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FlameRat May 31, 2017 @ 11:01am
Already in the third chapter and I can't launch the game on the same computer while my Steam is offline
Currently, my IPV4 connection is off (it's just the way school network works), so my Steam is in offline mode. I was about to play some RiME and it refuses to launch, saying that first time launch requires my Steam to be online.

Well, the thing is, I'm already at the third chapter on the same computer, and I've never "reinstall" the game or something like that. Clearly within this installation I've launched the game a couple times already, so why I still have to get internet access?

I believe that it's a bug, most probably due to Denuvo.

But, even though this is a bug, it's still weird since I've heard that Denuvo is supposed to be an "anti-tamper" solution (so that you can't remove other DRM easily), not an "activation" solution (so that your computer have to be verified). To be honest I would expect the thing to work even without first-time internet connection (besides having to download the game). I guess I was wrong then.

Also, even if Denuvo is an "activation" solution, I still don't see the point why first-time internet connection should be a thing, since it seems that Steam already downloaded the certificate for the game while installing it. Why not just use the on-disk certificate which should be capable of protecting the game already (with Denuvo's job being solely preventing people from bypassing certificate check)?
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kconvey1 May 31, 2017 @ 12:39pm 
Denuvo's purpose is to stop you from playing the game unless it deems it appropriate that you should.

In this case, something else borked and will make you reverfify.
Kaldaien Jun 1, 2017 @ 4:35am 
Denuvo is anti-tamper, but it doesn't work the way you think it does.

It doesn't prevent you from modifying your executable. I have 3 mod projects that prove otherwise.

It uses activation to get a private encryption key for your computer to make the DRM code run uniquely on your computer. You can actually tamper with the DRM code too (laughably), but because of the activation process, the code you are tampering with is unique to you.

Other implementations of Denuvo require re-activation once a month. This one seems obnoxiously stupid.
Kaldaien Jun 1, 2017 @ 4:36am 
Originally posted by kconvey1:
Denuvo's purpose is to stop you from playing the game unless it deems it appropriate that you should.

In this case, something else borked and will make you reverfify.

No, it's to stop the DRM code from running, to make it harder to circumvent. Your problem comes down to the DRM scheme that Denuvo is protecting, remove that and this problem goes away.
RiME CS Jun 2, 2017 @ 6:36am 
Hi FlameRat!

An announcement and patch were released yesterday (6/1 update stickied on the Steam discussion). If Denuvo is causing this error for you, updating will remove Denuvo from your game, and should resolve the problem. If you update and are still unable to load into stage 3, you can submit a ticket from this link and we'll be happy to investigate further: https://www.greybox.com/en/support/contact/

Best Wishes,
DN_PinkyPie
Grey Box Customer Support Agent
FlameRat Jun 4, 2017 @ 8:19am 
Originally posted by RiME CS:
Hi FlameRat!

An announcement and patch were released yesterday (6/1 update stickied on the Steam discussion). If Denuvo is causing this error for you, updating will remove Denuvo from your game, and should resolve the problem. If you update and are still unable to load into stage 3, you can submit a ticket from this link and we'll be happy to investigate further: https://www.greybox.com/en/support/contact/

Best Wishes,
DN_PinkyPie
Grey Box Customer Support Agent
Hi,

Actually I've beaten the game, though not 100% complete. However, just to make sure what's causing the issue I'll try reproducing the same error later. It's nice of you to inform me about the update, so thank you.
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