Witcher dev: DRM is 'worst thing in the gaming industry'

Project lead says DRM limits gamers' rights to play the titles they own; Witcher 3 won't have multiplayer or quick time events.

The Witcher developer CD Projekt Red believes digital rights management (DRM) is the "worst thing in the gaming industry." Speaking to Forbes, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt project lead Konrad Tomaszkiewicz said such measures negatively impact gameplay experiences.

"In my opinion, DRM is the worst thing in the gaming industry. It's limiting our rights to play games owned by us," Tomaszkiewicz said. "Let’s imagine that you have a game that requires Internet connection to prove that you actually bought it. What if you lose your connection because of your Internet provider? You can't play anymore."

The Witcher 3 is DRM-free.

Tomaszkiewicz claimed that DRM does not stop piracy and is instead only a "real pain" for legal users. He said fans appreciate CD Projekt Red's long-stated anti-DRM stance and that these users--on forums and elsewhere-- actively attempt to persuade would-be pirates to purchase a legitimate copy instead of downloading a game illegally.

Battlefield and FIFA publisher Electronic Arts previously referred to DRM as a "failed, dead-end strategy."

Also in the interview, Tomaszkiewicz confirmed that The Witcher 3 will not feature a multiplayer component. He explained that CD Projekt Red "strongly feel that this final saga of Geralt has no place for meaningful multiplayer." A multiplayer component was never confirmed for The Witcher 3, but the studio teased last month that it was exploring opportunities.

Another game element that will not be featured in The Witcher 3 are quick time events. Tomaszkiewicz explained that these moments in past games "usually frustrated players" and that they will not appear in the upcoming game.

The Witcher 3 is Geralt's final story and reportedly has 100 hours of gameplay. The role-playing game is due to launch in 2014 for PlayStation 4, PC, and other "high-end" platforms.

For more on The Witcher 3, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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yasso
yasso

100 hours of gameplay, no DRM, speaking out for the true interests of honest gamers, regular updates and improvement and patching...I would freaking buy The Witcher 3, even if I were not going to play it! Just to encourage producing games with passion and making a reasonable profit while on it, rather than producing games with greed and fanatic obsession over profits.

banderweir
banderweir

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holy shit, it works now

ryangcnx-2
ryangcnx-2

I will buy the Witcher 3 day 1 for sure, well, I also loved the first 2 is another reason. As soon as a release date gets announced I shall pre-order it. And hopefully they do the deal with retail again just like the Witcher 2 and the retail version will get all extra the goodies with it :)

tizmond
tizmond

This is the type of encouraging comments you hear from a developer that is run by GAMERS and not shady businessmen.

Tiago Lehuby Jordão
Tiago Lehuby Jordão

I'm glad with this and I'm not even intending on playing this game (my computer wouldn't be able to run it)

DEATH775
DEATH775

Seriously if you people want to fight piracy DRM isn't the way to go. DRM is like a double edge attack on piracy. You destroy piracy but in the process so does yourself. There is always other methods to deal with piracy. If you can't think on how, then I suggest you people quit your job and let someone else with a brain do it.

insanem0nk
insanem0nk

great developer studio. i just wish someone would make a good rpg multiplayer game, there are none out, the only one i play is Dark Souls multiplayer and even that is just an afterthought addon. theres plenty of great singleplayer rpgs, i just need 1 good multiplayer rpg, anyone got any suggestions (not MMOs, not planning to blank out 1 year of my life again lol)

ewjiml
ewjiml

CD Projekt Red is one of a dying breed of developers.  They listen to their fans.  They don't put unnecessary DRM laced games on the shelves.  They put out kick-ass games.  After playing The Witcher 2, I immediately bought Witcher 1.  Not because it was a good game but because I support them.  Even though I hated the original Witcher, I want this developer (along with Valve) to survive in this crazy world filled with Diablo 3's, and Simcity's.  The day they put online DRM on The Witcher 3 is the day I will hang up my controller....or mouse. 

RoadStar1602
RoadStar1602

@ewjiml It's funny you should say you bought the game even though you didn't like it because you wanted to support the developer. I bought both Witcher and Witcher 2 months ago just to support such a great developer and haven't played them. I got maybe 30 minutes into the first game but I have so many other games on my "to do" list that I haven't time for them all. Eventually I'll play the Witchers but even if I never do, it's still money well-spent.

Igal-Ze
Igal-Ze

This is just one reason I`ll buy Witcher 3 and never again pay for Diablo titles.

lyncer777
lyncer777

CD PROJEKT RED IS the VOICE of TRUE GAMERS!

Cloud_imperium
Cloud_imperium

Witcher 1 SPOILERS :

I think the reason why these screenshots have so much ice in them is a hint for us . Remember they mentioned about threat to humanity in their gameinformer interviews .? I think Wild Hunt is not the main threat here . I recently played EE of both Witcher 1 and 2 again and noticed very closely each and everything .

I think former Grand Master of the order in The Witcher 1 was right about Earth will turn into icy hell , he wasn't mad after all . Besides the quote in the end of The Witcher 2 EE outro "The World as we know is near to it's end , yet past remains key to the future" seems to confirm it . What you guys think .?

BTW CDPR are best devs out there .

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

Someone please give Mr. Tomaszkiewicz a medal for "getting it".
CD Project Red did what all developers and publishers should do - realize that DRM only annoys their customers and get rid of it - all of it. ("Buy -> Download -> Install -> Play, restriction free" is what it should be)

Basically Witcher 3 is already a must-buy for me and now where it's comfirmed to be DRM free, there's no doubt I'll buy it unless they majorly screw up gameplay wise, but I'm confident they won't.
Recently they also confirmed that there won't be forced-in multiplayer or QTEs in Witcher 3, so I'm basically pretty much in love with them at this point.

Wesleypipes777
Wesleypipes777

CD Projekt Red... one of the few devs that have a f*^%$#g clue and stick to their guns when they know they are right. I will gladly continue to give them my money as long as they keep it up. :)

atn98
atn98

Talk about knowing what RPG gamers and gamers in general want. I'm happy to read not all devs are slaves to MBA idiots who think market studies should drive the creative and decision process behind a game.

Silvershadoh
Silvershadoh

This dev gets it. I wish Blizzard would take a few notes from this guy.

Josiah David Tweedie
Josiah David Tweedie

Amen to that! I am so sick of signing up for Steam, Origin, Games for Windows Live... Just let me play the darn game!

Wula_
Wula_

After discovering GOG. I have stopped re-buying old favorites and newer games from steam and went over to GOG. All thanks to no DRM.


Sure I still support Steam fully(as seen with my hundreds of registered games). Just not as much when there is a DRM free version out there at the same price. Wish more companies offered DRM free products.

Rijo Abraham
Rijo Abraham

i'm not a witcher fan, but the above screenshot looks awesome.

Mroptimism
Mroptimism

I love this developer so much. These people seriously get gamers and they really do understand us. They're uncompromising in their artistic vision. I hereby solemnly swear to buy every game they release on day one. I have with The Witcher 1&2.

Andrew Richtmeyer
Andrew Richtmeyer

Yea, yeah it does. All companies should follow the no DRM and no QTE's in their games.

Adis Bašić
Adis Bašić

I'd like to buy more games for their story (as in the single-player concept)

Robert Guest
Robert Guest

Developers need to be left to develop games and the publishers need to stay away from the design of them. As seen with EA and Ubisoft basicaly killing the pc game market.

Justin Eric Stephen Millard
Justin Eric Stephen Millard

Buy direct through their website www.gog.com so you can avoid Steam. I hate that I need a PC internet connection to play half my games and that even then I often have to re-download them to play them. I own a laptop and live in Australia. It doesnt work.

Tripwolf
Tripwolf

When I buy a CDPR game... I feel like I'm making the world a better place. Dead serious.

Daniel Gomez
Daniel Gomez

Now people, this is why PC rules over the dirty console peasants.

Carlos Carangue
Carlos Carangue

This is why I love CDProjekt Red. They won't conform to what other companies are doing just to make a quick buck. They actually stay true to making a good game. A lot of games nowadays have a half assed multiplayer anyways. So it's better that they give all they got to making the story and gameplay as great as possible. Cheers!

Seth Burbank
Seth Burbank

"no we don't have DRM" It will have DRM. Always-online DRM is most likely not going to happen, but if they said "we have no DRM" it would be flat-out lying. The 360 has DRM. The PS3 has DRM. The Wii has DRM. Steam has DRM. And if the Witcher 3 has CD Keys, if it's released on Steam, etc, it has DRM.

Eulices Nicot
Eulices Nicot

Finally, a developer who talks about the size of his balls >:)

Chuck Renninger
Chuck Renninger

As for DRM...EA's pc games have DRM... pirates avoid it by making server emulators...lol

Chuck Renninger
Chuck Renninger

Sounds like I'll be buying The Witcher III...for PC. DLC is terrible... devs push out 75% finished games, charge full price $50-$60... then charge again for the DLC that completes the game.

Tristram Wake
Tristram Wake

Xbox hired Adam Orth how is that not stupid.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

I think CD Projekt Red is my favorite developer, not just because of quality games but they truly care for their fans and look at their games from our perspective as well.

 From what I've read in Game Informer, they will not ship Witcher 3 until they manage to nail every bug they can find. If not, then will patch it until they get it right and also provide expansion content, all FREE OF CHARGE.

Vc Thong
Vc Thong

We need more game developers like this, who take pride and real creativity in their work, not some marketing schemer.

bluefox755
bluefox755

CDPR is like the only company left in gaming that I feel good about giving my money to.