The once inpenetrable Denuvo gaming DRM, or more precisely, the gaming anti-tampering system, appears to be on the verge of being useless as a new game gets cracked in record time.
In just five days after release, new game 'Resident Evil 7: Biohazard' has been uploaded to the usual piracy outlets, stripped of its Denuvo protection.
This marks a dramatic difference to when Denuvo first started getting noticed, when games that were usually pirated days after (or even before) release, remain uncracked. Some games from a few years ago, even to this day, remain protected by Denuvo.
This made Denuvo achieve legendary status among game publishers, and many signed up to license its code to use in their games in the hope of at the very least defeating zero day piracy.
This also made Denuvo a tempting target for game hackers, keen to crack the system and claim this much valued scalp. With intense effort aimed at targeting Denuvo, progress was being made, and slowly, one by one, Denuvo protected games started to get cracked, even if it took the better of five months to do so (by which time, game publishers were no longer too concerned about piracy).
Then, all of a sudden, a major development in cracking Denuvo seems to have occurred, and the puzzle platformer game 'Inside' was cracked in a record six weeks. Other Denuvo games, including 'Doom' and 'Mirror's Edge Catalyst', were soon cracked too.
Six weeks is still a long time for a new game, and keeping these early weeks piracy free is all that game publishers need most of the time. But the cracking of 'Resident Evil 7: Biohazard' changes the game completely, and the spectre of zero day releases is rearing its ugly head once again.