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Denuvo Bites the Dust, Mass Effect: Andromeda Already Cracked

Despite boasting the anti-tamper technology of Denuvo, Mass Effect: Andromeda has already been cracked and is available for free on file-sharing websites.

It took less than two weeks for one of the most highly anticipated games of the year to be broken down and thrown on the web. For some time now, popular hacking and cracking groups have been making claims that they are slowly understanding the workings of Denuvo. Previously, games were being eventually cracked but after a significant period of time. Mass Effect: Andromeda pretty much makes it apparent that Denuvo has lost its meaning.

The news will likely force other publishers to question whether there is any reason for them to continue using Denuvo for their upcoming games. Publishers are required to pay a certain sum in order to incorporate the anti-tamper technology. It should be noted that Denuvo doesn’t really guarantee that a game will not be cracked. It does, though, promise that the crack will arrive late. It goes without saying that less than two weeks of piracy-free will impress publishers.

Electronic Arts has not offered a statement over the crack. It will be interesting to see whether the publishing giant will abandon Denuvo in the future.

In February, Resident Evil 7 was also cracked in mere days of its release. In comparison, it was actually quicker than Andromeda.

“Please note that we always position our Anti-Tamper solution as hard to crack, not as uncrackable,” Denuvo marketing director Thomas Goebl told Eurogamer in a statement at the time. “So far only one piracy group has been able to bypass it.”

He assured that the Denuvo team will continue to improve its anti-piracy solution and create security updates for upcoming versions. The recent hacks have only allowed the developers to learn more about potential bypasses. These will be plugged in the near future.

Saqib Mansoor
The odd man in the group who hates chocolate, cheese, and having to work on Sundays.
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      • the newest version of Denuvo does not use VMProtect but instead uses their own custom build VM code, it will be harder to crack but Not impossible. ME: A uses the same version of Denuvo that CPY have already been shown to know how to crack.

      • Sadly, the Denuvo version used in Andromeda is the same as that of the recent games like Rise of tomb raider, hitman, etc…

        Drefsab hit the bullseye. Sir Monra I suggest you listen to him and retract your statement.

      • Seems like you were running your mouth about something you got no clue about, fella… I like these 4 likes under your statement, though – hopeful fools are easy to come by these days.

    • It’s not about cracking games because people want to play them, that’s not what the scenes about in the slightest.

    • I’m very curious, why don’t you, and others like it? Since this article, been debating about it, watching gameplay and trailers…. What’s up with it in your opinion? Thank you much!

      • Well, I was one of the poor sods preordering it. Getting an unfinished game that drags on and is touted to have a story-based playthrough vs a typical 3rd party shooter, it left a lot lacking. ME2 was the best, ME3 was fairly nice, but this was nowhere close to the trilogy for me.

        • “I was one of the poor sods preordering it”

          That was your mistake. In this day and age you should NEVER, EVER, under ANY circumstances preorder a game.

          • Why shouldn’t we preorder a game, exactly? I’ve pre-ordered plenty of games in the past few years and have yet to be disappointed in any of my purchases.

          • Cause you will, at some point, get burned. $60 down the drain and a game you don’t like. Never preorder (at least not until you see some reviews you trust)

          • It’s just a bad practice in the corporate environment that game development has become. You’re essentially committing to pay for something ahead of time, without attesting to its quality (or lack there of) first. What reason do they have to delay a game in order to fix bugs if they already got your money? Might as well release it on time, grab your preorder money and fix it later.

          • because high preorder sales make some developers think that they can release unfinished games and still make a profit. good for you that you got all good ones but every years we got more bad ones. For example yes i dont regret that i preorder gta5 but if this is gonna help industry to limit amount of games like no man sky i’m not gonna buy those to save 5$ or for some in game skins or other worthless shits you can unlock with cheats anyway

        • Thank you for prompt reply! One of my friends whom I trust, says catching up with the trilogy is worth it, as I’ve never played any of them. The game, Andromeda at least, reminds me of Halo a lot, the way of geometry and setting. I’m gonna watch some more gameplay from previous games and the new one, see if I like it. But as of now, I’m quite busy with some new games I recently bought, which are Just Cause 3, Battlefield 1, Deus Ex Mankind divided… Etc lol! If you have any suggestions for an epic game, please don’t hesitate lol! Cheers!!

          • The trilogy is one of my favourite from the last generation, and I’ve been gaming for 20+ years so I’m not easily impressed. The first was very good for the time, but is more of a prototype for what the series eventually became. The 2nd is amazing, more so if you’ve played 1 first and imported your save. There’s so many little things that your previous choices impact. The 3rd was controversial, particularly for its ending, but is still a very good game and a decent enough conclusion to the story.

          • Oh, I just saw your reply, thank you very much for that reply, it really helps me decide. I think I will give it a go! Respect! Cheers!!

    • Curious, why don’t you, and others like it? Since this article, been debating about it, watching gameplay and trailers…. What’s up with it in your opinion? Thank you much!

    • It’s not shit, it’s just a dissapointment. It lacks the polish expected from a next game in a beloved AAA franchise.

      • It’s actually pretty shit. The writing is at a High School level, which is unacceptable for a Bioware game of any kind, that alone makes it a nonstarter. Add to that the horrendous amount of bugs and the sheer amount of boring busy work added in, and you have yourself a disaster.

  1. good eles estao entendeno como funciona o denuvo e isso e bom porq no futuro mesmo o denuvo atualizando não ira adianta nada deliciaaaaaaaa

  2. A probable reason it’s been cracked so quickly is because EA released a fully playable version (time limited to 10 hours) which did not have Denuvo protection. The crackers have likely compared the protected and unprotected exe’s and figured out which bits Denuovo is protecting and patched those segments with code from the demo executable.

    This has been a running theme with releases cracked early; both the recent Resident Evil and Mass effect suffered the same fate and both had playable demos prior to release, however another recent Denuvo protected title with no demo; Nier: Automata, still remains uncracked. The situation is unlikely to be coincidence.

  3. Game is not worth it even if it’s free. 55GB of grotesque animations and technical issues makes it a waste of space. I’ll pick it up for 5 bucks next year when it comes out of “early access” .

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