DRM Games affected by Intel 12th generation processors on Windows 11 and 10

Intel published a list of games affected by DRM issues in 12th generation Intel Core processors on devices running Windows 11 and Windows 10 earlier this week. Only Intel’s 12th-Gen Alder Lake chips are affected by the issue, which the company released last week.

Affected games may crash when they are launched or during playback, according to 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.

The list of games includes games that use Denuvo DRM as protection against unauthorized copying and playing.

The List Of Games Are:

Bravely Default 2
Fishing Sim World
Football Manager 2019 and 2020
Football Manager Touch 2019 and 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
Need for Speed – Hot Pursuit Remastered
Sea of Solitude
Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order
Tourist Bus Simulator

Games listed in the first part of the list will be patched in mid-November according to Intel on Windows 11 via a Windows Update. Intel says that it is working with developers to get the other games fixed as well and that there is a workaround available that affected customers may use to get the games to work before updates are released.

There is a second list, one that lists games that are affected on Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system only.

Ace Combat 7
Assassins Creed Odyssey
Assassins Creed Origins
Code Vein
eFootball 2021
F1 2019
Far Cry New Dawn
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
Team Sonic Racing
Total War Saga – Three Kingdoms
Train Sim World
Train Sim World 2
Wolfenstein Youngblood


 A workaround has been found to allow for games to launch and be played. The reference implementation for a Legacy Game Compatibility Mode will allow a user to dynamically place E-cores on standby when playing games.

  • 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.

Its not the best start for intel’s 12th gen processor in the supremacy market.

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