Denuvo Anti-Tamper is an anti-tamper and Digital Rights Management (DRM) anti-piracy scheme developed by the Austrian company Denuvo Software Solutions GmbH.
Created as a method of discouraging people from cracking and pirating PC games, it has garnered a bad reputation for negatively impacting the experience of paying consumers of games that use this technology.
Examples of games using this DRM technology
- Dead Rising 4
- Mass Effect: Andromeda
- Just Cause 3
- NieR: Automata
- Sonic Forces
- Sonic Mania
- Monster Hunter World
- Batman: Arkham Knight
- Prey (2017)
- Middle-Earth: Shadow of War
- TEKKEN 7
- Final Fantasy XV
- Dragon Ball: FighterZ'
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- The Awesome Adventures Of Captain Spirit (even though it's free)
- Total War: Warhammer I & II
- Warhammer 40,000: Dawn Of War III
- Valkyria Chronicles 4
- Conan Exiles
- Resident Evil 2 Remake
- Puyo Puyo Tetris
- Team Sonic Racing
- Persona 4 Golden
Why It Sucks
- The DRM prevents players from playing the games offline.
- If a Denuvo-enabled game's DRM servers are down due to internet outage or a company going bankrupt, the game will become literally unplayable for anyone!
- As a result of the DRM, it can often cause performance issues and even random crashes.
- The games usually get cracked and remove the Denuvo DRM because of how broken it is, with only a few games not being cracked, but most of the uncracked ones are online multiplayer-only titles or games with online as a major component.
- Denuvo gets cracked too quickly. Like all DRM, when a game's DRM gets cracked, the pirates get DRM-free software which arguably works and performs better than the official DRM infused software. This ironically promotes piracy rather than discouraging it.
- Developers, SEGA especially, still insist on adding it despite its poor reputation and how quickly games with it get cracked.
- While mods for Denuvo games are still possible, said mods are rather limited in scope due to how Denuvo's anti-tamper tech works.
- It has the potential to slow down some computers and laptops by writing some unnecessary amount of data to its' hard drive. This might shorten the livespan of SSDs if Denuvo games were stored there.
- Basically a successor to SecuROM and older DRM solutions like Games for Windows Live and Starforce.
- Denuvo makes games incompatible with Linux and macOS. While the former is niche and the latter isn't used for games often, it's a low jab for people who have computers with these.
- How games with Denuvo perform depends on the build. Games like Doom (2016) and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain actually run quite well, but other games take a big performance hit.