portal DSOGaming drew attention to the fact that the RPG action game in the open world Forspoken, released six months ago by the publisher Square Enix and the developers of the studio Luminous Productions (now closed), has lost Denuvo protection.
As noted by DSOGaming journalists, on July 25, the size of the executable file of the Steam version of Forspoken was reduced by 258 MB – this usually indicates the removal of Denuvo. The change can be tracked through the service SteamDB.
On the Forspoken page on Steam, the warning about the game’s use of Denuvo hasn’t gone away yet, but it’s likely to happen in the near future – Square Enix hasn’t announced any plans to drop protection.
It is noteworthy that in the run-up to Denuvo’s removal, pirates and hackers failed to crack the PC version of Forspoken. In connection with Square Enix’s decision in this case to leave the project without protection, it is unclear.
However, after the Denuvo hack was abandoned, Forspoken did not have to wait long: a pirate copy (we do not give links) appeared on the Internet within a few hours after DSOGaming was released.
How the removal of Denuvo will affect Forspoken’s performance (if at all) is not yet clear. DSOGaming points out that the released patches are already available improved the performance of the game compared to the release version.
Released on January 24th on PC (Steam, Microsoft Store, EGS) and PS5, Forspoken received mixed reviews from critics and saw weak initial sales. A prequel story add-on for the game, In Tanta We Trust, was released in late May.