Denuvo Rears Its Head For Dragon Ball FighterZ On PC

You saw this coming, didn’t you?

I know there’s more than a few people wondering if Bandai Namco was going to feature that oh so popular anti-tamper software in their upcoming fighting game, Dragon Ball FighterZ. Well, the answer is, sadly, yes.

I mean, I guess that was to be expected. You knew this was going to happen, didn’t you? Didn’t their last flagship game, Tekken 7, ship with it as well? Why, Yes, it did.

Yet, Bandai Namco hasn’t put any mention of Denuvo being included on the Steam page. But how do we know that it’s been added? We can thank the readers over at the PC Gaming subreddit for the clues. The rest we’ll have to put together.

Not to long ago, about 16 hours now, an update was posted on the Dragon Ball FighterZ page. You can track the changes thanks to SteamDB. While this update didn’t mention the addition of Denuvo, it did update the EULA. If you follow over to the games’ EULA page (which can be seen here) you’ll see the following towards the bottom;

24. THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE.
a) Denuvo. This Game is protected by Denuvo Anti-Tamper technology (“Anti-Tamper Technology”). By installing this Game, you acknowledge and consent that certain files of the Anti-Tamper Technology may remain even after the Game is uninstalled from your computer. For more information, please visit Denuvo’s website.

Booo…. Denuvo, Booo!!!!!! Right?

Now, I don’t have a problem with Denuvo being added. I understand that publishers and developers need to attempt to protect their IPs from theft. What I do have an issue with is then no being upfront about it. Tell us what you’re doing and let is decide, versus us finding out and getting upset that you couldn’t be honest with us.

Will the implementation of Denuvo stop me from buying the game (or any game for that matter) on the PC? To be completely honest, it would if reports confirm that it was implemented wrongly and ends up causing performance issues. Anyone remember what happened with RIME? Though I sincerely doubt the same thing will happen with Dragon Ball FighterZ.

My only question is, how long with Denvuo work? Tekken 7 was cracked in four days. Some games were cracked even sooner. When does it get to the point where trying to prevent the inevitable becomes useless? I guess we’ll just have to see, won’t we?

Ok, rant mode on – Damn this news! I already said multiple times that due to Dragon Ball FighterZ not having any cross-platform support, that the PC version already had an uphill battle. Now, this? I really hope the PC sales don’t end up being terrible due to this. The mere mention of Denuvo is enough to turn off anyone. Combine that with the decline of competition with fighting games on the PC, this doesn’t bode well. But hey, I’m trying to be optimistic about it all.

Dragon Ball FighterZ releases for the PS4, Xbox One X, and PC on Jan. 26, 2018. A beta will be playable from Jan. 14, 2018 (Jan. 13 for pre-orders) and ends on Jan. 16, 2018.

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Keith Mitchell is the Founder and Editor in Chief of The Outerhaven. A grizzled IT professional during the day, but a passionate lover of video games after his 9-5 grid. Loves playing the Dark Souls series and has been gaming since he was 6 years old. He's 40+ now, that old guy that he is.