Last week's big Mass Effect Andromeda patch made faces look better, fixed some shonky animations plus all sorts of other things. And, quietly, it also updated the game's Denuvo anti-piracy protection.

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Andromeda made headlines for being pirated in just 10 days - an incredibly short amount of time for a game using Denuvo's famed anti-tamper tech, coupled with EA's own Origin protection.

How was Andromeda cracked so quickly? It now appears the vanilla version of Andromeda launched with an outdated version of Denuvo - one which had already been cracked (thanks, DSO Gaming). Oops.

This may be the version of Denuvo which was compromised back in February, when Resident Evil 7 was cracked within a week of launch - by far the fastest any game with Denuvo protection has been pirated.

Now, BioWare's newly-updated Denuvo protection for Andromeda means anyone with a cracked copy won't be able to update their game - so, no improved faces for them.

The slip-up follows a similar boo-boo by Conan Exiles publisher Funcom, which accidentally released an updated version of the game without any Denuvo protection whatsoever. A further update was issued which restored Denuvo, but the damage was done.

Denuvo rose to prominence back in 2014 after it protected another BioWare game - Dragon Age: Inquisition - for nearly a month. In PC game-pirating terms - aeons. Bertie spoke with Denuvo at the time about how it all works.

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