Italian hacking organisation CPY has announced that it has cracked Assassin’s Creed: Origins, which means that people with pirated copies of the game will now be able to bypass its various DRM protections.
The announcement was made on the CrackWatch subreddit, where Assassin’s Creed Origins has featured heavily, following Ubisoft’s decision to shroud the game with an unusually high number of anti-piracy protection measures. Namely Denuvo 4.8, VMProtect and Ubisoft’s built-in UPlay protection.
PC gamers had complained that the various layers of Assassin’s Creed: Origins’ anti-piracy protection were causing performance issues by using up large amounts of system resources. And the ploy worked for a while – with the arrival of version 4.8 of Denuvo proving resistant to the hackers. However, while it meant that Assassin’s Creed: Origins wasn’t cracked within weeks or even days – as is the case for most games – its eventual cracking marks a breakthrough for the hackers.
According to Kotaku, Ubisoft may now consider removing Denuvo from Assassin’s Creed: Origins’ raft of anti-piracy measures, as was the case with Bethesda Softworks’ Doom when it was cracked – a spokesman for Denuvo at that time said that the anti-piracy software had achieved its goal of protecting Doom from the hackers during the launch window, and the same applies to Assassin’s Creed: Origins.
So, bizarrely, the hackers may have done those playing Assassin’s Creed: Origins on the PC a favour, by removing one layer of resource-hungry software.