Sonic Mania's Denuvo DRM is Cracked After Just Eight Days

By Matt Wales on at

Sonic Mania, Sega's boisterous, wonderful love letter to Sonic games of old, is a delight. However, its arrival on PC was marred by a number of issues. On release, the PC version featured a bug (since fixed) which prevented it from being played online and, more controversially, was discovered to use Denuvo's never-popular DRM—something not mentioned on the game's Steam page at the time. Just eight days after release, however, its DRM implementation has been cracked.

Denuvo's "anti-tamper protection" is highly controversial in PC circles, frequently blamed for a litany of performance issues, and generally despised on moral, anti-consumer grounds. Yet, despite complaints following its discovery in Sonic Mania (many of which still feature prominently on the game's Steam reviews page), Denuvo support has remained in place. About the only word Sega had to share on the matter was a post almost completely side-stepping the issue.

If reports (courtesy of dsogaming) are true, and Sonic Mania's Denuvo implementation has indeed been cracked, fans will be keen to see if Sega follows the recent example of other publishers. EA's Mass Effect: Andromeda, Capcom's Resident Evil 7, Tequila Softworks' Rime, and Bandai Namco's Tekken 7 all had their Denuvo DRM removed once cracked and unofficial distribution was no longer preventable.

There's no word from Sega yet, but it would be a surprise if Sonic Mania's Denuvo remains in place for much longer.