Denuvo DRM Found in Sonic Mania for Steam

Denuvo DRM Found in Sonic Mania for Steam

by August 29, 2017 14 comments

What was meant to be the completion of one of the most successful launches of a Sonic game in decades has now been dampened upon the community’s discovery that a controversial digital rights management tool has been found in Sonic Mania, a game developed by talent largely borne from the fan game and modding communities such technology seeks to curb.

Many users who downloaded Mania upon its launch on Steam at noon ET today noted that Denuvo Anti-Tamper Technology is part of the download package. It comes on the heels of news that “no current plans” are in the works to add Steam Workshop support to Mania, according to Sega’s Aaron Webber in a Tweet.

Another Tweet sent to us this afternoon shows that Denuvo, at a minimum, prohibits players from enjoying Mania without an Internet connection active:

Critics of Denuvo have spoken of other ill benefits to the technology, including the possibility of its constant encryption and decryption damaging hard drives and shortening the lifespan of solid state hard drives, or SSDs. Its developer, Denuvo Software Solutions, denies those allegations.

Further, Denuvo is not fireproof. Several games that have come with it bundled have been cracked to circumvent the technology. The latest is Sonnori Corp’s White Day: A Labyrinth Named School, released just last week. Some publishers and developers have elected to remove Denuvo after community outcry.

Fears were raised in the community about the potential inclusion of Denuvo when Mania for PC was singled out and delayed two weeks just a few days before the official launch on other systems.

Though reviews on Steam remain overwhelmingly positive, many of the negative remarks on Mania‘s product page directly cite Denuvo as a reason.

Mania is the fourth Sega title to have the technology bundled with a PC download. Two Warhammer games and Football Manager

14 Comments so far

  1. Joey Bishop
    #1 Joey Bishop 29 August, 2017, 15:05

    Denuvo is dead, put Denuvo is a waste of time and money, who was the stupid who thought to put Denuvo

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  2. Rarefoil
    #2 Rarefoil 29 August, 2017, 15:10


    (sarcasm) I know, I’m usually so much more witty than that (sarcasm end), but it’s all I got.

    Also this: wishing I installed Mania on the D (Data) drive now.

    Is that still an option? Uninstall, then re-install on a different drive?

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  3. Raw
    #3 Raw 29 August, 2017, 15:36

    This is BS!! At the very least they could have advised about it before the game was available for pre-purchase, part of me wants to believe the use of Denuvo will be only temporary though.

    On a brighter and quite ironic note Sonic Forces won second place at IGN’s Gamescom People’s Choice Awards right after Fifa 18.

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  4. EscapeRouteBritish
    #4 EscapeRouteBritish 29 August, 2017, 17:16

    Called it. Didn’t want it to be true.

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  5. NIght Fury
    #5 NIght Fury 29 August, 2017, 17:29

    and that is a deal breaker for me, guess i won’t be enjoying mania until either SEGA patches it out, or the end of time, which ever comes first.

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    • DarkChirano
      DarkChirano 29 August, 2017, 18:03

      Given the circumstances behind what caused Denuvo’s removal from Rime and other games, it’s very likely there might be a contractual clause between SEGA and Denuvo forbidding SEGA from removing the DRM on a whim. Someone likely has to crack the Denuvo on Mania before SEGA can officially remove it.

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  6. Minic
    #6 Minic 29 August, 2017, 17:51

    I couldn’t play it at school, which sucks. I hope they fix this soon.

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  7. 'XaDos
    #7 'XaDos 29 August, 2017, 19:21

    I was in the middle of Stardust Speedway when I noticed I was playing a Denuvo-protected game, thanks to a SEGA developer notice.

    It killed the fun even if I had no issues. Wish I didn’t until finishing the game.

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  8. Hifihedgehog
    #8 Hifihedgehog 29 August, 2017, 19:53

    Here is the alleged offline gameplay fix:

    It does not circumvent the DRM, however.

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  9. Tezmehbot
    #9 Tezmehbot 31 August, 2017, 15:41

    And as usual, Sega manages to kill something well-liked. Happened to Runners after the soft launch and now Mania.

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