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Assassin's Creed Origins tough anti-piracy tech may be crippling PC performance

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The gorgeous new open-world Assassin's Creed Origins, set in a beautifully realised ancient Egypt, would be a demanding game for PC hardware to run at the best of times.

But it seems that stringent anti-piracy measures may be adding an additional, substantial strain on machines.

Following reports of excessive CPU load from the new game, TorrentFreak spoke with game cracker (read: piracy enabler) Voksi, who found some interesting implementation of anti-piracy DRM (digital rights management) tools in Origins.

The first is the often used Denuvo, which has been reasonably easy to crack for pirates in the past.

It's this dual-set up that's making gamer's computers work incredibly hard when running the game.

VMProtect works by running code in a virtual machine on your system, using non-standard architecture to secure the files that would make the game vulnerable to pirates.

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