Middle-Earth: Shadow of War's Denuvo DRM Cracked in Under a Day

Written by Neil Soutter on Thu, Oct 12, 2017 11:40 AM
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Denuvo’s march to the grave continues unabated - Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is the latest to crumble to hackers within a day of its launch. Shadow of War’s Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM has already been busted wide open, becoming the third game in a fortnight to be cracked with just a day. The other two games were FIFA 18 and Total War: Warhammer 2.

I suspect this is particularly bad news for publisher Warner Bros because there’s not a lot of goodwill surrounding Shadow of War whatsoever. The combination of Denuvo, microtransactions, loot crates and content locked behind a paywall grind means it’s easy to see why some may be keen to source it through other means.

You have to think now that Denuvo’s deals with publishers are locked months in advance because there seems little point in bothering to use it at this stage. It wasn’t that long ago that hackers were close to declaring Denuvo uncrackable, made tricky by the manner in which it constantly re-encrypts itself. Now Denuvo DRM is well and truly cracked it’s got to be time to go back to the drawing board for Denuvo Software Solutions.

For AAA publishers going forward, they have to be looking at alternative solutions to protect their games. A common tactic is to intrinsically link online play with constant updates and live events, all of which require an active connection to the game’s servers. Don’t be surprised to see more games funnel down that always-online route, with any cracked version being a severely limited way of playing the game.

Where next for Denuvo? What tactics will publishers use next to prevent piracy? Let us know your thoughts!

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07:59 Oct-17-2017

WB be like: "Now we've learnt where to put our next 100,00 EUR into; NOT IN DENUVO!"

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01:34 Oct-17-2017

My PC system can't handle this game. I saw people played the game 1080p - i7 Coffee Lake - GTX 1080Ti in Max Settings, only 80FPS average.

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09:31 Oct-17-2017

i play on 1080p everything maxed out with + 110mhz on core and 120mhz on vram and get a stady 60/65 fps without dips

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11:46 Oct-17-2017

that's really weird given the minimum specs
if my system gives a steady 70 fps on ultra (textures high and blur off) then there's no reason why you shouldn't be able to do low medium comfortably
whats your fps anyway ?

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12:05 Oct-17-2017

if you see, setting textures to high, kinda reduces by half the amount of needed vram. also i have installed the HD texture pack and my fps are, as said above, in the 65's

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12:10 Oct-17-2017

i was talking to the OP not you man :/

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10:09 Oct-16-2017

Why is there no article on here about how baddass this game is? Just standard denovo crack announcement and a performance report. Where is the review?

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11:31 Oct-16-2017

When someone tells you "this is the greatest game ever... also, the game can be downloaded for free...but you should probably pay for it", it sounds like they are giving you a green light to go pirate it xD I'd guess it would not look good for GD if they promote pirated games (which is kind of what they are doing with these articles xD)

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12:50 Oct-16-2017

you can get a car for free, but just like getting a game for "free" it's a crime and it's illegal, why do people need someone to screw them up(police or any other similar force), NOT to steal?

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13:51 Oct-16-2017

In regards to torrents / digital information, isn't the uploader (main seeder) the guilty one actually? I mean, if you downloaded, but do not share it to others, should you be the main target?

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17:10 Oct-16-2017

don't try to excuse yourself... if knowingly you get a stolen car from a stolen car dealer, you are still guilty.

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00:33 Oct-17-2017

on gd, we do not promote pirating software in any form for any reason.
this article isnt telling you go go out and steal it, it's telling you that what gamers perceive as a problem is slowly becoming irrelevant because of how fast its being cracked.

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09:35 Oct-17-2017

@Darknatexs is right, this is just an information article, which is on point with the most argued game protection software. it's not that they're promoting piracy. if you get that message, read the article again.

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01:25 Oct-16-2017

Good news. But I already bought the game, because I love it. Not as good as TW3 but it give me hours of entertainment.

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16:18 Oct-15-2017

meanwhile i still cant get over the awesomeness of the


"Run to your master and tell him this :
I...COME...FOR...HIM "


scene


the chills _

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21:29 Oct-14-2017

As Captain Slow would say... "good news"!

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18:28 Oct-14-2017

Press F to pay Respect!.

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14:29 Oct-14-2017

What's the fu**ing point to pay denuvo milions of dollars for nothing,no logic for me!!

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17:44 Oct-14-2017

Maybe they had a contract for a certain number of games or a specific period

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19:45 Oct-14-2017

Only logic explanation...

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00:27 Oct-14-2017

will they crack Assassin's Creed Origins???

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08:48 Oct-14-2017

Time will tell my friend ;)

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03:51 Oct-15-2017

I really hope they crack it fast as this game... and i also think that this Assassin's Creed is gonna be the best one cuz they spent more time making it it is gonna be optimized better than the others.. that's my guess...

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12:19 Oct-15-2017

You're what's wrong with the gaming community.

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17:15 Oct-16-2017

dude im pissed when i buy a singleplayer game and they crack it in a day or two so i don't give a fucc about it anymore buy game download the crack game... its same to me these days...

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15:06 Oct-13-2017

Well I guess it's good news to all those who claimed to pirate this game at day 1 in protest to microtransaction.

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14:53 Oct-13-2017

#Death_to_Denuvo

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11:26 Oct-13-2017

At this point you can't but help feel sorry for Denuvo...NOT
Get that performance crippling malware out of games. We don't pay hard earned money to play games at 20 FPS loss.

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02:11 Oct-13-2017

A true Gamer always Buy the best game Denuvo or not..
BTW if they stop using denuvo the games performance would be better then it is...

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02:13 Oct-13-2017

Alot times it is proved that denuvo destroys game's performance It would be cool if they completely stop using it
Example. Doom 4 every body noticed the difference
Mass Effect Andromeda
Hitman My personal experience on it...

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23:32 Oct-12-2017

considering the WB is one crappy company that like to F the consumer in the A (arkham origins, arkham knight). this i all by the same board that said they dont need to make good movies because they will do well outside of the u.s. and make their money that way.


they deserve to brought down a few notches.

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22:22 Oct-12-2017

Take these sh*ts down with their Denuvo and singleplayer P2W, f*** these guys

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23:31 Oct-12-2017

I have played the game and i fail to see p2w...

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05:52 Oct-13-2017

Its not p2w more of pay2grindimmensehoursforthesameunitthatcanbeboguhtinashop.

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06:37 Oct-13-2017

You can buy orcs and equipment, which make the game easier. That's the very definition of P2W. Not to mention it's not entirely single player. You can invade other players fortress and have yours invaded in return, in ranked matches. I even believe, though don't quote me on this, that you can lose orcs in ranked invasions. Orcs that you bought.

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20:56 Oct-12-2017

In other news, water is wet, lol Denuvo isn't even news worthy anymore hahaha

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22:00 Oct-12-2017

Pretty much what I thought when i read the headline.

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19:58 Oct-12-2017

I really want to pirate this game, but I won't. I haven't made up my mind yet, but I'm either going to forgo it entirely or ask for it as a Christmas present. Either way, I won't be giving any money to Warner Brothers for this ****e.

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08:34 Oct-13-2017

It's actually quite a decent game I'm about 15 hours in and the grind has finally started but I haven't felt the need to buy any loot boxes and you make enough in game currency yourself to avoid having to pay any real in game money.


And once you get past act 2 there are daily challenges which award you gold which is essentially the currency you pay for.


But I only played £30 for the game in a CD keys sale

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15:23 Oct-13-2017

True, I am also being enjoying my time with this game not as good as the first one but still worth the money in my opinion.

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20:45 Oct-13-2017

The game looks amazing, and you know the devs poured their hearts into it. I just can't get over some of the publisher's decisions. Life trying to profit off a dead employee. I know people are quick to forgive, but I just can't. If I don't get it for Christmas I'll wait until it goes on sale and pick it up.

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19:41 Oct-12-2017

denuvo was very effective at launch now its seem that with every new version of denuvo its get faster to crack

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19:27 Oct-12-2017

Turns out The Evil Within 2 released without Denuvo, maybe publishers are learning (at least bethesda softworks)

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18:11 Oct-12-2017

Would be so nice to have great games without all the gimmicky gambling garbage and without DRM. Great quality stuff you will WANT to spend money on to support the devs... But there are only so many games CDPR can make... :D

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18:18 Oct-12-2017

True that... It seems like you can only trust CDPR to bring quality over quantity - I mean in DLC side of things. Blood and Wine is one of those quality with though out price.

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