id Software’s DOOM was released in May this year and was protected with Denuvo anti-tamper technology, a tool used by developers and publishers for protection against piracy, especially needed for the PC releases.
The protection is used by many developers and publishers such as EA, Avalanche Studios, id Software and many others. However, according to the reports, the new free update 5 removes support for Denuvo from the game. Yesterday, a new free update was released by Bethesda along with the patch notes.
The update added a new mode called infernal run, multiplayer bots and many game improvements and fixes. The patch notes didn’t mention the removal of Denuvo from the game, but it was spotted by NEOGAF user “BernardoOne” after running a scan. He shared the screenshot of the scan which can be seen below;
Below are the multiplayer improvements introduced by the patch;
Free Update 5 Release Notes
Added new game mode, Infernal Run
Teams fight to obtain the ball and score in the opponent’s goal
Added Bots for multiplayer
Bots are available on original multiplayer maps in Team Deathmatch and Deathmatch game modes
Increased the maximum level cap to Echelon 11, level 50
Added the DOOM Marine Armor (Praetor Suit) as unlockable perk for achieving maximum multiplayer level cap
Resolved an issue where rapid controller input caused unusually high shotgun damage.
While the complete list of improvements from the patch notes can be seen from the Steam page here. Back in August, hackers managed to bypass the Denuvo protection from many games, including DOOM, Rise of the Tomb Raider and some others. However, removing the Denuvo protection now won’t effect the developers much as their aim was to protect the game from pirates for the first few months of its release, which they did.
DOOM is now available for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Stay tuned for more updates!