Wednesday, February 20th 2019

Denuvo 5.6, Used in Both Metro Exodus and Far Cry New Dawn, Cracked in Five Days; UWP for Crackdown 3 Bypassed

New game releases with newly-revamped Denuvo protection, and new cracked versions of those games - all in less than five days after release. For now, only Metro Exodus is cracked, though the fact that Far Cry New Dawn makes use of the same version does little to inspire confidence in its continued resistance. The tale is becoming older and older, and the question in most anyone's mind is whether there is actually any financial incentive for developers/publishers to go after Denuvo's protections against cheaper option, because it seems that Denuvo is failing to guarantee even that brief time-window that is always brought about when it comes to new game releases.

Most Denuvo-protected games have been cracked in less than a week after release, and things haven't been improving for some time now. Whether or not it makes sense to keep a team of software engineers working on such a product is also a question that would be well-posed to Denuvo. But not only Denuvo and its DRM solutions are falling short, since it seems that Microsoft's own UWP-protected Crackdown 3, which finally released after a very early 2015 reveal, has also been cracked.
Source: DSO Gaming
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48 Comments on Denuvo 5.6, Used in Both Metro Exodus and Far Cry New Dawn, Cracked in Five Days; UWP for Crackdown 3 Bypassed

#1
laszlo
just can't imagine on what level are the programming skills of those crackers :eek:

denuvo - resistance is futile! :D
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#2
moproblems99
The cool thing about reverse engineering is that you don't have any higher level skill than the original developers, you just have to think outside the box.
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#3
64K
It was inevitable that Exodus would get cracked anyway but the Publisher might have gotten a little more time for initial sales if all the drama surrounding Exodus hadn't happened.

The game kind of became a special target to crack the Denuvo protection as quickly as possible imo.
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#4
sam_86314
Companies keep bragging about how uncrackable UWP is. Good to see it’s worse than Denuvo in this case.

Crackdown 3? More like Cracked in 4 (days)
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#5
hat
Enthusiast
Hopefully they take a lesson from GOG. I'd rather pirate a DRM protected game... but I would rather buy one that has no such protection.
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#6
yakk
A whole 5 day work week can actually be quite a bit of work hours if a whole team of hackers were working on this full time. 5 workers * 40 hours = 200 person hours to crack, still commendable.

Futile, but commendable.
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#7
blobster21


and in the end, steam or epic, it makes no difference whatsoever LMAO
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#8
TheGuruStud
yakk, post: 3998791, member: 158293"
A whole 5 day work week can actually be quite a bit of work hours if a whole team of hackers were working on this full time. 5 workers * 40 hours = 200 person hours to crack, still commendable.

Futile, but commendable.
That's pretty sad when the company is investing thousands of hours.
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#9
yakk
TheGuruStud, post: 3998835, member: 42692"
That's pretty sad when the company is investing thousands of hours.
Agree, I have no idea exactly how long, but just to integrate into 1 game IMO it could easily go into the hundreds of hours. Plus developing the DRM technology itself is probably into the thousands.

I guess it's an example of just because you can, doesn't mean you should. Since those costs are passed on to paying customers after all.
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#10
moproblems99
yakk, post: 3998840, member: 158293"
Since those costs are passed on to paying customers after all.
DRM is one component that doesn't actually get passed along to customers. The games are going to be $60 (or more) whether they have DRM or not.
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#11
Darksider92
this was going to happen sooner or later,
and some steam fanatics are happy about it i am sure lol
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#12
hat
Enthusiast
While I would have wanted Metro on Steam, I fail to see the relevance of their DRM being cracked. It would have happened if it was on Steam or not...
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#13
Prima.Vera
laszlo, post: 3998747, member: 6256"
just can't imagine on what level are the programming skills of those crackers :eek:
It's formidable. Just look on some youtube videos where some of them record themseves cracking this garbage.
Seriously, those guys have an IQ level close to 200.
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#15
Bansaku
The torrent downloads of the cracked games and the potential loss of profit (which is BS because they lose nothing) is probably dwarfed by the licensing fees for these so called anti-crack technologies. :rockout:
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#16
trparky
If the game is actually good I'm sure that more people would be willing to pay for the game and not crack it.
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#17
lexluthermiester
Less than a week. What a shocker! :laugh::clap:

Now it can be played with having to wait for a GOG/Steam release. Pay for it on Epic, don't bother downloading it, use the cracked version. Gee, who saw that coming?
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#18
Tsukiyomi91
Knew that the whole "I choose Epic over Steam because of higher profit revenue per sale" BS was going to make more than just gamers mad... serves them right (Deep Silver) for screwing everyone for their actions. Sure, cracking a dated DRM with a revised number on it is nothing new, but it shows how incompetent Denuvo is.
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#19
natr0n
When your tech site provides scene release info.:cool:
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#20
Tsukiyomi91
it's still news regardless. Each time I see or read news piece where Denuvo has failed once again to "protect" games they supposed to, I just laugh my butt off no matter what.
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#21
lexluthermiester
trparky, post: 3998988, member: 170376"
I'm sure that more people would be willing to pay for the game and not crack it.
Pay for it, sure. Tolerate Epic's crap client? No.
natr0n, post: 3999007, member: 102496"
When your tech site provides scene release info.:cool:
It's a news worthy development. It just also happens to be amusing!
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#22
Crackong
Pretty sure this incredible cracking speed has nothing to do with the "Epic Exclusive" incident, right ?????:roll:
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#23
hat
Enthusiast
Crackong, post: 3999017, member: 185495"
Pretty sure this incredible cracking speed has nothing to do with the "Epic Exclusive" incident, right ?????:roll:
I would guess not. People are upset about the whole Epic thing, but people have been livid about DRM for a lot longer than that.
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#24
Tsukiyomi91
I can safely say no one is going to wait for a whole year for it to go back to Steam storefront. So, everyone is now sharing the cracked copy instead. As a big middle finger to Deep Silver's stupid move. Partially to 4A as well for not voicing out.
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#25
hat
Enthusiast
I would be more inclined to buy it on Steam, to show that I wanted the game on Steam, not on Epic. That said, if I were really into the game, I'd likely pirate it now and then buy it later... on Steam.
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