Monster Hunter World FMA3 Support Requirement for Denuvo is Preventing Some From Playing

Monster Hunter World on PC has been a long time coming, but the day has finally arrived! Some eager hunter’s quests are going to be over before they start, though, because Monster Hunter World for PC demands a CPU with the FMA3 instruction set. Although a lack of preloading through Steam meant slow starts for most people, users in China, where the game released early, began to report that the game would refuse to boot on certain CPUs. The realization that certain players wouldn’t be able to run the game sent Steam discussion pages screaming about Denuvo DRM.

According to Frox on ResetEra, users in China, who were able to play the game before the worldwide release on Steam, reported CPUs even within the minimum spec requirements set out by Capcom were unable to fire up the game. The reason? A lack of FMA3 support within specific CPUs.

Monster Hunter World FMA3: Why Does the Game Need FMA3?

Most users looking to get decent frames out of Monster Hunter World won’t need to worry too much about this as it’s a feature that’s been built into CPUs for the better part of 4 years now, but those with older processors looking to get in on the fun might be left disappointed.

The reason why this is kicking up such a stink is that some of the processors that don’t support this particular FMA3 feature fall well within the game’s recommended requirements, leading many to come to the conclusion that FMA3 support is purely requested by the infamous Denuvo DRM built into the game. The reason why this hasn’t been picked up on by reviewers running CPUs without FMA3 support suggest Denuvo wasn’t built into the beta clients Capcom sent to reviewers.

The good news is that according to a support post on China’s WeGame platform, the issue is expected to be patched out very quickly. There’s no word on whether the patch will roll out worldwide at the same time, but it isn’t actually clear whether Denuvo is the root cause or whether something more specific to the build released in China is to blame.

Either way, now might be a good time to work out whether your CPU supports FMA3 or not. You can do this by either finding the specs of your chip through Google or using something like CPU-Z.