Here’s an interesting story. Amplitude’s upcoming historical 4X strategy game Humankind will not be shipping with Denuvo DRM.
Denuvo’s anti-tampering DRM is making headlines again as players have discovered that the anti-piracy tool is detrimental to game performance. Recently, Resident Evil Village’s PC version was benchmarked, one with Denuvo and the other cracked version, with the cracked version performing much better.
The folks at Amplitude has come to the same conclusion.
Over on the Humankind forums, Amplitude CCO and Studio Head Romain de Waubert de Genlis announced that the game won’t be shipped with Denuvo DRM.
“Our priority is always the best possible experience for the players who buy our games and support us,” he posted. “Denuvo should never impact player performance, and we don’t want to sacrifice quality for you guys.”
Amplitude considered putting Denuvo to halt pirates from cracking the game day-1. Humankind has been one of the top games to be wishlisted on Steam, de Waubert said in the same post, so there’s likelihood it will be a big target for pirates.
But data from a previous Closed Beta test shows that Denuvo’s tech has unfortunately costed performance issues.
Further clarification in the thread by an Amplitude staff also mentions that “there are no plans to add Denuvo to Humankind after launch”.
The Steam page for Humankind still displays that it will use Denuvo DRM, however.
Publishers and developers wanting to protect their games from piracy should be okay, especially during the initial launch window. But what should not be okay is punishing players who bought the game legitimately only to have worse performance compared to the pirated versions.
Humankind is set for release on August 17 for PC (Steam, Epic Games Store).