The founder of an infamous Chinese cracking forum, 3DM, has said that pirated games may all but disappear within two years.

The statement was released after the group discovered just how difficult it was to crack the latest release from Square Enix, Just Cause 3. According to 3DM founder, known as Bird Sister, the group’s game cracker all but gave up when trying to bring Just Cause 3 to the pirates.

Speaking about the level of encryption used in Just Cause 3 in a blog post translated by Torrent Freak, Bird Sister said, “The last stage is too difficult and Jun [cracking guy] nearly gave up, but last Wednesday I encouraged him to continue”.

The encryption mentioned here is Denuvo, an anti-tamper and secondary encryption technology that can give digital rights management additional protection. The technology is in place to protect a publisher’s work, and it’s only going to get more aggressive and harder to bypass if Bird Sister is to be believed.

“According to current trends in the development of encryption technology, in two years’ time I’m afraid there will be no free games to play in the world,” the 3DM founder said.

The software was successfully used to stall a cracked version of Dragon Age Inquistion for over a month after its release in 2014, and has prevented FIFA 16 from hitting torrent sites since as far back as September 2015.

We should point out that Denuvo is not used by all publishers, but given how hard of a time it’s giving pirates, more publishers may start using it in earnest and new releases may never find their way into the hands of pirates.

But if we know anything about human nature, it could also just be a matter of time before someone finds out how to do the currently-undoable since other DRM mechanisms that were considered to be uncrackable back in their day (StarForce, Ubisoft’s DRM attempts on AC: Unity) fell to the onslaught of crackers’ ingenuity.

What do you think? Are we finally in an era of uncrackable DRM, or will human ingenuity win out in the end?

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