The last time we heard from Chinese cracking forum 3DM—responsible for illegal cracks of pirated video games—they were being frustrated by Just Cause 3's “Denovo” copy protection. Now they’re walking away from the game entirely.
As Torrentfreak report, last week 3DM’s leader Bird Sister posted on her personal blog “We just had an internal meeting. Starting at the Chinese New Year, 3DM will not crack any single-player games.”
Bizarrely, she then says that they’ll revisit the decision next year, writing “We’ll take a look at the situation in a year’s time to see if genuine sales have grown.”
It’s lovely to imagine a PC cracking team taking part in some grand experiment for the betterment of the legit video game industry, but it’s tough not drawing a line between 3DM’s frustrations with Denovo—which is becoming more and more popular among publishers—and a decision to take a break.
While this will be a blow to anyone who used 3DM’s cracks, it’s not like they were the only group in the world busting open singleplayer PC games, so PC piracy is still very much out there. Still...if one of the bigger crews responsible for cracking is making a move like this, it’s an interesting sign of the times in the war between publishers and pirates.