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Cities: Skylines 2

Cities: Skylines 2 and Denuvo DRM Explained: Does It Use DRM?

Find out whether Cities: Skylines 2 has Denuvo DRM, which has proven unpopular with some players.

Cities: Skylines 2 is out on PC, despite the console versions having been pushed back. After EA’s last Sim City game killed the series, Cities: Skylines has been the go-to game for city builders. And now, after years of DLC, the sequel is finally here. But now it is, does Cities: Skylines 2 use Denuvo DRM?

The good news, if you’re not a fan of Denuvo, is that Cities: Skylines 2 does not have it. Denuvo’s anti-piracy/anti-tamper has proven unpopular for various reasons. It’s been accused of slowing PCs down, for example, and while Denuvo has denied this, there’s some evidence it can impact systems. It was also incompatible with certain Intel CPUs on Windows 10 and 11, though that was fixed. In short, it’s got a bad reputation.

Unfortunately, Cities:Skylines 2 launched with performance issues even without Denuvo. Developer Colossal Order is currently addressing these issues and has already patch the game, however some players have jokingly added that Denuvo should be added to speed things up.

Could Colossal Order add Denuvo later? It’s pretty unlikely. Several developers have removed Denuvo after release but we can’t off-hand think of any who have added it post-release. What a few publishers/developers have done is added it a short period of time before release, which seems slightly suspect.

So, Cities: Skylines II does not have Denuvo. And given that Denuvo is viewed with disdain by some, “Does it have Denuvo?” is a question a lot of PC gamers could be asking about future titles.

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