Id Software was searching for a way to protect the Battlemode multiplayer component, but that came at the cost of Denuvo employing a kernel-level program that left many players concerned of security issues with the perceivably invasive Anti-Cheat installed.
As is often the case with Denuvo products, players were concerned to learn that Doom Eternal's PC version would be employing Denuvo's Anti-Cheat software into its recently Update 1. "They are not related". In the next PC update (which should arrive within a week), id is completely removing Denuvo.
Stratton says that campaign cheat protection was enabled in preparation for the eventual launch of Invasion mode, and adds that the decisions about implementing anti-cheat were made internally, with no pressure from publisher Bethesda. He also emphasized that removing it is not a reflection of problems with Denuvo, saying that performance and stability issues that have cropped up following the release of the update are unrelated. "At a minimum we must consider giving campaign-only players the ability to play without anti-cheat software installed, as well as ensure the overall timing of any anti-cheat integration better aligns with player expectations around clear initiatives - like ranked or competitive play - where demand for anti-cheat is far greater", explained Stratton. Our team has been looking into the reports of instability and performance degradation for some users and we've also seen the concerns around our inclusion of Denuvo Anti-Cheat.
Update 1.1 will fix several crashes that are occurring when players equip customizable skins, and the developer has also identified and fixed a number of other memory-related crashes that should improve overall stability. There's no current set date for the new update, but we expect it'll be out soon enough.
Thankfully, you can uninstall this anti-cheat system at any time by going through your programs in the control panel. The use of the kernel-mode driver starts when the game launches and stops when the game stops for any reason. It's also worth noting that our decision to remove the anti-cheat software is not based on the quality of the Denuvo Anti-Cheat solution.
One player expressed their frustration with how Windows Defender refuses to accept Denuvo Anti-Cheat as legitimate software, while another pointed out that they can no longer play even single-player DOOM Eternal without being made to install Anti-Cheat.