A notorious Chinese hacking forum, 3DM, has warned pirates that anti-piracy measures in video games are becoming sophisticated enough that they will become impossible to crack in about two years. This comes after pirates across the world have failed to produce a working crack of Just Cause 3 a whole month after the game was released.
Most people who pirate games are used to the idea that they will be able to get a working copy within a few days of the official release at most. However, it turns out that Just Cause 3 has been causing the regular hackers a long series of headaches. The owner of the 3DM forum explained that their top hacker almost gave up trying to work around the anti-piracy measures set on the final level of the game; although he is still working on it after receiving a pep talk.
Just Cause 3 uses the latest version of Denuvo, an extremely sophisticated anti-tamper software suite. Denuvo itself managed to stump pirates of Dragon Age: Inquisition for an equally long time period; although it looks like the German company has implemented even tighter restrictions for JC3.
Fortunately for most pirates, Denuvo has a reputation for being immensely expensive to license; although many publishers may start seeing the benefits of investing the extra cash to secure their games.
That being said, the statement from the Chinese group could simply be a way to deal with the frustration of being unable to crack a game. Two years is a long time in the world of technology, and hackers will likely invent new ways to work around Denuvo and any other anti-piracy measures that may be implemented in the future. Although we’re sure that video game publishers and developers are more than happy to hear that their efforts are seriously hampering any attempts to pirate their work (and nobody had to get sued for it to happen).