A new sequel dedicated to the little Australian bag, Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, also came out on PC last weekend, and players were greeted by frustrating DRM protection that requires you to be constantly connected to the internet.
While we can understand its use in titles that are exclusively dedicated to multiplayer, Crash games have always been a single-player platform that you could always play without an internet connection. But not anymore. As much as companies try to protect their games from cracking and rely on DRM, it seems that someone on the Internet is trying to prove that they are always one step ahead of them.
Connecting to the internet is just a problem for legitimate owners, as the game is cracked in just one day and a pirated version can be found that works without the internet. Maybe this quick manipulation of the game's files happened because Activision didn't announce any plans for the official offline mode, which is very strange for a single-player game.
Gaming companies and internet pirates have been fighting the battle for decades, and this is just one of many that have belonged to pirates who are going through several generations of protection in record time. No one wants to support piracy, but just like in this case, legitimate customers are suffering the greatest consequences of this war. When can we expect the end? Probably when one side gives up, and we naively hope for a compromise.