DOOM Eternal's controversial anti-cheat tehcnology is being removed.
On the DOOM subreddit, the game's producer, Marty Stratton, announced that the Denuvo anti-cheat software that was implemented onto DOOM Eternal last week is being removed.
"Despite our best intentions, feedback from players has made it clear that we must re-evaluate our approach to anti-cheat integration," Stratton stated. "With that, we will be removing the anti-cheat technology from the game in our next PC update. As we examine any future of anti-cheat in DOOM Eternal, 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.
"Please stay tuned to the official DOOM Eternal community channels for more on the roll-out of this update. As always, thank you for your passion and commitment to DOOM Eternal."
The removal of DOOM Eternal's new anti-cheat software comes after severe community backlash. After the change was implemented, the game was review bombed on Steam, with fans voicing their anger over the addition of the anti-cheat software. It seems that the game's developer has taken the criticism to heart now that they are removing it.
The new DOOM Eternal update did add a few new features to the game. The biggest addition was Empowered Demons. When a player is killed in the single-player campaign, the demon that killed them will become more powerful and invade another player's game. If they kill the Empowered Demon, they will be rewarded with health, ammo, and bonus XP. The update also included enhancements to BATTLEMODE, as well as quality of life improvements for the single-player campaign.
DOOM Eternal is available now for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Stadia. A port for the Nintendo Switch is currently in the works.