Recent Denuvo Server Issues Have Prevented WB Games Like Shadow of War From Being Playable

Written by Jon Sutton on Wed, Dec 20, 2017 12:53 PM
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The Denuvo doomsayers have been handed some significant ammunition this week with reports that Warner Bros games were temporarily unable to contact Denuvo servers, rendering the likes of Middle-Earth: Shadow of WarInjustice 2, Batman: Arkham Knight and Mad Max unplayable.

Users on the games’ Steam community pages, as well as Reddit and ResetEra, all reported having trouble booting WB’s titles over the last few days. Some found success after attempting upwards of 30 times.

Denuvo doesn’t attempt to the contact the servers every time a user attempts to play a game, but it does require assurance that this is a legitimate copy every couple of weeks, as well as when PC components are changed. It’s also a necessity if games require updates, meaning Middle-Earth: Shadow of War players were prevented from downloading and installing the latest patch required to play the game through Steam.

This further fans the flames for gamers who are suspicious of Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM. The Denuvo servers going down and losing access to these games forever is the worst possible scenario, but it’s also possible that access to the servers can be temporarily lost, such as in this instance.

This is surely a warning sign, not just in terms of Denuvo but all forms of DRM and/or digital purchases. They hinge on the servers remaining in existence in perpetuity, yet everything falters or shuts down at some point. Even the mighty Steam may feel invincible now, but few businesses are so successful forever.

This recent controversy certainly raises another cloudy spectre over Denuvo, and in particular that this frustrating turn of events only actually affects those with legitimately purchased copies of the game. If a player had a pirated version of Batman: Arkham Knight, there would be nothing to stop them playing it while those who had legal copies would be locked out.

What are your thoughts on this? A worrying sign of things to come? Or just a temporary inconvenience for Denuvo users?

Source: ResetEra

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00:32 Dec-22-2017

Denuvo...
It doesn't work for the intended purpose (in the long run, NO DRM does) and only inconveniences legit buyers, with a very real possibility games might become permanently unplayable in the future.


Basically: screw Denuvo

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20:25 Dec-21-2017

Go home denuvo!I'm drunk!

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12:58 Dec-21-2017

While I know that companies hate piracy as well as users, it's just reasons like this that would make people wish to crack their games to just simply enjoy it on a click and play basis.


Denovu has been a joke to pirates since they can crack it like it was no challenge to them.

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10:57 Dec-21-2017

I thought this Denuvo thingy is a integrated script/code inside a game or stand alone program. Well, that suk.

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21:31 Dec-20-2017

Denuvo is cancer?Yes it is!

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17:39 Dec-20-2017

well, games such as mad max should have denuvo removed as it is an old game, the same goes to batman so in that way the game can be played every time you want even in 10 or 20 years, and maybe even run better woithut worrying about the servers shuting down

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19:30 Dec-20-2017

What you say makes sense, but remember, they are WB, they did not even try to make PC version of Batman game good on release, so they probably don't give c**p for it now.

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16:08 Dec-20-2017

Better Late than Never!!!!
it was bound to happen That's why we said no Denuvo but Devs didn't listen.
Now You will loss More costumers than you have gained......There is still Time to remove it SO We could play the game....

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15:59 Dec-20-2017

Denuvo can screw itself in the rear, along with Ubisoft.

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15:16 Dec-20-2017

Go home Denuvo, you're drunk

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14:42 Dec-20-2017

That is one of the reasons why DRM solutions (and especially very intrusive ones like this) are no good. Say I bought a Denuvo game now and I want to play it again 10 years from now. There are slim chances I will be able to do this...

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14:34 Dec-20-2017

"Game can be hacked if there's no game to play" - Denuvo tap head

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14:11 Dec-20-2017

Why wasn't AC Origins mentioned? It's denuvo too right

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14:21 Dec-20-2017

It's an Ubisoft game

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13:13 Dec-20-2017

Just download the "alternate" version of the game - it boots really really fast!

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19:27 Dec-20-2017

I bought Shadow of War from a key reseller and I'm playing the "alternate" version. I have the game legitimately, I didn't give any money to WB, and I don't have to worry about DRM.

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09:16 Dec-21-2017

What's the point in spending money on it then? Just pirate it if you're going out of your way not to give WB your money?

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09:44 Dec-21-2017

this is what I meant by "alternate" xD

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12:43 Dec-21-2017

Yeah but he's said he bought it from a key reseller also (which WB may also benefit from), or is that just a lie.

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17:20 Dec-21-2017

I doubt he is telling the truth

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13:01 Dec-20-2017

"Rise And Fall Of Denuvo !!!"

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