The inclusion of the controversial software in the recently released Deathloop greatly angered its fans, with many blaming Denuvo for the game’s stuttering frame rates on PC. Upset players decided to vent their frustrations by review bombing Deathloop on Steam, calling on developer Arkane Studios to fix the game’s performance problems by removing the DRM software. While the stuttering glitch has been partially fixed during a recent patch, Arkane did not mention if the issues were tied to its use of Denuvo.
The anti-piracy software’s inclusion in games has often prompted a largely negative response from fans in the past, due to its tendency to negatively affect a game’s performance. However, this is not always the case, with id Software’s Doom Eternal having received high praises from fans and critics alike for its excellent optimization and performance on PC, despite utilizing Denuvo’s DRM software.
The release of Back 4 Blood is hotly anticipated, with just over a week to go until the game’s October 12 release date. However, developer Turtle Rock recently made a controversial addition to the game in the form of Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM. As spotted by NME, the game’s SteamDB page indicates that the change was made on September 28 with no comment or update from the developer.
Digital rights management is something PC gamers have lived with for decades, with the likes of Steam making it more palatable and storefronts like GOG offering DRM-free options of many current and legacy titles.
Considering Back 4 Blood exceeded 5.6 million players during its beta in August, the game may be in store for a sizable backlash from its fans should any issues arise regarding its performance. Due the fast paced nature of Back 4 Blood, any performance issues would greatly hinder a player’s experience. However, developers have been known in the past to remove Denuvo from their games due to negative reactions from fans, thus its inclusion in Back 4 Blood may not be entirely set in stone.
Despite this, Denuvo has garnered an infamous reputation for hampering the performance of games. The most recent egregious example of this was in the PC port of Resident Evil: Village, which saw pirated versions of the game without Denuvo running with far fewer performance problems.
However, not all forms of Denuvo are created equal with Doom: Eternal, widely recognised as one of the best performing PC games ever, integrating the DRM software with seemingly little issue. Additionally, the software has become something of a scapegoat, with it previously being blamed for issues in Deathloop, which later turned out to be unrelated.