Denuvo Anti-Cheat launches in Doom Eternal PC update

Doom Eternal's latest update on PC utilizes Denuvo Anti-Cheat to protect its multiplayer Battlemode, and players are not thrilled about it.

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The response when Denuvo comes up is often one of concern about what it will do to the quality of a game. Usually this is directed at the company’s anti-tampering and anti-piracy add-ons to various popular games. That said, this time, Denuvo has launched a new Anti-Cheat software, and the launch has kicked off on Doom Eternal to protect the game’s multiplayer Battlemode component.

Denuvo Anti-Cheat was announced alongside Doom Eternal’s first major update featuring a list of quality-of-life fixes and balance updates, which was posted on Steam on May 14, 2020. Notably, the update list features the addition of the Denuvo Anti-Cheat system, also announced and explained on the Irdeto website. A kernel-level system much like Riot Games’ anti-cheat system in Valorant, Denuvo Anti-Cheat allegedly doesn’t get in your way, but the team at Irdeto realized this invisibility may be even more concerning, and so went on to explain exactly what the system does. Nonetheless, players are not pleased with the addition of the software to the game.

Made to protect Doom Eternal's mutliplayer component, Denuvo Anti-Cheat is a kernel mode system similar to the anti-cheat found in Valorant.
Made to protect Doom Eternal's mutliplayer component, Denuvo Anti-Cheat is a kernel mode system similar to the anti-cheat found in Valorant.

As a kernel mode system, and though Denuvo Anti-Cheat claims to not collect information from PCs outside of the way the operating system works in relation to the game to which it is attached, there are many who feel its still a security issue that could be manipulated. Though Doom Eternal still holds a positive rating on Steam’s review system, it also saw an influx of around 500 negative reviews on May 15 alone at the time of this writing. The game’s Steam Forum and Reddit are also showing a wealth of new topics and rants related to the addition of Denuvo Anti-Cheat to the game.

Certainly, some are merely concerned at the mere mention of Denuvo, who’s Anti-Tamper software has caused issues in games as recent as Rage 2 and Two Point Hospital. But that’s not to say that concerns over having a system that intimate in games like Doom Eternal are invalid. Even so, with Denuvo Anti-Cheat having freshly launched and other anti-cheat systems like it existing in popular games like Valorant, it remains to be seen what effect these new systems have on the games and PCs to which they’re applied.

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    May 15, 2020 8:33 AM

    TJ Denzer posted a new article, Denuvo Anti-Cheat launches in Doom Eternal PC update

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      May 15, 2020 1:20 PM

      I'm a bit pissed off at this. It locks you out of even singleplayer unless you install their kernel-mode driver. Which I am not going to do. I was in the middle of a Nightmare run, and now my game is basically held hostage until I install this dubious spyware on my system. I can't even launch the game.


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        May 15, 2020 1:27 PM

        Before you call me a big crybaby I think there's a huge difference here in signing up for a game from the start that uses a service like this, when you are accepting the terms of use and you understand the requirements to participate in online play - versus having this sprung on you weeks later as a requirement to even enjoy the single-player content. I can't imagine it doesn't run afoul of several European consumer regulations at least.

        Submitted a refund request through Steam, which I'm sure they'll get a good laugh over, but fuck it.

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          May 15, 2020 1:31 PM

          You’re not wrong though. The inevitable holes in this driver will eventually be exploited as the root kit that it is. Kind of puts me off buying nunudoom

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          May 15, 2020 2:06 PM

          I’m frustrated too, but have way less recourse (Bethesda launcher to save a buck and massively regret almost instantly).

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            May 15, 2020 2:27 PM

            Well, it didn't take them long at all to deny the request. Lol.

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        May 15, 2020 1:31 PM

        Is there much difference between this and something like Riot's anti cheat stuff?

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          May 15, 2020 1:33 PM

          probably not, but the difference is if I want to play Valorant I know what they're going to make me install to participate, and I'm within the refund window if I don't really feel comfortable with it. It's not a patched-in surprise weeks later

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            May 15, 2020 1:58 PM

            Right (though valorant is free).

            I was just curious if they were similar in scope/potential I guess.

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              May 15, 2020 2:01 PM

              it's not really clear, and i think that's part of how an anti-cheat has to operate, if it was transparent and documented it wouldn't be very effective. Thinking about the near future of pc gaming where we all have to have some a half dozen sketchy kernel-mode services running to play our games is a pretty dismal one. you thought a million different game launchers were bad?

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          May 15, 2020 2:03 PM

          According to this it’s mildly less egregious since it doesn’t run when the game isn’t running?


          https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2020/05/doom-eternal-anti-cheat-kernel-driver-is-safer-than-others-denuvo-says/

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            May 15, 2020 2:10 PM

            it might be the best anti-cheat on earth and designed by NASA I still didn't agree to install it as terms of my purchase. I guess it's more of the principle of the thing. If they want to make this a requirement to play Doom singleplayer I think i should be able to say no thanks, i'll have a refund instead

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              May 15, 2020 3:18 PM

              Yeah not attempting to defend. Just wanted to provide more info on the comparison to Riot's solution.

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        May 15, 2020 1:49 PM

        Yeah, I wonder if that DRM free version they accidentally put in the original release is still floating around somewhere.

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        May 15, 2020 2:35 PM

        Yeah that is awful, Bethesda being shitty yet again.

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        May 15, 2020 4:45 PM

        Wow. Haven't been able to play yet since my hardware is too crusty so maybe my refund request will go through.

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          May 15, 2020 5:27 PM

          Or not, guess as long as you introduce this shit into your game more than two weeks after release, customers will be stuck with it per Valve's policies regardless.

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            May 16, 2020 3:23 AM

            Steam can refund games after the 2 week period. I've seen refund with over 60 hours of play.

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        May 15, 2020 7:20 PM

        According to the patch notes, it's only for battle mode and denuvo anti cheat can be uninstalled separately.

        Added Denuvo Anti-Cheat software required for playing BATTLEMODE on PC

        Denuvo Anti-Cheat uses a kernel-mode driver

        Use of the kernel-mode driver starts when the game launches and stops when the game stops for any reason

        Denuvo Anti-Cheat does not take screenshots, scan your file system, or stream shellcode from the internet

        Denuvo Anti-Cheat can be uninstalled at any time through the "Add or remove programs" dialog


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          May 16, 2020 9:03 AM

          That's not correct. You can't run the game until you install it.

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            May 16, 2020 9:05 AM

            That's what it says on the patch notes. Have you tried uninstalling the anti cheat and running the game after?

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      May 15, 2020 3:38 PM

      Does this apply to the Steam version too? (I didn't read the article) Cos wtf, the update got installed earlier tonight but I'm going to uninstall it if it includes Denuvo.

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        May 15, 2020 3:39 PM

        Also fuck any DLC while this is in play.

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        May 15, 2020 4:04 PM

        Yes. It won't actually try to install it until you run the game again though.

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      May 15, 2020 4:29 PM

      Was cheating a huge issue in Doom Enternal's multiplayer? I assume it only had like 20 people playing it.

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        May 15, 2020 5:53 PM

        Never underestimate cheaters ability to ruin a game’s multiplayer no matter how small the audience. Some prefer smaller communities because it’s usually not in the developers interest to fix anything or they’ve long moved on.

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