With how vast the world of PC gaming can be, players are often cautious about what they install on their systems. Denuvo has been a controversial piece of software for years, as the anti-mod program is often seen as a hindrance to performance at best, and a privacy risk at worst. The highly-anticipated sequel Payday 3 was set to use Denuvo for its PC version, but it is changing course just days before release.
Payday 3 developer Starbreeze Studios announced the decision in a tweet on Friday. “Hello heisters, We want to inform you that Denuvo is no longer in Payday 3. We look forward to seeing you in New York City! Happy heisting!” The studio didn’t provide a reason behind the decision, but it’s likely that feedback from fans was a driving factor. Fans previously discovered that Payday 3 was using Denuvo through its Steam page listing and expressed their disapproval online.
The announcement was met with a positive response from fans on social media. Denuvo is an anti-cheat software, implemented by developers to prevent users from tampering with a game’s code. While anti-cheat software is pretty common among PC games, Denuvo in particular has a pretty rough reputation among gamers. This is primarily due to the fact that the software uses a computer’s kernel-level drivers, which could pose a serious security risk if obtained by the wrong hands.
Even for those not paranoid about security, many have attributed reduced game performance to Denuvo software. Most recently, Tekken fans got riled up about the prospect of Tekken 8 using Denuvo before Katsuhiro Harada himself had to tell them to calm down.
The announcement comes at the last minute, as Payday 3 will be released this week on September 21. Regardless, PC players can breathe a sigh of relief as they jump in to rob banks with their friends. For more Payday 3 news, Shacknews has the information you need.
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No interest in PayDay 3 but another title without denuvo is a tiny victory for common sense.