Ladies and gentlemen, behold the tale of Monster Hunter Rise, a game ensnared in a web of DRM (digital rights management) woes. Capcom, the mastermind behind this epic adventure, decided to add Enigma DRM to the mix, unknowingly unleashing chaos upon the unsuspecting players. Refund requests were denied, Valve turned a blind eye, and the game transformed from a verified Steam Deck gem to a launch-less enigma. Oh, the irony!
Picture this: a world where Monster Hunter Rise, a highly anticipated title, holds a verified rating on the Steam store. It should be a pinnacle of optimization, a masterpiece to grace the Steam Deck. Yet, a cruel twist of fate has left it unable to even take its first breath. The culprit? Enigma DRM, a controversial addition that Capcom seems all too familiar with.
Enigma, the shield of DRM chosen by Capcom, aims to protect their PC games from the clutches of piracy and modding. Boldly claiming that modding is akin to cheating, Capcom implemented Enigma into Resident Evil: Revelations, only to witness the eruption of a modding rebellion. Steam was flooded with negative reviews, and Capcom, in a rare moment of clarity, eventually reversed the update.
Enter Fluffyquack, the harbinger of modding wisdom, creator of the RE Engine modding software REtool. Fluffyquack, with a voice of authority, declared that Enigma bore no responsibility for any performance issues in games it had been intertwined with. Alas, while his words hold weight in the realm of modding, the implementation of Enigma in older games has proven to be a tumultuous endeavor. And so, Monster Hunter Rise, once a verified Steam Deck game, now lies dormant, a mere memory of what could have been.
In the dark corners of Reddit, players gather to share their tales of woe. Some brave souls have dared to reach out to the Valve gods, seeking a refund for this broken masterpiece. Alas, Valve, in its infinite wisdom, dismisses these pleas, oblivious to the game's current state of unplayability. They still believe that Monster Hunter Rise is functional, unaware of the storm that Enigma has brought upon it.
Capcom now stands at a crossroads. Will they relent and roll back this ill-fated update, or shall they face yet another wave of review bombing? DRM, that dreaded acronym, is universally frowned upon, although it has its place as a piracy prevention tool. Yet, Capcom's decision to revisit older games and render them unplayable is a headscratcher of epic proportions. A conundrum that leaves us scratching our heads in bewilderment.
But fear not, brave hunters, for all is not lost. While Monster Hunter Rise languishes in its DRM-filled slumber, you can still embark on grand adventures in Monster Hunter World, a title that roams on a different engine. So, gather your comrades, sharpen your blades, and venture forth into a world where DRM has not yet cast its suffocating shadow.
Let this be a cautionary tale, a reminder that even the mightiest of games can fall prey to the clutches of DRM. May it serve as a rallying cry for developers to tread carefully, to find harmony between protection and playability. And to you, dear reader, may your gaming journeys be free from the shackles of DRM, and your adventures be filled with joy and triumph. Onward, fellow hunters, for the hunt continues!