It appears that Denuvo has managed to win the last big battle of 2017. On October 26th, Ubisoft released the latest Assassin’s Creed game that was powered by the latest version of the Denuvo anti-tamper tech. And after two whole months, this new version of Denuvo is still safe from crackers and hackers.
Now as we’ve already mentioned, Assassin’s Creed Origins uses two protection systems instead of one. Ubisoft’s open-world game uses VMProtect on top of the latest version of the Denuvo anti-tamper tech.
However, in November we saw a number of games that only used the latest version of the Denuvo anti-tamper tech and have not been cracked yet. These games are: Sonic Forces, Injustice 2, Football Manager 2018, Need for Speed Payback and Star Wars Battlefront 2.
From the looks of it, this latest version of Denuvo was able to secure the sales of the aforementioned titles in 2017. Ubisoft, EA, SEGA and Warner Bros have not revealed any sales data in order to see whether the lack of a cracked version benefited these PC games.
Some of you may be wondering why this is such a big deal. Well, the reason is simple. Prior to this version, scene groups were cracking all Denuvo-powered games in a matter of hours. FIFA 18, Total War: WARHAMMER 2, South Park Fractured But Whole and Middle-earth: Shadow of War were cracked in just a day.
It’s also worth noting that most of Warner Bros’ titles had major launch issues due to Denuvo. According to reports, PC gamers could not launch/play Batman: Arkham Knight, Middle-earth: Shadow of War and Mad Max as the Denuvo authentication servers were down for almost all Warner Bros’ games. The situation has been resolved and these games are, once again, working fine.
It will be interesting to see whether some publishers, who have stopped using the Denuvo anti-tamper tech, will once again start using it after this big win for Denuvo!