIFA 18 will sell good on PS4 they don't care so much for the PC.

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19:29 Oct-02-2017

They do. If not, then FIFA would be a console exclusive game.

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20:04 Oct-02-2017

people who like fifa will buy it, cause otherwise you can't access to the ultimate team, the only reason to consider buying this game. others like me who just play a match with friends will be pleased by this :)

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18:44 Oct-02-2017

They should use condoms instead, that kind on protection never fail (well, almost). Anyway, this game sucks balls, EA really deserves it.

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