The Witcher 3 on PC has no DRM whatsoever, dev insists

CD Projekt Red CEO says PC version of upcoming RPG will have "absolutely no DRM from day 0. Zero. Zip. Nada."

CD Projekt Red CEO Marcin Iwinski has issued a statement regarding concerns about the PC version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt employing a form of DRM.

"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," Iwinski said. "It doesn't matter if you choose to buy it on GOG.com 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."

Iwinski said CD Projekt Red has "fiddled" with DRM in the past, but has moved past such measures lately. The developer has since become known as one of the most outspoken opponents of DRM in the industry.

"Oh boy! How young and naïve we were," Iwinski wrote. "And that's enough. Lesson learned."

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be released on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 in 2014. In addition to that game, CD Projekt Red is working on next-generation role-playing game Cyberpunk 2077 and a "smaller" unannounced game at its new office in Krakow.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Kratier
Kratier

hilarious, just like last time they tried to say 0 drm. when in fact it really had 3 forms of DRM, and pirates were able to play the game start to finish the weekend before launch, while legitimate buyers were locked out with 0 day encryption, a special outsourced version of securom, and a launcher that would do a online verification before allowing the game to launch-


and besides the fact that they had 3 forms of drm at launch , they failed to even put in a simple keyboard config or graphic option ingame, it was lazily slapped together as some weird 3rd party ini editor program, where you would have to exit the game, launch this program, confirm the changes in the program, exit that program, and then relaunch the game through those 3 layers of DRM which may or may not work at the time of launch.


yeah, lets all buy into this complete BULLSHIT yet again- im sure some of you will.

Vambran
Vambran

Anybody who pirates Witcher 3 , DIAF.

PernicioEnigma
PernicioEnigma

Hardly unexpected, but still awesome none-the-less. I'd pretty much buy anything from CD Projekt Red based on principle alone. Fortunately for me they make fantastic games.

digishah
digishah

Why is this news? They have always been a huge advocate of anti-DRM and owns a site dedicated to selling DRM free games.

Why the hell would there be concerns about DRM on TW3 ?

dethtrain
dethtrain

2nd one was a great game. Cant wait.

mike300zxt
mike300zxt

I'll buy it at full price just to support these guys.

billlabowski
billlabowski

I don't even like the Witcher games, but I buy them anyways. Can't wait for Cyberpunk 2077.

Sakaflias
Sakaflias

fantastic rpg with dark fantasy word, full support with free dlc's, awesome price for the quality of the product, no drm,  to good to be true in our days and yes it is true.

The deference between CDPR and the other companies is that the first one make games for their passion and the second one for money.

vault-boy
vault-boy

I have the original Witcher and gave it about an hour before I was bored to tears and quit. However, just because this is a company that obviously cares deeply about their product and the people who buy it, I'll probably get this game just to personally say 'Fuck you other publishers!'. Good shit CDPR!

lilflipp
lilflipp

Support CD Projekt Red.

Not only do they make incredible games. The Witcher 2 is probably the best RPG game, period. 16 endings that just compel you to play it again.

The way they carry themselves, it's like their way of thinking is this: "Yes this might be a risk, we rather focus on the good of people instead of the bad and assume everyone will steal. We're going to be fair and focus on simply making the best possible game."

People recognize that, authenticity. Sitting next to a pile of Doritos and Mountain Dew, not so much.

So yes, I'm preordering
 The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077, when it's ready of course. :P

Soxism
Soxism

And this is exactly why im Buying the game!

As many of the things people have said already + other publishers need to learn and change to new marketing models with the evolution of the internet/technology.

focuspuller
focuspuller

Will be buying on PC. Probably from GOG.

lilflipp
lilflipp

This is why CD Projekt Red are kings amongst gamers. Remember with The Witcher 2 Enhanced Edition, they just gave it away to whoever had bought the game. Most companies would've tried to sell it as an "upgrade package".

Also the fact that they don't allow pressure from companies to rush things to get the product out, regardless of the result(Mass Effect 3 and what has been happening). Let's just get those AAA games out there as fast as possible, CoD 17 why not, let's make more money!

You guys saw CyberPunk 2077 trailer. You know at the end of the trailer, that little message from CD Projekt Red: "Coming: When it's ready"

Say what you will about PC gamers, but we have a great community, whenever a Dev is fair to us, we show it back, and this is the prime example of it.

Garm31
Garm31

DRM is a waste of money. Developers pay millions for it, just for scene groups to crack it two hours later. I will be buying the Witcher 3 on PC. Company's like CD Projekt deserve your support.

ilovelctr
ilovelctr

Steam is an awesome platform and I enjoy playing games on it. But The Witcher 3 is a must-buy physical copy for me, because it's worth being collected in its most tangible form and there's no DRM on the discs!

demonkingx5
demonkingx5

Please Ubisoft learn from these guys & get rid of your god awful U play DRM dog shit 

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

Finally, a developer with intelligence. If only all developers would sell their games without the shackles...

haRT3r
haRT3r

Shut up and take my f**king money!

GSGuy321
GSGuy321

Support these developers and spread the word. They are moving in the right direction.

These are the types of developers we must support as gamers. Going forward, I'm going to be supporting Steam OS and Steam platform in general (if it's as open as they say it is). Not because I'm a PC gamer or PC gaming is superior, but rather because they, like CDPR, are giving power to the users. This must be supported. PS4 is also a good choice in this regard.

It became quite evident to me after the SimCity fiasco what EA is all about. And that is taking power away from the users. They want to control everything. They were undoubtedly behind the Microsoft failed original policies which M$ tried to implement until the fans spoke out. Developers like EA must die for our beloved hobby to prosper. They used to once be a great company but then suits took over. And with that change came contempt for the end user.  Boycott all EA products.

leikeylosh
leikeylosh

Please Cd Projekt Red, get into the console business, because Microsoft and Sony are doing a terrible job.

TenraiSenshi
TenraiSenshi

I need to play 1 and 2 to get my save file ready for 3. I lost my save files when my last harddrive when bye-bye. T__T

banana23man
banana23man

I haven't even complete the first Wticher game (just got both games recently from Steam sale) but I'm preordering Witcher 3 just to show my support. 

thorn3000
thorn3000

I like CD Project, to rely solely on the support of fans is something great, either way DRM does not work anyway, who will pirate it will do so with or without DRM, who will want to support will support with or without DRM, the only thing DRM achieves is pissing off people who have bought it and have some issue with it

Sky_Stifler
Sky_Stifler

CD Project Red respecting gamers, and we respect them, simple as that, if all of the companies would be like them gaming industry would flourish :)

arqe
arqe

Love the idea and big time RPG player yet Witcher games are boring me. I dont know why ...

GreyArt
GreyArt

I think i'm in love...


kingcrimson24
kingcrimson24

ok i'm adding witcher 3 to my list . i'll buy it when it comes out for xbox one 



panda0nX
panda0nX

I wish i could meet the devs who started the witcher and buy them a drink ... cant wait ^_^

C-THREE
C-THREE

Viva la CD Prokect Red!!!

Grimkillah
Grimkillah

I will be getting the boxed version, physical product FTW!!!

Zero_Entity
Zero_Entity

I really like CD Projeckt Red. Same goes for its GOG.com service. I wish more publishers followed their model. Go Poland!

Vojtass
Vojtass

@digishah Because developers just announced that Namco will distribute TW3 again in Western Europe. Namco was a company which forced CDPR to use DRM in TW2 retail version. Scumco even sued the devs for early removal of SecuROM Online. So many people were afraid that TW3 on PC will have DRM again.

PernicioEnigma
PernicioEnigma

@vault-boy 


The Witcher is notorious for having a slow and boring intro. If you can push past that it's a really good game, better than The Witcher 2 imo.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

@lilflipp 16? I counted 3 assuming you don;t count minor variations as a whole seperate ending.

focuspuller
focuspuller

@ilovelctr And then you have a box sitting on your shelf until you eventually throw it out or it gets lost. Welcome to the 14th year of the 21st century.

lilflipp
lilflipp

@leikeylosh They're busy making game. Consoles are like Fisher Price counter part of gaming machines.

The Witcher 2 brought most gaming PCs to its knees when it came out. Even to this day, The Witcher 2 would bring a PS4 to it's limit.

CyberPunk 2077 on consoles? Are you crazy.

thorn3000
thorn3000

@arqe the first or the second one? the first was not so good, they learned and improved the 2nd one quite a bit, the only thing missing is now the open world, if they deliver that in the 3rd and it will be acceptable, than they established themselves quite well I say

focuspuller
focuspuller

@lilflipp @leikeylosh I remember the first time I played Witcher 2 before upgrades. It was unplayable. It's such a beautiful game. Witcher 3 is going to look amazing.