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Thread: Middle-earth: Shadow of War has been cracked in just a day

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    Default Middle-earth: Shadow of War has been cracked in just a day

    Middle-earth: Shadow of War’s fortresses might have strong defences, but the game doesn’t. Monolith’s Orc-slaying open-world game uses Denuvo anti-tamper software, and once again it’s been cracked in a single day, letting pirates get access to it almost straight away.

    Denuvo’s appeal, for publishers looking to protect their game, was that the Austrian developer originally boasted that it made games extremely hard to crack, and at first it was tougher nut, taking a month for the first game to be cracked. Since it appeared a few years ago, however, the time between a game’s launch and it being cracked has shrunk considerably.

    Several high profile releases, including Total War: Warhammer 2, have been cracked in a day as well, so the case for using it has become increasingly flimsy. With it no longer being guaranteed to stop piracy, even temporarily, it’s looking more and more like a waste of money, and player goodwill, since it also imposes several restrictions on legitimate users, like limiting activations on different PCs.

    Last year, Denuvo Software Solutions boasted that some publishers were only considering PC versions of console titles because of the DRMs previous success, when it was still stopping pirates, though the link between piracy and sales is questionable. Indeed, a recently published EU Commission report couldn’t find robust evidence of a link at all.

    If publishers want to keep using DRM, they may have to start looking elsewhere.

    Source: PC Gamer

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    Nothing is safe in the digital age. As great as Denuvo's team is, there are far more capable people out there, who are doing this just for fun.

    It's eventually going to become one of three things:

    • Always on-line DRM mutiplayer/hybrid titles akin to Blizzard.
    • Multiplayer only titles, which require an original copy to play. PUBG, Overwatch, R6 Seige which will then attempt rake in money via additional purchases.
    • The final option is just to go DRM free, like CDPR. However, CDPR actually keeps their promises and delivers an amazing title. Witch 3 despite being DRM free still sold more copies on PC than both Xbox and PS4.

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