Denuvo Anti-Cheat has joined the PlayStation 5 Tools and Middleware program, hoping to help developers to fight cheaters on the platform.Revealed in a press release from Denuvo creator Irdeto, the company announced that game publishers and developers would be able to leverage its anti-cheat technology to “bring cheating to an end” on PlayStation 5.

“Denuvo, the leader in video games protection, offers its Anti-Cheat solution through this program to publishers and developers whose games are available on PlayStation 5,” the release reads. Denuvo reasons that its tools will allow developers to protect their investment, when “approximately 70% of their revenue is earned in the first two weeks after the launch of a game.” Many developers risk losing their player base if a game is overrun by cheaters.Irdeto said that Denuvo’s technology allows developers to “secure both online gameplay as well as securely reward offline progress,” and mentioned that it was already being used in a number of PlayStation 5 launch games (although it’s not clear which ones). The company reiterated that its technology “has no negative impact on in-game performance,” and noted that it has protected “over 2 billion unique game installs” across all gaming platforms.

Denuvo has been controversial in the games community previously. id Software recently added and then later removed Denuvo Anti-Cheat from Doom Eternal following online backlash from players. Denuvo Anti-Tamper, a separate anti-piracy tool, has more frequently been a cause for concern, with developers and players citing performance issues.

In other PS5 news, here’s our coverage of the first 100 days of the console’s launch. Internal storage upgrades will reportedly be enabled for the console via a firmware patch later this year.

Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter





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