Once considered to be almost uncrackable, the Denuvo DRM technology has since fallen from grace spectacularly. When it first debuted in 2014, Denuvo was believed to be particularly hardy and it often took hacking groups months to figure out a way around its protections - that's no longer the case, it seems.
Back in 2015, when Just Cause 3 was launched, its use of a modified and updated version of Denuvo was a nightmare for hackers and one of the major gaming piracy groups had even suggested a bleak future - for pirates - in which no games would be 'free'. After months of work, that game was cracked, of course, and since then, Denuvo has become increasingly easier for pirates to get past.
Monolith Productions' new RPG set in the fictional world created by Tolkien, Middle Earth: Shadow of War, also employs the same anti-piracy protection and did not even last a full day before hackers had neutralised the Denuvo DRM and made it available for download by fellow pirates.
A Reddit thread announcing the development already has thousands of upvotes and over 1,000 comments, most of which are congratulatory in nature and prophesy the demise of Denuvo in the near future. Their predictions may, in fact, be veracious, as a number of other games which use the anti-tamper technology - Rime, Resident Evil 7, Total War: Warhammer 2 and FIFA 18 - have all been cracked in five or less days.
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