Published: Wed, August 30, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Sonic Mania Reviews On Steam Turn Negative and Nasty Over Denuvo DRM

Sonic Mania Reviews On Steam Turn Negative and Nasty Over Denuvo DRM

Now Sonic Mania is out on Steam, but fans aren't happy as Sega has added the much-maligned Denovo digital rights management (DRM) system to the platform. Though it's a fairly vague sentence, that probably means that the company will nix the online requirement sooner rather than later.

If you take a look at some of the top reviews for the title on Steam right now you can see how numerous players are upset by this. However, it's also viewed by many as malware that impacts game performance. Every other port of Sonic Mania can be played without any need for an internet connection, which leaves just PC players having to deal with Denuvo's server authentication. If not removed I shall seek a refund towards the end of my refund period in a week. Sega has responded to concerns and fixed the issue following outcry from players.

Denuvo has gained particular notoriety for being hard to remove from a computer, even after the attached game or software is uninstalled.

And it better, because even Sonic's social media and PR guy doesn't seem too impressed.

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Essentially, Denuvo makes it so a given game is online-only. Once the development caught wind of this backlash, they released the following statement on the matter. The statement reads: Like you, we've noticed an error in the Steam store not mentioning the DRM for Sonic Mania. So for now, PC players can enjoy Sonic Mania offline.

"Please bear with us while we collate and investigate problems that are being brought to our attention".

In response to the review-bombing, Sega has already released a response about the DRM, pledging a fix for those who can't play the game offline. "You just shot yourselves in the foot by turning away customers who don't want anything to do with Denuvo, and you have absolutely nothing to show for it. DRM doesn't work". Thanks for your patience and let us know if you experience any further problems.

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