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Hitman 2 cracked before launch, Denuvo 5.3 is down

Published: 11:23, 12 November 2018
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Agent 47, Hitman 2's protagonist sniping from a balcony
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Denuvo's anti-tamper tech has been successfully tampered with and the company's 5.3 version that was meant to protect Hitman 2 has already been cracked by FCKDRM, the same group that cracked the 5.2 version and Football Manager 2019.

Once , the cracking group that calls itself FCKDRM has no affiliation with CD Projekt Red and GoG's anti-DRM initiative that sports the , even if they do share the disdain for all things DRM. Having cracked the 5.2 version in just five days, the group moved on and did the same to Hitman 2.

IO Interactive's launch of Hitman 2 is scheduled for 13 November 2018, unless you've pre-ordered the game, in which case you've had it since Friday. Unfortunately, it isn't worth much now and it remains to be seen whether the developer removes it.

This means that it took the group even less to break apart Denuvo 5.3 than its predecessor, albeit by a single day or so. Nevertheless, the company is definitely going through a rough patch, with the yet-to-be-cracked 4.9 version seemingly their best option at the moment for at least trying to protect the upcoming games.

Much has been said about the viability of Denuvo's anti-tamper tech lately, especially by the company themselves. They couldn't resist tooting their own horn lately by pointing out how triple-A games lose a bunch of money they'd otherwise make in first two weeks by deciding against Denuvo.

Unfortunately, FCKDRM is almost singlehandedly making the company redundant, because what good is crack protection if it's cracked before the game is out. With Battlefield V one of the prime candidates for Denuvo's future triple-A ambitions, EA and DICE's game may actually prove to be one of the crucial battlefields for the anti-tamper tech maker as well.

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Interestingly enough, the company reacted pretty quickly to the debacle and cracking of Football Manager 2019, rolling out the 5.3 version. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be doing the trick and the whole ordeal is quickly turning into an all out war between cracking groups and Denuvo. And so far, the groups seem to be winning.

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