The lights are on
It's only been out for a week, but the Witcher 2 is already receiving a pretty huge patch. No, it doesn't introduce any giant gameplay tweaks or upgrades -- though there are a few of those. The big news with this patch is that it rids the game of DRM.
In a post on the official Witcher 2 website, CD Projekt development director Adam Badowski explained the quick change: "We felt DRM was necessary to prevent the game being pirated and leaked before release. This purpose has been served, so we are pleased to let our users enjoy the full freedom of game usage they deserve."
The update also adds support for a DLC quest, some new mouse and keyboard re-mapping options, and frame rate improvements. The one bummer? Steam users are reporting that the update requires redownloading the full 9GB game file. Ouch.
DRM only serves to punish consumers who legitimately purchase the game. Good on CD Projekt for prioritizing their customers.
Still hoping this gets ported somewhere I can use it.
Kudos to them. I was thinking of buying The Witcher 2, and I think this will push me over the edge. Companies like these deserve the sales.
Wow.... I'm almost speechless. They have achieved what most games take a year or more to do. Well done! I've never got into the first Witcher, but just hearing how they look after their customers, I think I might just check it out! :)
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It's a good game made by a good company. If you're on the fence about getting it, I recommend it. And if you opt to play with a gamepad, you can get an experience to rival any console game. On Medium, the graphics still surpass the capabilities of the 360, it feels like Dragon Age done properly, and I think other developers making fantasy RPG games should take a hint from the Witcher.
With the game DRM free, piracy is a greater concern, but I think it's a good thing to support this move instead of what Activision and Ubisoft would rather do with DRM. If you can, buy the game legitimately, because they deserve your money more than companies that make games almost unplayable just to make sure no one steals them. CD Projekt is putting gamers before sales, and I will support them for that.
I downloaded the patch from steam with no problems, it just took 2 hours to download because of the high demand on the Steam servers