Developers of Denuvo designed the tech around being the ultimate tool for game devs to protect their work. To give credit where it’s due, it did work. Games protected by Denuvo could stay uncracked for months. However, all it took was one game that everyone really wanted for the whole system to go up in smoke. The latest version of Denuvo, used on Resident Evil 7, got cracked in under five days.
This development basically boils down to one important point: Any upcoming game protected by Denuvo will probably be cracked in a matter of days as well. Needless to say, this will be a huge setback for both publishers and Denuvo. I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if gaming companies start coming with refund demands.
On the other hand, if Capcom play their cards right, they can turn this mishap to their advantage. Many PC players outright boycott Denuvo-protected games out of principle, even if they actually want the game. They’re protesting any DRM-enforcing software, basically. The smart move now would be to remove Denuvo from the game completely to boost sales. It’s a good game from a popular franchise, it’ll sell well no matter what.
Since the cat’s out of the bag, they might as well get the added revenue from gamers that want to legally obtain the game, but won’t because of DRM. To be brutally honest, there’s no reason not to throw Denuvo under the bus. It’s not just me that thinks so, either. Bethesda and Playdead did the same with Doom and Inside, respectively. As soon as pirated versions were up, they removed Denuvo. We’ll just have to wait and see what Capcom does.
Resident Evil 7 came out on January 24th for all major platforms. If it’s giving you trouble, feel free to browse our extensive Resident Evil 7 guides.