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News video games 17 January 2024, 06:39

author: Jacob Blazewicz

Capcom Takes Flak. Gamers Grumbling About New Steam Security Feature

Gamers have emphatically let Capcom know what they think about adding the Enigma Protection to the publisher's older games.

Source: Resident Evil 4 / Capcom.

Capcom's games have become the next target for players, who are massively review-bombing via Steam. Users of the platform haven't outweighed the positive reviews yet, but with almost every game, publishers can notice an increasing number of comments criticizing the company.

As usual, the wave of negative opinions has little to do with the quality of games. Capcom vexed gamers by adding the Enigma Protector system to its older productions a week ago. Even then, fans were expressing their dissatisfaction, and after a few days, they finally took concrete action.

The resistance of the players stems from several problems, although so far, they have not been fully confirmed in practice.

  1. The first reason is rumors that Enigma could be used to transmit malware. Capcom has a similar case on its record, and information has already appeared on the internet that antivirus protections have been negatively reacting to the new system (via X). However, there's no shortage of reports debunking this theory.
  2. The second issue that irritates players is the possibility of using Enigma as a DRM and the possible negative impact it could have on game performance. So far this hasn't been confirmed. For example, Resident Evil: Revelations, despite initial problems caused by the update introducing this system, seems to work fine (via FluffyQuack/Patreon). Nevertheless, fans remain distrustful after Denuvo, which Capcom itself removed from newer games (which took from half a year to two years depending on the game).
  3. The third reason seems indisputable: Engima was introduced to block mods. Capcom talked about it openly in October â?? according to the company, mods are the main source of cheating tools in games (via GamesRadar). However, this doesn't explain why the protection was also added to strictly single-player games.
  4. Let's add that we're also waiting for confirmation that Enigma actually affected the installed modifications. It certainly blocks the so-called debugging, which will make it difficult to create trainers and mods that require changes to the game code (via FluffyQuack/X/Steam).

Validity of individual issues aside, players have been pissed. Review bombing happened to, among others: Street Fighter 6, Devil May Cry 5, Exoprimal, Resident Evil 4, Lost Planet 3 and Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin.

All these reviews are focused on Enigma: how it was added without warning to even single-player titles from years ago, the alleged malware software, and how it makes it harder for fans to modify games. Time will show whether these allegations were justified, or if the players' reaction was indeed premature.

Jacob Blazewicz

Jacob Blazewicz

Graduated with a master's degree in Polish Studies from the University of Warsaw with a thesis dedicated to this very subject. Started his adventure with in 2015, writing in the Newsroom and later also in the film and technology sections (also contributed to the Encyclopedia). Interested in video games (and not only video games) for years. He began with platform games and, to this day, remains a big fan of them (including Metroidvania). Also shows interest in card games (including paper), fighting games, soulslikes, and basically everything about games as such. Marvels at pixelated characters from games dating back to the time of the Game Boy (if not older).


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