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Capcom Quietly Removes Denuvo from Resident Evil Village

Austin Dean 11 Apr 2023

Capcom recently decided to quietly remove Denuvo, an anti-piracy software, from the PC version of their recently released game, Resident Evil Village. Denuvo has been a source of controversy since its release, as it has caused a range of performance issues for PC players. However, Capcom’s removal of the software will likely be welcomed by PC gamers, as well as publishers and developers hoping the move will reduce the amount of piracy in the industry.

Denuvo was first reported to have been removed from Resident Evil Village by Dark Side of Gaming and then confirmed by SteamDB. The game had been bundled with Denuvo when it was released earlier this year, but it had taken almost two years for Capcom to remove the DRM. Reports of performance issues due to Denuvo’s presence had been around since the game’s launch, and Capcom had released an update to the game to try and alleviate the problem.

It is not uncommon for Capcom to bundle their games on PC with Denuvo. Games like Resident Evil 2 Remake, Resident Evil 3 Remake, and Monster Hunter World all debuted with the anti-piracy software, though all subsequently had Denuvo removed. It seems that Warner Bros Games Montreal had a similar experience with their game, Gotham Knights, though the difference here is that the removal was accidental. 

The Resident Evil 4 remake has also come with Denuvo, which has led to reports of issues ranging from traversal stuttering to save file corruption. As of writing, Denuvo has not been confirmed to be the source of the issues, but it is something that Capcom should investigate further.

In conclusion, Capcom’s decision to remove Denuvo from Resident Evil Village is likely to be met with a positive reception by players. The presence of Denuvo can often lead to a reduction in the performance of a game, which is especially true on PC. The move will also hopefully reduce the amount of piracy in the industry, which has been a major issue for publishers and developers alike.