After a year of eager anticipation since its announcement in September 2022, the highly anticipated title, Assassin’s Creed Mirage, has finally been released. The game has not only met fans’ expectations but has also received a warm reception. It is currently available on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox consoles. Furthermore, in 2024, it is scheduled to be released for the iPhone 15 Pro.
Ubisoft has released a day-one patch for the game, and players have noticed the inclusion of the Denuvo DRM system. This action by Ubisoft might temper the excitement surrounding the game.
Why is it important?
Denuvo can sometimes impact performance because it involves additional security checks that can affect gameplay. Gamers and reviewers may be concerned about how this addition will affect their experience, and this move might have an impact on the game’s reception.
According to VGC’s report, gamers who installed Assassin’s Creed Mirage’s day-one patch were presented with a fresh End User License Agreement specifically related to Denuvo, which they had to accept before being able to resume playing. This unmistakably confirms the implementation of DRM.
To provide some background, Denuvo DRM, when integrated into a game, regularly communicates with servers to verify the legitimacy of your ownership of the game you’re playing. Nevertheless, it often leads to decreased performance and poses a significant challenge to preserving gaming experiences over time.
The primary concern that fans have expressed regarding this revelation is that the system was activated with the Day One patch, which was released considerably after the major reviews had already been published. This timing effectively prevented any critical attention or scrutiny from being directed toward it during the review process.
Many fans perceived this move as underhanded, openly criticizing the publisher for the covert introduction of Denuvo, which might have influenced their purchasing decisions.
The last-minute inclusion of Denuvo in a game is not an unusual occurrence, as seen in the case of Lies of P, which incorporated the DRM tool just before its release. Notably, games such as Ghostwire: Tokyo added this DRM through a subsequent update, resulting in a significant number of negative user reviews on Steam in protest.
We have also seen cases where publishers removed Denuvo after the game’s release. Assassin’s Creed games from the past few years have consistently retained the DRM, suggesting that the upcoming release is likely to adhere to this established pattern.
In addition, a recent Update 1.0.2 brings a host of gameplay enhancements and quality-of-life adjustments. Additionally, numerous quests have received updates to rectify potential progression hindrances, NPC animations have been corrected, and various other improvements have been made.