Two Point Hospital no longer uses Denuvo DRM

By Marshall Lemon, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 21:14 GMT

Two Point Hospital has replaced its Denuvo anti-tamper software with Steam’s DRM service.

Two Point Hospital is an impressively-designed business simulator with one unfortunate annoyance: it came bundled with the controversial Denuvo anti-tamper software. Yet this concern was apparently short-lived. Less than a week after launch, the developer removed Denuvo through a Steam patch.

The news was spotted on Resetera (thanks RobotBrush). This Denuvo-removing patch will be available in a beta state before it is applied to the full game. The system will be replaced with Steam’s standard DRM service.

“We’re 6 days into Two Point Hospital being out in the world and we find ourselves constantly blown away by your love and support for what we’re doing,” Two Point Studios wrote in the update. “So THANK YOU so much, from all of us here at the Studio. Not ones to rest on our laurels, we’ve been hard at work improving the game and we’re ready to release a hotfix for a few issues that have cropped up in the last couple of days.”

Outside of the standard DRM frustrations, Denuvo is controversial because of its alleged CPU usage. Denuvo has been accused of writing an excessive amount of data to hard drives, which can shorten the lifespan of solid-state drives. Denuvo has long denied these claims.

We’ve included the Two Point Hospital changes below. The game is available now for PC.

Crashes

  • Fixed crash on boot, caused by machines reporting that they don’t support 720p
  • Fixed crash on boot caused by invalid timezone
  • Added logging to help track down further crashes

Saves

  • Fixed majority of load fails (These were mostly caused by guest trainer or room building. The issue was most commonly seen in Mitten University)
  • Fixed various cases of bad data getting in to save files
  • Fall backs for characters that were saved in a bad state so that they can pick up what they were doing

AI

  • Fixed some issues to do with characters getting the nav fail icon over their head for seemingly no reason
  • Fixed characters sometimes switching between behaviors too often
  • Fixed doctors behaving weirdly when being interrupted in operating theater
  • Fixed characters sometimes teleporting out of rooms
  • Fixed VIPs that slide around after loading a save
  • Fixed Recurvery machine upgrade causing invalid interaction points, which could cause the room to become broken

Other

  • Fixed item placement breaking when you have a clock over a fire extinguisher
  • Fixed a occasional problem caused by items being moved to a blueprint
  • Fixed localisation error in Settings screen (for German, Chinese and Polish)
  • Replaced Denuvo anti-tamper with Steam DRM

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