Resident Evil 7 Denuvo Anti-Tamper Tech Crumbles As Pirates Crack Game In Just 5 Days

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Capcom, the publisher of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, received some rather disappointing news this week. The PC version of the game has already been cracked, with its Denuvo anti-piracy software being defeated by hackers in record time.

We have to remember that Resident Evil 7 was just released this past Tuesday, so the crack was deployed in less than one week. Credit for cracking the game goes to CONSPIR4CY (CPY), which in the past has successfully cracked other Denuvo-enabled games including Rise of the Tomb Raider, Doom and Watch Dogs 2.

However, those Denuvo-enabled games took weeks, if not months to crack, making the swift fashion in which Resident Evil 7 was “taken down” quite notable. The company describes its protection scheme, writing:

Denuvo Anti-Tamper technology prevents the debugging, reverse engineering and changing of executable files to strengthen the security of games. It is not a DRM solution, but rather, Denuvo Anti-tamper protects DRM solutions, such as Origin Online Access or the Steam license management system, from being circumvented.

This latest incident is just another mark against Denuvo, which has already come under fire from gamers that complained that it makes modding more difficult and that it relies on third-party activation servers.

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“In its defense, Denuvo has never marketed its product as an uncrackable system,” writes TorrentFreak. “The plan, the company insists, is to give games producers a piracy-free window of opportunity, from the day of launch to some undefined point in the future. Protecting those lucrative early months from pirates is the aim.”

However, getting cracked in less than a week might give other publishers pause with regards to shelling out money for such “protection”.