Last week, Doom Eternal received its first update since its record-setting launch, and alongside a multiplayer component, it also brought a serving of Denuvo Anti-Cheat. This kernel-mode driver collects information about the operating system when Doom Eternal is running and transmits it over to Denuvo for curbing any cheats that might be running.
Following a massive backlash over this implementation by the community that involved social media campaigns and review bombs, id Software has announced Denuvo anti-cheat will be removed from the game shortly.
“Despite our best intentions, feedback from players has made it clear that we must re-evaluate our approach to anti-cheat integration,” said id executive producer Marty Stratton in a post on Reddit. “With that, we will be removing the anti-cheat technology from the game in our next PC update”
According to the developer, unlike the current situation, any future anti-cheat integrations will at least let players enjoy the Doom Eternal single-player campaign without the detection software being a requirement. Stratton also added that the decision to include Denuvo anti-cheat had been an id Software one, and not forced upon it by its parent company Bethesda.
The update to remove Denuvo anti-cheat as well as fix performance issues and resolve several crashes will be rolling out within a week, if things go according to plan.