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Update: We’ve gotten a response from Ubisoft after contacting Denuvo regarding this issue:

As is our standard practice for PC games that include Denuvo anti-tamper, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands is limited to 5 activations per Uplay account per day. In other words, the player may only activate the game on five distinct computers in a 24 hour period. We have not heard of this being an issue for regular players, but Gamestar ran into this problem when conducting their benchmark for the game, as they were replacing the CPUs within a short space of time. We’re working with them to provide a solution for future tests.

Our original article continues below.


The digital DRM solution Denuvo is reportedly temporarily preventing benchmarkers from testing Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands according to DSOGaming.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands is the latest in a long line of games based on Tom Clancy’s fictional works. Like many games bearing the Tom Clancy moniker, Ghost Recon: Wildlands is a tactical shooter (although this particular title features an open world as opposed to an experience split into distinct levels). TechRaptor writer Reagan Cox recently put out his first impressions of the game.

The issue is relating to the swapping of hardware being undertaken in the course of normal benchmarking tests over at German gaming website Gamestar. The typical procedure for benchmarking a game will ideally involve seeing how it performs on different hardware setups. Gamestar has noted that they were able to swap out graphics cards without any issues, but they were later unable to launch the game after they’ve swapped out CPUs on their testing rig.

DSOGaming states that no sites have apparently had issues with benchmarking DOOM, another relatively recent title that makes use of the Denuvo DRM solution. Whether this is a bug or an intended feature of the DRM, it’s nonetheless an issue that Gamestar hasn’t been able to properly evaluate the game. This may also present issues to gamers who have purchased the game and intend to upgrade or otherwise swap out their hardware in future. We’ve reached out to Denuvo for comment and will update this story if we learn more.

If you’d like to pick up Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands for yourself, you can grab it on Steam, on the Microsoft Store for Xbox One, and the PlayStation store for the PlayStation 4. It’s also on sale 18% off at GreenMan Gaming (Affiliate link) right now if you want to get it at a bit of a discount, or on Amazon at a 12% discount for physical PlayStation 4(Affiliate), and Xbox One copies (Affiliate).

What do you think of Denuvo as a DRM solution?  Do you think this is Denuvo functioning as intended or do you think that this is a bug? What do you think of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands as a game in general? Let us know in the comments below!


Robert N. Adams

Senior Writer

I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!