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‘DOOM Eternal’ Removes Controversial Anti-Cheat System

  • DOOM Eternal fans weren’t happy with the latest update.
  • The controversy came around the Denuvo anti-cheat system.
  • The anti-cheat system utilized a kernel-mode driver, inciting outrage.


DOOM Eternal arrived just in the nick of time, picking people up just went they were starting to feel down and letting gamers rip and tear through the legions of Hell once again. It was an intense experience, but even the best experiences have its own baggage to cut through. Until recently it seemed to be the back and miniature feud between composer Mick Gordon, id Software, and Bethesda in the fallout of the DOOM Eternal soundtrack. Unfortunate, but definitely not anything that was crippling reception of the game.

That changed with the introduction of DOOM Eternal’s latest update that introduced an anti-cheat system that went as far as to use a kernel-mode driver. That’s incredibly deep for an anti-cheat system to reach, and players weren’t happy about it. They took their concerns to social media and to Steam, many players changing their reviews to negative while specifically noting that as the reason.

The backlash was heard, and id Software has revealed they’ll be removing this in the near future, an excerpt of which you’ll find below:

Despite our best intentions, feedback from players has made it clear that we must re-evaluate our approach to anti-cheat integration. 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. 

While it doesn’t always work, it’s always nice to see when companies do listen to their playerbase. However it also leads one to wonder if they would’ve acted had it not been for the Steam reviews taking a dive. What do our readers think? Let us know down below.