Doom Eternal has certainly been one hell of a fun time in 2020. The Slayer has been killing it in terms of pure, adrenaline-filled gameplay, and pushing back the hordes of hell has been awesome. The support for the first-person shooter by id Software thus far shows a commitment to giving fans what they want. That is — until Update 1 brought more content alongside the dreaded Denuvo Anti-Cheat. Cue community backlash, and now, id has announced it will remove the software in the next update for PC.
Denuvo Anti-Cheat is not the same as the universally hated Denuvo Anti-Temper. It is meant to stop cheating online in Doom Eternal. However, there are plenty of concerns regarding the access it was requiring. With that, executive producer Marty Stratton announced on Reddit that the company will be removing it to appease the fans.
Stratton shared the following:
Despite our best intentions, feedback from players has made it clear that we must re-evaluate our approach to anti-cheat integration. With that, we will be removing the anti-cheat technology from the game in our next PC update. 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, as well as ensure the overall timing of any anti-cheat integration better aligns with player expectations around clear initiatives – like ranked or competitive play – where demand for anti-cheat is far greater.
For players who only wanted to enjoy the single-player portion of Doom Eternal, this is welcomed news indeed.
An independent decision
Stratton emphasized the decision to implement Denuvo Anti-Cheat was all id Software’s idea. While there had been speculation that Bethesda was the one forcing the issue, the executive producer has debunked those arguments. Additionally, Denuvo is not even the cause of new bugs encountered by players, according to Stratton. The performance and stability issues that may be affecting Doom Eternal now are unrelated.
“Through our investigation, we discovered and have fixed several crashes in our code related to customizable skins,” Stratton added. “We were also able to identify and fix a number of other memory-related crashes that should improve overall stability for players. All of these fixes will be in our next PC update.”
No date has been set for the next update. However, it is definitely eagerly anticipated by fans of Doom Eternal on PC.