KEY POINTS

  • Capcom removed the DRM protection of "Monster Hunter World" for PC
  • The removal of the DRM might improve the game's performance on some machines
  • Denuvo is notorious for causing performance issues in games

Capcom has removed the digital rights management software protecting the PC version of “Monster Hunter World” from piracy attempts three years after the game’s release. A small patch was released for the Steam version of the game that got rid of the Denuvo protection software, much to the joy of the fans.

The removal of “Monster Hunter World’s” Denuvo protection was seen by many PC players as a good move on Capcom’s part. The DRM software is notorious for hogging system resources that often caused drops in frame rates, constant stuttering and increased loading times in games, especially for weaker machines.

Monster Hunter World” has seen its fair share of technical issues that have since been patched out. The removal of Denuvo may serve as the final nail in the coffin for the game’s FPS-related problems. Players on low-end computers can expect an increase in their game’s performance the next time they boot “Monster Hunter World,” while those with stronger machines may experience little to no changes.

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Some players noted that the removal of Denuvo from the game was a little too late; “Monster Hunter World” is three years old now and many players have already moved on. Those who completed the game while Denuvo was still active have no more reason to return, especially now that there are no more content updates planned for the future.

Additionally, it’s worth noting that the efficacy of Denuvo for “Monster Hunter World” is questionable at best. Pirated versions of the game have been available since the early days following its release. Pirates were also able to update the cracked version with the latest patches. Eventually, the “Iceborne” expansion got cracked by pirates as well.

Denuvo was marked as the premier piracy killer when it was first introduced. However, pirates were still able to bypass the DRM’s sophisticated engineering or outright remove it, effectively resulting in a loss for those who legally bought their games.

Updated versions of Denuvo were able to block pirates from cracking games but not permanently, which raised the question of whether implementing this allegedly harmful DRM is worth it or not.