Users get further proof that their common voice is influential - the distributor of the action title decides to remove the mechanismDenuvo The new anti-cheat that has created a host of unexpected problems and worries
This week we got a couple of examples of how public opinion, even one that rises from the web spontaneously and without a defined organization or leadership, can influence and change things - first with AMD's decision to add support for its future generation processors for past generation motherboards, and now with Bethesda and remove id software The defense mechanism surprisingly added to the hit Doom Eternal.
Remember, the first major update of the successful action title Added a mandatory requirement to install a new protection mechanism called Denuvo Anti-Cheat - A requirement that came without prior warning and also did not allow the activation of game modes for a single player, although this is a mechanism designed to prevent fraud in online game modes only.
There are other titles in the area that require the installation of external defense mechanisms with 'deep' access to the operating system similar to Denuvo Anti Cheat, but in most cases these are works designed for exclusively competitive online games, where the existing requirement is detailed in advance so the user can make the choice and decision His personality before purchasing, downloading and installing - the main problem was that inDoom Eternal This was a late addition without coordinating expectations with the players, which effectively prevented access to the product already purchased in case the new terms were not acceptable to the user.
The gamers did not like the new direction of the creators of Doom Eternal, to say the least, and did what they are used to well - began to spread loud complaints in all available media and mostly began during a large-scale killing of reviews on the platformSteam In order to apply maximum pressure (and also just to get some of the steam that has accumulated).
Despite all sorts of mechanisms added to the big gaming store in recent years in an attempt to reduce the phenomenon, waves of negative reviews still constitute an effective lever of pressure on gaming companies, it seems - and after the addition of thousands of negative reviews within a few days significantly lowered the quality average (89) Positive Reviews Percentage Only 78% Positive) The victory came, temporarily: Id Software developer representatives humbly accepted the demands And announced That will remove the Denuvo Anti Cheat in the upcoming update.
A statement from Reddit clarified that the decision to add and remove the new protection mechanism was exclusive to the developer, without any pressure from the distributor - adding that the performance and stability issues observed in the recent update are not related to Denuvo Anti Cheat but other changes and additions to the title. The decision to remove the mechanism is temporary, it appears, and is intended to allow for a rethinking of how the defense mechanism will be integrated from fraud inDoom Eternal - so there is a good chance that we will see the mechanism in question return for another round at a later stage in order to protect the online community, hoping that in the second round there will be a preliminary and more accurate clarification about this and the possibility to continue playing offline without installation.
This is a sweet and important victory for all those who have decided to contribute their part and express their protest on the matter - and we will keep our fingers crossed that the right lesson will be saved for the future, not just for Doom Eternal but also for additional titles that will still consider integrating advanced Anti Cheat systems.