Two of PC’s early 2018 games will be using the controversial 3rd-party DRM solution, Denuvo. Both Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, which was just announced for the platform yesterday, and Dragon Ball FighterZ will see the anti-tamper tech incorporated into them.
Dragon Ball FighterZ has tucked this information inside its End User License Agreement, a digital contract that most consumers simply gloss or skip over. This news isn’t too surprising, as Bandai Namco has opted for the use of Denuvo anti-tamper tech throughout its library of PC titles. That isn’t to say there aren’t those still disappointed by its inclusion. The unpopular practice has been known to hinder overall performance.
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is a different story, however. Unlike Dragon Ball FighterZ, the game’s Steam page prominently displays the Denuvo information on the right-hand side of the screen. After Square Enix removed Denuvo from Life is Strange: Before the Storm, we were left wondering if future titles would adopt the system. Several games in their lineup — Just Cause 3, Rise of the Tomb Raider and NieR Automata — have utilized the 3rd-party software prior to this moment, but Deck Nine’s episodic adventure could have been a sign of changing times.
Sadly, that is not the case. Denuvo has claimed their latest PC remaster just as it did Star Ocean: The Last Hope. This may have a lot to do with the fact that the latest version of Denuvo has yet to be cracked. In the past, new iterations of the tech took mere days or, in the case of South Park: The Fractured But Whole, even hours to break through and render ineffective. With Denuvo still standing strong against cracking attempts, Square Enix seems more inclined to embrace the services, despite its negative perception among buyers.
We will see what impact Denuvo has on both titles in the coming weeks and if either spur increased action from those seeking to crack it.