The cracked version of Resident Evil 8 runs better than a legit copy of the game
Whoever downloads an illegal copy of a video game usually has to live with the fact that the game will not run as well as an original copy. This can be caused by the sketchy modifications that have to be made to circumvent the DRM mechanism or by the fact that illegally downloaded games often cannot be updated as easily as original copies. In CAPCOM's latest entry in the Resident Evil franchise, Resident Evil Village (US$49 on Amazon for the PS4 version), the opposite seems to be the case.
According to Ars Technica, the cracked version of Resident Evil Village runs considerably better than a legit copy of the game. An unauthorized version of the game, which emerged over the past weekend, has successfully removed Denuvo, the anti-tampering mechanism of the game that was developed by an Austrian software company. The removal of the DRM system supposedly leads to measurable improvements in performance, particularly regarding the stability of the in-game frame rate.
While the retail version frequently stutters and freezes, the illegally obtained version of the game has a much smoother and more stable frame rate. The fact that software pirates currently have a better experience playing the game is a punch in the face for every honest buyer and fan of the series. It remains to be seen if CAPCOM will optimize or remove the Denuvo mechanism from the game to provide its paying customers with the experience they deserve.