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Capcom keeps breaking its games by throwing DRM at them

Someone used the monkey’s paw to wish for Denuvo’s removal
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Update (January 23, 2024): Capcom stated that the Monster Hunter Rise issues on Steam Deck had been fixed, so you should be able to play the game on the device once again.

Original (January 22, 2024): Here’s the good news: Capcom has removed the terrible Denuvo DRM from Monster Hunter Rise.

However, there is some bad news as well: Two even more awful DRM programs have replaced it in the form of Enigma and Obsidium, one of which seems to have stopped the popular title from working on Steam Deck – so to whoever used the monkey’s paw to wish for the removal of Denuvo: Congratulations, your wish came true.

Monster Hunter Rise’s user rating on Steam is quickly sinking due to the DRM experiments, as players have been submitting negative reviews due to the game breaking on Steam Deck.

Monster Hunter Rise reptilian monster with purple glow coming from it.

Fans are enraged by Capcom's new and aggressive DRM policy on released titles.

Capcom stated that it’s aware of the issue. “A hotfix for this issue is planned for release in the very near future. Please stay tuned, and thank you for your patience and understanding,” the Monster Hunter social media account wrote.

Fans have been running out of patience and understanding over the last couple of weeks: While Capcom hasn’t officially stated that it was experimenting with DRM programs to stop its games from being played with mods, that is essentially what is happening. Apparently, someone at the company thinks that modding equals cheating, steering it towards this destructive course that’s burning a lot of the good will Capcom built up for itself with the community thanks to a streak of great game releases.

Earlier this month, Capcom tried adding Enigma to Resident Evil Revelations – with a similarly bad result: Players complained about ensuing performance issues and the developer reverted the update relatively quickly.

With the release of Dragon’s Dogma 2 coming up soon, players are keenly observing Capcom’s action – if this heavy-handed approach continues, some may decide to skip the upcoming RPG.