Ghostwire - Tokyo Removes Denuvo in April Update 

Ghostwire – Tokyo Removes Denuvo in April Update 

A recent update to Ghostwire: Tokyo on Steam removed Denuvo Anti-Tamper, which is a significant change. Ghostwire: Tokyo’s distinctive take on the contentious digital rights management (DRM) tool comes to an end with this upgrade.

When Ghostwire: Tokyo—a game produced by Tango Gameworks, a ZeniMax subsidiary—was released in March 2022, it garnered favorable reviews. Before Steam’s built-in DRM, the PC version of the game lacked strong anti-piracy and anti-tampering safeguards. But more than a year later, in April 2023, Denuvo was added to Ghostwire: Tokyo, just in time for the game’s Xbox Series X/S debut and Xbox Game Pass availability.

With a recent update, the developer reversed course once more and removed the contentious function. The patch was released on April 17, one year and five days after Denuvo was first integrated into Ghostwire: Tokyo. Reddit user lurkingdanger22 first noticed it. As with the 2023 update, this most recent patch was applied without any official notice. However, a few of the most recent customer reviews on Steam have already linked their suggestion to Denuvo’s withdrawal.

With this outcome, Ghostwire: Tokyo’s peculiar Denuvo management, which has confused some fans for the previous year, comes to an end. Even though the controversial anti-tampering technique is widely used in the business, games usually incorporate it right away. This strategy fits in with publishers’ main goal of employing Denuvo to restrict piracy; this strategy works best when it is used prior to a title being cracked.

Unlike normal procedures, Ghostwire: Tokyo’s protection features were already evaded by pirates long before the PC version got Denuvo—a remarkable 13 months after the game’s original release. The decision caused a stir among the fan base, particularly because of the game’s downloadable size being quadrupled and claims of frame rate decrease linked to Denuvo. However, due in part to Ghostwire: Tokyo’s earlier PC performance concerns before the DRM solution was implemented, these accusations were never conclusively confirmed.

Denuvo’s one-year rollout seems to have been primarily intended to stop people from pirating Ghostwire: Tokyo’s Spider’s Thread upgrade, which brought the game’s name-brand roguelike mode in April 2023. Regarding Denuvo’s removal from Ghostwire: Tokyo, the timing implies that the publisher of the game, Bethesda, merely decided not to renew its license, which is normally granted on a yearly basis.

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