Ubisoft says Assassin’s Creed Origins DRM has “no perceptible effect on game performance”

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From reports, it seems some Pc gamers are having a tough time getting Assassin’s creed Origins to run at acceptable frame rates on their beefy machines. Anti-DRM advocates have been quick to lay the blame on the double-whammy of DRM that’s protecting the game from pirates right now.

Assassin’s Creed Origins not only utilises the beleaguered, uncrackable Denuvo (that’s been cracked to smithereens), but also VMProtect, which runs executable code within a virtual machine. According to crackers, it’s this second layer of DRM that’s causing the CPU performance when running the game to spike.

“Basically, Ubisoft have implemented VMProtect on top of Denuvo, tanking the game’s performance by 30-40 per cent, demanding that people have a more expensive CPU to play the game properly, only because of the DRM. It’s anti-consumer and a disgusting move,” said noted game cracker Volski to Torrenfreak.

Ubisoft, however, disagrees – saying that the CP hit caused by the DRM in imperceptible. Instead, the game is designed to use all of the available CPU cycles, to enable its living, breathing ancient world. Says Ubisoft in a statement to Gearnuke.

“We’re confirming that the anti-tamper solutions implemented in the Windows PC version of Assassin’s Creed Origins have no perceptible effect on game performance.

In order to recreate a living, systemic and majestic open world of Ancient Egypt, where players can witness all of its stunning details, its beautiful landscapes & incredible cities, in a completely seamless way with no loading screens, Assassin’s Creed Origins uses the full extent of the minimum and recommended PC system requirements here: http://forums.ubi.com/showthread.php/1759689 while ensuring a steady 30 FPS performance.

We’re committed to ensuring the most optimum experience possible for everyone, and we advise any players who may encounter performance issues on PC to check out support.ubi.com as there might be already a workaround or to contact us further explaining their issues so that we can solve them.”

As I said earlier this week, whatever the cause, the effects is that many people are unable to play the game properly, and that’s a shame.

Last Updated: November 2, 2017

Geoffrey Tim

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