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Rise of the Tomb Raider cracked again, this time with Denuvo fully bypassed

Update August 8, 2016: Rise of the Tomb Raider has been cracked and released by a different team of pirates, this time seemingly bypassing Denuvo completely.

Well this has been tough to keep up with. In a seemingly unrelated and coincidental set of circumstances, another cracker group has released a cracked version of Rise of the Tomb Raider. 

No need to steal, plenty of great free games on Steam to check out.

I won't link to them here, but this crack comes from CONSPIR4CY, the group which cracked other Denuvo games like: Lords of the Fallen, Batman: Arkham Knight, Battlefield: Hardline, Dragon Age: Inquisition and FIFA 15.

What this means for the future of Denuvo is uncertain, but surely this particular method will also see itself plugged for future games. The battle continues. 

Update August 8, 2016: Denuvo have plugged the recent Doom and Rise of the Tomb Raider cracks, with the next activation check breaking already pirated copies. 

Voksi, the pirate who managed to bypass Denuvo and release cracks for several games recently, has confirmed that the method he used no longer works.

Denuvo have plugged the activation method used, so the next Denuvo activation check will break existing cracked copies, and new ones won't work at all.

Voksi claims that over 600,000 people played the cracked games over the last three days, before Denuvo sealed up the exploit.

Ta, Reddit.

Original Story August 6, 2016: Last month a Russian cracker claimed to have defeated the notorious DRM software Denuvo by showing a pirated copy of Rise of the Tomb Raider running. Now, Doom is the next title to be subject to the cracking process, but Denuvo appears to have survived the salvo intact.

Denuvo's anti-piracy measures have kept several of the biggest triple-A releases this year from falling into the hands of thousands of torrenters and filesharers, confouding cracking groups to the point that an entire subreddit is devoted to tracking their progress.

Now a Bulgarian cracker by the name of Voksi has released two cracks that allow Doom and Rise of the Tomb Raider to be run illegally – by bypassing Denuvo entirely.

Much like leaving a doggy door unlocked at the bottom of a three-metre thick titanium vault door with intricate anti-tamper locking mechanisms, Voksi appears to have simply avoided the hardest problem posed to crackers in many years.

It's difficult to explain the exact process used (and bordering on illegal to link to it, obviously) but the current crack relies on an interaction between Denuvo, Steam and the demo version of Doom.

The same process is being tested by Voksi to allow Just Cause 3 to also run without a key, a game which has evaded cracking in any form since its release in December last year.

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rotekz avatarTiudyr645 avatarXerkics avatarhuldu avatarAnAuldWolf avatarAnakhoresis avatar+7
huldu Avatar
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1 Year ago

Couldn't care less about drm, piracy and what not but it's sure entertaining to watch both sides go at it on forums. From what I understand about this whole thing is that it ain't even cracked. It's just bypassed so that's obviously something they can patch up(the fault not being on denuvo but steam).

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AnAuldWolf Avatar
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1 Year ago

Yeah, sure enough, but we're preventing advanced modding and stopping a game protected by this from ever being preserved, along with causing performance issues and overheating if forums are to be believed. All for a bogeyman that doesn't exist.

Like I said in my post, I'll shut up if they release sales numbers and Doom '16 outdid Fallout 4. Fallout 4 is hardly the best of Bethesda's series, in fact, I think it's widely considered to be far worse than both Fallout 3 and Skyrim. As such, it shouldn't have hugely outsold Doom '16, right? Especially with Denuvo protection!

I do, however, think the reality would be illuminating. And that's my point.

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Anakhoresis Avatar
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1 Year ago

Except that they're not nearly in the same market? Not much of a point.

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AnAuldWolf Avatar
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1 Year ago

I'm just glad there aren't any exceptional games effected by this. If, for example, Yooka-Laylee was Denuvo protected, I'd probably cry. The games under its grip, though, not so much.

The issues tied to it are interesting, at least. Unnecessary load in some games where it's implemented badly leading to overheating; There's no chance to modify the exe with any hooks to do anything that would enhance the game, so if the next Gamebryo -- sorry, Creation -- engine game used this, you could say goodbye to script extenders; It's impossible to preserve these games for future generations in the way that basically every DOS, Windows 9x, and Windows XP game has been preserved (even the bad ones), so this may be the end of preservation for any games 'protected' by it, which is unfortunate.

I don't think you have much faith in your game, to be honest, if you use Denuvo to protect it. You're robbing that game from future generations. And like I said, I'm glad that there aren't any good games to have suffered its grip thus far. Even Doom '16 is just Corridor -> Death Arena -> Corridor -> Death Arena, rather than having clever level design.

I'd also love to see the numbers of Doom '16 versus, say, Fallout 4. I want to know if Doom '16 actually sold better. Not a whole lot of difference between the games and both by the same publisher. Both boil down to killing hoards of things. Soooo... If piracy is a superbad problem, Doom '16 must have outsold Fallout 4, surely?

I honestly don't think that happened. Do you? Piracy is a bogeyman, it doesn't necessarily exist as much as publishers think it does, especially with Steam sales around. I'd rather add something to my wishlist and buy it later in a sale, which I did with Doom '16 (and now regret). And I'm not well off. I'm far too sick to work, but I don't claim anything other than the most basic level of support. I don't buy games that often, and when I do I buy them on sale.

I don't pirate, though. I like knowing that money I've given goes to the right people. Sometimes I regret the choice, but still, I'm glad it does. And from what I've read, many other poor people feel the same way. If, however, a person is so poor that they can't afford even Steam sales at that point, they won't buy something anyway. But what kind of person has a computer that can run a game like, say, Doom '16 and couldn't afford a sale?

This is why I think piracy is a myth. It might only exist with certain kinds of rich snobs who do it for the thrill, and very young children who think they're being clever. But how many actual SALES (as in, where they get money) does that cost them?

There's a whole lot of illogic and irrationality surrounding this. But hey, neurotypicals aren't exactly the types to think before they act. Because really, I'd love to see the sales statistics of Fallout 4 versus Doom '16.

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hahnchen Avatar
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1 Year ago

What a godawful comparison. Comparing Doom to Fallout 4 and insisting that there is no difference in the games other than DRM.

There's such a massive gulf in the two games that even an blind idiot could see the giant hole in your logic. So you're just being misleading and disingenuous because it suits your political worldview.

Do us all a favour and head on back to the Trump train.

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AnAuldWolf Avatar
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1 Year ago

Interestingly, Steam Spy paints a picture of Doom having 900,000~ total users (generously rounding up) versus Fallout 4's 3,000,000~. Hm.

And I do wonder how many sales are lost on people who don't like overbearing DRM, which is another thought. I'd even wager they lose more sales that way than if they'd gone with Steam alone.

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dcG | Colts Avatar
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1 Year ago

Yeah I can't speak for everybody but my personal experience the ones who download games illegally for free. Most of them are just usually unable to buy the game in the first place and another part to it is there is alot of people like me who would download a game to try it out and if I like it I buy it or I wait for it to come on sale. Depending on how much I like the game or not. If a game has a decent demo than there is no reason to need to do this but not every game has a demo. So if I don't know if I am going to like the game or not and I can't download it and there is no demo I sadly won't be buying it to try it out.

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hahnchen Avatar
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1 Year ago

One of the arguments for piracy, was that with the death of the demo, there was no way of checking how a game ran on your system.

But Doom is rare in actually having a demo, and not a time bound "open beta".

Ironically, the new Denuvo bypass works by tricking Steam into thinking that it's the Doom demo being played instead of a protected game.

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HurginMcFlurgin Avatar
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1 Year ago

personally I'm against piracy for the sake of piracy (if you're looking to buy a game and wanna be sure it runs well, looks right, supports your peripherals, or you just want to get a game that the ACB has simply banned for the sake of it, go for your life son)

however, I'm even more opposed to DRM.

I mean seriously, between a poor kid playing a game they can't afford and telling their friends how great the game is, and DRM getting between a legitimate owner and their purchase making them regret their decision , vowing never to buy another product from developer, publisher, or containing the culprit DRM again then spreading the news like a plague through forums, which could possibly be worse for the videogames industry? *cough* tages *cough*

many of my purchases, including doom 2016 would never have been made if i hadn't played the games that started the franchise without paying for them, and if I had known that doom2016 had duveno tainted across it prior to purchase, i probably would not have purchased it

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Belimawr Avatar
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1 Year ago

DRM and cracks have been a cat and mouse game for as long as DRM has existed, realistically without doing the likes of Diablo 3 that relies on a server like an MMO, you will always only be buying time with DRM.

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1 Year ago

If Rise Of the Tomb Raider wasn't so god damn expensive to begin with i would have bought it by now, I'll still buy any game i like once it goes on sale for a fair price regardless of if its been cracked or not, all Denuvo does is make games unaffordable for longer IMO

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dcG | Colts Avatar
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1 Year ago

LoL its been onsale many times for 40$ Can which is like 30-35$ US and I bought the game for 40$ but honestly its worth 60$ US. Just Cause 3 was just on sale on steam for 20$ also. Heres a good thread you can keep track of each day so you know https://www.reddit.com/r/steamdeals/

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AnAuldWolf Avatar
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1 Year ago

Hooray for the functioning crack! I hope the actually keep these games cracked because it means that they can then be preserved for future generations (much like old DOS games are, today). They're not games I like, personally, but that doesn't mean that I'm not glad for the chance to see them preserved.

And this has nothing to do with piracy. The smart person knows that piracy is a bogeyman that doesn't exist, it's just a way to explain to shareholders why a game is underperforming on the PC. The real reason is regularly too high of a price for a hot mess of a game. Gabe Newell has it right -- Better service equals more sales, not DRM.

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Aever Avatar
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1 Year ago

Good, DRM needs to die, as in go away from my games.

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rotekz Avatar
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1 Year ago

Laughing at the grubby peasants awaiting this hack. Honestly, can't they wait for a Steam sale if they are that hard up?

If they are freetards ideologically against paying then I laugh even harder as they have to wait longer now for wacky cracks.

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Tiudyr645 Avatar
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1 Year ago

I laugh even harder if you think that piracy is going to die by some stupid little software like Denuvo. Go and pay $60 for all the AAA shitty games you want.

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AnAuldWolf Avatar
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1 Year ago

Or wait for it to drop 80% on Steam. Doom '16 has already dropped by 50-60%, so that won't take long.

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dcG | Colts Avatar
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1 Year ago

Piracy is pretty much dead man so I wouldn't be surprised if we start seeing more and more games uncrackable. But the true question is this helping game sales any? I don't think it is would like to see numbers for FIFA 15 vs FIFA 16. First week sales + Preorders. I bet you they are close. I bet you even some games that were cracked in the past have done better than current sequels.

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Xerkics Avatar
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1 Year ago

Butthurt much?

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subedii Avatar
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1 Year ago

Personally? No, my issue's different. I would ask for something you should really take into consideration:

Doom has a legacy for modding, to this very day. It is no exaggeration to say that in many ways it was the grandfather of the modern modding scene. Not just WAD's, but conversions and modifications of every variety, and it is still being modded to this day. And it's probably still going to be modded for years to come.

Now then: Why exactly do you think it is that NuDoom has SnapMap instead of actual modding support? Sure they touted it much, but frankly, it's no comparison, not even close, and the devs know it. The reason they couldn't is simply because Denuvo by its very nature prevents modding.

Between things like Denuvo and UWP I'm seeing a trend in further locking down games at the .exe (or equivalent) level, whilst anyone pointing this out somehow gets lambasted as a Luddite for not embracing the "NEW!" "EXCITING!" technologies. Which are in truth just locking down PC gaming more and making it more controlled and console-like.

I mean someone made a point earlier about comparing Doom to Fallout. I agree it's not an apt comparison as they're in different genres. But I think the relevant part is that if Bethesda are happily (and apparently, happily lauded for) locking down modding on what is the historical symbol of game modding, why exactly are we expecting they _aren't_ going with this lauded approach going forward on their next title?

All whilst implementing a new game equivalent of Snapmap and advertising how awesome they are for doing it.

Modding? Oh it's still there (didn't you see the snapmap?), and really mods weren't ever THAT big a deal for the buyers, they'll buy it anyway right?

Don't know if you agree of disagree, but there it is.

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AnAuldWolf Avatar
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1 Year ago

Oh dear. That's a very acerbic post, and you're not coming across as being... ah... Look, let me help you, okay? I'm not arguing with you, here, I just want to help you understand.

I'm familiar with the scene, you see, and I can tell you now for a fact that it's never about whether something is free or not. Cracks happen for the same reason that jailbreaks do, because someone wants to prestige of saying that they can do it, and that they did do it. It's why the 3DS firmware got hacked. It's why the PS3 firmware got hacked. It's nothing to do with enabling piracy, it's so that someone can have bragging rights about beating a corporation's protection.

if you put a form of security in front of it, various group of nerds are going to be "Oh. My. God. I wanna crack it!", "Me!", "No, me!" and that's what happens. The more you brag about it being invulnerable (as Denuvo has been doing, for at least a period after every game's release), the more they want to crack it.

There's no guerilla underground movement of Robin Hoods looking to offer games free to all of the good little boys and girls of the world. Human nature isn't nearly so kind in the real world, that's a fairy tale. The only reason this happens is because it's a new kind of security and it's all about keeping your name on top as a cracking group, or making a name for yourself as a new one.

Let's just say I have some understanding of how this all works.

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