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Tekken 8 director takes firm stance on Denuvo, despite Steam agreement

Tekken 8 director Katsuhiro Harada says the fighting game will not feature the anti-tamper tech Denuvo, despite a statement that has been published on Steam.

Tekken 8 Denuvo: A warrior with long hair from Bandai Namco fighting game Tekken 8

Tekken 8 director Katushiro Harada says they have “no plans” to introduce Denuvo anti-tamper tech to the upcoming Bandai Namco fighting game, which follows after a user agreement was published to the Tekken 8 Steam page listing the DRM software as included. But, with the Tekken 8 release date now approaching, Harada explains that Denuvo will not feature, and offers an explanation as to why the user agreement may have included it in the first place.

The very bottom of the end user license agreement (EULA) for Tekken 8 explains that the game includes Denuvo Anti-Tamper. “This game is protected by Denuvo Anti-Tamper technology,” the EULA explains. “By installing this game, you acknowledge and consent that certain files of the Anti-Tamper Technology may remain even after the game is uninstalled from your computer.”

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Denuvo is designed to protect against piracy, hacking, and alteration of a game’s source code. A variety of game releases from 2023, including Star Wars Jedi Survivor, Resident Evil 4, and Dead Space incorporate Denuvo. Tekken 8, however, will seemingly not be added to that list.

“I’ve no plans to introduce Denuvo or anything else in Tekken 8,” Harada writes. “This EULA is probably simply a copy [and] paste of Tekken 7 or something.” Harada responds directly to a since-deleted tweet, telling the commenter to “stop your tedious allergic reactions to every single thing and sit quietly (sit the hell down).” The content of the tweet is no longer visible.

Tekken 8 Denuvo: A tweet from the director of Bandia Namco fighting game Tekken 8

As of this writing, the Tekken 8 Steam user agreement has not been amended to remove mention of Denuvo, but this may change closer to the game’s launch.

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