Witcher 3 confirmed DRM-free by CD Projekt RED

The Witcher 3

By on April 5, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Speaking to Kotaku, CD Projekt RED have confirmed that The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt will be completely DRM-free, in the finest tradition of CDPR games.

“We are trying to get rid of DRM,” said lead gameplay designer Maciej Szczesnik to Kotaku. “If someone wants to pirate a game, eventually he will.”

“Which is bad, of course,” added the company’s MD Adam Badowski . “But you can’t do anything about it, so. We want to give the best user experience possible. When we removed DRM, people on those torrents were actually asking people not to download our game, because we [weren't using DRM].”

If you’d like to know more about The Witcher 3, hit up Kotaku’s piece for a big run-down from GDC.

Local GON DRM watchdog PalZer0 could not be reached for comment, but sources close to the man describe him as “very happy” with the decision.

Source: Kotaku via VG247

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One of the Reasons I rank CDProjeckt Red up in the highest spots of “Best Dev/Publisher” category.

If this follows Witcher 2′s lead then the steam version will probably be the best bet, granting an additional Gog redeemable (and thus DRM-free) copy also.


And unfortunately the Witcher 3 will be pirated out the wazoo anyway.

Do you really think all those pirated copies of the Witcher 1 and 2 were just all honest guys trying to stick it to The DRM Man? and not freeloaders who took something for free rather than paying for it in a lawful transaction? Many it seems try to justify it that way.

Cue following posts of theft justification:

1) I’m a poor gamer I can’t afford it
2) I’m sticking it to the DRM Man!
3) I wasn’t going to buy it anyway so it’s not like they lost a sale!
4) I treat it like a demo, they should release demo’s!
5) It’s not really stealing
6) They don’t respect us gamers!


I have the greatest respect for CD Projekt RED, which is why I tend to pre-order their games, as well as directly from their own site. Publishers NOT trying to screw us all need to be supported.



Of course, but it’s the difference between “game gets pirated out the wazoo, paying customers struggle with DRM” and “game gets pirated out the wazoo, paying customers still have as much of a struggle free gameplay experience as pirates.”

At any rate they’ve got a purchase here too. The first two were great and the third one looks great too. The DRM free thing is just the icing on the cake. (strange they have to confirm it, I thought CDP-R always designed their games DRM free anyhow?)


I concur with meji!
I would like to hope that this game doesn’t get pirated en’mass but the harsh reality is that it will happen.
Yes the same folk who complain about DRM will still pirate no matter what…then when all good non-DRM developers go bust they will come up with more more excuses for their behavour blaming everyone else except themselves…

All one can do is buy the game, supporting good developers like CD Projeckt.
Here’s hoping that CD Projeckt don’t price hike here in OZ. (anyone know if they do?)



They did price hike initially with The Witcher 2 but only at Namco Bandai’s orders – they wouldn’t have done it otherwise.

Also, I’m hoping they go digital only and self publish the game so that they don’t have to do deals with publishers that like screwing Aussies over on pricing.


Personally I would’ve thought the price should be what drives people to pirate a game. The try-hard socialist “I’m saving our souls from the corporate machine” anti-DRM argument isn’t convincing anyone. If you pirate games for any reason other than “I literally cannot afford to buy games AND alcohol” and think you’re on some kind of high moral ground, you need to grow up.

vcatkiller: (strange they have to confirm it, I thought CDP-R always designed their games DRM free anyhow?)

Uhhh…. isn’t that what ‘confirmation’ means? :) Verifying something that is assumed to be true?


I think this was a given really. CDPR have always spoken strongly against using DRM. Why do they still get asked about it when being interviewed?


Excited for this game. Sad to hear it’s the last in the series. But it’s a double edged blade I suppose – not milking it for all it’s worth.


as much as i admire the ethos, im not interesed in the witcher one single bit. i have the witcher 1 and 2 and cant bring myself to play more than 10mins each, when cd projekt red bring out a sci fi ill be interested


Still has Steam, still has terrible DRM attached.

Also; 20 illegitimate downloads for every 1 legitimate download for Witcher 2 for a ‘PC master something’ title that was only on one platform at release that included no DRM from GOG and still got pirated to hell and back.

Also; I hate them. Threatening pirates with legal action when you’re ’100% sure’ of who they are? That was a serious dick move and you only stopped that due to the enormous backlash about it. You’re only trying to save face now by touting all this nonsense.

I can name dozens of modern AAA games that include only in-built copy protection, yet your title still holds onto DRM in the form of steam. Sorry, but you’re not better than them.



I don’t really think that someone who would ordinarily buy a game would consider pirating one simply because it has no DRM. Though people who are going to pirate a game are going to pirate it regardless of DRM.

On the other hand, due to the lack of multiplayer and therefore a requirement to purchase to play online may make some people pirate it.

Personally, after playing SimCity, its nice to see a game company that actually thinks about its customers and I will happily pay full price for this one.



Steam is horrible DRM? I think you’ll find yourself in a very small minority on that one. It can do with some improvement in certain areas but it’s a hell of a lot better than Origin (which STILL doesn’t have background patch downloading), Uplay, GFWL (blergh) and the various forms of hardware based DRM schemes out there.

EDIT: I also saw no mention of Steam in the article. I have no idea where you pulled that “argument” from.


I’ll pay the right price for it, but I won’t be pirating it. It’s a pity the game just never dragged me in, it’s great for a lot of people, I just found it a bit outside my tastes. I wonder if 3 will get closer to my tastes.


“Local GON DRM watchdog PalZer0 could not be reached for comment, but sources close to the man describe him as “very happy” with the decision.”

Lol gold… he does whine about drm alot…



I’m with him. Just because Steam’s better than Origin doesn’t mean it’s any good. It’s not a target to aspire too – we should really be aiming for a completely DRM-free future and not just the one that’s the least offensive. Though like you said, he’s wrong in the sense that Steam isn’t required for the Witcher 3.

But damn, it’s amazing so many people are so cynical about a DRM-free AAA title. I only buy DRM-free stuff these days anyway as it ensures I don’t have to worry about my connection, or the connection to a remote server, or the existence of a vendor to play what I’ve purchased. I accept it’s not for everyone (particularly the mass of Steam-only titles), but if people think that’s worthy of mocking then fuck it, gamers are stupid.

André Axe'm

Steam is a horrible DRM.
I’ve been locked out of my game for a week, due to a stupid patch.

It may be the least horrible, but its still horrible.


Steam is a horrible DRM.
I’ve been locked out of my game for a week, due to a stupid patch.

It may be the least horrible, but its still horrible.

Eh? You don’t want to finish a patch which has started automatically downloading, so you can’t pay your game… is that the situation? I don’t think you can reasonably call that DRM, that’s just Steam’s auto update getting too excited, as it does.

Also, why all the Steam talk? Who said it’s going to be Steamworks?


Steam is trying to download 7 files at once, so one of them timesout and it cancels all downloads and tells me I need to have the internets connected…
Inexplicably has no resume support.
So, I can’t even get to the login prompt.



To be fair (not that anyone reads my posts anyway since it’s a throwaway mainly for downloads), your complaint is more to do with Steam’s terrible download management code rather than its DRM. When I used to use Steam, I found the only way to reliable download stuff was to perform one download at a time. The fact they apparently still haven’t’ fixed this bug of downloads being suspended every so often tells me they have too many users now to care about such levels of polish anymore.

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