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Capcom working on performance patch for Resident Evil Village on PC

Capcom working on performance patch for Resident Evil Village on PC

Japanese publishing giant Capcom has a patch in the works that would address the reported performance problems faced by Resident Evil Village.

In a statement to Eurogamer, the firm said that this update would be available in the near future. This comes in the wake of the horror title launching on PC with a number of performance problems.

"The team are working on a patch to address PC performance issues, it should be available soon," Capcom said. "We'll have more details shortly."

Reporting by Eurogamer's tech-focused Digital Foundry brand has found that this is likely due to the presence of Denuvo's anti-tamper software, which apparently is eating into CPU performance in a big way. The firm compared the regular version of Resident Evil Village to a version that did not have any DRM and saw a considerable increase in performance.

Denuvo's tech has been accused of hindering performance in games before, such as with fellow Capcom title Devil May Cry 5 when that launched back in 2019. At the start of 2020, the firm removed Denuvo anti-tamper from the action title.

Resident Evil Village made its debut back in May with Capcom reporting shipments of more than 4.5 million copies worldwide since. Given that the game has sold so well initially, it wouldn't be surprising to see Capcom just remove Denuvo's tech from the title altogether. The firm says that its anti-tamper offering is meant to protect a game's initial sales period, when it typically will sell the most.

PCGamesInsider.biz has reached out to Denuvo for comment.


PCGamesInsider Contributing Editor

Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site PCGamesInsider.biz. In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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