It took over three months for hackers to have finally cracked Assassin's Creed: Origins despite the controversial piracy protection measures that Ubisoft used for the game.
With the Assassin's Creed: Origins crack finally achieved, will Ubisoft decide to remove the layers of anti-piracy tech?
Pirates Finally Crack Controversial 'Assassin's Creed: Origins'
No, the pirates of Assassin's Creed: Black Flag have not crossed over into Assassin's Creed: Origins. It's the real-world pirates that have invaded the ancient Egypt-focused game, with their work now allowing people with pirated copies of Assassin's Creed: Origins to bypass its DRM protections.
Ubisoft was involved in a controversy over Assassin's Creed: Origins shortly after its release in October 2017 due to the complaints from PC players about the massive CPU usage. Reports showed that playing the game sometimes required 100 percent of CPU usage, which could cause PCs to crash into the blue screen of death due to overheating.
The high Assassin's Creed: Origins CPU usage was attributed to Ubisoft's decision to implement the Denuvo anti-piracy technology alongside VMProtect. While the combination provided better protection against piracy, it allegedly did so at the expense of performance.
Ubisoft denied that the anti-piracy measures affected the performance of Assassin's Creed: Origins on the PC. If this was true, then it meant that players need a high-end PC to properly play the game. In either case, Ubisoft is at fault.
Will Ubisoft Remove The Game's Anti-Piracy Measures?
Hackers usually crack games within the first few weeks, but it took just over three months for Italian hacking group CPY to achieve the feat for Assassin's Creed: Origins.
The longer-than-usual project to crack Assassin's Creed: Origins is due to the anti-piracy measures, which means that they worked. With the game now officially pirated, it will be interesting to see how Ubisoft responds.
Some publishers patched their games after pirates cracked them to remove Denuvo. This is what happened with Doom, with a Denuvo spokesman then explaining that the technology already did its job of protecting the game over its launch window.
However, if history holds true, Ubisoft will not do anything. Watch Dogs 2, another game from the publisher with reports of extreme CPU usage, has kept Denuvo online even after being cracked.
The Assassin's Creed: Origins crack is likely a bypass, and players will not experience how the game runs without the anti-piracy measures unless Ubisoft removes them. This likely means that the publisher will not do so, and risk proving that the piracy protection systems indeed slow down the game.