The Denuvo piracy protection system has been unravelled by hackers after two weeks of work.
Denuvo is the latest piracy protection to hit the world of PC gaming and it’s done a reasonable job with games such as FIFA 15, Lords of the Fallen, and more recently Dragon Age: Inquisition. These games have enjoyed a piracy free existence but it looks like that could all change. 3DM has managed to crack the DRM after two weeks of working on it and a lenghty post on their site indicates it has not been easy:
“After 15 days of work, the 64bit version of Denuvo has been cracked, this hints at FIFA 15,DA:I, and Lords of the Fallen being ready for release in the near future.”
The developers of Lords of the Fallen admitted there were performance issues when the game launched which were attributed to the Denuvo DRM system. This then raised further concerns when it was rumoured that GTA V would also utilise the same DRM. This was later denied by Denuvo.
With Denuvo having been circumvented, cracks will start appearing for Lords of the Fallen and EA’s titles will be next on the pirates hit list, especially Dragon Age: Inquisition which appears to have been the motivation behind beating the Denuvo system. Although this has been seen as a breakthrough by anyone opposed to DRM, this hack is by no means complete because of the way this circumvention works which 3DM explained in a further post.
“We would like to emphasize that we need to collect a variety of different purposes of computer hardware information, simply because Denuvo 64-bit encryption machine needs to detect a variety of hardware information on your computer”
What this means is that any crack would be specific to the hardware in a PC and they need to gather information from lots of different setups to try and create a complete working solution.
It was thought Denuvo might survive a little longer than it has but if someone really wants to crack a protection system then it’s likely going to happen at some point. It remains to be seen how Denuvo will respond.