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Remnant II

Publisher: Gearbox Publishing, LLC
Released: 2023
Steam ID: 1282100
Genre: Survival
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Remnant II pits survivors of humanity against new deadly creatures and god-like bosses across terrifying worlds. Play solo or co-op with two other friends to explore the depths of the unknown to stop an evil from destroying reality itself.

  Remnant II Review

Remnant II by Gunfire Games is based on the same game mechanics as its predecessor and is equipped with Epic's online service and telemetry.

What does this product do?

  1. At game start, NVidia servers are contacted as the product uses DLSS technology.
  2. An OCSP server is contacted for certificates.
  3. Epic Online Service (EOS for short) is activated, including telemetry and data upload.
  4. Processing and uploading of crash reports

Who runs the product?

Developed by Gunfire Games and published by Gearbox Publishing.

At this point the hint that the mentioned companies belong to the Embracer Group

Where are the service providers located?

Gearbox Publishing - Frisco, Texas, United States
Gunfire Games - Austin, Texas, United States
Epic Games, Inc. - Cary, North Carolina, United States, Inc. - Seattle, Washington, United States

What data is collected?

I wrote an article a long time ago called [In-depth]Block Spyware from Epic Games, Inc. in which I point out that telemetry and online functions in games with the games with the Unreal Engine are now so interlocked that blocking without waiver is blocking without abandonment is virtually impossible.

More information can be found on company profile of Epic Games, Inc. or various data samples and images on these pages.

The scheme at Epic has always been the same. That's why i won't make a big fuss about it now.

EOS is again responsible for online,- and account binding, achievements, multiplayer lobbies, matchmaking, telemetry, player data, voice chat if necessary, as well as things like ownership, anti-cheat (e.g. Easy-Anti Cheat), ingame bans, processing and uploading of crash reports, monitoring of soft,- and hardware data... and much more.

Game session test - Game duration 24 minutes

  1. 194 connections were established to the Epic Online Service.
  2. A total of 77 Ipv4 addresses were contacted
  3. The data stream was 596kb (which is a lot)

Connections counter
  1. 94 - Matchmaking
  2. 68 - Telemetry
  3. 25 - Additional Telemetry
  4. 7 - Authentication, User, SDK, Notifications, Credentials

User agreement and opt-out/in

There is a user-agreement linked on the product page in Steam but it exists only in English is also difficult to read because "Wall of Text".
If you search for "data protection/privacy", you will be referred to the external "Social Media" page of Gearbox Publishing. At least there are multilanguage versions if necessary.

Can EOS be blocked?

Yes, all online functions can be blocked. Nevertheless, there are restrictions. As example, achievements are tied to EOS. Blocked EOS? No achievements in Steam.

If the Epic Online service is blocked, users are left with a half-functioning product, but can still play and have peace of mind in return, as well as a plus in data protection and privacy.

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