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

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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  • Re:What kind? (Score:4, Informative)

    by vux984 ( 928602 ) on Wednesday April 23, 2014 @06:27PM (#46828339)

    . Well, you said you don't actively like Steam DRM, but continuing to use Steam only ensures that it'll never change.

    He likes stuff like disc based securom drm even less.

    If he refuses to use everything he doesn't like, he won't play very many games at all.

    but continuing to use Steam only ensures that it'll never change

    Steam has added family accounts, and now family library sharing features. These don't solve the problem yet, but they are baby steps forwards towards solving some the biggest complaints most people have about steam's drm.

  • Re:What kind? (Score:5, Informative)

    by lgw ( 121541 ) on Wednesday April 23, 2014 @06:42PM (#46828451) Journal

    There is no requirement for DRM on Steam. It's a distribution platform first and formaost, and there are DRM-free games on Steam. Steam also has DRM that publishers can use (and which really isn't that bad or intrusive). Steam also distributes games with all the worst DRM: horrible, horrible stuff.

    Contrast this with Good Old Games, owned by the very same CD Projekt Red. There you get a promise of "no DRM of any kind ever". They distribute many games which originally had DRM in some cracked (but licensed) form, so stuff like "look up this word in the manual" is bypassed. They're just as good as Steam at patch management.

    Steam is tolerable. It's good points outweigh its problems. But GOG is great. It's made of win and awesome. It's like the best pirate BBS from back in the day, where every game worked better thanks to the cracks, except it's all legal and licensed, and reasonably priced. Naturally, they're having a hard time attracting publishers, but the financial success of the Witcher titles might get some notice.

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