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Resident Evil 7’s Denuvo protection cracked in under a week

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Denuvo has been a controversial anti-piracy tool since its inception. Initial reports of its first usage suggested it may impact game performance, others said it might trash SSD drives (both of which have been proven to be alternative facts). To this day, there are still gamers who refuse to install games that are protected by Denuvo’s anti-tampering tech.

Denuvo has always done one thing well; staved off piracy of games in their early days. While it’s not completely crack proof, it’s kept some games going uncracked for months. That’s a win for publishers, who believe that those first weeks and months are the best for sales.

Bad news for Capcom and Denuvo, and good news for pirates then. It took just a little under 5 days for Denuvo’s protection of Resident Evil VII: Biohazard to fall. Does this mean that it’s game over for Denuvo – and that its protections are now meaningless?

Not exactly. Because of how Denuvo is employed slightly differently with each game, some protections take longer to bypass than others.

When Rise of the Tomb Raider was cracked, here’s what Thomas Goebl, director of sales at Denuvo, had to say about the cracks.

“There is no such thing as unbreakable protection. That’s something we always tell our clients to help manage their expectations. Our scope is to prevent early cracks for every title. We want to allow an initial window when a game is released to have an uncracked version and thus guarantee sales.”

If pirates are managing to bypass some of those protections within a week, Denuvo starts looking a lot less attractive to game publishers.

Last Updated: January 30, 2017


  1. Admiral Chief

    January 30, 2017 at 11:43

  2. Admiral Chief

    January 30, 2017 at 11:45

  3. Kromas Ryder

    January 30, 2017 at 11:45

    You wanna win against piracy? Stop charging insane prices for your games. It is a game of quantity … sell 20 copies at $60 or 200 copies at $20? I am speaking in terms of digital sales as I understand their is a tiny overhead cost for shipping and making the physical disc. (You know … copy steam on the DVD :P).


    • Frik van der Hewerskink

      January 30, 2017 at 11:55

      That last point though, I can’t remember what game it was, but i was caught completely off guard the one day when I actually inserted the disc, to just see a 50mb steam install file. It was very funny 🙂


      • Kromas Ryder

        January 30, 2017 at 11:57



      • Craig "CrAiGiSh" Dodd

        January 30, 2017 at 16:37

        Latest Mortal Kombat X disc was the same … I freaked out.


    • BakedBagel

      January 31, 2017 at 08:20

      BUT GUIYS if they dont charge $60 for games how will the devs survive???!?!?!?!

      There will always be excuses for insane prices for games, note, not from people who actually spend money on games


  4. Craig "CrAiGiSh" Dodd

    January 30, 2017 at 16:36

    Say the torrent go live last night … I mean, don’t pirate kids, stay in school.


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