Capcom’s popular survival horror game, Resident Evil Village, has recently removed the widely criticized Denuvo Anti-Tamper program from its software, potentially improving the game’s performance for many players. The change was first noticed on SteamDB, with the update occurring on April 10th and the accompanying description stating: “Removed 3rd-Party DRM – Denuvo Anti-tamper, 5 different PC within a day machine activation limit.”
Although Square Enix, the game’s developer, has not officially announced the reason for the removal, it follows a similar move made earlier this month when they removed the same 3rd-party DRM program from their critically acclaimed title, Disco Elysium. This may provide some insight into the company’s rationale for the change.
Denuvo has long been a controversial program among gamers, with many blaming it for causing lag and performance issues in the games it is intended to protect. The impact of these problems is often more noticeable on medium and lower-end PCs, leading to a diminished gaming experience for those users.
Despite the use of the DRM program, Resident Evil Village has still managed to find its way into the hands of hackers, who have successfully pirated the game. With the removal of Denuvo, it remains to be seen whether the game’s performance will improve for all players, and if it will have any impact on the piracy issues facing the title. For now, however, fans of the series can enjoy the game without the potential drawbacks caused by the Denuvo Anti-Tamper program.