The critically acclaimed NieR: Automata, the unexpected sequel that won everyone’s hearts, has been cracked by pirate groups.
After long discussions about Denuvo (the anti-temper measure used by many developers and publishers) and how it affects consumers, pirates have managed to render it useless in NieR: Automata. Over the weekend the critically acclaimed game has been cracked on PC, meaning people can download and play it for free. The downside to this is that they won’t receive updates right away (also have to wait for pirate groups to release them in their websites) and can’t make use of the online functionalities, which can make ending E more difficult.
Now that the crack has been released, current NieR: Automata owners go back to the Denuvo topic, with some encouraging their fellow gamers to bombard Square Enix with requests to remove the software. A user known as HunterKurza on both Reddit and Steam has made posts informing other users of the crack and asking them to approach Square Enix on social media regarding the removal of Denuvo. “[…] It is now our job as legitimate buyers to pressure [Square Enix] to remove Denuvo as it no longer serves any purpose but to hinder legitimate buyers.” They say.
Responses aren’t too hopeful. Players have been struggling with a number of issues related to the game since its release. PlatinumGames has not patched such problems ever since, and many believe it never will. As pointed out by Steam user Insanity Wolf-Chan, “They refuse to remove white-screen as an update, so why on earth do you think they’re ever going to remove their comfort-blanket DRM?” Despite NieR: Automata‘s success (with mostly positive reviews out of more than 8,000 as of the time this report is published), users such as Ham the Terrible believe the presence of Denuvo and the existence of the crack might turn people away from a legitimate purchase. “The publishers punish the paying consumers while actually doing absolutely nothing to keep people who weren’t going to buy it in the first place from pirating. Why should I pay to be [pooped] on?” They say.
Anti-Denuvo threads can be spotted in almost every big release on Steam. They tend to quiet down shortly before and after a game’s release, but none has been as impactful as the discussions revolving around NieR: Automata. While a considerable amount of users believe that Denuvo is harmful for a number of reasons, others defend its use with teeth and nails. Both sides often accuse the other of misinformation.
NieR: Automata is an action RPG developed by PlatinumGames and published by Square Enix, it is available now for Windows PC through Steam and PlayStation 4.