Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 Denuvo DRM Uncovered

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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 Denuvo DRM Uncovered

September 11, 2020

By: Robert N. Adams

More Info About This Game
Developer
Vicarious Visions
Publisher
Activision
Platforms
PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release Date
September 4, 2020 (Calendar)
Genre
Sports, Arcade
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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 Denuvo DRM has been reportedly uncovered by an irate gamer, and that's not the only thing that flew under the radar: apparently, the PC version of the game requires an Internet connection to play it.

If you haven't yet jumped into Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2, you're missing out on a fantastic revival of the classic arcade skateboarding game. People have been playing this new release and streaming the game on Twitch like made, but it looks like it has a couple of issues that some PC gamers might not be happy with.

A submission on the /r/pcgaming subreddit claims that the game requires an Internet connection on PC and that it uses Denuvo DRM. The Internet requirement was easy enough to confirm — it's mentioned on the fine print of the game's system specs page — but it's a little more difficult to figure out whether or not there is any Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 Denuvo DRM.

"For those of you who are interested in this game, I figured I'd give you fair warning because apparently Activision doesn't want to (there's no warning about the game's use of Denuvo DRM or the asinine online requirement on the game's store page; I skimmed the EULA and couldn't find any mention of DRM there either)," explained /u/GachiKombat on Reddit.

 
 

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 Denuvo DRM slice

Is There Really Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 Denuvo DRM?

According to /u/GachiKombat, this web page serves as proof that the game uses Denuvo DRM. The web page talks about a failure to authenticate the game and provides an alternative route for players who may be having some trouble.

Unfortunately, it's a little difficult to say whether or not the game actually makes use of Denuvo DRM, especially because it's not mentioned on its Epic Games Store page. We've reached out to the developers for comment on this matter and will update this article when we receive a reply.

One thing that is clear is that an Internet connection is required to play this game on PC — Activision has quietly released a warning on the game's Specifications page. Multiple Reddit submissions from last week (First, Second, Third) also talk about sign-in issues. 

If Denuvo and an Internet connection are a part of the package, this may be a deal-breaker for some gamers. If you don't care about stuff like that (and you want to play a great skateboarding game), then you can find out where to buy this brand-new title at tonyhawkthegame.com.

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Is a game's use of Denuvo a deal-breaker for you? How do you feel about Internet connection requirements in games? Let us know in the comments below!

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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!

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