Mortal Kombat 1 Will Allegedly Feature Denuvo Anti-Tamper



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  • Mortal Kombat is soon scheduled to feature a reboot in the franchise, with the new game being called Mortal Kombat 1. This is the twelfth mainline installment in the series, serving as the successor to the 2019-released Mortal Kombat 11. 
  • As per a new update on the SteamDB page of the forthcoming arcade fighter, Mortal Kombat 1 is expected to feature Denuvo Anti-Tamper technology in an attempt to sustain fair play and prevent the game from getting pirated by hacker groups.
  • Aside from its pros, Denuvo as a DRM software is known to have caused issues for players across the board, including performance troubles, and an added risk of security. This is a reason why the Denuvo Anti-Tamper tool is considered controversial outside of the good it brings to the table.   

As per a new update on the SteamDB page of Mortal Kombat 1, it’s apparent that the upcoming reboot of the Mortal Kombat franchise will feature Denuvo Anti-Tamper technology. For those not in the know, Denuvo offers anti-tamper and anti-cheat capabilities in order for games to not get pirated or filled to the brim with exploiting cheaters. On the same side, however, Denuvo Anti-Tamper remains a controversial subject in the industry.

Denuvo Anti-Tamper Added to Mortal Kombat 1
Denuvo Anti-Tamper Added to Mortal Kombat 1

Mortal Kombat 1’s global release is merely weeks away from now. Although the title makes official landfall on September 19, it has only been recently revealed that those who buy the title’s Premium Edition will get to play it 5 days early, which is September 14. This particular variant of the game also comes with a handful of other benefits, including the Kombat Pack and 1250 Dragon Krystals, which is the in-game currency.

In other news, though, Tekken 8 was too found in a similar spotlight, when the game’s Steam page mentioned an inclusion of the Denuvo encryption software. When the news spread, the title’s director Katsuhiro Harada took to Twitter himself to clear up the confusion and reaffirm that the update on Steam is just a “simply a copy/paste of TEKKEN 7 or something” and that there are no plans to introduce Denuvo to Tekken 8.  

Therefore, it is possible that the people up high working on Mortal Kombat 1, especially Ed Boon, could come forward to issue an official statement on the matter, similar to how Harada did it for his game. Until then, though, this piece of news is what we’ll have to make do with. On the flip side though, NetherRealm’s Studios next major title is all set to employ rollback netcode, a faciliative feature for match-ups that make playing smoother.

And in case you missed it, a special single-player mode called Invasion was leaked in recent times for Mortal Kombat 1 through a listing uploaded by a Brazillian retailer. The listing shows the back cover of the game’s physical edition, which seemingly spills the beans on this new way to enjoy the forthcoming interactive fighting title. A lot of hype surrounds Mortal Kombat 1, and rightfully so, given how it’s coming 4 years after MK11.

Why Do Some Gamers Despise Denuvo Anti-Tamper? 

It’s clear how a sizable portion of the playing community doesn’t exactly love what Denuvo Anti-Tamper has to offer, and the fact that Mortal Kombat 1 will sport this technology is sure to prevent many people from getting it on day one. So, the question here is, what is the reason players hate Denuvo to the point that they’d rather turn away from their favorite game as soon as the sight of this software springs up? 

The fact of the matter is that outside of Denuvo Anti-Tamper’s pros where it stops cybercriminals from cheating, ensures fair play, and prevents the game it’s incorporated in from getting pirated or cracked, it’s not without its fair share of cons either. One of the biggest gripe that players have with the encryption program is that it can affect PC game performance in some cases despite the company representativess saying otherwise.

Another cause for concern that popped up back in 2020, associating a notion of risk and security hazard with Denuvo, is the Doom Eternal scenario. The antivirus software Kaspersky started to recognize the running Denuvo DRM tool as malware, sending waves across the industry and putting the makers of Denuvo in a bad spot. Ever since then, things have been on and off with Denuvo, among other pertinent concerns. 

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