Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time Cracked One Day After Release Despite Always-Online DRM

Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time released on PC via last Friday, and fans of the series were surprised to find out that this largely single-player adventure-platformer came with a bizarre digital lockout that required the player to always be online. If you couldn’t log into Blizzard’s auth servers, simply wouldn’t let you play Crash Bandicoot 4.

It’s called always-online DRM, and it’s something that big publishers have continued to shove down gamer’s throats even for games that otherwise don’t require an internet connection to play.

On the publisher’s side, you could argue that everyone has an internet connection these days, so why would it be a problem to log into an auth server before you play? Which is a fair point, except that Blizzard’s auth servers went down following Crash Bandicoot 4’s release so that nobody could play it for several hours.

This seems to have spurred some enterprising hackers to release a version of the game that completely bypasses this always-online requirement. According to DSOGaming, a site renowned for keeping up with the seedy underbelly of gaming, Crash 4 has been cracked in record time: just 24 hours.

As always, we trust DSOGaming’s reporting when it comes to piracy but we won’t be telling you where to get a cracked copy of Crash 4. Just know that it’s out there on the dark web if you absolutely can’t stand Activision Blizzard’s always-online DRM. But also be aware that there are some shady characters on the dark web, too.

Or maybe you’ll want to avoid getting on Activision Blizzard’s bad side. The publisher recently hired former Trump administration “bully” Brian Bulatao as its chief administrative officer. That means he’ll be making decisions for “key administrative functions” including corporate social responsibility, workplace information, IT, and “physical security.” Combine all those functions into one and it sure sounds like he’d be the guy to know about anyone hacking Activision’s latest game.

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