If you’re reading this and doubling checking you haven’t been redirected to The Onion, let me assure that this is straight up legit.
Members of a major piracy group are close to admitting defeat over attempts to crack Square Enix’s new explosion extravaganza Just Cause 3 on PC. With this struggle comes a warning of a bleak future, one where “there will be no free games to play in the world.” I assure you that’s not taken out of context…
The collective called 3DM, a forum for Chinese pirates, is apparently having a hell of a time with the anti-tamper technology Just Cause 3 uses to surround its digital rights management.
The founder of 3DM, in a post translated by Torrent Freak, said the group’s cracking expert “nearly gave up” last week but was persuaded to continue.
“I still believe that this game can be compromised,” wrote Bird Sister, 3DM’s founder. “But according to current trends in the development of encryption technology, in two years time I’m afraid there will be no free games to play in the world.”
The encryption tech being refereed to is Denuvo Anti-Tamper, which is apparently powered by pirate tears. Denuvo’s marketing directors pride over this fact is apparent in a statement to Eurogamer, saying that protection has been so successful over the past two years that “some publishers are are even considering releasing console-only titles for the PC platform.”
Another success story for Denuvo is FIFA 16, which has remained uncracked since its release in September. You may be asking yourself: ‘if this tech is go good, why isn’t everyone using it?’ Totes valid question, hypothetical friend. As with everything it comes down to the expense involved right now.
Like one of the great prophets of our time has stated, “Life, uh, finds a way”; and given enough time I’m sure the industrious pirates will make a break through. The question is, by the time they make head way, will the game still be relevant or will it have been swept aside for the next wave of content?