Grey Box Games will not be re-applying Denuvo in updates for Rime after the anti-tamper software is cracked, as it inevitably will be. The publisher expects the protection to be cracked within two weeks of the game's launch.
Austrian developed anti-tamper software Denuvo has caused quite a stir in the murky waters where the internet's pirate communities reside. The demo group 3DM famously declared the software uncrackable, only for it to be bypassed and cracked shortly after the statement. Currently it seems that developers and publishers acknowledge that Denuvo is only a temporary solution for reinforcing a game's DRM, and very few expect it to last for longer tha a few weeks.
A developer from Tequila Works has announced on Rime's Steam page that their publisher Grey Box Games has no intention of re-applying the anti-tamper software after it's cracked for the first time.
"We have had discussions about Denuvo internally, and one of the key points of all of those discussions have simply been, we want to ensure the best gaming experience for RiME players. RiME is a very personal experience told through both sight and sound. When a game is cracked, it runs the risk of creating issues with both of those items, and we want to do everything we can to preserve this quality in RiME", the statement reads.
If you are scratching your head as to what this bit of PR-speak is exactly trying to say, it essetially means that the first post-crack update will provide an equal experience for all players, pirates or not - once the game is cracked. While on one side this means that pirates will have a smooth experience with the game after it's cracked, on the other side this implies that anyone who legally acquired the game won't really be getting anything out of their initial hassle with Denuvo. Other than a clear conscience for supporting the studio and all the other great long-time benefits of not sailing in pirate infested waters.
Grey Box Games and Tequilla want everyone to have a great experience with the game, pirate or not. This might be a wise move from a wort-of-mouth marketing perspective, and it is definitely generating some free publicity which has to be true since you are reading this.
Rime is enjoying a relatively warm critical reception, floating around the 80 per cent score mark on Metacritic at the time of writing.
The game has reportedly run into some performance issues on PC and the developers are addressing the issue along with their anti-tamper tinkering. Another statement from the publisher claims that Denuvo is having a negligible effect on the game's performance.
"The only thing that Denuvo is currently doing for us is checking to make certain that Steam’s (or Origin’s) DRM is still attached to the game. There is a small performance hit associated with this, but at this time we do not believe it is causing the problems that are currently being reported. We might be wrong. We’re monitoring the situation", reads yesterday's announcement from Grey Box Games.
Denuvo was also connected with a small incident earlier this year, when Funcom forgot to apply the anti-tamper software after an update for Conan Exiles.