Halo 5: Forge and Forza Horizon 3 Use Microsoft’s New Encryption on PC

This means no more modding, and possible performance issues.

Posted By | On 27th, Sep. 2016 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


We already know that Microsoft’s PC games of late have been basically unmoddable and unextendable, thanks to the UWP file format (which is the file format that they are distributed in) being a pretty tight package that doesn’t lend itself to much, if any, tampering. However, whatever little modding was possible before will now no longer be possible at all.

While Microsoft’s PC ports have gotten a whole lot better than the mess they used to be earlier this year – Halo 5: Forge and Forza Horizon 3 are both pretty good – they now are also completely locked down, meaning no more modding. This is because both these games run on the appx file format, meaning even simple things like XML editing are now off the table.

The good news is this, along with the Windows Store, completely kills piracy. The bad news is that modding, which is a mainstay of PC gaming, is now not possible with this format. This was probably something that most PC gamers had come to terms with as far as Microsoft’s games were concerned, but if other game developers adapt the format, then modding at large as a concept could be seriously endangered. This, plus reports that the PC version of Forza Horizon 3 has some performance issues, being attributed to the appx encryption, means that PC gamers are unlikely to be with the new format’s introduction.

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  • d0x360

    It’s amazing that every “news” site just parrots what each other say.

    The encryption is only used at launch of an app, that is it. It doesnt run constantly while using a program or game.

    Journalism…research..who needs research

    • crazy_black_man-

      So you’re confirming right now, right here, that despite what the article says, the games are actually moddable?

      The correct answer is either1) “Yes, I can confirm they are moddable”, or 2) “My complaint is about the fact that these sites are saying negative things about UWP games, and it hurts my wittle bitty feelings”.

      Without waiting for your nerd raged induced reply, I’m assuming the correct answer is number 2.

    • d0x360

      These games? No. That doesn’t mean you can mod a uwp game though. There are tons of .exe games that can’t be modified either.

    • crazy_black_man-

      So the correct answer was number 2. It figures.

  • Luke Skywalker

    How is it that some people can run the game fine with true dx12 cards while others who’re using older cards are having issues but yet it seems the majority of people are saying it’s the encryption….
    I mean, how are they able to test this? Do they have an unencrypted build that they can then test against the new build released game?

  • Mr Xrat

    No modding? Performance issues? Trying to make an Xbone purchase palatable.


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