Denuvo, server down, many PC games inaccessible on weekends

Denuvo, server down, many PC games inaccessible on weekends


Over the weekend, many users reported that they were unable to launch their PC games, which they had played regularly until the day before. Soon it was discovered that all games protected by Denuvo were affected and that the cause of the problem was in the servers of the company that develops the well-known DRM, which collapsed for reasons not better understood. It is suspected that this is all due to the expiration of the Codefusion.techlogy domain, used for the activation of games with Denuvo, which expired just over the weekend, but there have been no clarifications on this.

To be affected , fortunately for a short time, very recent titles such as Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy and Football Manager 2022, but also older ones such as Wolfenstein Younbgblood, Planet Zoo, the latest Tomb Raider trilogy, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2, Mortal Kombat 11 and Total War: Warhammer.

Of course, there was no shortage of player protests, especially for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. Many consider it absurd that it is protected by an online DRM when it is a completely single player game, with no microtransactions. However, the situation returned in the evening, when the games started working again.

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A great day for DRM as Denuvo lapse renders tons of games temporarily unplayable

If you tried to fire up a game on your PC this weekend, you may have run into the teeny tiny issue of it refusing to boot. It seems as though Denuvo's servers had a bit of a hiccup on November 7, rendering tons of games with the DRM technology temporarily unplayable.

Reports began flooding in on ResetEra and various Steam community pages, with many getting a 'server not reachable' error when attempting to boot various games. The issue plagued recent big releases like Guardians of the Galaxy and Football Manager 2022, as well as games like Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Yakuza: Like a Dragon and Persona 4 Golden (thanks, VGC).

There's no clear reason for exactly why Denuvo crapped-out, but some are speculating that the company simply forgot to renew its domain used for verifying game activations. The registration for the Codefusion domain expired on September 24 this year—yesterday seems to have been when the grace period for renewal ended, booting it off DNS. It seems a likely scenario, considering the domain has now been renewed and everything is back to normal. I've contacted Denuvo to clarify if this was the reason for the downtime, but have yet to hear back.

For a bit of tech that is already fairly well-hated, situations like this don't help Denuvo's case. Both the ResetEra and Steam threads were filled with discontent for it, and the frustrations are incredibly valid when hiccups like this prevent you from playing your single-player, offline games.

Earlier this year saw even more disdain for Denuvo when it was discovered that pirated versions of Resident Evil Village apparently ran better because the lack of DRM was fixing its stuttering issues (Denuvo denied its software was the cause). More recently, Intel Alder Lake has run into issues with some Denuvo-enabled games refusing to boot on the new processors.