Yesterday we reported that the PC version of the critically acclaimed NieR: Automata was finally cracked by pirate groups. As legitimate owners started to ask Square Enix to remove the infamous Denuvo anti-temper, a side story developed around the FAR mod, a fix for many of the game’s problems on PC. Most of what we have now are rumors as people around the Internet distort the story in a way or another, with some going as far as claiming that FAR functions as a malware. It’s difficult to pin down the exact source due to how large the Steam discussions surrounding the fact have become.
Where reality ends…
The Steam user known as Kaldaien (along with other NieR: Automata owners) was banned from NieR: Automata‘s Steam forums. According to moderator Zefar, the ban is only a temporary measure against the user’s conduct in the discussions page. In response to another user, Zefar says that “The [FAR thread] might have a week left to live, depends on what Kaldaien does when his ban runs out.”
The community, however, blew the incident out of proportion, going as far as saying that Kaldaien was permanently banned from Steam itself.
… and rumors start.
The NieR: Automata crack raised once again the Denuvo discussions surrounding the game’s PC release. Legitimate owners want Square Enix and PlatinumGames to effectively remove the anti-temper measure while pirates hope for the FAR mod to be “pirate-friendly.” According to reports, FAR detects when a user is running an illegal copy of NieR: Automata and not only locks them out of the game but also reports their Steam ID and registers it for future reference. This means that people who pirate the game and are locked out by FAR still won’t be able to use the mod again once they purchase a legitimate copy.
According to many, the reaction pirates had to this on the Steam forums made Kaldaien be less than polite, which eventually led to his temporary (or as many believe, permanent) ban. Even though FAR is open source, supposed pirates wanted it to be updated to allow them full access to the game. Whilst defending himself, Kaldaien attacked specific users, which eventually led to the ban.
The discussion grew into an unbelievable snowball as some claim that FAR is a malware that spies on users and deletes software from their computers. I have more than 50h with NieR: Automata and can guarantee that FAR never caused me any problems, even though Kaspersky flips out for the smallest things.
“Wherefore art thou Truth?”
It’s difficult to pin down the source of the problem since the modder was banned in a post unrelated to FAR, although some believe this specific exchange to be the issue. The rumors spread like wildfire, with some going as far as saying that Kaldaien is a Denuvo supporter, which is a death sentence in this community. Just as the anti-Denuvo outcry before it, this discussion is growing out of proportion with some users going as far as accusing those who don’t have a mouse (indicating that they own the discussed game) by their username of piracy—as if Steam Family Sharing isn’t a thing.
As of the time of this publishing, we tried to reach out to moderator Zefar for comment, but Steam would return an error after a friend request was made. The error persisted.