Mass Effect: Andromeda has been cracked and pirated. That happened around 10 days after its initial release. The new version that fixes a lot of the facial animations and includes a slew of game-bettering enhancements? It’s powered by Denuvo.

Version 1.05 of Mass Effect: Andromeda hasn’t been cracked yet on PCs. Given the difficulty to handle Denuvo tech, it could be a while before a crack sees the light of day, too. Even then, this patching practice implies that EA and BioWare might employ whatever new version of Denuvo is cooked up in the coming weeks, months and years.

Another reason not to pirate

If people want to crack into games to steal and distribute them, they will. It’s only a matter of time for stuff like Denuvo to break down. Mass Effect: Andromeda’s visibility makes it a much larger target than some of the other games running this new version of Denuvo, so that makes us think it’ll be cracked even faster.

Until then, if you want the best version of Mass Effect: Andromeda, you’ll need to pony up the cash like the rest of us.