Just Cause 4 & Hitman 2 Will Include Denuvo Anti Tamper DRM
Square Enix and Warner Bros have just updated the Steam store pages for Just Cause 4 and Hitman 2, revealing that these two highly anticipated games will be using the Denuvo anti-tamper tech. And to be honest, we are not surprised at all as both of these companies have been using this tech in all of their latest titles.
Denuvo is currently in a purple patch, it has to be said. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey launched exactly a month ago and it’s still yet to be cracked. It’s protected by both VMProtect and Denuvo v4.9. Othe games using Denuvo 4.9 have crumbled, but the dual-layering of anti-privacy measures seems to be a method that works, at least in the short term.
It’s also worth pointing out that IO Interactive had removed Denuvo from the first Hitman as soon as it got the IP rights from Square Enix. Unfortunately, though, it appears that its inclusion in Hitman 2 is something that the new publisher, Warner Bros, forced (we are merely guessing here, unless IO Interactive also plans to remove Denuvo when and if Hitman 2 gets cracked).
There has been a long-running (and entirely unsettled) debate as to whether the anti-piracy software affects the performance of a game. Many feel that its inclusion often comes at a significant drop in performance. While many of you may be frothing at the suggestion, ultimately the jury is still very firmly out if that is true or not!
Speaking of open-world games with the Denuvo anti-tamper tech, modder Kaldaien has claimed that the high CPU load in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey isn’t caused by the Denuvo but by insane driver overhead. However, Denuvo does carry the baggage of intermittently needing an online connection.
Just Cause 4 releases on December 4th whereas Hitman 2 releases on November 13th!