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Capcom Adding DRM That Disables Mods, and Fans Are Not Happy About It

Capcom is a game publisher that has, in recent years, regained the goodwill of gamers around the world. After years of making bad decisions that has fans stop buying their games, Capcom started making a comeback with the release of Resident Evil 7 back in 2017. This started the path to redemption for Capcom as fans slowly started coming back.

As the years go by, Capcom released amazing games that continues to put them in a good light. Monster Hunter World in 2018, Resident Evil 2 Remake and Devil May Cry 5 in 2019, Resident Evil 3 Remake in 2020, Resident Evil Village and Monster Hunter Rise in 2021, then Resident Evil 4 Remake and Street Fighter 6 in 2023.

In 5 years, Capcom managed to once again be in the good graces of gamers around the world. But at the start of 2024, Capcom decided to do something that would anger gamers. Specifically, PC gamers.

What Happened?

Capcom, without any announcement whatsoever, sneakily updated Resident Evil Revelations. This is a rather old game that released back in 2013 on PC. Thinking that no one would look twice if an old game would be updated with the Enigma DRM, Capcom decided to implement it without any warning. However, gamers were quick to notice the update, as many at the time were experiencing crashes and performance issues.

Capcom quickly removes the update and reverts the game to the previous version, quickly releasing a statement afterwards:

“Due to an issue observed with the latest update released, we have reverted the corresponding update. We apologize for the inconvenience caused, and once the issue is resolved, we will re-release the update. Thank you very much for your patience and cooperation.”

This did not sit well with fans, quickly criticizing the publisher for implementing a DRM that not only disables cheating and mods, but also worsens performance in the game, essentially punishing those who have purchased the game.

What is the Enigma DRM?

For those who are not aware, Enigma is a DRM that is specifically designed to prevent PC players from modding and cheating in their games, even after they have purchased it. Programs like Cheat Engine, WeMod, Trainers, and mods that changes the game would have been useless once the DRM has been implemented.

But that is not the only thing that upsets gamers. Many have tested the DRM and have made a shocking discovery. Not only does any game with the DRM implemented will no longer have cheats and mods support, but a visible downgrade in performance by 10 to 16 frames per second is noticeable.

Games Affected

Despite the news breaking out now, one Steam user by the name of Waifu4Life has made a post on the Resident Evil Revelations Discussion section about games that are affected by the Enigma DRM. Here are those games that are affected:

  • Capcom Arcade Stadium
  • Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium
  • Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection Vol1
  • Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection Vol2
  • Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection
  • Resident Evil 5
  • Resident Evil Revelations
  • Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection
  • Strider (x64 exe file)
  • Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective

Who knows if Capcom will continue to implement this DRM now that the backlash is in the public eye? But right now, we can only hope that they don’t continue to destroy the goodwill they have accumulated over the last years.

Written by
Justin is a gaming journalist known for his coverage of the video game industry, with a focus on the business and labor practices of major video game companies. He is a contributing editor at Fragster and has written for a variety of other publications, including Wired and Polygon. He is known for his investigative reporting and his efforts to shed light on the often tumultuous inner workings of the video game industry.

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