Assassin’s Creed: Origins (AC:O) has had a lot of controversy over its Denuvo DRM protection. Even though the latest patch has finally fixed some issues with Denuvo, other issues still remain. For example, the game’s 1-2 hour intro is still protected by Denuvo. It’s a common problem for the game, which has a Denuvo-protected intro and a Denuvo-protected main menu, making it impossible to skip the intro.
The Assassin’s Creed series has always had a pretty good reputation at keeping its customers happy. For a long time, the series has been known for its tough DRM precautions. The latest game, Assassin’s Creed: Origins, did not have a single piece of DRM on it, which, if left unchecked, would eventually lead to unauthorized updates for the game, as it would receive patches and DLCs in the game’s store.
Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed: Origins finally launched yesterday. It has been months since the game’s release date, and a few people have been able to crack the game’s DRM protection. However, Ubisoft has revealed plans to abandon DRM in the future. The game has been a mess of DRM from the start, and it is only getting worse as more people try to crack the game. The game has been plagued by glitches and crashes, and support for an online multiplayer mode was removed a while ago. Ubisoft has been a big supporter of DRM in the past with games like Rainbow Six Siege.
Assassin’s Creed Origins has finally been broken, according to an Italian hacker organization. People who have pirated copies of the game may now circumvent the DRM restrictions thanks to their efforts.
The statement was made on a subreddit that tracks when games are cracked successfully. For months, Redditors have speculated about whether or not the game will ever be cracked, and if so, when. Most games, by default, utilize Denuvo, which has been contentious due to its alleged effect on game performance.
Denuvo, on the other hand, has proved unsuccessful in recent years, with several games being cracked only days after release. As a result, many developers and publishers are questioning whether it’s still worth paying for. In the case of Origins, Ubisoft went all-in on security.
Ubisoft was able to fool crackers like CPY for a time by combining the newest version of Denuvo, version 4.8, a code mutator called VMProtect, and Uplay security. Unfortunately, this has led to claims that Assassin’s Creed Origins used a disproportionate amount of system resources, even on PCs that exceeded the minimum system requirements.
Over the past several years, the CPY group, which also cracks games under the moniker CONSPIR4CY, has been responsible for cracking some of the most popular titles. Middle-earth: Because they utilized an earlier version of Denuvo, Shadow of War, South Park: The Fractured but Whole, and FIFA 18 were cracked within a day of release.
However, given CPY’s successful breach, it’s unclear if Ubisoft will retain such safeguards in place. Publishers have started patching Denuvo out of games once they’ve been broken in recent years. Denuvo was removed from Doom in 2016, according to Denuvo’s Robert Hernandez, since it had already achieved its objective of preserving the game’s “first sales window.”
One might claim that Ubisoft’s approach worked since it took almost three months to overcome Assassin’s Creed Origins’ anti-piracy measures. Existing Origins owners may find the removal of Denuvo, as well as potentially improved performance, to be a bittersweet development.
That seems odd, however, since Ubisoft doesn’t usually remove Denuvo from their games once they’ve passed their first sales window.