For those unaware, pirates were able to crack the PC version of the latest entry in BioWare's science fiction shooter franchise, Mass Effect: Andromeda, in a little over a week after it became available on March 21, 2017, but they were unaware that launch copies of the game were powered by the old version of the Denuvo anti-tamper technology. With this being the case, it seems as if the title's developers have updated anti-piracy code that was included with the action-RPG's 1.05 patch to effectively lock out pirates from receiving the benefit of the game's fixed facial animations.
As it happens, the new anti-tamper technology that BioWare included in Mass Effect: Andromeda's latest patch to protect the game from piracy has yet to be cracked, and its code could very well remain unbroken for the foreseeable future. Interestingly enough, the latest piece of Denuvo technology has only been implemented in four games in existence, with three of them being relatively new–2Dark, Dead Rising 4, Nier: Automata, to be specific–as they launched in late February of this year.
The version of Denuvo's anti-tamper technology that Mass Effect: Andromeda pirates were able to crack could have been the iteration being used on Resident Evil 7, and it was cracked in less than a week after the survival-horror game's release. Denuvo issued a response regarding the cracking of the Capcom title shortly after the breach to its PC version occurred, with the company admitting that the tech wasn't 100 percent impenetrable, but was intended to lengthen the amount the time and effort it takes pirates to crack a game.
With this being the case, it's quite possible that pirates will eventually be able to get the added benefit of Mass Effect: Andromeda's fixed facial animations if they're determined and persistent enough to break through Denuvo's latest piece of anti-tamper tech. However, a while back, some of the world's most prominent hackers lamented the possibility of Denuvo eventually creating technology that is impenetrable, leading to the end of video game piracy, and the technology used with Andromeda could be the bulwark that brings on the end of game cracking.
Beyond Mass Effect: Andromeda's patch 1.05 updating the game to include Denuvo's latest version of its anti-tamper technology, though, the title also received a plethora of changes, such as the aforementioned facial animation fixes, balance tweaks to multiplayer, and refinements for single-player. Taking all of this into consideration, it will be interesting to see if many other major AAA releases begin to put out post-launch patches that include Denuvo's latest tech to deter pirates from cracking their games.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is available now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Source: Dark Side of Gaming