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Sega Sneaks Denuvo DRM into Sonic Superstars

Sega Sneaks Denuvo DRM into Sonic Superstars

The newest game in Sega’s popular mascot platform franchise, Sonic Superstars, was released today with the critical panning and audience defenses expected of the blue hedgehog’s games. This time, however, added controversies of unwanted DRM and the Epic Games launcher have plagued Steam reviews.

Despite the game’s Steam deck notice not specifying that an internet connection would be required to play the game, gamers were shocked to discover that Sonic Superstars launched Denuvo DRM which requires an online connection to play.

Denuvo DRM and the issues it presents to gaming have been a talking point online for years, but this is one of the first examples of a company being capable of hiding its inclusion until a game is released.

Steam forum users suspect that the method Sega used to do this was equally suspicious. The earlier build of the game sent to Steam for review (Build 12140851) is presumed to be free of Denuvo while the release build (Build 12343642) has the DRM in place.

Another potential controversy surrounding the game is how the online multiplayer functionality requires gamers to sign in to the Epic Games Store, no matter what platform they’re playing on.

Sonic Superstars is not the only game to have this issue however, other video games with cross-platform multiplayer to the Epic Games Store such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge and Fall Guys both require an Epic Games login regardless of platform.

The same Steam user who discovered that the build Sega sent to Steam was different from the release build has also created a guide for how to remove this Epic Games support from the game.

Despite this simple explanation and fix though, when combined with the controversy of the added Denuvo DRM, PC users are dissatisfied with the current state of Sonic Superstars’ PC port and feel like they have been deceived by Sega.

Sonic Superstars is currently available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series S|X, and on PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store.

Based in Pennsylvania, USA, Skeith has been a gamer for over two decades now and has decided to take pen to paper about it. Capable of playing games at incredible speeds, you can rely on them to write about them in record time.
Skeith Ruch
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