Players are having trouble stuttering in Arkane Studio’s Deathloop, watching the game’s bombing on Steam and calling up the use of Denuvo.
Arkane Studios Deathloop is plagued by an avalanche of negative reviews on Steam, highlighting most issues with the anti-piracy software, Denuvo. Deathloop is Arkane Studios latest project, following their Prey game in 2018 and the two matches in the Dissatisfied series. With its release, players worldwide share their views on the game, both positively and negatively.
This is not the first time that Steam reviewers have come together to express a strongly shared opinion about a game. If these reviews are negative, it is known as ‘review bombing’, which occurs frequently in cases where games have particularly strong anti-piracy software that many players find too restrictive. Digital rights management systems, or DRMs, are software used by game developers to protect games from piracy. The software used for Deathloop, Denuvo, has previously been criticized for how it can affect a game’s performance. Now the same criticism is expressed Deathloop.
A visit to the Deathloop The Steam page contains ‘mixed reviews’, with many of the negative reviews causing problems with Denuvo. While some experience problems with the use of Denuvo as a whole, many especially mention issues of micro-stuttering during the game, short-lived hooks in the game that can negatively affect the experience of players. DeathloopAs an action game, emphasizing the fast action with quick reaction times, and it can be so difficult to play through such a problem. The micro-stutter appears to occur in a large number of players with a wide variety of different computer components, and since previous games with Denuvo have experienced similar issues, much of the negativity in Steam reviews focuses on Denuvo.
With Steam reviews, players can share their thoughts. In this case, many of the negative reviews attribute the problems they are experiencing to Akane Studio’s use of Denuvo, although there is no definitive evidence that Denuvo is in fact responsible for these issues. Regardless, this practice of drawing joint attention to Denuvo has in the past led to the removal of the software, such as when Arkane removed Denuvo Prey. It is possible that the same will happen with Deathloop, and if so, it may provide the answer to the question about the effect of Denuvo on game performance.
Review bombing as a process can certainly draw attention to the issues of a game, but it can also have a negative effect on the sale of a game. It’s unclear whether Steam review bomb is the best way to bring issues to developers’ attention, but it’s a method that players have been using more frequently in recent years. It remains to be seen how Arkane Studios will react to the reviews and how they will handle Denuvo in this and in future matches.
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Deathloop is now available on PS5 and PC.
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