Humanity, one of my most anticipated games of 2021, era will have Denuvo acting as its digital rights management (DRM). But after its developers found out it was influencing performance, they took it right away.
The strategy game, which is shaped to be Civilization first real competition in years, has been played by fans and testers for a while, and those players have been giving feedback to Amplitude Studios developers during a closed beta. And part of that feedback was about some issues with Denuvo, and how it had an impact on the game’s performance, something that critics of DRM / enjoyment of smooth video games have been saying it for a while.
As a result, Amplitude made the decision to remove Denuvo from the game before he even left on August 17. Head of studio Romain de Waubert detailed the decision in a forum post, which reads (emphasis mine):
Thank you for all your feedback on this, we will follow up long and discuss internally before returning to you. Based on the data from our trial during the Closed Beta, we decided not to include Denuvo in Humanity at launch.
First, let me explain the reasoning behind our initial decision including Denuvo – We work very hard and pour our heart out into these games we do, and piracy really affects our ability to continue to create games with you guys.
We have been working on this game for over 4 years now and personally it has been my dream project for 25 years. We’ve been one of the most wanted games on Steam this year, so we know we’ll be targeting pirates, more so than any of our previous games. If Denuvo can handle a cracked version, even just for a few days, that may already help protect our launch.
That said, our priority is always the best possible experience for players who buy our games and support us. Denuvo should never influence player performance, and we don’t want to sacrifice quality for you.
We believe that it is possible with the correct integration, which is what we want to test during the Closed Beta. However, we found that the way it was actually integrated wasn’t good enough, and it’s not something we could solve before the release. So, we’re chasing it.
I hope this answers your questions. Thank you as always for your support, and we can’t wait to see you all at the launch (and beyond!)
– Romain, CCO & Studio Head
It wouldn’t be nice if more studies could solve this before a game is released instead of following. Of course, that doesn’t mean the game will May they have DRM, but at least suggest that if they replace Denuvo with something else, it will be something that doesn’t have such a big impact on the reader experience.