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Piracy group nearly gives up on cracking Just Cause 3, warns of bleak future

Pirates foresee anti-piracy software becoming too tough to solve in a fast enough time

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

A major piracy group just about threw in the towel trying to crack Just Cause 3 on PC, and bemoans a future, coming very soon, where "there will be no free games to play in the world."

Who's to say if 3DM, a forum for Chinese pirates, really feels this way or is just waging a misinformation campaign, but it sounds like they really have had a lot of trouble with the anti-tamper technology Just Cause 3 uses to surround its digital rights management.

The founder of 3DM, in a post translated by Torrent Freak, said the group's cracking expert "nearly gave up" last week but was persuaded to continue.

"I still believe that this game can be compromised," wrote Bird Sister, 3DM's founder. "But according to current trends in the development of encryption technology, in two years time I'm afraid there will be no free games to play in the world."

Just Cause 3 uses Denuvo Anti-Tamper, which has kept it and FIFA 16, which launched back in September, crack-proof so far. In a statement to Eurogamer, Denuvo's marketing director boasted that protection has been so successful over the past two years that "some publishers are are even considering releasing console-only titles for the PC platform." Not everyone uses Denuvo for their PC titles because of the expense involved right now.

While given enough time, it figures that a determined pirate will eventually crack something, the question is whether they can do so in while the game is still relevant or if, by the time it's broken, gamers have forgotten about it.

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