The Witcher 3 Developer Promises No DRM In Open Letter

by Kyle Hilliard on Oct 30, 2013 at 02:16 PM

In an open letter to fans on CD Projekt RED's official website addressed, the developer promised that The Witcher 3 will be DRM-free.

You can head here to read the whole letter, but here's the most important bit:

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.

The Witcher 2 encountered backlash with its DRM policies, and a patch to the game eventually removed it.

In an added update shortly after posting the letter, CD Projekt RED co-founder and joint CEO Marcin Iwinski added that the game will be available on Steam in order to give consumers as many purchasing options as possible. Everywhere CD Projekt RED has full control, however, The game will be completely free of DRM restrictions.

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[Source: CD Projekt RED]


Our Take
DRM is becoming an increasingly archaic and debilitating way to restrict PC games and gamers. The lack of DRM has literally become a positive bullet-point listed on the back of the boxe right next to details like the number of guns, or online players. With developers making proclomations like this, I'm hopeful overly-restrictive DRM will become a thing of the past soon.