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Denuvo expand their Anti-Tamper and add special Unreal Engine Protection

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You all absolutely adore Denuvo right? Well it's about to expand to offer game developers more options to add into their games so here's what's coming.

Announced during Gamescom is an expansion of their Anti-Tamper tooling with Integrity Verification. They say it will bring "more granular options to the Anti-Tamper product" letting developers verify the integrity of their own code, which is supposed to protect it against static and dynamic tampering preventing people from altering protected game code before startup and during gameplay.

“We understand the paramount importance of code security in the gaming industry,” said Doug Lowther, Chief Executive Officer at Irdeto, “Our Integrity Verification feature offers an effortless and robust defense, empowering our customers with a powerful tool to protect their valuable code and maintain the integrity of their gaming experiences.”

As for the Unreal Engine Protection, this new feature is a "first-of-its-kind solution is easy to integrate into the game on a binary level, effectively thwarting data mining attempts and creating formidable barriers against cheat creators, pirates and fraudsters" according to Denuvo developer Irdeto. 

“With the Unreal Engine Protection, we are creating new weapons for the gaming industry’s fight against hackers trying to do things with games that are not supposed to be done,” said Lowther, “Our commitment to staying ahead of the curve in gaming security is exemplified by this first-to-market solution, enabling game developers and publishers to protect their creations with unparalleled ease.” 

Full press release here.

Thankfully, so far, Denuvo hasn't actually caused all that many issues for Linux desktop and Steam Deck gamers, since games protected by it work in Proton. When I spoke to Irdeto back in early 2021 they mentioned their anti-cheat would work on Linux too but it would tell developers as running at lower integrity but still that the "userspace game process performs significant cheat detection". Since then we've not had any updates on that.

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StoneColdSpider Aug 23, 2023
QuoteYou all absolutely adore Denuvo right?
If I was to tell you what I really thought about Denuvo it would be nothing but *BEEP* *BEEP* *BEEP*ing *BEEP*s.......
M@GOid Aug 23, 2023
And yet, Baldur's Gate 3 is topping charts without any DRM protection. How dare they launch a game in 2023 without DRM. Also, the game have too much content. They should had left some out to sell during the season pass.


Last edited by M@GOid on 23 August 2023 at 11:47 am UTC
twinsonian Aug 23, 2023
Denuvo shouldnt exist as a company. If these companies are so concerned about piracy they should create complete and professional products. Their games in general suck these days, I wouldn't buy or pirate them. They do not respect the customers that purchase and play them and there is absolutely no passion in most of the sewage that is being pushed out for max profit.


Last edited by twinsonian on 23 August 2023 at 11:43 am UTC
Ehvis Aug 23, 2023
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QuoteYou all absolutely adore Denuvo right?

Kinda. My wallet is happy about it.
Bogomips Aug 23, 2023
I will count the hours between the publication of a game implementing it and the cheaters pointing their nose in that same game.
Pengling Aug 23, 2023
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I've only run into Denuvo once in the two years since I ditched consoles (prior to that, I had ditched PC-gaming before even the likes of StarForce and SecuROM showed up), when it got added to Capcom's remaster of Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective - a game I was going to buy and revisit, having enjoyed the original Nintendo DS release back in the day. I immediately opted not to buy it, and was left puzzled by why it's been stuck on an up-port of a decade-old DS game, but left off of some modern releases by the same developer.

Quoting: EhvisKinda. My wallet is happy about it.
Same. I suspect that Denuvo's real value is as a money-saving tool!

Quoting: BogomipsI will count the hours between the publication of a game implementing it and the cheaters pointing their nose in that same game.
This is the problem, of course - if someone is determined to cheat, they're going to do it anyway, no matter how much effort it involves. Punishing legitimate customers is definitely not the answer to that.
Linux_Rocks Aug 23, 2023
artixbtw Aug 23, 2023
Digital Restrictions Management is cancer of the software industry. Now we know that new Unreal-based games aren't only infected by Epic Online Services, but may be Denuvo'd more often as well.
based Aug 23, 2023
"Thankfully, so far, Denuvo hasn't actually caused all that many issues for Linux desktop and Steam Deck gamers"
I feel like they are about to with this feature. But hey the more spyware and telemetry trash we have the better right? 😛🏴‍☠️
nenoro Aug 23, 2023
Denuvo kills performance

Unreal Engine is good for visual but bad for gaming because it's not made for gaming never was.

Denuvo with Unreal Engine support

And then kids this is why people keep pirating big games to prevent from killing performance
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