UPDATE: In a reply to the controversy, Ubisoft claims the DRM of Origins has no impact on the in-game performance.
Gamers complain about CPU utilization issues with the new Assassin's Creed Origins game from Ubisoft. It appears Ubisoft has implemented new anti-piracy measures that significantly drag down the performance of all but the most powerful gaming PCs.
The game publisher decided to implement VMProtect on top of Denuvo, an anti-piracy measure that reportedly hurts game performance by up to 30-40 percent! Some users even face BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) issues as their PC overheats after just two hours of gaming due to the massive CPU utilization allegedly caused by the game's DRM.
“It seems that Ubisoft decided that Denuvo is not enough to stop pirates in the crucial first days [after release] anymore, so they have implemented an iteration of VMProtect over it,” Voksi explains.
“This is great if you are looking to save your game from those pirates, because this layer of VMProtect will make Denuvo a lot more harder to trace and keygen than without it. But if you are a legit customer, well, it’s not that great for you since this combo could tank your performance by a lot, especially if you are using a low-mid range CPU. That’s why we are seeing 100% CPU usage on 4 core CPUs right now for example.”
More details can be read at TorrentFreak. The site wonders whether this new anti-piracy wall will stand the test of time better than Denuvo alone. If it does, the nasty implication for gamers may be that they'll need beefier, more expensive hardware to accommodate anti-piracy technology. It's really a bizarre situation as legit gamers are once again getting punished by game publishers.