Rime developer removes game's DRM after software cracked

The recently released adventure-puzzle game Rime has brought light to the subject of DRM and anti-piracy software this last week. Shortly after release, those playing the PC version began complaining about noticeable performance issues with the game as a result of the Denuvo software, which checks to make sure the DRM is still intact. Rime's makers then promised to remove the software if it was cracked. Now, only five days later, they're keeping their word.

Publisher Grey Box and Rime's developer Tequila Works have announced that an update has already been released for the game that removes the Denuvo software, with most players getting the download automatically. The main complaint against the DRM was that it slowed the game down as a result of the software's constant checks to make sure it wasn't a pirated copy.

When the promise to remove the DRM was originally made, Grey Box said it expected the software to holdout against cracks for two to three weeks. That wasn't the case at all, as hackers managed to create a workaround within five days.

Grey Box has said it was aware Denuvo could cause a "small performance hit" for some players, but they believe the software isn't at fault for some of the problems players have reported. They acknowledge that they could be wrong, and will continue to monitor the situation following DRM removal update.