Now we don’t want to go getting ahead of ourselves but Sega looks as if it could be changing its default approach to using Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM.

The recently confirmed PC port of Yakuza Kiwami will not be shipping with Denuvo, despite last year’s Yakuza Zero still using the controversial form of DRM.

In fact, where things get really interesting is in the Steam database where it turns out Denuvo was actively removed from Yakuza Kiwami’s store page yesterday afternoon at 15:20 UTC. An update to the Steam page simply says “Removed 3rd-Party DRM – Denuvo Anti-tamper”.

Yakuza Kiwami follows in the footsteps of Catherine Classic, which itself launched on January 10th without, yep, you guessed it, Denuvo DRM.

This would make two games in a row for which Sega has opted to skip Denuvo. It be indicative of a wider trend for the Japanese publisher, or it could be these are just cheaper games that Sega doesn’t feel are worth the cost of protecting with Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM. Our gut tells us it’s the latter, particularly when the upcoming Total War: Three Kingdoms is still tagged as using Denuvo DRM. But there is a smidgen of hope for Denuvo detractors to cling onto and there’s still plenty of time between now and Three Kingdoms’ March 7th launch.

The worst case scenario is this is a mistake on Sega’s end and Denuvo support will be reinstated. The best case would be Sega is moving away from relying on Denuvo for its entire catalog of PC games. In that instance, it would be great if Sega could go back through its published games, such as Yakuza Zero, and remove the Denuvo support.

Yakuza Kiwami comes to PC on February 19th and includes 4K resolution support, uncapped frame rates and customisable controls.