Dishonored 2 will be using the third-party Digital Rights Management (DRM) services of Denuvo upon release, reveals an updated Steam product listing.
A widget in the right-hand column states that Dishonored 2 owners will only be able to activate the game on five different systems. That shouldn’t a problem for most players who use Steam on a single machine. However, for those sharing their games with friends or are constantly on the move may find a situation that exceeds the amount of activation limits.
I can’t personally claim for how long Steam has been pointing out Denuvo-protected games. A Reddit thread, however, suggests that the feature is relatively new. From hereon, every new game on Steam will point out if it’s being protected by Denuvo’s anti-tamper piracy technology.
While the Steam product listings of both Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto V also feature similar labels for SecuROM DRM, there are still many games in the Store that use Denuvo but are without DRM notifications. This includes the likes of Total War: Warhammer, DOOM, and more.
According to Eurogamer, the person behind the product listing can always update the page from the back-end to include a DRM field in the aforementioned column. Hence, it’s possible that we’ll see publishers and developers updating their respective Steam listings in the coming days.
As for Dishonored 2 being protected by Denuvo, you can expect social media platforms to be extremely worried for technical issues at launch. The controversial anti-piracy technology has always sparked the debate of performance and optimization issues.
Hopefully, Arkane Studios will be ensuring that the upcoming sequel is without any such problems at launch. The developer is already promising several advanced settings for the PC version that are specifically targeted for users owning beastly rigs. Suffice to say, it is not sidelining the Windows version.
Dishonored 2 is scheduled to release on November 11 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Pre-loading via Steam begins on November 8 for everyone who secures early copies.