Rumor Has It: Dragon Age: Inquisition & Denuvo Have Been Cracked

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Denuvo seems to be one of the best anti-piracy measures of the past couple of years (at least), with titles using this type of protection managing to last for a long while against cracking attempts. Such is the case of Dragon Age: Inquisition, a title that uses Denuvo and still hasn’t been cracked, reportedly helping the sales of the game. We’ve already talked about Denuvo here and apparently there are still many people who are sure that it will be cracked sooner rather than later.

Well, it appears that those are right since there are rumors now and reports suggesting that Denuvo has been cracked and as a result, the first victim is Dragon Age: Inquisition. Please note that we won’t share a link to such versions and all comments linking to pirated versions will be deleted!

Back to Denuvo and Dragon Age: Inquisition, a report from DSO Gaming claims that a Chinese group announced that they have managed to crack the Denuvo DRM system, opening the door for the currently uncrackable versions of FIFA 15, Lords of the Fallen and Dragon Age: Inquisition. In other words, the said games still haven’t been pirated, but those working hard to do so hope that they will manage to do it soon.

It is pretty obvious that as DRMs get smarter, so do hackers and eventually everything will be cracked. It’s like finding a vaccine, even though in this case we’re not fighting a disease. Although many of the people who illegally download games have their point, the term itself says it: it’s illegal and it makes sense that companies do their best to protect their financial interests.

Personally, I am still waiting for numbers and an analysis of this whole situation and I am sure that I am not the only one who is curious to find out if Denuvo’s delay of piracy actually resulted in better sales for protected games or had no effect at all. In the end, people who simply can’t afford a game or those living in a country where it’s banned, won’t purchase it just because a free version is not available. So such an analysis would be great, but I doubt that the game developers or publishers will give us one.

Dragon Age Inquisition: Crack Delayed by Denuvo and Modding not in Danger

Dragon Age Inquisition companions and support characters

Dragon Age Inquisition is launching today in the United States of America and Russia. However, a piracy leak has been running around the internet for several days now. As usual, the issue is with the crack. Apparently, crackers are having a hard time breaking through the code due to the new technical protection measures implemented by BioWare and Electronic Arts Games.

Inquisition’s PC version uses a unique and original online activation process called Denuvo, an “anti-tamper technology that prevents debugging, reverse engineering and changing of executable files.” The whole objective with Denuvo is to stop illegal bypassing DRM (Digital Rights Management) platforms such as Steam and Origin. It is known that piracy can’t be stopped to all its extent but it can be delayed, at least in the first days or weeks of a title’s release.

But Denuvo doesn’t simply block piracy, it can also barricade the process of modding, which is making players upset. BioWare has already published an official statement claiming that modding is surely not in danger:

Denuvo is anti-tamper on the executable. This has nothing to do with mods or attempts to change textures or anything like that. (…) If someone’s mod is going to be based on modifying the executable, then yeah, that won’t work. If the mod is based on game data, then that has nothing to do with the anti-tamper system.

An update: The BioWare Forum is now offline.

Dragon Age Inquisition stands against piracy is causing a huge polemic among gamers, mostly because Denuvo has a twisted reputation when it comes to games’ fluidity and performance. On the other hand, crackers are not about to give up. Popular piracy groups like Skidrow and 3dmgame are looking forward to publishing a working crack anytime soon. Now, the question is, how long will Denuvo last against the ferocity of crackers? OR could this prove to be the method all publishers and developers were looking for to stop piracy in gaming?