Tekken 8 Will Have Denuvo Anti-Tamper Protection



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  • Tekken 8 will be coming with Denuvo third-party encryption software.
  • The game’s Steam Store page now displays that Tekken 8 will require an agreement with a third-party EULA.
  • Tekken 7 also featured Denuvo anti-tamper tech on launch, but it was removed later when it was revealed that the encryption software was causing performance issues with the game.

Bandai Namco‘s Tekken 8 will be featuring Denuvo anti-tamper tech, as detailed by the game’s Steam Store page. The updated info regarding the Denuvo DRM integration appeared on Tekken 8’s Steam Store page a week after the game’s Closed Network Test was wrapped. Bandai Namco has yet to announce the game’s release date, but all the signs point toward the direction that the game’s launch is just around the corner.

Tekken 8's Steam Store page features a third-party EULA agreement.
Tekken 8’s Steam Store page features a third-party EULA agreement.

Tekken 7, the most popular installment in the long-running fighting game franchise, also featured Denuvo protection on PC on its launch. However, the Denuvo anti-tamper tech was subsequently removed from the game in 2018 after Tekken’s director, Katsuhiro Harada, publicly claimed that the third-party software was causing performance and framerate issues with the game.

According to Katsuhiro Harada, the Denuvo encryption program was causing issues with Tekken 7 on PC back then. Now, the latest installment of the fighting game franchise, Tekken 8, is set to feature the same third-party encryption program. It remains to be seen if they’ll remove it afterward if the third-party software continues to cause performance issues with Tekken 8 as well.

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Furthermore, Capcom‘s Street Fighter 6 also introduced Denuvo anti-tamper tech right before its release on June 2, 2023. The sudden DRM integration caused many fans of the fighting game to voice their concerns, claiming that the DRM integration has caused the performance of the game to suffer drastically compared to the beta, which was held about a week before the game’s launch.

A negative review criticizing the Denuvo anti-tamper tech on Street Fighter 6's Steam Store page.
A negative review criticizing the Denuvo anti-tamper tech on Street Fighter 6’s Steam Store page.

Despite the notorious nature of the third-party encryption software, Bandai Namco has decided to include it with Tekken 8. The game currently doesn’t have a release date. However, it is confirmed to be available to play on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, and Steam.

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