Enlarge / Imagine these in-game bars are Denuvo copy protection, and CPY is the shotgun that can bust open the lock.
A cracked PC version of Denuvo-protected Resident Evil 7 appeared online over the weekend, offered up by hacking collective CPY less than a week after its January 24 release.
The crack marks a new low-water mark for the effectiveness of Denuvo’s DRM protection, which just a year ago was considered so unbreakable that major cracking group 3DM took a public break from even attempting to crack Denuvo-protected games.
Since then, though, over 20 Denuvo-protected games have been cracked or bypassed by 3DM, CPY, and other groups, starting with Doom and Rise of the Tomb Raider last summer.
The Resident Evil 7 crack, in particular, is notable for how quickly it came after the game’s legitimate release.

Denuvo copy-protection relies on specific triggers inserted into the executable game code, and those triggers are placed differently in each protected game.

This makes it hard to release any sort of generalized tool that will quickly crack all Denuvo-protected games.
Instead, the Denuvo cracking process can require a lot of nitty-gritty manual searching through game data for each individual title.
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