Unfortunately for many gamers currently playing Assassin’s Creed: Origins, CPU usage is spiking through the roof. This unfortunate happening, however, can be observed by using a pirated version of the game. Denuvo is now a soft DRM protection company, and Ubisoft has now equipped it with VMProtect, adding another protocol of security that even advanced hackers will have trouble getting through. According to reports of users playing this pirated copy, the performance of the game drops down roughly 30 to 40 percent.
Keep in mind most of this is based on the word of a hacker who has told us they’ve obtained Origin’s binary code. “This layer of VMProtect will make Denuvo a lot more harder to trace and keygen than without it,” the cracker said. “But if you are a legit customer, well, it’s not that great for you since this combo could tank your performance by a lot, especially if you are using a low-mid range CPU. That’s why we are seeing 100 percent CPU usage on 4 core CPUs right now for example.”
To make matters interesting, however, Ubisoft posted in a statement on Steam declaring that the DRM protection measures put into place shouldn’t alter performance of the Windows PC version of Origins.
Ubisoft has listed minimum and recommended PC requirements here to ensure a steady, 30 FPS gaming experience with Origins. Ubisoft representatives suggest users to check this thread to make sure they meet these requirements. Any players experiencing unexpected performance issues are highly encouraged to contact Ubisoft via their support page here.
Note that the minimum system requirements for Origins can be pretty strict. You’ll need at least a Core i5, 6GB RAM, and a GTX 660. That gets you a claimed guarantee of 30 FPS performance, on average. Some issues are currently being experienced by some AMD users, unfortunately.
This certainly isn’t the first we’ve seen a game struggle with lower end machines, but runs fine on higher end hardware. It’s a graphically and processing intensive video game, that’s for sure. Regardless of Ubisoft’s claims of the DRM having nothing to do with these performance reductions, there seems to be a working fix abound: Ubisoft user AOD_SN0ST0RM reported that an Ubisoft representative will “address this in a future update to the game. … Once we have more information on our upcoming update(s), it will be posted on our forums.”