Middle Earth: Shadow of War got cracked in little over a day. It took hackers just one day to crack the game’s anti-tamper protection software, Denuvo.
The game was uploaded to a popular Denuvo-free game hub and Reddit blew up. A lot of comments on the thread were pointing out how the speed at which it (and several recent games) was hacked means that the days of Denuvo could soon be coming to an end.
It’s a well-known fact that PC gamers aren’t too fond of Denuvo. The fact that you needed an online connection to activate and access your game (something we Indians especially weren’t too happy about, at least a few years ago anyway) and also the fact that you could no longer share your game disappointed a lot of players.
It was also found that the inclusion of Denuvo in a game actually hit the game’s performance and they performed worse because of it. Publishers themselves have been known to remove the software from their games after a few months or if they find an alternative.
We first saw Denuvo in 2014, and back then it took months for hackers to crack the software. Back then the thought was that Denuvo was going to be the end of piracy. However, things have taken a turn.
Just in recent times, Resident Evil 7 and Rime were cracked in the span of just 5 days. The recently released FIFA 18 and Total War: Warhammer 2 were cracked in less than a day. And now you have Middle Earth: Shadow of War which also took about a day.
So what do you guys think? Does this spell the end for Denuvo? Will they come up with a new protection method or just update the old one?
Manish "Trigger-Happy" Rajesh
If he's not gaming, he's... no wait he's always gaming.