Update: I’ve changed the title of this article to better reflect my views on piracy, as a kind reader took the time to share their opinion on the previous title. Neither I nor anyone involved with this website supports or encourages software piracy. We think that users who illegally download games are actively damaging developers and publishers and no amount of excuses will ever be enough to justify their actions.
PlatinumGames‘ excellent NieR:Automata is the latest victim of software pirates looking to bypass the successful Denuvo anti-tamper technology. The open world action RPG enjoyed almost two months of non-cracked time, and during that period it sold more than three hundred thousand copies on Steam. Hopefully gamers who still wish to acquire the Japanese masterpiece will opt for the Steam/retail way instead of donning the old eyepatch and peg leg.
Square Enix is a company prone to putting their games on sale after three months or so have passed since their release, so here at Gaming on PC we’d like to urge PC enthusiasts to wait for a discount instead of downloading NieR:Automata illegally. We know that many people abhor the concept of DRM, and that Denuvo has been a thorn on some gamers’ side ever since it was first unveiled, but pirating a game doesn’t send the right message to the publishers, and it just tells them that they must find a better DRM solution to protect their interests, even if it negatively affects their legitimate consumers.