View Stats:
Charlotte CA Apr 25, 2016 @ 6:31am
Denuvo Q&A
Denuvo Q&A
Hi all,
News broke over the weekend that Total War: WARHAMMER will feature Denuvo Anti-tamper tech to help prevent piracy of our game.
There’s a large amount of misinformation around about the tech and how it will work with TW:WARHAMMER, so here’s a quick Q&A to help explain.
It is very much the case that this tech will be entirely automatic and unnoticed to the vast majority of players, but if you have concerns please do read on.

Will Total War: WARHAMMER require you to be always online?
The game will require initial online authentication via Steam during installation as per all Total War games since EMPIRE. At this point Denuvo will also automatically authenticate.
You can then decide to play in offline mode if you wish.
Other games sometimes need to be always online, but this isn’t a Denuvo or Total War: WARHAMMER requirement and doesn’t apply to this game.

Will it affect the modability of the game?
Like previous anti-tamper tech we have employed in Total War, it is the .exe that is protected, and we aren’t aware of any previous mods that change the .exe.
In any case, there are Denuvo-protected games with mods that patch the values of the game’s .exe in memory (example).

Can you upgrade your PC hardware without any problems?
Depending on the upgrade (CPU, mainboard or major OS update), it is likely that Denuvo will need to validate your PC again, which will happen automatically once you start the game. It may also be the case, depending on your upgrade, that Steam might need to validate your PC again anyway. So you would need to be online at that moment.
Regardless, if you upgrade your PC hardware in any manner, we would always recommend you go online anyway and download the latest drivers from your manufacturer’s website in order to ensure the best performance from the game.

Does Denuvo limit the max number of times I can install the game on different PCs?
You can install your copy of Total War: WARHAMMER on as many PCs as you like under your Steam account.
The only limit is on the number on PCs you can install on in any 24 hour period. This is limited to 5 PCs.
There might of course be an unusual reason you would want to install the game on more than 5 PCs in a day, but we hope in that case you don’t mind waiting a couple of hours. This is obviously an important measure to help us prevent the spread of a pirated version of the game, so hope you appreciate that with this understanding you help us make more Total War games in the future.

Does Denuvo cause HDD or SDD (Hard drive) problems?
There’s a misconception that Denuvo writes data (or encrypts data) to and from hard drives continuously. It doesn’t.
You can read more at the Denuvo FAQ here:

Will Denuvo affect the performance/FPS of the game?
Despite there being no technical reason it should, to ensure that its implementation doesn’t affect TW: WARHAMMER’s performance we have been running tests internally here at CA and externally at Denuvo to see if FPS is different between Denuvo and non-Denuvo builds.
It isn’t.

Is Denuvo a DRM (digital rights management) solution?
Total War games since EMPIRE have used Steam as DRM.
In order to help our games not be pirated (and so we can keep making Total War), we have used various different Anti-tamper technology over the years, and Denuvo is the latest.
< >
Showing 1-15 of 540 comments
Sorry about the huge rant in the other thread Charlotte. Also, can you say why you guys decided to go with Denuvo or you are not allowed to discuss that?
Discount Tracer Apr 25, 2016 @ 6:37am 
drus Apr 25, 2016 @ 6:38am 
I hope this will ease the suffering of many people :helloween:
Charlotte CA Apr 25, 2016 @ 6:39am 
@🍵 ℐℳPℜℰSSℐVℰ 🍵 Rants are fine , just dont want to have to mass ban people for a discussion on a bad subject! I can't discuss that one im afraid ^_^
Originally posted by Charlotte CA:
@🍵 ℐℳPℜℰSSℐVℰ 🍵 Rants are fine , just dont want to have to mass ban people for a discussion on a bad subject! I can't discuss that one im afraid ^_^

Alright thank you.
Lordofriva Apr 25, 2016 @ 6:40am 
That DRM has significant effect on sales has already been disproven, why do you need it?

thats a question i would like to be answered.
chef Apr 25, 2016 @ 6:41am 
Thank you for adressing this.
rusty_dragon Apr 25, 2016 @ 6:44am 
Originally posted by Charlotte CA:
@🍵 ℐℳPℜℰSSℐVℰ 🍵 Rants are fine , just dont want to have to mass ban people for a discussion on a bad subject! I can't discuss that one im afraid ^_^
You just claimed that we discussed pirating of games and violating steam user agreement.
Sorry, but I discussing privacy concerns and customers experience because of your war on pirates.
Originally posted by Lordofriva:
That DRM has significant effect on sales has already been disproven, why do you need it?

thats a question i would like to be answered.

Unless you have proven facts about effect on sales I wouldn't go there. If a game is good it will be sold. MGS V I believe has over a 1 million copies sold on PC. Rise of the Tomb Raider has over 600k. So yeah sales aren't been hurt because of the Denuvo protection.
AndroNicus Apr 25, 2016 @ 6:45am 
thanks charlotte,i heard a lot of negative stuff about this denuvo and i didnt know what it is,glad it wont affect modding (it is the first proof that modding will be able in warhammer,cant wait for radius to do his magic).
rusty_dragon Apr 25, 2016 @ 6:46am 
What you're doing with moderating looks more like censorship of free discussion.

If I'm broking steam forums agreement - flag me for violation of this rules. And will see where it will go.
rusty_dragon Apr 25, 2016 @ 6:47am 
Re-post of my original thread.

I will cancell my pre-order if you won't remove DENUVO.

This Product uses Sony DADC Austria AG’s Denuvo (“Denuvo”) content protection technology. Acceptance of this Agreement and an Internet connection are required to verify your license. The technical protection measures of the Product may require you to download certain data to your device in order to authenticate the Product. If you disable or otherwise tamper with the technical protection measures, the Product may not operate properly and you are in material breach of this Agreement.
I'm the core fan of the series. Started playing in early 00s with first Shogun.
I remember last DRM war in 00s very good. And I don't want maliscious software from SONY DADC in my system.
DENUVO developers team consists of former crackers and SONY DADC known for placing rootkits in customers systems.
Every DRM War only harms customers, not pirates. Steamworks DRM you used for years also using CEG .exe package. And I have no problems with steam DRM.
But I don't trust SONY DADC.

I was really looking forward to Warhammer, because you finally promised us tech update of game engine with DirectX12 and true multi-threading.

But DENUVO DRM is unacceptable.

Some statistics:

TW series sells only in steam.
According to steamspy(numbers before free weekend, that ruined statistics):
Shogun 2 - 2.000.000 owners
Rome 2 - 1.200.000 owners
Attila - 400.000 owners

SEGA's managers killing series.
Last edited by rusty_dragon; Apr 25, 2016 @ 6:48am
[PHNX]Kordarus Apr 25, 2016 @ 6:47am 
Great CA will inform us, we know we can count on that lol...
Charlotte CA Apr 25, 2016 @ 6:47am 
rusty_dragon - There is a VAST difference between discussing user privacy and openly discussing Cracking/pirating any games.

I will warn you now, It is a Permanent ban for discussing it - and that is Steams rules, not our own. Please do not bring that side of the conversion back into this thread.
Lordofriva Apr 25, 2016 @ 6:47am 
681,457 ± 19,820 Rise of the tomb raider
4,067,393 ± 48,146 Tomb raider 2014

alone from the owners of these games we can see that RotTR didnt sell well by any stretch of the imagination.

there are multiple reports all over the internat that show that DRM does not increase the sales
< >
Showing 1-15 of 540 comments
Per page: 15 30 50