Devil May Cry 5 has got off to a rip-roaring start. It’s got rave reviews. It’s earned the 2nd highest peak Steam concurrent player count in Capcom history. It’s also got the most worthless Denuvo protection we’ve ever seen.
For those who buy a legitimate copy of DMC5 on PC, it includes Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM protection. However, Capcom also had a separate QA branch of Devil May Cry 5 for testing purposes. For whatever reason, this branch of the game was set to public, allowing anyone to grab the files, which included a DRM-free Devil May Cry 5 executable.
Capcom has since deleted the QA branch of DMC5 but the damage was done, the unprotected .exe was out in the wild, shared on pirate networks as far as the eye can see.
The Denuvo-free file can also still be downloaded through the Steam console though. All you need to do is the following:
- Open the Steam browser and enter this in the address bar:
- The Steam Console will now appear.
- Enter the following command line in the Steam Console interface:
- download_depot 601150 601152 8448614996291133808
- Overwrite the file.
- Voila, DRM-free Devil May Cry 5.
Devil May Cry 5 is out today and its Denuvo protection is completely worthless. It’s a Denuvo game that doesn’t even need cracking as Capcom provided the DRM-free files.
Where things go from bad to worse, for Denuvo in particular, are the initial performance reports. A user called Cloud on Steam has provided a guide on how to play Devil May Cry 5 without Denuvo, and they’re also posted a couple of screenshots showcasing an alleged performance difference. According to Cloud, Devil May Cry 5 runs at 74fps with Denuvo, and 93fps without. That’s a frame rate increase of 25.6% while using the DRM-free executable. We’re trying to get a copy to do some testing for ourselves, but that sort of frame rate difference is almost akin to jumping up a GPU tier.
It goes without saying but all we’ve got is a pair of random screenshots from an anonymous Steam user. We don’t know their specs, we don’t know their motive, and we can’t really draw any definitive conclusions right now. But, the ability is now out there to test the performance of a game directly with and without Denuvo, something that just hasn’t been possible up until this point.