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The Witcher 3 and Projekt Red's DRM-Free Stand 115

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An anonymous reader writes "This article goes into the making of upcoming fantasy title The Witcher 3. The studio, CD Projekt Red, reveals that, unusually, it'll be releasing the game as a DRM-free download. 'We believe that DRM does more harm to legit gamers than good for the gaming industry, that's why the game will also be completely DRM-free,' says the game's level designer, Miles Tost. The game will build on the strengths of The Witcher 2 while attempting to broaden its scope. 'We want to combine the strong pull of closed-world RPGs story-wise, with a world where you can go anywhere and do anything you want.'"
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The Witcher 3 and Projekt Red's DRM-Free Stand

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  • by HuguesT (84078)

    Hello, anything more substantial than this nice summary one can read somewhere ?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      It's contained within the talk linked here. [vg247.com]

    • by Anonymous Coward

      It was from the article http://www.redbull.com/en/games/stories/1331646865514/the-witcher-3-next-gen-skyrim-arrives (not VG247)

  • I am guessing they mean this article from yesterday. Interview about DRM, photos and videos:

    http://www.redbull.com/en/game... [redbull.com]
  • by Pop69 (700500) <[billy] [at] [benarty.co.uk]> on Wednesday April 23, 2014 @05:36PM (#46827913) Homepage
    Just don't post the link in the first place !
  • The Witcher 2 was also released without DRM on gog.com.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    DRM is pointless there is no need for anything past a cd key because it's going to be cracked no matter what you do.

    DRM:
    It's a challenge
    It's reputation
    It's curiosity
    It's self enlightenment
    It's testing your limits

    Adobe - has one of the most diehard DRM setups ever created costing millions to make and it was completely fucking destroyed in four hours.

    • You're assuming the objective of DRM is to prevent everyone from getting ahold of content royalty-free, as opposed to simply preventing most people from doing so.
      • You're assuming that everyone who wants to get an illegal copy needs to crack the DRM. That's not how it works. One person cracks it then releases it on file-sharing sites / networks and everyone copies it. It may prevent casual copying (e.g. I lend a friend the CD), but these days it's easier to give someone a link to a .torrent file than to lend them a CD anyway. More importantly, if someone doesn't know about things like BitTorrent then when they try to copy their game and find that they can't, they'
        • Buying, installing and playing a game with Steam is just easier than downloading it from some torrent tracker, applying a crack and then struggling to find cracked patches as time goes by.

          I don't pirate PC games any more. I can afford to pay for them, I feel good about spending the money on them and I don't feel like I'm jumping through hoops to get what I want.

          For me, Steam is good enough that I wish a similar solution was available for TV and Movies (Unfortunately, due to the various network and studio de

        • lend a friend the CD), but these days it's easier to give someone a link to a .torrent file than to lend them a CD anyway.

          1999 called, it want's it's disc-based game distribution medium back. You mean "DVD" or perhaps "BD-ROM"

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Is that when they eventually release a director's cut version of the game several months or a year after release, they don't make you purchase it separately if you bought the game previously. You get the full version update for free.

          Now if only Capcom would do that with the PC version of games like Street Fighter 4, which only has 3 or 4 different versions now.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Try reading the Witcher books by Andrzej Sapkowski. They really 'transcend the genre' - much like Patrick O'Brian's Master & Commander series. If Sapowski was writing in English he'd be a far bigger deal than George R.R. Martin or any of the other current fantasy hacks.

  • With Witcher 2, they said it would be DRM free, but then they said, "Oh, it actually has DRM in it, which you can totally remove. A week later, after it's already infected your machine and left behind traces of shit everywhere." Yeah, fuck these guys. They had a chance to do this before and reneged.
    • They did release it DRM free if you bought it from them. If you bought it via another publisher then you got some extra crap and had to go back to them to get the DRM-free version. How about next time giving money directly to the company that sells DRM-free games, instead of to a company whose only contribution was to add some DRM crap and put it in a box?
    • by mcvos (645701)

      No idea what you're talking about. I got Witcher 2 totally DRM free.

  • Oh gee, I wonder where they got such a great idea from. OH THAT'S RIGHT, the original The Witcher was a category 5 DRM shitstorm that blew up in their faces when it failed to work properly on Windows 7 and screwed over all their customers. Wow, how selfless and progressive of them
    • You do realize you're talking about CD Project RED ... who run the biggest distribution system for DRM-Free games on the planet? So, yeah, obviously the original Witcher was a learning experience for them. That was fucking 7 years ago. Get over it. These people are the good guys that brought us gog.com and are just about to release a Triple-A-Title without DRM or copy protection. I mean, what the fuck are you complaining about? That they're not a charity, but an actual company of people who want to earn a
  • CD-Projekt actually gave away all of the DLC they made for the game, and allowed you to download it through the game configurator. Even better, after you downloaded the game, the DLC menu allowed you to download voice acting in any of the languages you wanted.

    I really have to recommend the original polish voice acting. I'm not polish and I do not understand the language, but I truly enjoyed the work they had done. I'd say most voices were a better match than in the english version (especially in Witcher 1).

  • combine the strong pull of closed-world RPGs story-wise, with a world where you can go anywhere and do anything you want

    I think they have a name for that already: "open-world RPG".

    (What did I miss?)

    • by cbhacking (979169)

      Reading comprehension class, apparently. It's not that hard to figure out: they're saying it's technically an open-world RPG, but it has the strong overall plot and rich storyline that is characteristic of (successful) closed-world RPGs.

      In fairness, it's nothing new. A lot of games have tried to strike that balance; in fact, it's been a while since I've seen a classic open-world RPG, and I'm OK with that. But, I'm also really glad to *have* that freedom, even though it's not required for the central appeal

  • The studio, CD Projekt Red, reveals that, unusually, it'll be releasing the game as a DRM-free download.

    Unusually? The Witcher 2 was also DRM-free (if you bought it from them, and not through some other distributor, at least). Releasing DRM-free is standard for them, and one of several reasons why I like them so much. (Other reasons are that their games are unbelievably gorgeous, and they do interesting stuff with really driving moral choices in their games.)

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