Denuvo Anti-Cheat will be removed from DOOM Eternal in the next game update v1.1. An adequate response announced by id Software executive producer Marty Stratton to a controversy that should never have occurred.
How to destroy the operation and image of an outstanding game, the best shooter published so far this year? Why are developers still determined to use the services of a company (Denuvo) that has become the great enemy of PC gamers, incorporating useless tools that have negative effects on the games where it is included and that implies a cost for the distributors that end up having an impact on the final sale price of video games?
DOOM Eternal is an excellent game and we expected it after the follow-up that we had dedicated to it since the announcement of its development. The good impressions were confirmed by our analysis and by the praise of critics and followers alike, with average ratings for the PC version of 90% on metacritic and 91% on Steam. Players responded and sales would have doubled the DOOM 2016 launch.
Despite Denuvo. In a monumental bug somewhere in the supply chain, early game buyers discovered a folder in the game’s directory that contained an executable .exe file that could be used to replace the original Denuvo-protected one. Bethesda had hacked its own game and the title was available on pirated channels from minute one of the official launch. It was not a direct fault of Denuvo, but everything that this company reaches ends up causing negative effects.
Denominated Anti-Cheat from DOOM Eternal
Bethesda announced a free update with new content, improved experience in some sections and the corresponding error correction. And also the Denuvo Anti-Cheat system dedicated to preventing the use of “cheats” in the game. Its implementation has brought great controversy by the absurd mandatory use in single player campaign mode, the malfunctions, thick criticism regarding privacy for the alleged data collection, and security, with some really dangerous “calls” to the Windows kernel such as for Windows Defender itself to detect it as malware.
The response of the players was forceful and from the positive evaluations they went to a ‘Review bombing’ with 5,000 negative ratings. iD Software has had to respond and Denuvo Anti-Cheat will disappear from DOOM Eternal in the next update 1.1.
We’re currently working on PC only Update 1.1 for DOOM Eternal that will remove Denuvo anti-cheat and address a number of crashes. https://t.co/EpiK3URxvn
– id Software (@idSoftware) May 20, 2020
The iD producer’s explanations are not convincing, but they are what is expected and the conclusion is what matters: Denuvo Anti-Cheat will come out of DOOM Eternal. “The decision to include anti-cheat software was a decision made by the id Software team; Bethesda did not force us. The decision to remove the anti-cheat software is not based on the quality of Denuvo’s solution. Unfortunately, many have related the performance and stability issues introduced in the first update to it. They are not related.
Stratton says, “At a minimum we should consider giving campaign players the ability to play without anti-cheat software installed, as well as ensuring that the overall timing of any anti-cheat integration better aligns with player expectations. around clear initiatives, such as ranking or competitive game ». We will see the update. It’s sad to destroy one of the games of the year for this.