Resident Evil Village is getting rid of Denuvo DRM on Steam
Capcom has quietly removed Denuvo DRM (digital rights management) protection from Resident Evil Village. According to a new report, the controversial anti-tampering technology was removed in the game’s latest update, and it’s no longer listed on its Steam store page. The technology – which is implemented to prevent hacking – is known to cripple PC gaming performance. The problem was also prevalent in Resident Evil Village, but Capcom decided to remove the DRM almost two years after its release. Hackers still managed to get the most out of Capcom in 2021, releasing a cracked version that performed considerably better than the genuine copy.
“Capcom has also removed Denuvo from the game’s Steam store page. As such, we are confident that this removal was intentional and not accidental,” a DSOG report states. A 2020 Crytek leak revealed that Denuvo charges game companies based on how long the software is used in a title, with the highest fees collected in the first six months.
The cost tends to drop quickly over time, and most game titles eventually get rid of them – some within weeks, while others like Resident Evil Village take years. Capcom has followed a similar strategy with its other titles such as Resident Evil 2 and 3 remakes, Devil May Cry 5, and Monster Hunter: World. It will be interesting to see how this DRM-free Resident Evil Village performs overall, given that many PC gamers had boycotted it due to performance issues.
More recently, Resident Evil Village received a virtual reality mode on the PS VR2 as free DLC, allowing players to run through the entire game as they once again put themselves in the shoes of protagonist Ethan Winters. It also comes with a dedicated VR tutorial and shooting ranges to master the new format. A demo version is also available for all owners of PS VR2.
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Capcom’s latest title Resident Evil 4 (2023) received its free Mercenaries mode update on April 7, throwing Special Agent Leon S. Kennedy and other characters into wave-based enemy missions. However, the update also added a bunch of microtransactions to the game’s digital store. In Resident Evil 4, players must collect spinels by completing missions and trade them with the merchant to collect tickets that help upgrade the weapons. Now players who don’t want to make the effort can simply pay for these tickets with real money. On Steam, tickets start at Rs. 169 each, going up to Rs. 409 for a three-pack and Rs. 589 for a five-pack.
Elsewhere, Lily Gao, the voice artist who brought Ada Wong to life in the Resident Evil 4 remake, has hit back at bitter comments she received about her performance. “Being the first Asian actor to portray Ada in Resident Evil video games is an honor, and I will forever be grateful to our producer and director for making the decision for authentic portrayal,” Gao said in an Instagram post. , which she had previously disabled in response to the harsh messages. “It’s a shame that with the release of the game, the all-too-familiar feeling of ‘I don’t belong’ also came.” She went on to criticize Asian stereotypes and how inauthentic casting creates an unhealthy image.
“It’s time we stop capitalizing solely on the sexualized, eroticized, and mysterious Asian woman, and make room to honor every type of Asian woman,” Gao continued. “My Ada is a survivor. She is kind, fair, smart and funny. She is unpredictable, resilient and absolutely not a stereotype.
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