Doom Eternal got review bombed on Steam recently because of an update that added the Denuvo anti-cheat software as well as a flurry of performance issues.
However, id Software plans on removing Denuvo and fixing all of the performance issues in the next patch.
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id Software's response to the Doom Eternal reviews
“Despite our best intentions, feedback from players has made it clear that we must re-evaluate our approach to anti-cheat integration,” executive producer Marty Stratton wrote on the Doom subreddit.
“With that, we will be removing the anti-cheat technology from the game in our next PC update," he added. "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.”
To be clear, Stratton mentioned that the Denuvo anti-cheat software isn't causing the performance issues players are experiencing. Instead, the problems “are based on a code change ... around VRAM allocation.”
Regardless, the Denuvo anti-cheat software is problematic because it requires deep access into your PC -- a level that is a little too extreme for some players who want it removed. An anti-cheat software shouldn't have to ask you to turn your head and cough if all you want to do is play single-player.
It's unclear when the next Doom Eternal patch will roll around, so stay tuned.