Denuvo has been patched out of Hitman 2 in a recent update, a move coming just a matter of months after Hitman 2 launched.
The ever-reliable SteamDB is the source for this one, revealing a back-end change on Hitman 2’s Steam store page which “Removed 3rd-Party DRM - Denuvo Anti-Tamper”.
Denuvo v5.3’s protection on Hitman 2 was cracked on November 10th, three days before Hitman 2’s November 13th launch, rendering it fundamentally useless from the get-go. Version 5.3 of Denuvo Anti-Tamper was particularly quick to fall, also affecting Football Manager 2019.
Still, it’s great to see IO Interactive at least take some decisive action and remove Denuvo. When it’s not actually serving its purpose to protect a game, there’s little argument it should just be removed.
But, early cracks aside, it does feel as if we’re hitting a decent stride with these Denuvo removals. We’re arriving at a happy medium where games use Denuvo at launch as standard but then patch it out after the launch period. This provides the crucial anti-piracy protection at launch while also enabling games to be playable for years to come without the intrusive Anti-Tamper software.
I’m in the process of re-downloading Hitman 2 now, with the aim of benchmarking its performance now it’s Denuvo free. It’s a very imperfect science considering our original Hitman 2 benchmarks were three months ago, but we’ll hopefully be able to learn something. It's also absolutely massive, so bear with me...