Gotham Knights briefly dropped their anti-piracy protection
Gotham Knights received its first significant patch after launching on PC yesterday. The update was aimed at fixing online multiplayer bugs and smashing some bugs. Unfortunately, it also broke temporarily Batman the game’s Denuvo DRM protection, which apparently makes it vulnerable to pirates. It’s a way to surprise them.
The PC update for the grueling co-op adventure was pushed out last night, and it didn’t take long for game hackers to realize that the new version released on Steam was missing Denuvo. The news started circulating on websites like CrackWatch subreddit, and even led some to believe that Warner Bros. had removed the DRM on purpose. It didn’t have that.
SteamDB records show that a new build that had the Denuvo anti-tamper protection back in place was released about 14 hours later, but the damage was obviously done. People are unlikely to play the newly pirated version of Gotham Knights can participate in the game’s multiplayer, a rallying point for the loot-based brawl, and pirates won’t be able to enjoy future updates or content updates. They probably want to free run the single player campaign now.
Kotaku contacted Warner Bros. for comment.
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The Denuvo protection is controversial among some PC users, in part because it limits how they can save and play a game. It is also widely believed to negatively affect the performance of PC games that use it. Often DRM is removed by the game publishers weeks or months after launch, especially if and when it is eventually “cracked” by hackers. Rarely it is accidentally dropped and then recovered.
Of course, the bigger problem too Gotham Knights is it it’s just not that goodespecially for a game that’s been in development for years, is one of the first $70 new-gen exclusive titles, and is clearly inspired by the much better Arkham trilogy of Batman games. While it’s not clear what new content Warner Bros. Montréal may have in store, it promises a much bigger performance update in the near future.
That update will also target consoles, fixing some of the framerate drops on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S. While Gotham Knights is controversial locked at 30 frames per second on consoles it often drops below that during certain scenes and when patrolling Gotham while large mobs of enemies are present. As Digital Foundry has reported, but there are many performance issues on PC as well. Hopefully they will also be addressed.