While most games follow the trend of removing controversial anti-piracy software Denuvo a period of time after their launch, it seems that Ghostwire: Tokyo’s latest update has actually added it.
The game added the DRM via its latest update (via SteamDB). Denuvo is a controversial piece of software added in games, as gamers take issue with its performance issues on games that it’s installed with.
There’s also the concern of titles which continue to keep the software will become unplayable should something happen to the service.
As most game companies are mainly concerned with piracy in the initial launch window for their games, it has become standard practice to remove it some time later, as has been with case with titles like Resident Evil Village or Devil May Cry 5.
So this makes the new update for Ghostwire: Tokyo a bit odd. There are examples of Denuvo being added in an update like Gotham Knights, but in that case, it was obviously a mistake when it was removed in a prior update.
So it’s unknown why it’s the case here, though this does come out at the same time as the Xbox port for the game was launched. So perhaps it’s related to a new wave of players, even though they wouldn’t be on PC.
Ghostwire: Tokyo is available now for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC (via Steam and Epic Games Store).