A few days ago, EA released the new 1.9 patch for Mass Effect: Andromeda, which includes more “facial animation improvements”, a new difficulty level for multiplayer, and a host of fixes for reported bugs. Though it was not included in the release notes, it appears that this patch has also completely removed the Denuvo anti-tamper tech.
We don’t know whether this was intentional or not. After all, we’ve seen developers rolling out patches without the inclusion of the Denuvo anti-tamper tech and then re-applying it via a new update.
Although it could have been an accident and it’s subject to change in the future, the 1.9 version of Mass Effect: Andromeda no longer contains the Denuvo DRM that a number of PC gamers hate so much. Denuvo’s standard procedure is that once a Denuvo protected game has been cracked by the warez community, the DRM will be removed from a game. That isn’t the case with Andromeda, though, which was cracked less than 14 days after released, and continues to carry the anti-tamper tech.
Mass Effect: Andromeda joins a number of games for which the developers/publishers have removed the Denuvo anti-tamper tech once their games got cracked. These include Doom (2016), Hitman, Rime, Reisdent Evil 7, and Homefront: The Revolution, along with many more.
For full patch notes, visit the BioWare blog.