Video game piracy could be gone in two years, says prolific cracking group

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I’ve written before about Denuvo – the “anti-tampering” software that’s become the protection du jour with many recent games. I made the mistake of calling Denuvo DRM, which more than anything has only led to an army of pedants pointing out that it’s not.

While that may technically be true, in the end it does much the same thing – it keeps would-be pirates from playing games they’ve not bought. It first came to notoriety within pirating circles with Dragon Age: Inquisition, which took over a month for the groups who crack these games to get their heads around. It’s subsequently been tweaked, making it even harder for that sort of software swashbuckling to be perpetrated.

It’s becoming such a nuisance that some of the more esteemed piracy groups are contemplating throwing in the towel. One of the newest games to feature the anti tampering software is Just Cause 3, and it’s a game that pirates would love to get their hands on. It’s also a game that’s proving very, very difficult to crack. It, along with the latest FIFA are proving to be rather tough nuts.

So says a member of 3DM, one of the more prolific cracking groups. Calling herself Bird Sister (or Phoenix, if you prefer), the members says that while Just Cause 3 may be compromised, advancements in Denuvo itself may put an end to video game piracy within the next two years.

“Recently, many people have asked about cracks for ‘Just Cause 3?, so here is a centralized answer to this question. The last stage is too difficult and Jun [cracking guy] nearly gave up, but last Wednesday I encouraged him to continue,” Bird Sister explains (via Torrentfreak).

“I still believe that this game can be compromised. But according to current trends in the development of encryption technology, in two years time I’m afraid there will be no free games to play in the world,” she adds.

That may or may not be a good thing. While I’m sure video game publishers are cackling with delight at this sort of news, there are many who believe software piracy isn’t that bad a thing, and pirates end up being some of the biggest spenders when it comes to the media they enjoy; they just tend ot be rather selective about it.

Whatever your personal stance on the stuff (I firmly believe that you should pay for the media you consume), video game piracy could be coming to an end – at least, for those AAA games from publishers who can afford to pay for Denuvo.

Last Updated: January 7, 2016

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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