Humankind Denuvo DRM Removed Prior to Launch

Denuvo DRM is being removed from Amplitude Studios' and Sega's Humankind, an upcoming 4X strategy game that launches on PC next month.

Published: July 20, 2021 2:16 PM /


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The Humankind Denuvo DRM is being removed, easing any concerns that players may have about poor performance in this upcoming 4X game from Sega and Amplitude Studios.

Humankind is an upcoming 4X game that's being developed by Amplitude Studios, the same company that created the Endless Space games (and pretty much everything else of note in the Endless franchise). That pedigree has led to a lot of initial hype for Humankind, but that also means it might be a prime target for piracy. Now, it looks like the devs have decided to ditch the Humankind Denuvo DRM following a recent Closed Beta test.

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Why Humankind Denuvo DRM is Being Removed

Denuvo DRM is being removed from Humankind for one simple reason — it had a negative impact on player performance.

"[...] our priority is always the best possible experience for the players who buy our games and support us," read a portion of a forum post from a Creative Director. "Denuvo should never impact player performance, and we don’t want to sacrifice quality for you guys."

"We believe that it’s possible with the right integration, which is what we wanted to test during the Closed Beta," the forum post continued. "However, we found that the way it was currently integrated was not good enough, and it’s not something we can fix before release. So, we are taking it out."

This isn't the first time that a game is removing Denuvo DRM; games such as Rage 2 have had the DRM software removed following launch. This is, however, the first game that is removing Denuvo from a game before its public release to my knowledge.

For now, you can pre-purchase Humankind on Steam for $49.79 or your regional equivalent, a 17% discount in the leadup to launch. You can learn more about this upcoming 4X game on its official website.

What do you think of the Humankind Denuvo DRM being removed prior to launch? Does the inclusion of Denuvo DRM factor into your decision to purchase a game? Let us know in the comments below!

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