As of now the PC version of Just Cause 3 remains un-cracked. That is, there isn't an illegal free version of the game out there to download. The reasons why this is the case is due to the Denuvo’s Anti-Tamper technology the game employs, which is built around preventing hacks to the game files themselves. That may not sound all that impressive but in a rare turn of events a Chinese hacker group (3DM) has gone out of its way to state that trying to bypass this security is extremely difficult and could even lead to a time without cracked software.
That is, for titles that choose to implement these sorts of measures. Popular peer news site TorrentFreak posted a translation from 3DM forum founder 'Bird Sister',
"Recently, many people have asked about cracks for ‘Just Cause 3′, so here is a centralized answer to this question. The last stage is too difficult and Jun [cracking guy] nearly gave up, but last Wednesday I encouraged him to continue. I still believe that this game can be compromised. But according to current trends in the development of encryption technology, in two years time I’m afraid there will be no free games to play in the world."
For those that are aware of the illegal PC software scene will know that this is not the first time that a popular title has been absent from the black market. Whenever a new form of copy protection showed up, sometimes it took a little while before a crack would appear. In a way it sort of became a game in itself, with the challenge posed to hackers. "Try and crack this." Denuvo’s Anti-Tamper technology is proving to be the most elusive method yet, as last year's FIFA release for PC (an immensely popular game among both legitimate software buyers and illegal downloaders) took six months to crack.
But, the feature is a costly one to implement.
Copy protection for PC has a long a storied history, with many ups and downs (cough, SecuROM, cough), and as we all know, in addition to companies and publishers employing more sophisticated copy protection measures, there is also a burgeoning DRM-free movement. With platforms like GOG.com and even publishers like Bethesda giving little to no credence to copy protection as a means to protecting their products from pirates, the future of digital distribution remains as elusive as ever.