Capcom, the publisher behind Resident Evil, Devil May Cry and Monster Hunter, recently came under fire from the community when the company quietly implemented anti-mod DRM called Enigma Protector into its older games, essentially blocking players from using mods or cheat engines. Now, angry players are pushing back against the anti-mod DRM as several games from the publisher are being review-bombed on Steam.
Players first noticed the DRM software with Resident Evil Revelations on PC, which disabled the ability to use mods or cheat engines of any kind despite being a single-player game. Some users even claimed that the software was crippling the game’s performance, though there hasn’t been enough evidence yet to draw a conclusion. Players also claimed that Enigma Protector was silently added to other Capcom games too.
In retaliation, players have review-bombed several Capcom-published games on Steam including Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak, Resident Evil Village, Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite, Street Fighter 5 and many others, some even going as far back as Lost Planet 3 from 2013.
“Negative review due to the addition of DRM, not only to this game, but others as well, including single-player titles that don’t need it. This negatively impacts performance and causes issues,” wrote one reviewer on Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak. “Do not recommend a game from a company who adds an awful path as DRM Enigma Protector,” wrote another user.
It’s understandable why Capcom might feel strongly about mods being used in its games, especially since the incident involving a nude Chun-Li mod being used in a livestreamed Street Fighter 6 tournament spurred the publisher on to make these divisive changes. Unfortunately, after Capcom stated that mods are “no different than cheating”, it upset a lot of players who felt that mods, when used to enhance a game and fix bugs that were overlooked by the developer, actually improved the experiences.
Capcom has yet to address the review-bombing situation or the anti-mod DRM software.