CD Projekt RED: “Absolutely no DRM” in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher

By on October 31, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Following the announcement that Namco Bandai would be handling distribution of the upcoming, very sexy-looking Witcher 3, CDPR have moved to reassure gamers that this doesn’t mean they’ll be suddenly slapping DRM on their products.

“There have been some concerns regarding DRM and previous legal issues with The Witcher 2,” says CDPR’s CEO and co-founder Marcin Momot on the official site. “I’d like to say it loud and clear: The PC version of The Witcher 3 will have absolutely no DRM from day 0. Zero. Zip. Nada.”

“It doesn’t matter if you choose to buy it on GOG.com and support us directly or buy the game in box format, you’ll still get the 100% DRM-free experience. And this goes for the whole world.”

However, Momot adds, the game still will be on Steam as “the team isn’t going to exclude that community by any means”.

“Gamers have a choice in where they buy their games, but where CDPR does have control — like GOG.com — there will be absolutely no DRM.”

6 comments (Leave your own)

I’ve never played these games but this news still makes me glad.

On an unrelated note: Happy Halloween.

 

The witcher 2 was the most pirated game in the world in 2012.

Probably gonna be the same for the witcher 3.

 

lemonater47,

Was it? And if so, what factors lead to that?

I mean, you can’t really go out and pirate something like Battlefield 4, because (generally) the main reason you pick up a game like that is to play online, which is gated by serial keys, drm or what have you. Adversely, The Witcher series is solely a single player experience and, for lack of better words, doesn’t offer you any ‘reward’ for getting it legitimately, and yes, I realise how bad that sounds.

I’m sure there are plenty of other titles, like Blizzard games, that would be highly pirated IF (arguably) their main component wasn’t online, or otherwise gated by always online. Furthermore, it would be interesting to see how heavily pirated something like BF4 would be if it was DRM free with no account/cdkey stuff.

DRM or not though, most releases are generally cracked on the day of release, or a few days later, so outside of having always online, or the focus of the game being online multiplayer and requiring an account/cdkey, how does the other DRM fight piracy?

 

And Game of Thrones is also a very much downloaded TV show.
It probably means both HBO and CDPR are doing something right.

I for one, will be buying the Collectors Edition.

 

Yeah, DRM or lack thereof doesn’t have much sway in piracy figures unless it’s the kind of always online undefeatable DRM that you get in, say, Diablo 3. Any game that can run wholly offline gets cracked eventually, it’s inevitable. Often they’re cracked the day before release. The high piracy figures with TW2 only really indicate that a lot of people wanted to play it.

 
Nasty Wet Smear

Shhhh… *Strokes his computer gently* Soon, my pet. Soon we’ll have more The Witcher to play.

 
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