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Did Bethesda accidentally crack Doom Eternal?

Published: 11:17, 20 March 2020
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It looks like Bethesda have accidentally released a DRM-free version of Doom Eternal on Bethesda Launcher. The installation folder apparently comes with two .exe files - standard DRM version and one without the Denuvo protection.

If you visit Doom Eternal's page over at Steam, you will notice that the game uses Denuvo DRM, just like the majority of AAA releases these days. However, it looks like id Software's brutal shooter also shipped without the controversial protection. 

Over at Reddit , players have found out that Bethesda accidentally released two versions of Doom Eternal. One of them is the standard DRM version with "DOOMEternalx64vk.exe" file but the other one is apparently a smaller .exe file with the same name but without Denuvo DRM. 

id Software Fighting new and classic enemies in DOOM Eternal. Chuck a grenade in this ones mouth and... he won't be happy.

Pirates  are already preparing a free repack of Doom Eternal but some users are a bit sceptic. "For all we know, they could be trolling us and the game is unbeatable with that executable," one Reddit user wrote but added that for the time being, Doom Eternal works without any issues "I was able to start the campaign, no guarantees of stability though".

The whole situation is a bit absurd, to say the least, but believe it or not, this is not the first time that Bethesda have forgotten to add Denuvo DRM protection to their game. The publisher made the same mistake with Rage 2 when they left the DRM-free .exe file in the Bethesda launcher version of the game.

Whether they did this on purpose or not, it is not clear at the moment but it is safe to say that they are doing pirates' life much easier with these DRM-free versions.

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Doom Eternal is available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can check out our review of the game here.

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