Less than two weeks have passed since Mass Effect: Andromeda released worldwide, and already the game’s PC version has been cracked. Yet another game protected by Denuvo Anti-Tamper, the newest game in the Mass Effect franchise has joined Resident Evil 7 by being accessed in record time.
After only thirteen days of being available to PC users, Mass Effect: Andromeda has been cracked and is now allegedly available online to users that are less than willing to pay. This short amount of time between release and cracking is a record for a Denuvo/Origin game, and is sure to cause a lot of companies to lose faith in the anti-tampering software.
Resident Evil 7 turned heads when it released by being cracked within five days, and was also protected by the same software. With this sort of piracy beginning to be commonplace, there’s no doubt that game developers are becoming worried about the future of PC game development.
After the horror title joined the extensive list of cracked titles, Denuvo explained that its software is hard to crack but not uncrackable, pointing out that “every unprotected title is cracked on the day of release.” After another failure of this magnitude, we’ll have to stay tuned to see if the once-great company offers another statement regarding Mass Effect‘s current lack of security.
Denuvo Anti-Tamper was, at one point, thought of as being completely secure, and the service gathered a lot of users over time. Currently, a lot of major AAA titles use the software to prevent online piracy, but, as previously mentioned, if this new trend continues then developers might start to lose faith in the service.
Not all games using the anti-tamper encryption are unsafe though, it seems. Titles such as Nier: Automata use Denuvo and are still currently crack-free. At least with the more recent failures, the games were still protected for the all-important first few days where desperate pirates might not be able to handle the wait.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is available now on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.