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Doom Eternal is getting rid of Denuvo anti-cheat

Published: 01:17, 21 May 2020
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Doom Eternal was thrown into a hellish pit of controversy following the introduction of Denuvo anti-cheat but id Software reversed the ferret and the next patch will remove it.

Denuvo is as welcome in the gaming community circles as laxatives are in treating Montezuma's revenge. This is due to their solutions having a history of leaving an unsavoury taste in the paying gamers' mouths while attempting to fight piracy.

Therefore, it was no surprise that the Doom Eternal community got up in arms after Bethesda and id Software decided to employ their anti-cheat for the multiplayer portion of the game. To make matters worse, one couldn't even play the singleplayer campaign without having to run the unwanted Denuvo droppings.

It now appears that the outcry was loud enough for the developers and publishers to hear as they decided to go back on this decision. Just a week after Denuvo Anti-Cheat had been deployed, Marty Stratton, the executive producer on Doom Eternal, announced that the PC-only Update 1.1 will include a few changes and remove the unwanted software.

As you might imagine, the community took the news with a great deal of joy and to make it even better, Stratton stated they are still looking for a way to implement an anti-cheat without forcing the singleplayer users to run it, since they don't need it anyway.

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He also reassured the players the Denuvo anti-cheat had nothing to do with performance drops and that Bethesda didn't force it on id Software. The belief is that a VRAM allocation change caused the performance dip, which should go back to normal with the next patch.

You can check out the full statement by Stratton on Reddit.

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