The Evil Within 2 First Bethesda Title to Launch Without Denuvo Since Fallout 4 in 2015

Written by Jon Sutton on Fri, Oct 13, 2017 11:30 AM
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The Evil Within 2 launches today on PC and it does not use Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM. It’s an odd thing that a AAA game not having Denuvo is news, but it is in this day and age.

To the best of my knowledge, The Evil Within 2 is the first Bethesda game since Fallout 4 in November 2015 to not use Denuvo. Dishonored 2, DOOM, Prey and Dishonored: Death of the Outsider have all been launched with Denuvo during the past year or so.

This change in tact comes after Denuvo’s DRM protection was blown open for a number of AAA titles during the past fortnight, in all cases being cracked in less than a day. Total War: Warhammer 2, Shadow of War and FIFA 18 all had their Denuvo encryption broken within 24 hours of their respective launches.

Bethesda’s bold move with The Evil Within 2 represents quite a momentous occasion for those who have rallied against Denuvo over the past few years. It now seems the controversial anti-piracy method is dead and buried in its current incarnation; we don’t expect TEW2 to be the only AAA title to forgo Denuvo protection this holiday season. What's quite surprising is how quickly Bethesda managed to opt out. The presumption was that Denuvo DRM is locked in months ahead of launch, and yet Bethesda looks to have reacted to current situation swiftly.

I would get ready for a shock over the coming year though. AAA giants aren’t the sort to just give up on copy protection. A new form will be back, stronger and more invasive than ever - the continuation of the escalating arms race between pirates and DRM measures.

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23:07 Oct-14-2017

Just goes to show, if you make a good game, it'll find it's way into the hands of genuine customers. And if you make a turd, no amount of DRM is gonna win you extra sales.

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12:43 Oct-14-2017

Finally publishers realize that denuvo won't give you good sales but a great game will , and the last example is Cuphead No DRM and sold over 575.000 copies on steam .

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06:53 Oct-15-2017

No, they simply realised that Denuvo is a failing DRM at this point. They removed it a few days before release, after seeing that SoW was cracked in less than 24 hours

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09:27 Oct-14-2017

finally devs are taking the right path. Trust me make great games and people will buy it!!!!
rather than pirating it.
Support the devs y buying this game guys !! its good!
lets show the devs that Pc gamers arent PIRATES !!

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09:24 Oct-14-2017

THE CANCER IS FINALLY DYING !!!!!!

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20:12 Oct-13-2017

After the first evil within was kinda meh with all this quicktimecrap i gonna wait for reviews that are not publisher bought

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19:48 Oct-13-2017

bought this denuvo free games

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17:00 Oct-13-2017

Next on news it will be talking about games released before denuvo existed...

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16:06 Oct-13-2017

Well Denuvo aint worth the time and money if games get cracked in a week and recently 1 day for 3 denuvo games so far, i wish games that are already cracked that the devs would just remove it for the legit buyers, i still want Rottr to be denuvo free

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15:23 Oct-13-2017

Can hear those nails going in the coffin.

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14:45 Oct-13-2017

ill buy this game if it gets good reviews from trusted sources
because the quality of the game is what affects sales
NOT intimidation(yeah) by saying you're using an "uncrackable" (meh) DRM or by putting in micro-shi*

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12:57 Oct-13-2017

Good guy Bethesda showing the way.

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12:48 Oct-13-2017

I heard Denuvo affected performance and with the recent events, I think even Bethesda is starting to lose faith in Denuvo

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12:07 Oct-13-2017

Well they just got themselves more customers with that move,because I know some people specifically not buying games because of that crap or microtransactions(yea nba 2k18 lookin at you).

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20:40 Oct-13-2017

I really wish that I could go so hardcore that I could deny myself all games that have Denuvo and/or microtransactions but I'm somewhat of an idiot. I will not be picking up Shadow of War, probably won't be picking up AC: Origins (even though I love Egyptology), but I am getting Destiny 2. The body is willing, but the hand that holds the credit card is weak willed and stupid sometimes.

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09:14 Oct-14-2017

I get you mate,but you could just wait a little because at the rate denuvo games are getting cracked,just 1 month after launch and I bet they'll patch it out.You could buy a much better version of destiny.

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