Intel has acknowledged that over 50 games are incompatible with some Digital Rights Management (DRM) software on PCs powered by its 12th-generation Core processors. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Far Cry Primal, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered, and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order are just a few of the games that have been affected by the DRM issue. A software remedy for the vulnerable DRM software is being rolled out, according to Intel. Meanwhile, the chipmaker has released a solution that allows players to manually launch and play the affected games.

Intel’s 12th-generation Core processors (codenamed Alder Lake) split the CPU workload between high-powered “performance” cores and low-powered “efficiency” cores, unlike previous-generation models. Some third-party game DRM software wrongly recognises the efficiency cores as a separate system, according to Intel. In a help website, the business stated, “This prohibits games utilising that DRM software from running effectively.”

Some games are crashing on launch or even shutting down unexpectedly, according to Intel, due to a problem with the DRM software.

The vulnerable DRM software’s seller has found a software remedy, which is currently being rolled out, according to the business.

The first patch will be rolled out to 11 games in the middle of November as part of the next Windows 11 release. Anthem, Bravely Default 2, Fishing Sim World, Football Manager 2019, Football Manager Touch 2019, Football Manager 2020, Football Manager Touch 2020, Legend of Mana, Mortal Kombat 11, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2, and Warhammer I are among the games in this category.

Intel is working with developers to tackle DRM issues with the other games, in addition to the first batch of games receiving the patch. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Far Cry Primal, Fernbus Coach Simulator, For Honor, Lost in Random, Madden 22, Maneater, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered, Sea of Solitude, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and Tourist Bus Simulator are the titles in question.

The DRM software issue with Windows 11 and Windows 10 affects all of these titles.

Intel has supplied a list of 29 more games that are experiencing issues with Windows 10. Users should remedy the issues by upgrading to Windows 11 according to the company.

Ace Combat 7, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Code Vein, and Assassin’s Creed III are the games in question. eFootball 2021, F1 2019, Far Cry New Dawn, FIFA 19, FIFA 20, Football Manager 2021, Football Manager Touch 2021, Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Ghost Recon Wildlands, Immortals Fenyx Rising, Just Cause 4, Madden 21, Monopoly Plus, Need For Speed Heat, Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Shinobi Striker, Soulcalibur VI, Starlink, Team Sonic Racing, Total War S

According to Intel, the list of titles with faults will be updated as they are patched. In the meanwhile, players are advised to use Legacy Game Compatibility Mode to manually address issues. The mode can be found in the BIOS settings.

In a developer guide published last month, Intel mentioned the potential issues caused by mismatched DRM software. Early assessments of Intel’s Core i9-12900K and other 12th-generation processors noted the same difficulties.

Intel’s Alder Lake processor family was released in late October to compete with AMD. It has up to 16 heterogeneous cores, resulting in enhanced performance.

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