There’s been widespread outrage since crackers sensationally claimed Assassin’s Creed Origins’ performance on PC was being absolutely tanked by the use of a combination of VMProtect and Denuvo DRM. Some estimates suggested as much as a 40% CPU usage, crippling game performance.
Now Ubisoft has come out and issued a statement to Gearnuke, claiming that all DRM solutions used for Assassin’s Creed Origins have zero impact on performance.
“We’re confirming that the anti-tamper solutions implemented in the Windows PC version of Assassin’s Creed Origins have no perceptible effect on game performance,” says Ubisoft.
“In order to recreate a living, systemic and majestic open world of Ancient Egypt, where players can witness all of its stunning details, its beautiful landscapes & incredible cities, in a completely seamless way with no loading screens, Assassin’s Creed Origins uses the full extent of the minimum and recommended PC system requirements while ensuring a steady 30 FPS performance.”
The original claims suggested VMProtect software was being used to protect Denuvo itself, which in turn protected the AC Origins files. This adds an additional layer of complexity for crackers to work through - VMProtect protects the code on a virtual machine that utilises a non-standard architecture. The data is then passed back forth with Denuvo, which has been assumed to be causing the performance issues.
It now comes down to whether you want to take Ubisoft for their word. On our part, we’ve been doing some extensive testing with Assassin’s Creed Origins in a series of benchmarks and have found it quite CPU-dependent. On a hexa-core, the GPU becomes the bottleneck though. However, without a cracked version to compare it to, we couldn’t determine with any certainty that DRM measures were hogging the CPU resources or if Assassin’s Creed Origins is simply a very demanding game.
This is an issue that’s sure to rumble on until a definitive answer can be found. Having put a decent chunk of time into it, Assassin’s Creed Origins seems like an awesome game, so it’s shame to have this controversy clouding its PC launch.