RiME’s DRM Cracked, Reveals Denuvo Caused Slowdown, Performance Issues
RiME
(Last Updated On: June 1, 2017)

Some of you may have noticed that during live-streams and playthroughs of RiME on PC the game had a lot of stutter, slowdown during certain segments where the camera would swivel in large areas, and that there were frequent hiccups that hampered input latency and playability. Well, crackers finally cracked the Denuvo DRM for RiME and discovered that it was Denuvo causing all the performance issues on PC.

A post over on DSO Gaming quotes the crackers after they managed to infiltrate Tequila Works’ 3D adventure game. The crackers wrote…

“But the game will be much better without that huge abomination called Denuvo. In Rime that ugly creature went out of control – how do you like three fucking hundreds of THOUSANDS calls to “triggers” during initial game launch and savegame loading? Did you wonder why game loading times are so long – here is the answer.

 

“In previous games like [Sniper Ghost Warrior 3], Nier, Prey there were only about 1000 “triggers” called, so we have x300 here. Next – 300,000 called “triggers” were just warmup for Denuvo, after 30 minutes of gameplay it became 2 f’ing MILLIONS of called “triggers”. Protection now calls about 10-30 triggers every second during actual gameplay, slowing game down. In previous games like [Sniper Ghost Warrior 3], Nier, Prey there were only about 1-2 “triggers” called every several minutes during gameplay, so do the math.”

Very informative.

Essentially all of these real-time triggers that Denuvo was sending off to “protect” the game was actually causing it to slow down greatly, since it was eating up memory that should have been used for the game, but was instead being used to store call functions and triggers from Denuvo, in addition to sending additional instructions to the CPU.

Overall the DRM did more harm than good since pirates can now play the cracked version of the game without having to worry about slowdown or performance hiccups.

In fact, the 7.36GB torrent floating around means that not only will pirates be able to download the game for free, but with the Denuvo crack they can experience a better playing, smoother experience than people who legitimately paid for the game.

The cracked version of RiME‘s exe is available in a 77.5MB download, which was uploaded to the usual sites hosting cracks. The crack also works for the Steam version of the game. So for those of you who did legitimately pay for a copy of the game, you can get the cracked version from Baldman, and it will help the performance issues that the game suffers from on PC.

Tequila Works had previously stated that if crackers managed to crack the DRM, they would release a Denuvo-free version of the game, saying…

“We are very committed to this, but also to the simple fact that nothing is infallible. That being said, if RIME is cracked we will release a Denuvo free version of RiME and update existing platforms.“

RiME is available right now for PC, PS4 and Xbox One, and it’s scheduled to release later in the year for the Nintendo Switch.

[Update: It looks like Tequila Works will have a DRM-free version of RiME made available soon enough.]


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  • Gozu Tennoh

    Western games really arent good enough to warrant paying for in general to me these days.

    • Disqusted

      Japanese games are less likely to be buggy as shit on launch too, aren’t they? Or crippled by SJW meddling. Not counting localized versions.

      • Gozu Tennoh

        They’re usually better but theres always exceptions. For example, koei tecmo still havent released the free vr mode for the english version of doax3.

        Scared little bitches they are.

  • Kyle Haddad

    >Tequila works issue’s challenge to crack their game
    >Cracker’s succeed 6 days later
    >Me sitting here laughing my nuts off. https://phoenix.corvidae.org/uploads/monthly_2016_07/Jameson-Laughing-Meme-12.jpg.77bd08e005dc24e6e917ae98009ec1d6.jpg

  • Kyle Haddad

    >Tequila works issue’s challenge to crack their game
    >Cracker’s succeed 6 days later
    >Me sitting here laughing my nuts off. https://phoenix.corvidae.org/uploads/monthly_2016_07/Jameson-Laughing-Meme-12.jpg.77bd08e005dc24e6e917ae98009ec1d6.jpg

  • Disqusted

    Just saw this: https://twitter.com/tequilaworks/status/870337771805831168
    If true, it was their publisher that forced them to use Denuvo. Hmm.

    But a dev said they used Denuvo because the crack can cause issues with the experience (which is true in SOME cases, depending on how the game is protected/cracked). Denuvo itself causes issues though. And that excuse makes it sound like they care about pirates not getting a bad impression?

    If they cared that much, they could have just not protected it. I heard that’s what some people/services do, and it seems to work fine for them? Or perhaps the devs were just going along with their publisher in public? What a mess.

    This kind of thing is why I don’t want to surrender the rights of my work or IPs to anyone else. It’s sad the dev’s hard work is getting screwed over by their publisher’s stupidity. Assuming that’s the case.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DBQbBJtXgAEgRuU.jpg
    Hah. So either they are lying, or crackers are secretly geniuses at optimizing.

    • It’s usually the publisher who wants the DRM because the investors feel that DRM is a safeguard against their investments. Remember, the investors are idiots and aren’t very knowledgeable or educated. They only care about money. They’ll ask things like “How are you planning on protecting our investment?” and publishers bend to their will by saying “We’ll use Denuvo, it’s the most trusted DRM software on the market right now.”

      Investors won’t (and don’t) do any research, so they don’t care. Publishers put down on the sheets that they have Denuvo, and call it a day, even if it’s to the detriment of a product like RiME.

      • Disqusted

        Figures. Damn publishers and investors. Just another example of people who have a big say in something that they know or care little about.

    • It’s usually the publisher who wants the DRM because the investors feel that DRM is a safeguard against their investments. Remember, the investors are idiots and aren’t very knowledgeable or educated. They only care about money. They’ll ask things like “How are you planning on protecting our investment?” and publishers bend to their will by saying “We’ll use Denuvo, it’s the most trusted DRM software on the market right now.”

      Investors won’t (and don’t) do any research, so they don’t care. Publishers put down on the sheets that they have Denuvo, and call it a day, even if it’s to the detriment of a product like RiME.

  • Disqusted

    That was fast. Thanks for the writeup. Denuvo has exacerbated the situation where even legit customers want the game to be cracked. Good job. To be fair, that’s what happens when countermethods are introduced. It almost always ends up inconveniencing or screwing over innocent people.

    I think people need to accept that piracy is a part of our world that
    isn’t going to go away. Getting emotional about it, attacking people
    about it, ignoring the facts and reasons why people pirate, and lying
    about bullshit protections, isn’t going to lead to a positive solution.

    I personally feel there’s no such a thing as an uncrackable protection. If a human can make it, a human can eventually unmake it.

    I’m very curious to see how badly Denuvo affects Tekken 7’s performance. A quick browse through the Steam forum seems to suggest it’s nowhere near as significant as Rime’s Denuvo. One of my friends said so far it’s running smooth, no frame drops or screen tearing, and runs way better than SFV.

  • Disqusted

    That was fast. Thanks for the writeup. Denuvo has exacerbated the situation where even legit customers want the game to be cracked. Good job. To be fair, that’s what happens when countermethods are introduced. It almost always ends up inconveniencing or screwing over innocent people.

    I think people need to accept that piracy is a part of our world that
    isn’t going to go away. Getting emotional about it, attacking people
    about it, ignoring the facts and reasons why people pirate, and lying
    about bullshit protections, isn’t going to lead to a positive solution.

    I personally feel there’s no such a thing as an uncrackable protection. If a human can make it, a human can eventually unmake it.

    I’m very curious to see how badly Denuvo affects Tekken 7’s performance. A quick browse through the Steam forum seems to suggest it’s nowhere near as significant as Rime’s Denuvo. One of my friends said so far it’s running smooth, no frame drops or screen tearing, and runs way better than SFV.

    • mikebrand83

      Paying customers needing cracked executables just to play their legitimately purchased copies of games decently (if at all)? It’s like we’ve regressed back to the golden (shower) days of early 00’s era CD copy protection.

      • Disqusted

        Yeah. That’s why I edited my comment, I remembered that used to be a thing.

        When I was little, piracy protection used to require people look up words in a gigantic manual. Or a bizarre code wheel thing. Both of which people just photocopied anyway.

      • Disqusted

        Yeah. That’s why I edited my comment, I remembered that used to be a thing.

        When I was little, piracy protection used to require people look up words in a gigantic manual. Or a bizarre code wheel thing. Both of which people just photocopied anyway.

  • tajlund

    This is unsurprising. There have been several games that Denuvo dramatically affected the gaming experience. When DRM is pulling resources that the game needs to run properly, it is time to find a new DRM.

  • tajlund

    This is unsurprising. There have been several games that Denuvo dramatically affected the gaming experience. When DRM is pulling resources that the game needs to run properly, it is time to find a new DRM.

    • Disqusted

      Yeah, but in this case Denuvo calls 300 times more triggers than normal. Some people are speculating that they’re desperate to try and stop the single guy who keeps cracking their protection in 1-5 days.

      I think that at this point, they don’t really have a product to sell anymore. It was going to happen eventually. I hope they weren’t stupid enough to throw all their eggs into one basket and expect it to last forever.

    • Disqusted

      Yeah, but in this case Denuvo calls 300 times more triggers than normal. Some people are speculating that they’re desperate to try and stop the single guy who keeps cracking their protection in 1-5 days.

      I think that at this point, they don’t really have a product to sell anymore. It was going to happen eventually. I hope they weren’t stupid enough to throw all their eggs into one basket and expect it to last forever.