Many gamers were looking forward to Doom Eternal’s first update, which went live yesterday. The update brought many new features to the game, but a new anti-cheat software was also included and has some players worried.
Some players of the DOOM community are considering the new software to be invasive. Most modern games use anti-piracy and anti-cheat software to keep things in order. Kernel-mode drivers, on the other hand, could lead to some security risks.
Doom Eternal’s Denuvo Anti-cheat
The controversy over Denuvo Anti-Cheat, not to be confused with the similarly named Denuvo Anti-Tamper, even has users vowing to uninstall the game until Bethesda addresses the issue.
User Chromodyne of the Bethesda forums created a post detailing the reasons why DAC is dangerous for Doom Eternal players. Chromodyne’s post does a good job of explaining the new software’s behavior. Many users agree with his sentiment and are expressing concern about the new update.
Bethesda’s Twitter announcement for the new update has received some backlash from the community. Some fans are clearly not happy with the new DAC software.
It is worth pointing out that Doom Eternal’s Denuvo Anti-Cheat is not the only anti-cheat software to suffer this type of controversy. Last month, Valorant also saw similar complaints about using a kernel-mode driver.
Kernal-mode drivers are popular in other anti-cheat software like Easy Anti-Cheat (EAC) and BattlEye. Titles like Fortnite, Apex Legends, and Rainbow Six: Siege all utilize kernel-level anti-cheat software as well.