Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is the latest PC game to have its Denuvo “anti-tamper protection” cracked in less that 24 hours, following FIFA 18 and Total War: Warhammer 2.
Denuvo’s controversial technology is frequently included within PC titles as a means of thwarting unauthorised distribution of software (ie. piracy) online. It’s rarely popular with punters though, disliked for its online authentication requirements, and often blamed for a litany of performance issues, which Denuvo denies. It does, however, appear to do the job it’s designed to do – temporarily, at least.
Unfortunately for Denuvo, that window of effectiveness has been getting smaller and smaller in recent times. Mass Effect: Andromeda’s protection was cracked in 10 days earlier this year, while Sega’s recent Sonic Mania was cracked in eight. Resident Evil 7 held out for a little under a week, and Tequila Works’ Rime managed just five days.games