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The Witcher 2 Preloads & DRM, New GOG.com Publishers [Updated]

GOG.com has a recap of their awesome presentation on CDP Days. Included is the announcement of the release of Alone in the Dark on GOG.com, which includes AITD 1, 2, and 3. They also tease the future addition to their DRM-free marketplace of games from new publishers, saying one of either Microsoft, Electronic Arts, LucasArts, Take2, or Square Enix as already signed on, and two more from the list are "almost on board," though they are playing it close to the vest with details. They also say those with preorders of The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings will be able to pre-download about 90% of the game starting May 10, so they will be set for the game's release on May 17. They also announce they will offer The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director’s Cut at a 50% discount between May 10 and May 24. Finally, there are some further details about The Witcher 2 on Shacknews (thanks nin), where they note the game will have 16 different endings, and while the version of the game sold on GOG.com will be DRM-free, versions sold elsewhere will use SecuROM, in spite of CD Projekt's stated distaste for DRM. Update: Big Download has further details on the DRM, saying the SecuROM used by the game will use an internet check each time the game is launched, but will not require an ongoing connection after that. Player will be able to install the game an unlimited number of times on an unlimited number of PCs, and it can be played on up to five different machines at one time.

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17. Re: The Witcher 2 Preloads & DRM, New GOG.com Publishers Coming Apr 14, 2011, 18:30 jsmith
 
It seems like a potentially asinine move on CD Projekt's part to sabotage their own game with SecuROM in an attempt to drive customers to their own website GOG.com, especially after seeing how much CD Projekt's head honchos dislike DRM.

“Being a player myself, I’m always surprised to see how many companies focus solely on preventing piracy instead of thinking about how they might encourage players to acquire original game copies."

I guess Marcin Iwinski only has a problem with DRM just as long as every copy has it attached, but no problem attaching it to every copy sans those purchased on GOG. I guess he has no problem using DRM as a tool (at the paying customer's expense) to drive a few more people to CD Projekt's website for sales.

“Our aim is to produce games that provide the best and most satisfying playing experience. Copyright protection can’t stand in the way of that. Especially since it makes life difficult for players who acquire legal game copies, that is, those to whom we owe our greatest respect."

Maybe Adam Kicinski should make an addendum stating '...most satisfying paying experience when purchased solely from GOG.com.' and 'Copyright protection can't stand in the way of that unless you purchased our game anywhere other than GOG.com.'

I am all for a site such as Good Old Games and their stance of everything released being DRM free, but it becomes shady when you start adding DRM to your game in an attempt to drive traffic to your website. If I cannot purchase the same copy of Witcher 2 that will be on GOG.com over at Steam, I will skip this purchase.

They should release the game equally on all digital distribution platforms, or don't try and play the white knight card about DRM all the while using DRM to herd customers for personal gain.
 
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