Doom Eternal‘s PC version received a sudden update which added the much-despised Denuvo anti-cheat system and the fans were furious. The game got review bombed to hell and the initial positive response to the game turned into fire and brimstone. Now id Software is making the surprising move of removing Denuvo altogether in the game’s next patch.
Executive producer Marty Stratton took to Reddit to announce the news as well as set the record straight. He mentioned that the performance issues that players were experiencing were because of a code change they made to the VRAM allocation and not due to the anti-cheat software. These issues should also be fixed in the next update.
Stratton also mentioned that “at a minimum we must consider giving campaign-only players the ability to play without anti-cheat software installed” which means that there still will be anti-cheat software of some kind in the future, but can be disabled for offline play. It’s unfortunate that they’re honestly stuck between a rock and a hard place since there is always a problem with online cheaters, especially on PC, but the solutions to solve the problem are so controversial.
Still, the uproar did work and id Software were listening, now we just have to see what their next move will be.