As promised by WB Montreal, the first update for Gotham Knights arrived last night on PC, addressing some stability and connectivity issues, however it seems that the developers have also removed the Denuvo anti-tampering software without mentioning it in the official. patch notes.
Gotham Knights was one of the many triple-A titles that used the Denuvo anti-tampering software to prevent hackers from breaking the game right after launch and releasing it publicly for free. However, Denuvo is not a popular software among gamers, as it usually brings performance degradation to games, preventing them from using the full potential of gaming computers to deliver the highest possible frame rates. As a result, we see publishers remove the Denuvo anti-tampering from their titles after a certain period. For some, it takes a few months, while some others remove it a few years after the launch of the game.
For Gotham Knights, on the other hand, the period was even less than a week. It took WB Montreal only 5 days to remove the anti-tampering software, so it can slightly boost the performance of Gotham Knights on PC. According to a DSOG report, removing Denuvo’s anti-tampering did not help the game progress in finding a solution for sudden frame drops. DSOG claims that they tested similar scenarios before and after the patch, and they can confirm that the sudden frame drops still occur in the exact same situations.
Regarding the fact that WB Montreal did not acknowledge the removal of Denuvo, there is a small chance that perhaps this removal was unintentional, and it may return in future updates again. However, if the pirates manage to break the game in the period when Denuvo was deactivated, it would probably be a waste of time to bring back the anti-gauntlet.
In a recent tweet, the official Twitter account for Gotham Knights reassured fans that the investigation into the game’s performance issues is ongoing, and more updates will be available in the near future. Console players can expect to receive a new update later this week, while another PC update is in the pipeline to arrive soon.
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