Denuvo Anti-Cheat is a common choice when it comes to protecting games from cheaters and unauthorized modifications. There is one catch though, it needs deep access to your computer to work, therefore causing controversies. Bethesda announced that they are removing Denuvo Anti-Cheat from Doom Eternal, days after it has been added.
To clarify, Denuvo Anti-Cheat is separate from Denuvo Anti-Piracy software used by developers. The tool requires “Kernel mode root access”, therefore obtaining the ability to monitor anything you do on your PC. Also, players’ dislike of the tool recently became more clear with the review-bombings on Valorant.
Given all the developments, game executive producer Marty Stratton confirmed that they are removing Denuvo. On a Reddit post, the executive producer said, “Despite our best intentions, feedback from players has made it clear that we must re-evaluate our approach to anti-cheat integration.”
We’re currently working on PC only Update 1.1 for DOOM Eternal that will remove Denuvo anti-cheat and address a number of crashes. https://t.co/EpiK3URxvn
— id Software (@idSoftware) May 20, 2020
Furthermore, Stratton addressed the claims that the use of Denuvo is forced by Bethesda. “I have seen speculation online that Bethesda (our parent company and publisher) is forcing these or other decisions on us, and it’s simply untrue,” said Stratton. Thus, we believe Denuvo was the choice of the studio itself.
For now, we don’t know if there will be something else to replace Denuvo Anti-Cheat. For now Doom Eternal is going to work without the previous anti-cheat. So, we will have the time to observe how effective it was. We will let you know as soon as more develops regarding Eternal. Here, you can read more about Eternal. We hope to see you soon.