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Monster Hunter Rise Broke On Steam Deck After Capcom Added DRM

A Monster Hunter Rise character shoots a cannon at a scaly-looking creature.
A Monster Hunter Rise character shoots a cannon at a scaly-looking creature.

Monster Hunter Rise, the sixth mainline entry in Capcom’s creature-slaying action RPG, is now broken on Steam Deck. It seems that, right after the company replaced its old digital rights management (DRM) software with a new one, the game just wouldn’t boot up anymore. That sucks, but Capcom is investigating the issue.

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As X/Twitter user _flowerworks_ demonstrates in the above video, Monster Hunter Rise just doesn’t start on Steam Deck anymore. Other folks in the official subreddit have also posted about the game being unplayable now that Capcom has replaced Denuvo with Enigma Protector.

Capcom is aware that Monster Hunter Rise is broken now, posting on the game’s Steam store page that the development team is “investigating” the issue.

“There have been reports of the game not running on Steam Deck after updating to Ver.16.0.2.0,” Capcom said. “The team is currently investigating this issue. We will let you know as soon as we find out more, so please hold on for further information.”

Kotaku reached out to Capcom for comment.

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This is a bummer, but it shouldn’t be too surprising. In October 2023, Capcom said during an R&D presentation that game mods are the same as cheating. Since DRM doesn’t just curb illegal acquisition but also game tampering, and given that mods mess with a game’s files, of course the company would do whatever it can to stop folks from tinkering with Capcom games by any means necessary. That doesn’t make it OK, especially if the software breaks a game.

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