The release of Borderlands 3 is impending, and its PC deployment has brought along no shortage of controversy. It’ll be a timed exclusive to the Epic Games store, and now we know Borderlands 3 will make use of that most derided DRM solution: Denuvo anti-tamper.
In a recent set of store page redesigns, the Epic store’s Borderlands 3 landing has been updated to mention that it “incorporates 3rd-party DRM: Denuvo anti-tamper.” Users on the PC Gaming subreddit quickly noted the addition (via VG247). At a minimum, you can expect this to mean that future Epic store releases with extra DRM will tell you as much on the store page.
Denuvo’s not foolproof, but it has proven effective in keeping many 2019 releases from being torrented for months at a time – though some versions of the software have still been cracked very quickly. The Epic store’s internal, Steam-like DRM is pretty light, and many games will run just fine without the launcher even being installed.
DRM measures are typically most focused on protecting a game from piracy during the early days of its launch. Some triple-A titles have seen fit to remove Denuvo in a patch some time after release, like Hitman 2 and Rage 2.
For now, know that the Borderlands 3 release date will see the game make use of Denuvo. What happens weeks or months down the line remains to be seen.