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Intel has shared a list of games that are screwed up (e.g., crashes or won’t load) on systems equipped with the company’s new 12th Gen Core processors due to DRM software issues. They include some pretty new and noteworthy titles, such as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Windows 10/11), Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Windows 10), and Mortal Kombat 11 (Windows 10/11). Intel has promised that patches for the games in bold will be available in mid-November as part of a Windows OS update.

From Intel:

Certain third-party gaming Digital Rights Management (DRM) software may incorrectly recognize 12th Generation Intel Core Processors efficient-cores (E-cores) as another system. This prevents games implementing that DRM software from running successfully. Games may crash during launch or gameplay, or unexpectedly shut down.

Affected Games (Windows 11)

  • 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 Hawks Pro Skater 1 and 2
  • Warhammer I
  • Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
  • Far Cry Primal
  • Fernbus Simulator
  • For Honor
  • Lost in Random
  • Madden 22
  • Maneater
  • Need for Speed – Hot Pursuit Remastered
  • Sea of Solitude
  • Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order
  • Tourist Bus Simulator
  • Maneater

Affected Games (Windows 10)

All of the games above, plus:

  • Ace Combat 7
  • Assassins Creed Odyssey
  • Assassins Creed Origins
  • Code Vein
  • 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
  • Life is Strange 2
  • Madden 21
  • Monopoly Plus
  • Need For Speed Heat
  • Scott Pilgrim vs The World
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Shinobi Striker
  • Soulcalibur VI
  • Starlink
  • Team Sonic Racing
  • Total War Saga – Three Kingdoms
  • Train Sim World
  • Train Sim World 2
  • Wolfenstein Youngblood

Owners of Intel’s new 12th Gen Core processors who want to jump back into these games straight away can try the following workaround.

  • Power-up system and enter system BIOS setup.
  • Enable switch Legacy Game Compatibility Mode to ON (one-time only) in BIOS.
  • Save BIOS setup changes and exit.
  • Boot to OS.
  • Toggle Keyboard Scroll Lock key ON.
  • Launch affected game title.
  • Toggle Keyboard Scroll Lock key OFF after ending game title.

Source: Intel

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10 Comments

  1. So scroll lock to disable/enable the little cores. Interesting.

    Between that and the ability to just turn them off in the BIOS, wonder if they won’t get disabled on most systems anyway, or if they actually present some net benefit.

  2. Between that and the ability to just turn them off in the BIOS, wonder if they won’t get disabled on most systems anyway, or if they actually present some net benefit.

    Looks like comparisons with then on and off need to be done.

  3. That’s rough. I actively play Ghost Recon Breakpoint when I can. I have Mortal Kombat 11, Ghost Recon Wildlands and Jedi Fallen Order. Aside from that, the list wouldn’t effect me.
  4. Not terribly worried. If Intel doesn’t get it fixed in short order, it would be troublesome, but apart from that, it looks like just more early adopter problems.
  5. Looks like the issue is mostly limited to EA and Ubisoft titles. Good thing I refuse to buy games from those companies. Nothing to worry about.
  6. Not terribly worried. If Intel doesn’t get it fixed in short order, it would be troublesome, but apart from that, it looks like just more early adopter problems.

    Yea most early adopters are techies anyway and would solve this quickly. But. . Businesses should hold off on devices with these cpus until this gets fixed. Business users normally don’t have proper access to flip a switch in the bios.

  7. Yea most early adopters are techies anyway and would solve this quickly. But. . Businesses should hold off on devices with these cpus until this gets fixed. Business users normally don’t have proper access to flip a switch in the bios.

    Do businesses care about their users playing games?

  8. Mo but busines users may have cad and other 3d programs that need similar.features or are based on similar enough api calls.

    Possible I suppose. I don’t know of many CAD programs protected by Denuvo, but I do understand a lot of enterprise software have some ridiculous DRM associated with them.

    Allen Bradley holds a particularly fond spot in my heart for requiring me to hunt down a blank, working floppy disk not too long ago.

    Most businesses I know of are so risk adverse they are just now buying 10th gen Intel products, if that.

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