The Witcher 3 Will Ship DRM-Free (Except For Steam Copies)

Those who buy The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt through will have no DRM-related problems to worry about.

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 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 — 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.

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5 Comments on The Witcher 3 Will Ship DRM-Free (Except For Steam Copies)


On October 30, 2013 at 6:42 pm

I know steam is a type of DRM but i see it more as a service than a DRM. If my internet goes out i can still play my games that i have installed. If my computer dies rather than looking for disc i probably scratched up somewhere i can just download it and move on.

I don’t feel like it is much of a hassle. However when publishers put windows drm or the such along with steam this pisses me off. My biggest issue with DRM is ubisoft who in many cases only allows so many installs. If you are having computer problems during this time you can end up not being able to play a game you played good money for.


On October 31, 2013 at 12:16 am

Thanks CDProjekt on STEAM! its a stupid waste of time tool.
I’ll get my copy freely to use without any obligations to another company that mess’s with my mind with ads after ads(STEAM) and I’ll buy mine from GOG or my favorite GAMERSGATE!


On October 31, 2013 at 12:24 am

CDPR are the best! If I can get a collectors edition I’ll buy on disc like I have before, if not then it will be steam for me. Steam has never felt like DRM to me anyway, it has many benefits that I like.


On October 31, 2013 at 1:26 am

I just got the RockBand 2014 DVD by amazon, guittar and all…
Instead of installing the game, autorun installed steam instead (something I did not buy nor wanted to). Once on steam, I couldn’t find a way to install the game itself, instead I had to download the full 6 Gb of data from the web (the DVD never left the drive).
Totally pointless… And all of this for what? stop piracy? Guys that download their copies from torrent sites don’t have to go through all this hassle, and once their download is finished they know they can start having their fun straight away. On the other hand, I get my legitimate copy and have to stare at the box for half more day while it downloads from steam what supposedly should be on the disk….


On October 31, 2013 at 11:01 am

For a while now CDProjekt is way ahead of the rest when it comes to treating their customers well. Hell these days you’re lucky if you get anything other than an automated email, while CDProjekt proactively offered refunds due to a games description being off.


I want to be very clear, Steam is both a service and DRM. Service does not in any way equal or require DRM. Every service Steam offers could be offered without the DRM “features”. It’s been an increasing trend to label DRM as “features”. Or specifically designing features in such a way to work as DRM, easy example being online saves or requirements when it is not necessary.

Also while listing positives of Steam you completely neglect to mention any downsides while ignoring the DRM. Downsides which are even worse than having to go searching for a disc to install a game, such as not being able to install at all due to a lack of internet connection. Want to install a game while on holiday or a road trip, fat chance. Not to mention the bandwidth cost being added every single time (even if games weren’t starting to reach 20GB+ regularly). This is not something I would call “more a service than DRM” by any stretch of the imagination.

Compared to something like GOG or other DRM free options, where one could have a games collection on discs as you mentioned, or a more modern alternative having a massive DRM free games collection on a 3TB portable drive, allowing one to install anywhere at any time with no cost or hassle and far more quickly at USB3 speeds or faster. It’s no contest and the difference between service and DRM is blatantly obvious with this simple example alone.