Denuvo DRM causes chaos for weekend gamers

Today: Looks like PlayStation 5 is on the cusp of being cracked — Time to breathe fire and flap your wings in Century: Age of Ashes — BioWare is not done with Mass Effect just yet

Denuvo server outage prevents games from launching properly

Connection error message on Steam caused problems for Guardians of the Galaxy

A server outage over the weekend caused trouble for games with Denuvo DRM, stopping games like Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider from launching.

The games pop an error message suggesting users check their internet connections and then refuses to run. The problem seems to stem from a lapsed DNS which prevents the DRM from confirming the integrity of the game.

  • Denuvo Anti-Tamper launched in 2014
  • Online DRM checks can be temperamental
  • DRM developer Denuvo claims DRM is the only reason games come to PC
  • Denuvo has also been linked to poor game performance

Loathed: Denuvo has attracted the ire of PC gamers for years, and the most common criticism is that DRM only affects legitimate customers, while pirates disable it anyway and thus avoid problems like this one.

Trade-off: Some publishers remove Denuvo after launch since the majority of sales happen around launch, and pirate groups mostly target new games just appearing on the market.

Which game director was behind Disney’s Epic Mickey?

a) Roberta Williams
b) Shigeru Miyamoto
c) John Romero
d) Warren Specter

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today's issue. Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss what the answer could be.

Return to a life of crime or be Dragonborn

Snippet of PlayStation 5’s code from Fail0verflow

The hacking group Fail0verflow claims to have found a way to break PlayStation 5 DRM, potentially opening the console to homebrew development and software piracy.

"We got all (symmetric) ps5 root keys. They can all be obtained from software – including per-console root key, if you look hard enough!" said the group. This is not the first time the group targets Sony hardware.

History repeats: Fail0verflow defeated the PlayStation 3's security system in 2011, and found a way to run unsigned code on the console.

Not if, but when: The group also conquered PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, enabling the consoles to run unsigned code, cracked games and even the Linux operating system. It's likely a huge concern for Sony, who's yet to comment on the claims. 

Time to wing it in Century: Age of Ashes

Player is seen riding a fire breathing dragon, as they swoop through the castle grounds, besieging the defenders

Century: Age of Ashes invites you to take to the skies on the back of your very own flying, fire-breathing monster and engage in scale-shattering aerial combat.

I like dragons. In fact, I like them a lot: They are my favourite fantasy creatures and it's always a good day when they feature prominently in a game, like Icarus, Skyrim or the Neverwinter games. It should not surprise you, dear reader, that Century: Age of Ashes gets my blood boiling.

The game puts dragons front and center, and the whole game is about being a dragon rider and battling other dragons and best of all – this is the finest dragon-riding action I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing.

Free-to-play with top-tier graphics, multiplayer and mind-blowingly fluid flying. If you're into dragons, then Century: Age of Ashes is going to be wildly satisfying.

Player with Dragon looking out onto the sunset and enjoying the view

Ashes to Ashes, Gold to Gold: Playwing is still hard at work adding whatever they can to make this a masterpiece. That includes new dragons, additional classes, new maps and of course cosmetics. One of the big upcoming additions that I've had the pleasure of testing is the Spoils of War mode.

Spoils of War is a fast-paced, strategic, cooperative game mode where you and your fellow dragoneers compete together to burninate your enemies and collect treasure, all taking place on a symmetrical map named Jaarlandtir Harbour. It is definitely my favourite game mode out of the three available: The fast-paced action, teamwork and skills truly raise the heat.

New map? New possibilities: "The mode is popular with the team so we do believe it could add something pretty cool to the Century experience," said Associate Producer Joaquim Lancessuer at Playwing. "I believe we do need to build more maps that actually support Spoils of War, so we will definitely make more maps for it."

Could Jaarlandtir Harbour be used for other modes like Carnage and Gates of Fire? Lancessuer says the team is considering it: "We are planning actually to have more players fit into the Harbour. Other modes can be actually transposed to Jaarlandtir Harbour, so it's possible that the map can actually host other types of gameplay."

A beautiful dragon: The team doesn't want to tell exactly what the next class will be, or what kind of dragon will be introduced alongside it, but they're not afraid to hint a little: "We do have internally a roadmap for new classes, but I cannot really go into great detail about it now. The only thing that I can say is that we are definitely working on the fourth class as we speak, it will be a beautiful dragon!"

Century: Age of Ashes launches for PC on December 2nd and will follow in PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S a little later.

Previewed by Dominique' McClain

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Which game director was behind Disney’s Epic Mickey?

Mickey and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, ready to (mischievously) save the day

ANSWER: Warren Specter!

So you're trying to make Mickey Mouse into a proper videogame hero. Who can capture the magic of Disney's most iconic character and distill it into a solid gold classic? How about the man behind the cyberpunk conspiracy thriller Deus Ex? Maybe not the most obvious choice, but Disney acquired Warren Specter's Junction Point Studios anyway.

Specter originally pitched a totally unrelated game to Disney, but they had other plans and asked him to direct what would become Epic Mickey. Specter is a huge Disney fan and didn't need to be asked twice. He was given full creative freedom, with one restriction: Never show Mickey's teeth.

Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey. If you have any feedback or news tips for the team, please email us!