The Witcher 3 Will Ship DRM-Free (Except For Steam Copies)
In an open letter published on the CDProjekt RED website, company co-founder Marcin Momot confirmed the move, saying the only DRM being employed is with the Steam version.
Hey, following our recent announcement of the distribution deals of The Witcher 3 in North America and Europe, there have been some concerns regarding DRM and previous legal issues with The Witcher 2. We’ve seen a lot of comments in various places around the web and we would like to join in on the conversation.
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 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.
We’ve fiddled with DRM in the past (Oh boy! How young and naive we were!) and that’s enough. Lesson learned.
Having said that, I’d like to thank you for your continuous support. You’ve bought six million copies of the Witcher games so far. Whoo-hoo! Let’s celebrate. Here, have some cake!
[The Witcher 3] be on Steam; the team isn’t going to exclude that community by any means. Gamers have a choice in where they buy their games, but where CDPR does have control — like GOG.com — there will be absolutely no DRM.
I’ll be buying my copy on Steam, but seeing a relevant developer like CDPR embrace the “No DRM” strategy that the PC Gaming Master Race knows and loves makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Are you going the DRM-free route with The Witcher 3? Or do you plan on buying the game from our benevolent DRM overlords on Steam? Drop your thoughts in the comments.