Denuvo is one of the best known and least liked DRM technologies on the market. Developers like it because, in a nutshell, it works; many players don’t like it very much in principle, and also because of its reputation for negatively affecting game performance.
The most recent example came to light last week, when Digital Foundry confirmed that a broken version of Resident Evil Village works better than the coated version of DRM. The discovery was not a smoking gun, as the game also uses Capcom's DRM technology, and a patch released today to fix the problem only says that "adjustments have been made to optimize anti-piracy technology."
Today, the developer of Humankind, Amplitude Studios, announced that he will make some adjustments of his own related to Denuvo and of a much more serious type: the anti-manipulation technology will be removed from the game completely before its release.
"We've been working on this game for over 4 years and it's personally been my dream project for 25 years," wrote Romain de Waubert of Genlis, head of Amplitude Studios. Forums of humanity. "We've been one of the most coveted games on Steam this year, so we know we're going to be pirate targets, more so than any of our previous games. If Denuvo can keep a broken version, even just for a few days, that's already us. can help protect our launch ".
"That said, our priority is always the best possible experience for players who buy our games and support us. Denuvo should never affect player performance and we don't want to sacrifice quality for you."
The decision was made after the recent closed beta, during which it was found that the current implementation of Denuvo "was not good enough," said Waubert of Genlis. The issues involved cannot be resolved in time for release and have therefore come out.
The reaction to the ad is quite positive, although some to the Steam forums they say they won't start celebrating until the Denuvo list is removed from the Steam page. But those respondents represent only a small fraction of humanity's presumed total audience: it will be more revealing how the pirates get to the launch, if they suffer higher piracy rates due to Denuvo's absence or if they are ultimately there. it has little influence. one way or another. We hope Amplitude will share some ideas about this situation sometime after the release.
We have some hands-on time with Humankind, a 4X strategy game that is very similar to Civilization 6, but presented in significantly different ways earlier this year, and went pretty well. . "It differs from Civilization in ways that everyone feels well regarded; nothing seems to be added just for novelty reasons," Tyler wrote. "And, like Civilization, humanity will be moddable [including AI], so ambitious players will be able to change anything they don't like." It is scheduled to be released on August 17.