All the games you can’t play on Intel’s 12th Gen Alder Lake CPUs

Is your favorite game affected?

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Intel’s latest Alder Lake processors promise the best performance and efficiency yet. They also have a different architecture than the older 11th-generation Intel processors with a new hybrid design. The hybrid design divides the CPU into two types of cores. Performance (P) cores have more power and tackle tasks like optimizing gaming and workloads, while the efficiency (E) cores run many background tasks. 

The new hybrid cores promise better processing efficiency but are incompatible with certain games and can cause them to either fail to load or crash. The main reason for the incompatibility is that Denuvo digital rights management (DRM) in some games reads the two types of cores as two separate systems, causing games to crash.

Intel has released a list of games that are incompatible with the 12th-gen Alder Lake processors.

The games listed below are affected in Windows 10 and 11 PCs running Alder Lake processors. Intel expects the November Windows 11 update to rectify the issue.

  • Anthem
  • 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
  • Total War: Warhammer 1
  • Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
  • eFootball PES 2020
  • Fernbus Simulator
  • Lost in Random
  • Madden 22
  • Need for Speed – Hot Pursuit Remastered
  • Sea of Solitude

The following games are affected in Windows 10, and the developers are still working to fix the DRM problem. In some cases, the issue can be resolved by upgrading the PC to Windows 11.

  • Ace Combat 7
  • Assassins Creed Odyssey
  • Assassins Creed Origins
  • Code Vein
  • F1 2019
  • 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
  • Starlink
  • Team Sonic Racing
  • Total War Saga – Three Kingdoms
  • Train Sim World
  • Train Sim World 2
  • Wolfenstein Youngblood

Developers and various hardware companies are working to rectify the Alder Lake issue and some third-party companies are coming up with fixes of their own. Gigabyte has come out with a utility to resolve the problem on its Z690 motherboards. The utility gives users the option to turn the efficiency cores on and off so they can play their games without crashes.