Friday April 14, 2017

Denuvo V4 Cracked Within a Month

Denuvo is the new darling of publishers eager to install DRM on gaming titles to prevent their wares from showing up on file sharing websites. Denuvo certainly isn't the most liked solution, but as long as it gets the job done, then publishers are happy. Recently version 3 of Denuvo was cracked for the game Mass Effect: Andromeda, but a new version was almost immediately added to the title to ensure it's security from piracy. Now Denuvo v4 has been cracked for the title 2Dark, a stealth game released by the creators of Alone in the Dark.

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What makes this crack interesting is that 2Dark was a crowdfunded game that was promised to not have DRM by the developers. When they went to get help from a publisher, this promise was broken as BigBen Interactive demanded that Denuvo be installed before sealing the publishing rights deal. Now that promise has come to fruition as the title has been cracked. I wonder how long it will take for v5 of the much maligned DRM solution to come out? I'm no fan of DRM as I love installing mods from various websites for games. Anything that messes with my ability to alter software for my personal enjoyment is a bad thing. Now multiplayer gaming is a completely different beast from the single player adventures that I like to mod. Software piracy is something that I'm 100% against unless a developer doesn't mind. Pirates say that they can't afford the programs so piracy is fine; I wonder if car thieves make the same connection? Or burglars?

I think digital game services should have a sharing option for friends and family with full account responsibility for the owner. If you trust them that much then go ahead and add them to your family sharing option. If not then it's best to avoid sharing accounts with them. If more software companies allowed customers to share their games, while making them responsible for what is done on their account while it is shared, then the transition to the digital age would go a lot easier and eliminate another redundant layer of DRM. What do you think?

The brainchild of Austria-based Denuvo Software Solutions GmbH, Denuvo is an anti-tamper technology designed to protect underlying DRM products. It’s been successfully deployed on gaming titles but just recently it’s iron skin has been showing the cracks. After all previous versions were defeated, in January version three of Denuvo fell to pirates with the release of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard just five days after its street date. It was a landmark moment for a scene that had grown accustomed to Denuvo-protected games trickling down into the piracy scene months after their retail debut. With its usual fanfare, cracking group CPY announced that it had defeated Denuvo v4 protection on 2Dark, a lesser-known stealth adventure game from the creator of Alone in the Dark.