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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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elmapul Aug 26, 2023
Quoteand creating formidable barriers against cheat creators, pirates and fraudsters" according to Denuvo developer Irdeto.
and modders, probably
elmapul Aug 26, 2023
its funny how they pretend all of those things are positive...
the only positive thing is anti cheat, if companies sold old games, and sold all their games region free in all regions, then we could have a different conversation.
Jahimself Aug 28, 2023
I miss the good old times of physical copies, even the protection back then were funny. You sometimes had few hundrer pages manual with lot of illustrations, data...
I remember one of the Wing Commander game on which the security was basically a question related to the manual, for instance "what is the weight of the ralari" . You just had to go to the ralari page with all its specs and enter the answer. I whas a cool way of making some sort of protection. I still prefer drm free in general, but found it was kinda cool.
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