“In two years time I’m afraid there will be no free games to play in the world.”
Let the crocodile tears flow. Hackers that are in the business of cracking the copy protection on video games are concerned about the future of their illegal activities. Increasingly advanced piracy protections are making it too much of a hassle to commit theft.
The above quote comes from Bird Sister, founder of the Chinese cracking group 3DM. She spoke about the future of game cracking as she sees it in a recent post on her personal blog that addressed the troubles 3DM has run into as it’s tried — unsuccessfully — to crack Just Cause 3.
Bird Sister believes a crack is possible, given enough time, but time is the key factor here. Excitement around new game releases tends to wane quickly as subsequent newcomers vie for attention.
As TorrentFreak points out, “Hardcore gamers are notoriously impatient which almost certainly means that one, two or three months of waiting for a crack is coming up for a quarter of a year late to the game. Another three months after that and many gamers will be looking forward toFIFA 17 and Just Cause 4, leaving pirates in their wake.”
The big obstacle with Just Cause 3 is Denuvo, a copy protection system that also successfully protected Dragon Age: Inquisition from digital theft for a full month after it was released. Just Cause 3, which was released on Dec. 1, 2015, runs on the latest version of Denuvo.
Bird Sister’s doom-and-gloom prognostication is an encouraging thing to hear, but it’s more hyperbole than fact. Copy protection is constantly improving because hackers are just as constantly working to circumvent it.