Resident Evil Village's Denuvo DRM (digital rights management) security has been covertly deactivated by Capcom. As per a new report, the controversial anti-tampering tech was removed in the game's latest update, and it's no longer listed on its Steam store page. The technology - which is implemented to prevent piracy - is notorious for crippling game performance on PC. The issue was prevalent in Resident Evil Village as well, but Capcom decided to remove the DRM almost two years after its release. Pirates still managed to get the best of Capcom back in 2021, by releasing a cracked version which performed considerably better than the authentic copy. Denuvo was also taken down by Capcom from the game's Steam website. As a result, we can say with confidence that this removal was deliberate and not an accident, according to a DSOG report. A Crytek leak from 2020 revealed that Denuvo charges game companies based on how long the software is being used in a title, with the highest fee being collected within the first six months. The cost tends to rapidly go down over time, and most game titles eventually get rid of it — some within weeks, while others such as Resident Evil Village take years. Capcom has followed a similar strategy with its other titles such as Resident Evil 2 and 3 remakes, Devil May Cry 5, and Monster Hunter: World. It will be interesting to see. More recently, Resident Evil Village received a virtual reality mode on the PS VR2 as a free DLC, allowing players to go through the entire game as they once again step into the shoes of protagonist Ethan Winters. In order to learn the new format, it also includes shooting ranges and a special VR training. A demo version is also available to all PS VR2 owners. Capcom's latest title Resident Evil 4 (2023) received its Mercenaries Mode free update on April 7, throwing special agent Leon S. Kennedy and other characters into wave-based enemy missions. However, the update also added a bunch of microtransactions to the game's digital store. In Resident Evil 4, players must collect Spinels by completing missions and exchange them with the Merchant to collect tickets that help upgrade weapons. Now, players who are unwilling to go through that effort can simply pay for those tickets using real money. On Steam, the tickets start at Rs. 169 each, going up to Rs. 409 for a pack of three and Rs. 589 for a pack of five tickets. In another article, Lily Gao, the voice actress who portrayed Ada Wong in the Resident Evil 4 adaptation, retaliated against the negative feedback she had gotten about her work. Gao said in an Instagram post, which she had previously disabled in response to the critical comments, "Being the first Asian actor to portray Ada in the Resident Evil video games is an honour, and I will forever be grateful to our producer and director, for making the decision on authentic representation." It's terrible that the all-too-familiar sense of "I don't belong" also surfaced with the game's release. She continued by criticising stereotypes of Asians and how untrue casting results in a negative picture. “It is time we stop only capitalising on the sexualised, eroticised, and mysterious Asian woman, and make space to honour every kind of Asian woman,” Gao continued. "My Ada has endured. She is kind, just, intelligent, and funny. She is unpredictable, resilient, and absolutely not a stereotype.”

Resident Evil Village Gets Rid of Denuvo DRM on Steam

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Resident Evil Village’s Denuvo DRM (digital rights management) security has been covertly deactivated by Capcom. As per a new report, the controversial anti-tampering tech was removed in the game’s latest update, and it’s no longer listed on its Steam store page. The technology – which is implemented to prevent piracy – is notorious for crippling game performance on PC. The issue was prevalent in Resident Evil Village as well, but Capcom decided to remove the DRM almost two years after its release. Pirates still managed to get the best of Capcom back in 2021, by releasing a cracked version which performed considerably better than the authentic copy.

Denuvo was also taken down by Capcom from the game’s Steam website. As a result, we can say with confidence that this removal was deliberate and not an accident, according to a DSOG report. A Crytek leak from 2020 revealed that Denuvo charges game companies based on how long the software is being used in a title, with the highest fee being collected within the first six months.

The cost tends to rapidly go down over time, and most game titles eventually get rid of it — some within weeks, while others such as Resident Evil Village take years. Capcom has followed a similar strategy with its other titles such as Resident Evil 2 and 3 remakes, Devil May Cry 5, and Monster Hunter: World. It will be interesting to see.

More recently, Resident Evil Village received a virtual reality mode on the PS VR2 as a free DLC, allowing players to go through the entire game as they once again step into the shoes of protagonist Ethan Winters. In order to learn the new format, it also includes shooting ranges and a special VR training. A demo version is also available to all PS VR2 owners.

Capcom’s latest title Resident Evil 4 (2023) received its Mercenaries Mode free update on April 7, throwing special agent Leon S. Kennedy and other characters into wave-based enemy missions. However, the update also added a bunch of microtransactions to the game’s digital store. In Resident Evil 4, players must collect Spinels by completing missions and exchange them with the Merchant to collect tickets that help upgrade weapons. Now, players who are unwilling to go through that effort can simply pay for those tickets using real money. On Steam, the tickets start at Rs. 169 each, going up to Rs. 409 for a pack of three and Rs. 589 for a pack of five tickets.

In another article, Lily Gao, the voice actress who portrayed Ada Wong in the Resident Evil 4 adaptation, retaliated against the negative feedback she had gotten about her work. Gao said in an Instagram post, which she had previously disabled in response to the critical comments, “Being the first Asian actor to portray Ada in the Resident Evil video games is an honour, and I will forever be grateful to our producer and director, for making the decision on authentic representation.” It’s terrible that the all-too-familiar sense of “I don’t belong” also surfaced with the game’s release. She continued by criticising stereotypes of Asians and how untrue casting results in a negative picture.

“It is time we stop only capitalising on the sexualised, eroticised, and mysterious Asian woman, and make space to honour every kind of Asian woman,” Gao continued. “My Ada has endured. She is kind, just, intelligent, and funny. She is unpredictable, resilient, and absolutely not a stereotype.”

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