Group Cracks Sonic Mania's Denuvo DRM

After eight days and a small controversy, a group breaks past Sonic Mania's Denuvo DRM.

News by Matt Kim, .

Cracking the Denuvo DRM is kind of becoming a sport these days with different pirate groups racing to break past the detested DRM included in whatever video game just came out. Sonic Mania's for example was broken after just eight days.

DSO Gaming reports that Denuvo on Sonic Mania has been busted, though Sega hasn't announced plans to remove the DRM. Previous video games that launched with Denuvo removed the DRM program after it was cracked like Rime whose developer pretty much dared pirates to crack the program by promising its removal upon a successful crack.

Sonic Mania

Sonic Mania's PC release was made difficult by a bug that required players to have a constant internet connection to start playing the game. Sega fixed the issue but said that Denuvo was unrelated to the bug. Additionally, Sega never advertised Denuvo as part of the PC release of Sonic Mania, although that's also been addressed since players started complaining.

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  • Avatar for SatelliteOfLove #1 SatelliteOfLove 7 months ago
    To the hoary dark where Securom was cast with you!
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  • Avatar for WiIIyTheAntelope #2 WiIIyTheAntelope 7 months ago
    Not that I'm endorsing piracy or anything. But Sega really had this one coming after the shenanigans they pulled with the PC release. Giving away that free copy of Sonic when they announced the 2 week delay started everyones refund timer ticking, and lo and behold...anyone who tried to get a refund for SonicMania quickly realized that their refund period had ended just as soon as the game actually released. And they would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for you meddling kids.
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  • Avatar for moochan #3 moochan 7 months ago
    Like when it happened to Spore. If you piss off someone they will do what they can to break your DRM.
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  • Avatar for KaiserWarrior #4 KaiserWarrior 7 months ago
    DRM is never about stopping pirates. It categorically does not do that, ever, and companies do not waste their money on tools that do not perform their function and have been proven not to do so time and time and time again.

    DRM is about controlling legitimate customers. It is about destroying the second-hand market, preventing you from doing what you wish to do with the things you have bought.
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  • Avatar for chilon #5 chilon 7 months ago
    @KaiserWarrior the aim isn't to stop pirates but delay them. Not that I agree with their methods.
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  • Avatar for UnskippableCutscene #6 UnskippableCutscene 7 months ago
    @KaiserWarrior If that was the case, though, Steam's easily cracked DRM does that fine. It is about stopping pirates, but only for a limited time. It's why some games, with Doom being the example I can remember off the top of my head, drop it after a few months. If they can get anywhere from one week to one month of sales with no piracy option available, it apparently helps a lot. Especially with this "pre-order now" messaging we drown in.

    It proves, if nothing else, that those of us who wait for games to go down on price are considered non-critical. Those of us who stock up on games on Black Friday are non-critical. The people who are considered critical to the business are, for the most part, going to buy before the game is out or as soon as the reviews drop.Edited September 2017 by UnskippableCutscene
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