Denuvo Isn’t Spyware (Update)

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Recently we reported the story over some gamer’s concerns about the inclusion of anti-tampering technology Denuvo. Denuvo give games an added layer of protection from being cracked. Cracking of games allows for the games to be pirated and distributed for free.

This is obviously an issue for developers, some have taken to using Denuvo due to it’s reputation of being particularly hard to crack, such as in the case of Just Cause 3. But recently fears began to run around the internet after it was revealed that Far Cry Primal would use Denuvo, and that some files from Denuvo would remain on the PC even once the game had been uninstalled (see our article). 

Here at Games Bulletin we contacted Denuvo in an attempt to clarify the issue, and I am happy to report that Denuvo replied to us. 

The clause within Far Cry Primal's EULA that caused the concern. 
The clause within Far Cry Primal’s EULA that caused the concern. 

The main point raised bu Denuvo is that the files left after uninstallation are inactive, and are in fact easily deleted. Denuvo explained that all of their security code is embedded into the game’s executable file and therefore is gone after the game has been uninstalled (even if files remain). 

However this part was interesting. Denuvo explained that “Technically there is no need for any files to remain, sometimes this just happens because the uninstall routine of the game does not clean up everything. We suggest the development studios to delete all files during uninstall which is usually done.”

This suggests that the developers are behind the decision for files to remain after the uninstallation. Games Bulletin contacted Ubisoft a few days ago in an attempt to clarify as to why the files remain. We’ll update you when we receive news. 

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