Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Football Manager 2022, Yakuza: Like a Dragon and dozens of other PC video games could not be played for an hours this Sunday for what seems to be a bug with the Denuvo anti-piracy system, as reported by several users in forums and social networks, they report from VGC.
In a forum thread ResetEra, a user displays a screenshot of Shadow of the Tomb Raider where the message reads: “Can’t connect to the server, check your internet connection and click ‘retry'”. Another user responds saying that he has not been able to play all day last Yakuza is a Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster; the error sends a web to request an authentication code of the product.
Other players reported similar issues with Persona 4 Golden, Total War: Warhammer II and the mentioned Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. In the Steam community page of the latter a user reported that the game could not connect to servers, preventing play. In the responses you can read messages such as: “Why this message has DRM servers online, it is simply ridiculous considering it’s a single player game no microtransactions. “
Neil Brock, one of the developers of Football Manager 2022, wrote in the Steam community hours after the complaints from the first players: “The problem should be solved now; it may be necessary to reboot your systems and try to access the game again. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.” Other games like Planet Zoo, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2, Mortal Kombat 11 and more were affected.
Denuvo Software Solutions GmbH has not released a statement regarding the error. However, it is speculated that the problem was due to the expiration of a domain name, “Codefusion.technology”, which expired last Sunday. Denuvo has been criticized for years for its influence on computer performance, something that was seen recently with Resident Evil 8: Village: After an update that “optimizes” the anti-piracy system the performance improves considerably.