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CD Projekt RED Reaffirms Anti-DRM Stance for The Witcher 3

CD Projekt RED has a statement on their Official Blog re-stating their hard-line stance against DRM for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, saying that while the game will be distributed on Steam where it will be protected by Steamworks, on all platforms within their control, their RPG sequel will have no digital rights management whatsoever:

Hey, following our recent announcement of the distribution deals of The Witcher 3 in North America and Europe, there have been some concerns regarding DRM and previous legal issues with The Witcher 2. Weíve seen a lot of comments in various places around the web and we would like to join in on the conversation.

Iíd 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 doesnít matter if you choose to buy it on GOG.com and support us directly or buy the game in box format, youíll still get the 100% DRM-free experience. And this goes for the whole world.

Weíve fiddled with DRM in the past (Oh boy! How young and naÔve we were;)) and thatís enough. Lesson learned.
Having said that, Iíd like to thank you for your continuous support. Youíve bought six million copies of the Witcher games so far. Whoo-hoo! Letís celebrate. Here, have some cake!

UPDATE:

Itíll be on Steam; the team isnít going to exclude that community by any means. Gamers have a choice in where they buy their games, but where CDPR does have control ó like GOG.com ó there will be absolutely no DRM.

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15. Re: CD Projekt RED Reaffirms Anti-DRM Stance for The Witcher 3 Oct 30, 2013, 23:59 Jivaro
 
Ladron3dfx wrote on Oct 30, 2013, 23:45:
A hard line against DRM but allows its game to be DRM'd on Steam with Steamworks.

CD Projeckt makes no damn sense.

It makes perfect sense. Steam users who wish to purchase the game through Steam can. It's called "giving the customer what they want" and it really isn't that hard of a concept. As they said, you have the choice to buy it where you want. You aren't a Steam fan, so buy it from someone else and you don't have to worry about it. I am not against Steam however many of it's features that other people seem to value really don't interest me. Consequently I would buy a non-DRM version from someone else most likely. That doesn't mean my preferences get to dictate the preferences of someone else. Nor does it mean that CD Projeckt should turn down an obviously huge financial opportunity by selling the game through the single largest game distributor on the platform.

How in the world does that not make sense?

This comment was edited on Oct 31, 2013, 00:05.
 
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