Despite boasting the anti-tamper technology of Denuvo, Mass Effect: Andromeda was cracked last week within just ten days of its official release. Today, it has been confirmed that it was actually BioWare itself that made it easier for the game to be cracked and thrown on various file-sharing platforms.
The fault lies in Mass Effect: Andromeda accidentally releasing with an outdated version of Denuvo which had already been cracked in the past months. According to speculation, the game launched with the same version of Denuvo that was used for the release of Resident Evil 7 in late January. Capcom’s new survival horror was also cracked but within just a week of its launch, making it the first game that had its anti-tamper technology foiled in such a short period of time.
It is possible that the crackers began fiddling with Mass Effect: Andromeda a bit late, or else the game could have been cracked sooner than Resident Evil 7. Imagine the surprise on their faces when they realized how BioWare and Electronic Arts messed up.
Since then, the developer has seemingly plugged the breach for Mass Effect: Andromeda through the release of Patch 1.05 last week. While the patch notes did not mention the particular change, it has been confirmed that the game’s Denuvo has also been updated to the latest version.
What this means is that pirates will not be able to receive the improvements to the facial expressions of the otherwise stoned characters. Unless the same group can also crack the latest version of Denuvo, those pirating the game must continue to play with the hideous animations and buggy walk-cycles.
It is pretty evident that Denuvo is losing ground with each game. Sooner or later, publishers must question whether it is of any use to continue employing the technology if all that it is returning is a couple of weeks of safe release.