It appears that more and more developers and publishers are removing Denuvo from their older games. Earlier this week, Square Enix removed Denuvo from Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Rise of the Tomb Raider. One day later, Bandai Namco removed Denuvo from Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown. And today, Square Enix and Crytek removed this controversial anti-tamper tech from NieR Replicant Remaster and Crysis Remastered.
NieR Replicant™ ver.1.22474487139… came out on PC on April 23rd, 2021. So it basically took Square Enix almost six months in order to remove it. On the other hand, Crysis Remastered came out on Epic Games Store on September 18th, 2020. If I remember correctly, its Steam version did not feature Denuvo. As such, it took Crytek a year (and a couple of months) in order to remove it.
It will be interesting to see if there are any performance improvements in Crysis Remastered now that Denuvo is no longer available. Let’s not forget that Crysis Remastered is mostly using one CPU core/thread. So yeah, a comparison between these two versions will be really interesting.
Let’s hope that even more publishers and developers will start removing Denuvo from their older games!