In the eternal battle between pirates and game publishers, it seems the latter have once again gained the upper hand. DSO Gaming reports the new version of Denuvo has still not been cracked. Assassin’s Creed: Origins was launched one month ago, this game uses VMProtect on top of a new version of Denuvo and that seems to be the new golden combo.
Critics claim the new DRM has an impact on performance as they allege it eats up CPU cycles, but Ubisoft claims this is not the case.
As we’ve already reported, Assassin’s Creed Origins scales well on more than four CPU cores. However, the in-game performance is similar on both quad-core and six-core CPUs. Moreover, there is no performance benefit when Hyper Threading is enabled, even though the game scales even on twelve CPU threads. On November 1st, Ubisoft claimed that the game’s protection system does not have any perceptible effect on performance.This new version of Denuvo is also used by Sonic Forces, Injustice 2, Football Manager 2018, Need for Speed Payback and Star Wars Battlefront 2. All of these games are still safe from piracy.
This isn’t something new though. Watch_Dogs 2, another open-world game from Ubisoft, shows the exact same behaviour. However, and contrary to Origins, Watch_Dogs 2 does not use VMProtect over Denuvo; it only uses the Denuvo anti-tamper tech.