AC: Valhalla, For Honor, Maneater, SW Jedi Fallen Order, etc Won’t Work on Intel Alder Lake-S CPUs (For Now)

Shortly before Intel announced its 12th Gen Alder Lake-S processors, the chipmaker (in its developer guide) stated that games using DRM algorithms like Denovo might not work the hybrid core chips. The company has now published the list of games that won’t run on Alder Lake SKUs in their current state for this very reason:

Bravely Default 2 
Fishing Sim World 
Football Manager 2019 
Football Manager Touch 2019 
Football Manager 2020 
Football Manager Touch 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

The notable names include Assassins’ Creed: Valhalla, Far Cry: Primal, For Honor, Maneater, Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order, and Sea of Solitude. While the titles in bold are expected to get a patch, fixing the incompatibility, the remaining are unlikely to get a fix anytime soon.

In addition to these, there are some games that won’t work on Windows 10, and require a mandatory update to Windows 11 to be compatible with Alder Lake processors:

Ace Combat 7 
Assassins Creed Odyssey 
Assassins Creed Origins 
Code Vein 
eFootball 2021 
F1 2019 
Far Cry New Dawn 
FIFA 19 
FIFA 20 
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

There’s a workaround for the second set of games. You can check it out below:

1. Boot the system and go to the system BIOS setup. 
2. Enable Legacy Game Compatibility Mode (one-time) BIOS. 
3. Save the BIOS settings changes and exit. 
4. Start Windows
5. Turn ON the Scroll Lock key on the keyboard. 
6. Start the respective game. 
7. Turn OFF the Scroll Lock key of the keyboard after finishing the game. 


Areej Syed

Processors, PC gaming, and the past. I have written about computer hardware for over seven years with over 5000 published articles. I started during engineering college and haven't stopped since. On the side, I play RPGs like Baldur's Gate, Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Divinity, and Fallout. Contact: areejs12@hardwaretimes.com.
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