Payday 3 has removed Denuvo DRM after the outcry from fans
Whenever you hear about a game that includes Denuvo DRM, you'll usually find a horde of angry gamers not too far away. It's a DRM software used by a n...
Whenever you hear about a game that includes Denuvo DRM, you'll usually find a horde of angry gamers not too far away. It's a DRM software used by a number of renowned developers, although the vast majority of those who know what it is absolutely despise it. Payday 3 is one such game that included Denuvo DRM, much to the dismay of fans. However, developer Starbreeze Studios has now confirmed that it has been removed shortly before the game's release.
This announcement was made through the official Twitter account of Payday 3. In a post, it simply states that "Denuvo is no longer in Payday 3." It doesn't explain why Starbreeze decided to remove the controversial software from Payday 3 at the last minute, but it is highly likely that this decision was influenced by the outcry from fans upon its discovery. It can be assumed that if fans hadn't raised a fuss, it would still be present in Payday 3 upon release.
If you're wondering why Denuvo DRM is so detested in the gaming industry, you only need to look at the multitude of performance issues in certain titles that are attributed to the software. Fans of Resident Evil 4 Remake blamed the game's performance issues on PC on Denuvo DRM, and Ghostwire: Tokyo was inundated with negative reviews almost a year after its initial release, as a Denuvo DRM update allegedly prevented people from properly launching the game.
Fortunately, it has now been removed from Payday 3, and fans are quite happy about it. They are celebrating in the comments of the announcement tweet and expressing gratitude to Starbreeze for listening to the fans. Now we can be reassured and know that it is less likely for the game to be faulty on PC when it is released next week on September 21st.
Unfortunately, it appears that despite removing Denuvo DRM, Starbreeze is still moving forward with the online requirements of the game, leading to a separate backlash where fans canceled their pre-orders after learning that constant internet connection is necessary to play Payday 3. This removal of Denuvo DRM, unfortunately, has nothing to do with this controversy, as Starbreeze has stated that the game must be played online due to cross-platform progression requirements. With only a few days left until the release, it seems unlikely that Starbreeze will change this in the foreseeable future.