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Mass Effect: Andromeda update leaves pirates with rough facial animation

by Loknath Das

In announcing its first major patch for Mass Effect: Andromeda last week, BioWare highlighted fixes to the game’s much-maligned facial animations, as well as gameplay tweaks like larger inventories and skippable cutscenes. One thing BioWare forgot to mention in its patch notes, though, is an improved version of Denuvo DRM that is forcing pirates to use an outdated version of the game… at least for now.

The CPY collective released a crack for version 1.04 of Mass Effect: Andromeda just ten days after its release, making it the latest in a long string of games to see its previously unbreakable Denuvo anti-tamper technology quickly crumble. But after last week’s version 1.05 update to the game, Reddit user NTStatus noticed that the game’s executable now includes a new reference to an “InjectableGTPSteam.pdb” file.

That same file path can be found in games like Dead Rising 4, 2Dark, and Nier: Automata, recently released titles known to use a revamped version of Denuvo, which launched in February and has yet to be cracked. Games like For Honor and Sniper Elite 4 are now approaching two months on the market with this new and improved Denuvo protection intact, showing that Denuvo’s latest volley in the battle against piracy seems to be holding for now.

It’s unclear why Mass Effect: Andromeda didn’t feature the latest version of Denuvo in its initial release. In any case, the updated DRM leaves pirates stuck with a much less polished version of the game, and it could keep them away from months of further patches that are already in the works. It’s a situation that reminds us a bit of Game Dev Tycoon and other games that intentionally make pirated versions inferior to legitimately purchased copies.This post originated on Ars Technica


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