Update: Prey community manager slenderf0x clarified the situation on Reddit:
"Today we planned to perform a backend deployment for Prey in order to remove Denuvo, but some of you may have seen a 16GB or 4GB update instead. We've rolled back this deployment, so you should no longer have any large updates for Prey or Prey: Mooncrash. The update to remove Denuvo will still be deployed, but at a later date."
Although the update that removes the anti-tamper software will come later, the Denuvo notification remains removed from Prey's Steam page.
Original: Prey, Arkane and Bethesda's 2017 sci-fi thriller, has received a surprise 16 GB update which seems to have removed Denuvo from the game.
While there's no sign of official patch notes for Prey's 16 GB update, the Denuvo notification present on the Steam page of any game that contains the anti-tamper software is now gone from Prey's page.
That, however, doesn't explain the file size, even if owners of the Mooncrash DLC report having to download a smaller update that clocks in at around 4 GB.
Prey Patch Notes - 16 GB Update Removes Denuvo
In the absence of fresh Prey patch notes, players have taken to SteamDB to try and figure out the reason behind the update's fairly sizeable download size.
Quite a few texture packs were added to Prey's Whiplash folder which, according to some players, has to do with its Mooncrash DLC. Various languages have also been updated, alongside a couple of other files.
It's difficult to say what exactly Prey's latest update brings without any official word from Arkane or Bethesda, however, it does seem fairly certain that Denuvo is now removed from the game, which will, undoubtedly, be reason enough to celebrate for some players.
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