Monster Hunter World no longer uses Denuvo on PC.
Capcom seemingly decided that Denuvo, the anti-piracy DRM, had done enough for it Monster Hunter World. In an update released this morning, Denuvo has been removed from the game version of Steam.
Although the patch was announced in advance, Capcom did not specify the removal of Denuva. Instead, players noticed a significantly smaller .exe file after the release of the fix. This is backed up by the game history page on SteamDB.
Game publishers are known to have eliminated Denuvo from their games when it ceased to serve its purpose. Sometimes this happens when the game breaks, and other times when a long enough time has passed since launch.
Capcom himself is a big supporter of Denuva, as he has used it in several of his major PC releases in the past, including Resident Evil 7, Devil May Cry 5, Resident Evil 2 remake, Resident Evil 3 and later Resident Evil Village.
However, most of these games are no longer used by Denuvo. Monster Hunter World has been comparing this for too long.
The next Monster Hunter game to arrive on PC will be Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin, which will be released on July 9. Then, of course, there will be a major release of Monster Hunter Rise in early 2022. Given Capcom’s history, Rise will likely include Denuvo at launch.