It’s been a good run, but Denuvo Anti-Tamper’s latest version 4.8 as at last been cracked. A cracking group has confirmed Denuvo 4.8’s copy protection on Sonic Forces has been broken. I expect people who have more free time than sense must be queuing up to play Sega’s latest botched 3D platformer.
Other games protected by Denuvo 4.8 include Star Wars Battlefront 2, Injustice 2, the upcoming Dragon Ball FighterZ, Football Manager 2018, and Assassin’s Creed Origins. None of these games have been cracked just yet, but the copy protection has, so it’s really just a matter of time.
As with any copy protection, the latest version of Denuvo was always going to get cracked sooner or later. Most of these games have had a good run, protected for near enough three months, a crucial period for any publisher.
What will be really interesting to see is whether AC: Origins gets released in a playable form. Not only is Assassin’s Creed Origins protected by Denuvo 4.8, but it also has VMProtect layered on top. In theory, this should make AC Origins a tougher nut to crack. If it does make it harder, then you can bet your bottom dollar we’re going to see more of this kind of dual protection going forward. As ever with piracy and anti-piracy, it’s a war of escalation. Any further cracks just result in tighter restrictions and more complex protection, even to the detriment of performance.
All eyes will now be on the imminent launches of Dragon Ball FighterZ and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, both of which use Denuvo protection. Should these titles’ protection fold then Denuvo has got its work cut out once again.
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