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The Witcher studio takes an unparalleled gamers-first position on everything from DRM to post-launch support. For this – and for their amazing RPGs, of course – I salute them.
CDProjekt RED stands apart in an age where cheat codes have been replaced with paid DLC and the $60 box for a single-player game you just bought has become nothing more than a ticket to stand in line while the developer fixes the servers that crumbled under day-one load. Kudos are due to the hard-working Polish studio for being on the right side of pretty much every issue of consumer rights.
Bought the game before all the cool DLC came out? No problem, download it for free. Want all the fancy rebalancing and new content going into the Enhanced Edition almost a year later? No problem, download it for free. Suffering from spotty Internet service? Who cares, you don’t even need to mess around with an offline mode because there are no authentication servers or accounts to log into (unless you bought the game on Steam). For saving us all those headaches, CDProjekt RED has my thanks.
We spoke to studio head Adam Badowski during the Witcher 3 cover trip.
When The Witcher 2 came out, the number-one most-common complaint against the otherwise excellent game was the brutally difficult (for new players) tutorial. I’ve been one of the game’s most enthusiastic cheerleaders since day one, and even I couldn’t say anything more laudatory than a reassurance that the first few hours are worth suffering through for the brilliant remainder of the adventure. However, because CDProjekt RED is awesome, the studio put out not one but a series of free patches over the first few months post-release that rebalanced the tutorial (and combat in general) into a more reasonable difficulty curve.
Of course, all the good will in the world wouldn’t matter much if the games sucked. CDProjekt RED is in no danger of that any time soon. The Witcher 2 is my favorite RPG of this generation, and it’s not even close – the world, the writing, the characters, and the combat all come together into a brilliant adventure that I hold above even Mass Effect. The Witcher 3 looks to raise the bar again next year, adding an open world to all of the things that CDProjekt RED does so well.
CDProjekt began its days as a humble translator and publisher of foreign games in its native Poland. Its success in shepherding the rise of its sister company, CDProjekt RED, into a triple-A development studio is remarkable – especially given how difficult the last decade has been for independent developers. I will be a happy gamer indeed if the next 10 years are anywhere near as kind to CDProjekt.
Oh, they definitely deserve the salute.
So, what you're saying is that you like CDProjekt RED?
Loved the Witcher 2, it truly was a breath of fresh air. And I love CDProjekt Red's business model.
I love CDProjektRED because they put their hearts and souls into their games and want others to love it just as much as they do.
Great choice Adam.
A well deserved studio. Witcher 2 was great. Can't wait from Witcher 3. For PS4! This was a great read Adam.
CDProjekt will always be remembered as the most gamer friendly studio. DRM free games win hearts.
Yess! I was waiting for this one. They're quickly becoming my favorite. They've never done anything to harm my faith in them as a developer, and that's rare these days. Looking forward to Cyberpunk and of course Witcher 3!
In the meantime I should play Witcher 2 again, since the choices you make in game actually change the gameplay experience, not just a line of dialogue!
These guys deserve every ounce of success they achieve. Their stance on the videogame business shows how much they care and how much they want their customers to be happy.
Just started playing the witcher 2 for 360. Only 3 hours in and i love it. As far as storytelling and writing goes it's brilliant. Can't wait to find out about this meaty but flexible assassin.
Ahhh I just got Witcher and Witcher 2. I've been pumped to play these games for awhile, I need to do that soon.
Great choice. One of my favorite developers. The Witcher series has been nothing but awesome quality gaming & I'm really curious to see what they do with Cyberpunk 2077.
this is exactly who and why i had in mind soon as i seen the dev. salutes popping up , soon as i played witcher 1 shortly before 2 came out i knew there was something great there , 2 didn't disapoint at all ( exceeded in fact) and their stance on things only helps them in my eyes specially since i was the try before you buy customer gone legit ( and i made sure to buy on gog.com to support the dev even moreso)