Not long since Denuvo 4.8 was cracked, Assassin’s Creed Origins has had its combination of Denuvo and VMProtect DRM sunk by crackers. This was the final piece in the puzzle of cracking Ubisoft’s game, a game which has no less than three forms of copy protection - Uplay, Denuvo, and VMProtect.
Regardless of the inevitable result, Ubisoft will be pleased by how long Assassin’s Creed Origins has held firm. It launched on October 27th, 2017, and managed to last exactly 100 days before being cracked. That’s impressive, particularly when considering how quickly the likes of Total Warhammer 2, Shadow of War and FIFA 18 were cracked. Anything up to a few weeks protection is considered worthwhile, and anything after that is a nice bonus.
Of course, since Assassin’s Creed Origins’ launch, Denuvo Anti-Tamper 5.0 protection has been released for newer games, a form of DRM which is yet to be broken. That won’t stop cracking group CPY from celebrating though, particularly since the vehement community reaction to AC Origins’ threefold DRM.
It’ll be interesting to see whether Ubisoft chooses to patch Denuvo out of Assassin’s Creed Origins or if it instead opts to leave it in as some small barrier that still needs to be overcome. If, and it’s a big if, Denuvo and VMProtect do have a big impact on performance, Ubisoft might want to save some face and leave the DRM protection in there to save any potential embarrassment.
In its current implementation, this is just a bypass crack for Assassin’s Creed Origins’ copy protection. Denuvo and VMProtect are still running in the background but they’re just being fooled into thinking it is a legit copy. As a result, any benchmarks taken from the cracked version aren’t going to demonstrate any major performance differences. This benchmark here, for example, shows just 1 fps difference between the original and the cracked version of AC Origins. As such, if you’ve got a legitimate copy of Assassin’s Creed Origins you may as well leave it as is.
We would dearly love to get our hands on a Denuvo-free version just to finally put the matter to bed. Ubisoft has gone on record to say the performance impact of its DRM is negligible but plenty still harbour doubts. The only (slightly shaky) evidence we have ourselves is our benchmarks of DOOM with Denuvo vs DOOM without Denuvo. It showed an average of around 3% difference in frame rates. Unfortunately, it’s not the best comparison either as it’s comparing DOOM 1.0 against a patched version of the same game a year later. Id Software’s patch work could quite easily account for the 3% boost in performance.
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