Denuvo claims that the problem is not its fault
A cracked version of Resident Evil Village was discovered to be running faster than the Steam version. The Digital Foundry team tested this claim and found that the pirated version doesn’t stutter as much as the official version.
Here’s a summary of the findings.
This case seems to involve the supervillain group-up of Capcom’s in-house DRM and our old friend Denuvo. Denuvo is believed to have been layered on top Capcom’s tech. Although it’s difficult to pinpoint the culprit, it appears that either one or both must be responsible.
Denuvo claims that the problem has nothing to do Resident Evil Village stuttering. Denuvo sent PC Gamer this statement: “At Denuvo we understand that uninterrupted gaming is key. After all, we are gamers too. We have tested multiple versions of Resident Evil Village on multiple computers and found no difference in the game experience between the legit version and the one without Denuvo Anti-Tamper. Because Capcom’s implementations are not related to Denuvo, we cannot comment on them.
Capcom acknowledged the problem and promised a solution. Yesterday, Capcom informed us that it was investigating the “reported PC performance issues”. Then, they sent us a new statement this morning. “The team is currently working on a patch which will address PC performance problems which will be made available soon. As soon as we have more information, we’ll be sharing them.
It’s a bit embarrassing, I know. It hasn’t been a great day for Resident Evil or Capcom: Today saw the announcement of the delay in the spin-off RE. Verse. Capcom will not commit to anything beyond the ‘2022’.