DOOM Eternal Removes Denuvo Anti-Cheat Following Severe Backlash
In what can only be described as the biggest “whoops” moment id Software has had to deal with in quite some time, the Denuvo Anti-Cheat measures implemented within the latest DOOM Eternal update earlier this month is being swiftly removed following an outpouring of backlash from fans. While oftentimes anti-cheat measures are more surface level and non-invasive, the depth in which Denuvo Anti-Cheat dives into player’s systems had DOOM Eternal players understandably upset. Thankfully, id Software and Bethesda appear to be more than willing to make things right now that they’ve been caught red-handed.
As reported by Prima Games, executive producer Marty Stratton recently took to the DOOM Eternal subreddit to speak about the measures that will be taken in a bid to earn back the player base’s trust. “Despite our best intentions, feedback from players has made it clear that we must re-evaluate our approach to anti-cheat integration,” Stratton said.
With that, we will be removing the anti-cheat technology from teh game in our next PC update. As we examine any future of anti-cheat in DOOM Eternal, at a minimum we must consider giving campaign-only players the ability to play without anti-cheat software installed, as well as ensure the overall timing of any anti-cheat integration better aligns with player expectations around clear initiatives – like ranked or competitive play – where demand for anti-cheat is far greater.”
Stratton later adds that it was id Software’s decision to implement anti-cheat measures into the studio’s game in order to protect its integrity, particularly in regards to the game’s PvP content. Here’s hoping the studio learns from its mistakes and is willing to offer greater levels of transparency going forward.
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