When it comes to PC games, one of the biggest challenges for developers is making sure gamers don’t gain access to pirated copies of a title. To make sure this doesn’t happen, developers usually incorporate anti-piracy software into the game, which blocks access without an official copy.
Unfortunately for Conan Exiles developer, Funcom, a build of the online open-world title went live without its Denuvo Anti-Tamper software, leaving it vulnerable to piracy. Naturally, it didn’t take long for software pirates to offer that version of Conan Exiles to any who wanted a free copy.
According to Funcom, “Denuvo was temporarily removed due to an error in the build process. A new build went live shortly after this one that had the anti-tamper software reinserted, but unfortunately, the damage was done.”
Normally this wouldn’t be as big of an issue considering Conan Exiles is an online game. Most of the time, when a game requires an online connection, gamers have to possess the most current version of the game to connect to the servers and play online. However, Conan Exiles doesn’t require players to connect to the official servers. Rather, gamers can enjoy the survival game alone or with friends on private servers. This means those with pirated copies can play the game as much as they want to solo or with friends, so long as they stick with the current build.
That said, Conan Exiles is currently in Early Access on Steam, which means there will be many updates coming for the title. Any gamer who has a pirated copy will miss out on bug fixes and new features unless they purchase the official version on Steam. This seems to be Funcom’s hope, which recently shared details of the situation with Eurogamer.
“There is unfortunately not much we can do about those who choose to download and play unauthorised copies, but we hope they make the jump to the official version so they can stay up to date with the latest patches and improvements. Being an Early Access title, there will be a lot of updates going forward!”
Fortunately for Denuvo, the situation with Conan Exiles’ piracy wasn’t due to the anti-tamper software. Denuvo received a lot of backlashes this past week when it was discovered that pirates had cracked Resident Evil 7’s anti-piracy within a week. The anti-theft software creator is undoubtedly anxious to continue improving the software to keep games from getting pirated and is likely relieved to learn the issue with Conan Exiles was due to a misstep on the part of Funcom.
What do you think about Conan Exiles getting pirated?
Conan Exiles is currently available on PC via Steam Early Access. It is set to launch on Xbox One as part of the Game Preview Program sometime in Spring 2017.