There must be some sort of hazard pay that Denuvo developers have to get given to them for the amount of stress the job must bring, because another game was cracked before launch, and they’ll have to refund another client. This time, that client is Square Enix, makers of the Final Fantasy series. The latest addition, XV, was cracked in less than a day, and a day ahead of the official release thanks to a minor bungle by the developers.
The first mistake that Square made was to allow pre-loading of the game for gamers who had preordered it. Usually, the game files are unencrypted on the day of release once the embargo lifts, and cracking groups typically start their work after that release if they can’t find early copies of the game. Final Fantasy XV was available for pre-order through EA Origin, and the files were also unencrypted on pre-load.
The second mistake that Square made was to release a demo of the game for players looking to try it out and benchmark their systems. The demo and its files are unencrypted, and additionally do not support DRM. But the best part is that through copying some needed files from the demo to the actual installation, this was all that was required to get around Denuvo. No hacks needed to be performed, no extra software or utilities needed to be used. Just Square’s own demo.
According to the release notes, the first three chapters of the game were tested, and the additional 4K texture pack pushes the game’s installation requirements to 150GB of free space. It’s possible that Square Enix will patch this vulnerability out in a future version of the game, but it’s far more likely that as long as the demo sticks around, any patches made to the game files will remain vulnerable.