Free Ghostwire Tokyo update adds new content, and Denuvo DRM

The latest free update for Bethesda’s supernatural action horror game Ghostwire Tokyo adds new single-player story missions, combat skills, extra photo mode options, and a new game mode. Before the publisher’s Starfield release date, some players could be concerned about the Spider’s Thread DLC patch’s apparent addition of the contentious Denuvo DRM technology to the game.

Ghostwire Tokyo Spider’s Thread is out now on Steam, the Epic Games store, and the Microsoft Xbox store alongside PlayStation and Xbox consoles. The free update also includes some quality of life improvements, including the addition of individually assignable key bindings, and updates to various achievements.

Alongside the new content, it seems that the new Ghostwire Tokyo patch has introduced Denuvo anti-tamper DRM (digital rights management) to the game. Denuvo is often considered a controversial anti-piracy solution, due to instances of it having a detrimental effect on in-game performance. This news comes just a day after Capcom removes Denuvo from Resident Evil Village, following Square Enix doing the same for several of its PC releases.

After some testing, DSOGaming confirms that Ghostwire Tokyo now uses Denuvo following this latest update. By altering the number of CPU cores being used by the game several times, an authentication message from Denuvo appears confirming that the game can no longer be authenticated “on new devices.”

It’s unusual to see such tools added so long after release, but it’s worth noting that the game recently arrived on Microsoft’s PC Game Pass subscription service, and with that alongside the Spider’s Thread update it’s likely that Bethesda expects the game to be back in the limelight once again. Developer Tango Gameworks also drew plenty of attention recently for its surprise hit Hi-Fi Rush.

The addition of Denuvo with the release of the Spider’s Thread update will likely only add fuel to the fire around upcoming Bethesda games such as Starfield as it’s announced that Redfall uses Denuvo anti-cheat on PC. There’s currently no confirmation that the service will be used for Starfield, but with Bethesda implementing it in increasingly more of those games, it certainly seems like a strong possibility.

Take a look at our Ghostwire Tokyo review to see what we made of the original release, and check out more of the best ghost games on PC if you love your supernatural spookies.

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