The Witcher Developers Abandon DRM Forever

The developers behind The Witcher series are done with DRM for its PC games. Seriously. It says that no game the company releases going forward will have any kind of DRM whatsoever.

"Every subsequent game we [release] will never use any DRM anymore, it's just over-complicating things," CD Projekt Red CEO Marcin Iwinski said during a GDC presentation last week.

"DRM does not protect your game," he later explained to Joystiq. "If there are examples that it does, then people maybe should consider it, but then there are complications with legit users."

It's great seeing a developer publicly acknowledging the practical reality that DRM only punishes loyal customers. Even if that same developer could use some work on the other side of the coin; namely, how it goes after alleged pirates.

Witcher 2 devs: 'We will never use any DRM anymore' [Joystiq]


    congrats CDPR, you've confirmed me as a loyal customer... Keep up the quality of your releases and you'll be running the industry one day.

      Except for Witcher 2 - They couldn't be bothered distributing it to Australia themselves, but as a part of the deal, they had to put DRM in :(

      They handled it very well, and did some nice things in response, but that one left a bad taste in my mouth.

        no, they just got around regional pricing by removing their IP regional software from their site... So to get it cheap you only had to select United States as your country.

        As for physical copies, who cares, no-one should be buying locally until they drop the prices.

        Oh, and all boxed copies had the DRM removed during the first update that is downloaded via the installer, so no problem there either.

          Well actually they were forced to introduce IP region checking after Namco Bandai went ape shit about it. I've got my GOG account set to USA and it still shows me the Australian price unless I use a proxy. The Witcher 2 is the only game on GOG that does that though. It sucks, but I don't blame CD Projekt for it. Rather, I blame Namco Bandai for being greedy arseholes.

            yes, after being court ordered they had to restore it, but c'mon, it took legal action for them to have to do something they didn't want to.

    How ironic, removing DRM (and making a big deal about it) achieves what DRM was created to achieve.

    What is the Female Character with the BIG AHHHhh Name

      her character model is used in a few locations as different characters but the first time you see her she is the madam of a brothel the next encounter she is a prostitute (interestingly no matter what the prostitute you talk to and pay for you always sleep with the default character model which looks like the madam in the cutscene)

    Trying to change your public perception much?

    Dear ubisoft

    Take note bitchies!!!

    This is good. I just hope people reapond by actually buying the game and not pirating it.

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