Developer Turtle Rock Studios has recently decided to add the controversial Denuvo Anti-Tamper software to its upcoming title, Back 4 Blood. Considered to be the spiritual successor to the very popular Valve title Left 4 dead, Back 4 Blood is a four-player co-op survival shooter that aims to put zombies back on players’ crosshairs.
Created by Turtle Rock Studios, the same developers behind Left 4 dead, the zombie shooter has aroused great interest from fans, with the title hitting over 100,000 concurrent players on Steam alone during its open beta. While Back 4 Blood contains a campaign mode that is familiar to fans of Left 4 dead, Turtle Rock Studios has insisted that its upcoming title will vary in many ways, adding a currency system and a store to the game. The game also has a deck building mechanic that players can collect cards on and use them to give bonuses during matches.
As reported by PCGamesN, the developers behind Back 4 Blood updated the game’s Steam page in late September to reflect that the title would be released with the controversial third-party digital rights management software, Denuvo. The involvement of anti-piracy software in games has often led to a largely negative reaction from fans in the past, due to its tendency to negatively affect a game’s performance. However, this is not always the case with id Software’s Doom Eternal after receiving high praise from both fans and critics for its excellent optimization and performance on PC, despite using Denuvo’s DRM software.
The inclusion of the controversial software in the recently released Deathloop made his fans very angry, with many blaming Denuvo for the game’s stuttering frame rates on the PC. Outraged players decided to air their frustrations by going through bombings Deathloop on Steam and urges developer Arkane Studios to fix the game’s performance issues by removing the DRM software. Although the stuttering bug has been partially fixed during a recent patch, Arkane did not mention whether the issues were related to its use of Denuvo.
Considering Back 4 Blood exceeded 5.6 million players during its beta in August, the game can expect a significant backlash from its fans should any issues arise regarding its performance. Due to the fast-paced nature of Back 4 Blood, any performance issues would greatly hinder a player’s experience. However, developers have in the past been known to remove Denuvo from their games due to negative reactions from fans and thus inclusion in Back 4 Blood must not be completely paved.
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Back 4 Blood released on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S on October 12th.
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