The Witcher 2 Patch 1.1 Released, Removes DRM

Yesterday, we told you that the first patch for The Witcher 2 had been delayed due to technical issues. Today, we’re happy to report that CD Projekt has resolved those issues and released the newest patch.

In our previous report, we reported on the changes in the patch/ Chief among those was this: “Simpler and more reliable game installation and activation. Details to be revealed soon.” Now, we know those details.

Patch 1.1 has removed all DRM from all versions of the game worldwide. According to a news posts on the game’s website, “This gives players the freedom to install and play the game on any number of computers, and no activation code is required.” Adam Badowski, CD Projekt Development Director, had this to say about the DRM:

Our goal is to make our fans and customers happy and to reward them for buying our game and DRM schemes does not support our philosophy as they might create obstacles for users of legally bought copies.

This is completely in line with what we said before the release of The Witcher 2. We felt DRM was necessary to prevent the game being pirated and leaked before release. This purpose has been served, so we are pleased to let our users enjoy the full freedom of game usage they deserve.

Other improvements in the patch are a frame rate increase of up to 30%, stability improvements, and improvements to DLC installation. The game’s first DLC, “Troll Trouble,” is incorporated into the patch.

The patch is available here for retail users, on if you bought it there, or through Steam for those who bought through Valve’s service. Good on you, CD Projekt. We love your DRM policy. It’s good for gamers, and good for PC gaming as a whole.

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