Id Software is removing Denuvo anti-cheat from DOOM Eternal in latest PC update

Written by Chad Norton on Thu, May 21, 2020 10:00 AM
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Patch and repair, until it is done. Id Software will be officially removing the recently added Denuvo anti-cheat from DOOM Eternal after a significant amount of backlash and performance issues were brought up. In a blog post on the official DOOM subreddit, executive producer of Eternal, Marty Stratton, outlined why the anti-cheat was added, why it’s being removed, and what will be changing in future updates.

Our team has been looking into the reports of instability and performance degradation for some users and we’ve also seen the concerns around our inclusion of Denuvo Anti-Cheat,” Stratton says. According to him and the team at id Software, the performance issues that were reported with the new update (which saw Linux users unable to play the game anymore, and frequent BSODs for players) actually have nothing to do with the anti-cheat software. 

Instead, these performance and instability issues were resulting from certain customizable skins as well as memory-related issues which resulted in crashes. Those crashes on PC were then further elaborated as being caused by code changes they made around VRAM allocation. All these performance issues will supposedly be fixed in the new 1.1 update, which should come to PC within the next week.

With Denuvo anti-cheat being removed from the game, Stratton also wanted to take a moment to address why it was introduced in the first place. According to Startton, the developers wanted to protect Battlemode players from cheaters right now as they look to add “more competitive initiatives” to the Battlemode roadmap. So it’s likely they’re planning on adding more modes to the multiplayer section of DOOM Eternal.

It was also implemented to protect against cheaters in preparation for the launch of invasions in campaign, which introduces multiplayer elements to the single player campaign. But according to Stratton, they will now be implementing a new way of experiencing the single player campaign without having to download or use the Denuvo anti-cheat. “As we examine any future of anti-cheat in DOOM Eternal, at a minimum we must consider giving campaign-only players the ability to play without anti-cheat software installed.

What do you think of the news? How do you feel about the new update? How will this affect DOOM Eternal players? Have you been affected by any of the problems mentioned? Let us know!

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20:19 May-23-2020

THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY GONE MAD.. ID SOFTWARE PLEASE GET YOURSELVES OUT FROM BETHESDA

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18:28 May-22-2020

Fun fact; the removal of the anti-cheat from the game by way of the next update is almost certainly not going to actually remove the anti-cheat from your SYSTEM, it's merely going to make the game operable the way it was before the anti-cheat was installed in the first place. Even if you uninstalled the entire game as a whole, the anti-cheat software remains and needs to be removed manually on it's own.

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19:00 May-22-2020

Just like our old friend StarForce...


However, I was smart enough to stop the update downloading and disabled auto-updates. They can go screw themselves.

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14:30 May-21-2020

Id Software has come under fire for their and rightly so for putting in an invasive kernel-level access anti-cheat that has no place in video games but they also deserve kudos for listening to the fans and doing right both by the fans and the game.

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14:45 May-21-2020

Denuvo right now: Well, that was a waste of money and time, maybe we shouldn't try to re-implement the idea Starforce had in the past.

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13:33 May-21-2020

Any tests to see the impact Denuvo had?

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13:37 May-21-2020

Download a DRM-free version of the game and compare against a current version. Bethesda did a bethetic and released a DRM-free exe of the game at launch.

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12:22 May-21-2020

Shame they wont also remove denuvo while there at it

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13:36 May-21-2020

Did you, at the very least, finish reading the title before commenting?

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14:26 May-21-2020

Must be trolling

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14:43 May-21-2020

Did you? There was nothing mentioned about removing Denuvo in the whole article.

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17:53 May-21-2020

Second sentence of the first paragraph.

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20:24 May-21-2020

That's just Denuvo anti-cheat that is getting removed. Not the whole thing.

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20:44 May-21-2020

30011887 did not specify as such. Questions /comments open to interpretation means there are replies like those above.

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20:46 May-21-2020

Lol i get so many thumbs down and called a troll, grow the f**k up, seriously this site really is becoming filled with reddit kids, how about to those idiots, YOU read what is being removed, lets make it simple for you all, there removing the anti cheat which is the 2nd version of denuvo they added, not the first version thats there from the start and will be there when they remove the anti cheat

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01:46 May-22-2020

lets make this real simple, be clear with what you have to say. when you use generic terms, you get answers like you did. should have said "Shame they wont also remove denuvo drm while there at it" instead.

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01:49 May-22-2020

i got thumbed down twice for answering that. don't care. waiting for more.

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14:10 May-22-2020

Mate, the way you instantly go aggro over something as insignificant as getting a thumbs down from someone on the internet. Chill... otherwise you deserve it.

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14:51 May-22-2020

instantly, really, fyi im perfectly "chill" so dont be patronizing, this place has been filled with kids for years now and i bite my lip, you say something and then some people come along and moan at what others say, or twist words and make themselves look better than others, well sorry i dont spell/say word for word what im on about but that doesnt mean people should just be ****ty with replies

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16:13 May-22-2020

That reply just now wasn't "perfectly chill". You know as well as I do what the demographic is for gaming, first and foremost. Secondly - yeah, spelling out the obvious helps a lot - welcome to the internet.
I get downvoted plenty for various things - some are jealous of my rigs, some hate what I say, some are just petty. Just deal with it, if you're so adult. If you can't handle an occasional misunderstanding - maybe take a break and go outside? I really don't see a problem here. I used to moan the same way as you, but in the end it doesn't matter...

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11:29 May-21-2020

Funny thing is that the anti cheat kernel level driver got installed without notifying the user. Only Windows UAC was holding it back with the user agreeing to install it. Mind you that a kernel level driver can pretty much do everything on your computer, and it's probably also why cheats could/are using it, to bypass every problem that could be encountered on more restricted driver/operation levels.
There was a huge problem with kernel level drivers in the past for anti tamper, I highly recommend you watching the video about it on the YT channel of MVG

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11:55 May-21-2020

Tht Starforce DRM video of his pretty much made me realize the risk of such kernel level drivers and I shudder to think if newer iterations of Denuvo DRM decides to go with such drivers for single player games as well.

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17:46 May-22-2020

Something that forces you to reinstall the entire OS just because you tried to install a game you own should be outright illegal...

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10:26 May-21-2020

So, Bethesda messes up and Id Software has to clean it up. Bethesda has become a bad joke at this point.

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10:59 May-21-2020

You took the words right out of my mouth

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19:32 May-21-2020

Actually according to Id Software response it seems it is not Bethesda to blame that anti-cheat was added.


"our decision to include anti-cheat was guided by nothing other than the factors and goals I’ve outlined above – all driven by our team at id Software"

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16:14 May-22-2020

Shame on the team then.

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