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Assassin’s Creed Origins still hasn’t been pirated a month after release

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Update, November 27: Assassin’s Creed: Origins and other games are holding out against pirates far longer with the latest version of Denuvo.

The layers of piracy protection keeping Assassin’s Creed Origins from being cracked have been unpopular, but they’ve also worked. It’s been a month since the game’s release, and it still hasn’t been cracked, a notable delay considering Middle-earth: Shadow of War was pirated within 24 hours, and many other Denuvo-protected games have been broken into faster and faster.

Check out our Assassin's Creed Origins PC review.

That could be partly attributed to Ubisoft’s controversial decision to layer VMProtect on top of Denuvo, but as DSOGaming note that’s not the only factor at play. A new version of Denuvo was recently released, and it’s used in the protection of recent games like ACO, Sonic Forces, Football Manager 2018, Need for Speed Payback, and Star Wars Battlefront 2, none of which have yet been cracked.

Of course, there’s no reason to suspect these games won’t ever be cracked - there’s simply too much pride and skill in the illegal world of piracy - but Denuvo is continuing to do its job in protecting games over their critical early days. Even if there are still questions over whether piracy has a significant effect on game sales, many publishers will continue to do whatever it takes to protect their games from cracks for as long as possible.

Update, November 1: Ubisoft claim Assassin's Creed Origins' anti-tamper tech has no impact on performance. 

Ubisoft have issued a statement saying that despite the two layers of anti-tamper technology included in Assassin's Creed Origins, players shouldn't be experiencing any impact on performance.

A Ubisoft spokesperson told us "We can confirm that the anti-tamper solutions implemented in the Windows PC version of Assassin’s Creed Origins have no perceptible effect on game performance. We’re committed to ensuring the most optimum experience possible for everyone, and we advise any players who may encounter performance issues on PC to check out support.ubi.com as there might be already a workaround, or to contact us further explaining their issues so that we can solve them."

Update, November 1: Performance issues in Assassin's Creed Origins might be caused by two layers of anti-piracy protection, one of which is activated every time you move your character.

Ubisoft are using two forms of DRM software on Assassin’s Creed Origins. As well as Denuvo’s anti-tamper technology, Assassin’s Creed Origins is being protected by VMProtect, a second line of defense that seems to be causing significant performance issues.

Denuvo has been struggling to protect launch windows recently, as new strategies from groups of pirates have allowed them to circumvent the protection entirely, producing Denuvo-sanctioned keys to ‘trick’ the software into accepting counterfeit versions of the game. In order to help protect the game, it seems as though Ubisoft have added a second layer of protection - VMProtect was dropped by Denuvo earlier this year, but can be found in the Origins game files.

Anti-Tamper technology is unpopular as many users claim it slows down performance while offering minimal results in terms of protection. According to this Twitter thread and a couple of Reddit threads, however, the addition of a second form of protection is slowing the game down even further, causing significant performance issues on some machines. This is widely blamed on the fact that VMProtect is being called in every time the character moves, impacting performance every second.

Original story, October 30: Despite its use in a wide array of triple-A PC titles, the use of Denuvo Anti-Tamper software has remained a controversial topic. Initially far more effective than other forms of anti-piracy tech, it suffered from the start as various reports circulated regarding Denuvo’s effect on PC performance. Now similar reports suggest things have gotten especially bad with the latest Denuvo-protected game.

One crack group is suggesting that Assassin’s Creed Origins’ CPU usage has been increased by nearly 40%, as reported by DSOGaming. The group suggests that Ubisoft’s implementation of VMProtect over top of Denuvo is the reason for the abnormally high processor usage.

Our own performance report found Origins to be a very demanding game, but unfortunately it’s impossible to tell how much of that is due to the game itself and how much is due to its protection tech. Even cracked software continues to run Denuvo encryption in the background, making it impossible to tell how much performance issues are related to that software or to the game itself.

Take this report cautiously, particularly as it comes from a crack group, but even the suggestion of these issues is worrying. It’s become clear that Denuvo is no longer nearly so effective in combating piracy as it once was. Ubisoft’s past titles have typically included Denuvo even long after it had been initially cracked, so it’s unlikely to see a change in policy here.

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QDP2 avatarhandelo avatarPixelyIon avatarmuntasirnafis45 avatarrdog12996 avatarShriven avatar+6
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5 Months ago

I'd assumed the game was fairly CPU-heavy. Based off the little-to-no change in frame-rate when you drop the settings below High preset, it was fair to assume that other processes were holding back the games frame-rate. If you still have it installed on the test-rig it could be worth trialing different CPUs and finding out how much of a performance dip can be expected (all tests could be run on low or medium, no need to question graphics as a restriction).

I've been playing on a i7 6700 and found the game to be smooth most of the time (occasional drop from 60fps in cut-scenes), but when I alt-tab out the CPU is clearly bottle-necked (mouse lag on the desktop!)

Depressing to hear Denuvo as the suggested cause, but we can hope these statistics are false. Lets be honest, Ubisoft won't waste their time removing the anti-tamper software unless it would make a notable change to their profits.

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PixelyIon Avatar
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5 Months ago

Let's hope after the crack come out Ubi removes the DRM because then there isn't a point of DRM...

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QDP2 Avatar
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5 Months ago

Cracks bypass features. Being encoded in binary there's no way to literally remove the DRM (short of hacking into Ubisoft's servers and stealing a DRM-free version of the game). Instead it'll do the same as all the rest of the Denuvo-cracked titles, avoid the security switch from picking up the copy is stolen. It'll still run in the background and slow down the PC just as much as it does in a legitimate copy of the game. Whether or not that is the suggested 40% is hard to tell.

Entertainingly Ubisoft replied saying there's no problems for frame-rate when accounting the games goal of a steady 30fps experience (which is true, most CPUs rarely hurt the frame-rate further than an average 30fps). At the same time they posted on the Bugs post that they're researching into the CPU consumption and are looking into/working on a fix.

Not sure why it's setting out to contradict itself, saying there's no problem but we're working on it anyway. Their approach feels like a car mechanic telling the owner that the tire hasn't got a puncture, the car still drives perfectly fine at 30mph. We'll send out a mechanic next week to take a look anyway, but I don't see any problems.

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Adarion29 Avatar
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5 Months ago

I Guess we have to wait for physical decacore processor, this optimisation is a shame. Ac origin is one of the few recent games that can crash your entire pc (personnally it happened to 4 or 5 times mostly because I was playing a video at the same time) , so Ubisoft's post is a really bad joke

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QDP2 replied to Adarion29
5 Months ago

I agree it sucks that AC:O is so heavy, and whilst it can't be confirmed or denied that Denuvo (or any other protection software) is consuming the CPU it is safe to say the game has terrible CPU optimization.

Whilst it's probably not worth upgrading your CPU to play AC, I would recommend a new CPU to anyone running a rig chip older than an i7 4770K. There's quite a substantial improvement on base performance nowadays, before even noting the faster architecture, DDR4 RAM support and more motherboards with NVMe support it's worth questioning an upgrade.

I personally work on my 6700 and find it runs smoothly; a real shame to hear it kills lower-spec PCs.

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handelo Avatar
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5 Months ago

Denuvo is the worst kind of DRM. While it was effective at holding piracy at bay for a time, it has been less and less effective at doing so with each version (arguably because there's a higher demand for pirated games, now that people are starting to refuse to buy full priced single player games with microtransactions).

Not only that, it has been proven to have an adverse effect on the machine and game performance, and overall user experience.

Funny how these publishers don't get that people buy good games even without DRM to support the developers. In fact, they buy them more than those that supposedly "can't be cracked". Take a hint.

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rdog12996 Avatar
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5 Months ago

It's not even just Denuvo. It's the gotdam VRM protection that gets called every damn time you move one of Bayek's muscles

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muntasirnafis45 Avatar
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5 Months ago

Can I run without the blue screen of death?My specs are:

i5 4570

12 gb RAM

GTX 1050 Ti 4gb Gigabyte OC G1 Gaming

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Shriven Avatar
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5 Months ago

Ive honestly seen no issue with performance...I do have a bit of a monster rig, though.

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muntasirnafis45 Avatar
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5 Months ago

Your specs please

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muntasirnafis45 Avatar
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5 Months ago

Oh yeah......my specs are:

i5 4590 3.3 ghz(exactly recommended requirements)

12 gb RAM(way above it)

GTX 1050 Ti 4 gb(way above it)

My CPU still gets hammered even on low settings. And all the parts were bought only a week ago.

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[ZZZ] Ronin Avatar
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5 Months ago

I7-3770k with GTX1080TI running at 4k, all graphics option at max, fps between 45 and 60, depends where I am in the map. Still smooth at 45 for this king of game. Experiencing little spike and lag the first 3 min. of gameplay, after that, everything is perfect. This game is amazing, colossal work for dev. just go to Alexandria, it's epic.

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4 Months ago

Open world games always seem to take longer, because there could be triggers anywhere, I guess.

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xNuke Avatar
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4 Months ago

i5-4690k @ 4.6GHz, Gaming X 1070, 8GB RAM, game on SSD. Finished in 27 hours, had just 1 crash at the beginning of a cutscene towards the end of the game, No stuttering, game maxed out, mostly steady 60fps, never noticed any major dips that would affect the gameplay.

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TheSasGaming15 Avatar
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4 Months ago

i guessing mine is going get blown up cuz im playing far cry orimal on max my pc get overheat and game starting to lag

my specs

I5-3330 8,00 GB RAM

GTX 950

im guessing that far cry 5 going to blows PCs Up

RIP PC Gamer

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Nirantali Avatar
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5 Months ago

I'm not interested in this game anyway, but honestly if those crippling plagues don't vanish, it's time to drop out and watch that industry blow up and die while i play Zelda and Mario Odyssey on the Nintendo Switch that i will buy now instead of plague infested games.

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