It has been barely a day since EA released the latest addition to FIFA franchise and the game has already been cracked. Ironically, the game uses Denuvo anti-tamper tech which is supposed to prevent the game from getting cracked. However, it wasn’t the case as the game was cracked and distributed via Torrent just after 12 hours of launch. FIFA 18 was the fastest Denuvo-powered games that have been cracked. In fact, it’s been less than a day, something that it frightening for Denuvo and EA.
Steampunks are responsible for this and are the same ones who recently cracked FIFA 17 also. Surprisingly, EA has removed Denuvo anti-tamper tech from Mass Effect: Andromeda. It will be interesting to see whether it will also remove it from FIFA franchise.
In case you don’t know, Denuvo is an anti-tamper technology and digital rights management scheme developed by Austrian company Denuvo Software Solutions GmbH. It has tied up with various games including FIFA 18, Total Warhammer II, Marvel vs Capcom Infinite, Far Cry Primal, Life Is Strange, Pro Evolution Soccer, F1 2017 and others. The company initially said that Denuvo Anti-Tamper “continuously encrypts and decrypts itself so that it is impossible to crack.” But they clarified their statement saying that the technology “does not continuously encrypt and decrypt any data on storage media. To do so would be of no benefit in terms of security or performance.” The very first game to be cracked was Dragon Age Inquistion. Soon other games followed and now FIFA 18 is the latest victim.
Bottomline is the fact that FIFA 18 getting cracked in record time is going to hamper Denuvo’s reputation in ways no one can imagine. It is a truly disappointing piece of news and now there have been calls from PC gamers to boycott any games that continue to use the Denuvo anti-tamper tech. There’s a really good chance that EA might remove Denuvo altogether from its games.
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