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Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to be completely DRM Free... Except on Steam

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It has finally happened, a fairly large game developer has decided to release their game without any DRM (Digital Rights Management). For years the concept of DRM has been all about preventing piracy. Sadly the more money that companies put into their DRM the more the games end up costing. This rapidly rising cost perpetuates piracy even more. It is true that a large number of people that download games online end up buying the, but it still has an initial impact.


By now you are wondering what game we are talking about, so I guess we should let you know. The game is Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and the decision was made because of the ongoing issues with more and more restrictive DRM. These attempts at using DRM to prevent piracy have not really done anything to stop the spread or piracy and due to costs might have made it worse.

 “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 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.”

Now the question is: will the community rise to the occasion and put their support behind the game, or will they simply download the new game even more because there is no need to crack the installer or main executable file. On the other hand, will CDProject offer Witcher 3 at a price that people will find attractive?

Oddly enough the version of Witcher 3: Wild Hunt that is on Steam might not be DRM free. In an update by co-founder and joint CEO, Marcin Iwinski, CDProject does not have any control over their games on Steam.

“It’ll be on Steam; 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 — there will be absolutely no DRM”

Now we really wonder what the pricing structure will be…

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Last modified on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 20:38

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