Hopefully it won’t hurt the performance
The PC releases of both Far Cry Primal and Rise of the Tomb Raider will make use of the controversial Denuvo anti-tampering software.
Denuvo isn’t technically DRM because it doesn’t manage content licenses. However, it does provide an extra wall of security to stop the underlying DRM from being cracked. It’s one of the big reasons why games have been getting harder and harder to crack in the last couple of years.
However, it’s also been accused of causing poor game performance. The developer, also called Denuvo, vehemently denies these accusations, but Lords of the Fallen, Batman: Arkham Knight and Just Cause 3 all use the system and well… look at how they turned out.
Far Cry Primal will be featuring a particularly persistent version of the software. According to the EULA, some of Denuvo’s files will remain on your system even after you’ve uninstalled the game:
THE PRODUCT IS PROTECTED BY DIGITAL RIGHTS MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE (“DRM SOFTWARE”) AND DENUVO ANTI-TAMPER PROTECTION TECHNOLOGY (“ANTI-TAMPER TECHNOLOGY”)… CERTAIN FILES OF THE ANTI-TAMPER TECHNOLOGY MAY REMAIN EVEN AFTER THE PRODUCT IS UNINSTALLED FROM YOUR COMPUTER.
Its presence in Rise of the Tomb Raider hasn’t been completely confirmed, but its header image has been spotted on a cloud service owned by Denuvo’s president, Reinhard Blaukovitsch. Every game that uses Denuvo has an image on that same site, and Square Enix’s last major release, Just Cause 3, also uses the system, so it’s safe to say Tomb Raider will be getting it too.
For all of its problems, Denuvo is a massively successful way of keeping crackers at bay during that critical launch period. That means whether paying players (IE the only ones that should actually matter) like it or not, it’s going to stick around and probably pop up on more and more major releases.
Here’s hoping it doesn’t cause too many issues…