Posted on June 12, 2013, Ian Miles Cheong The Witcher 3 to be DRM-free, 100% Single-Player
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Single-player has always been the primary focus on The Witcher series of games by CD Projekt.
Following the adventures and exploits of Geralt of Rivia, players embarked upon a personal storyline, always with results and consequences that were unique to the choices they made throughout the games. These consequences stemmed from actions both big and small, and impacted the story in ways that few other RPGs are capable of offering.
Given the breadth and scope of The Witcher 3, it’s easy to see how some players might assume that the game may offer a multiplayer experience in some form or another, if only to expand the scope of the game beyond a single-player experience and for no other reason. After all, many developers have added multiplayer elements to previously single-player experiences to their sequels.
In past interviews, CD Projekt has left the question of multiplayer open for its upcoming game, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The question was either side-stepped or left open as a possibility that they could add multiplayer features in some form or another.
Speaking with CD Projekt at E3 today, we managed to nail down a solid stance from the developers about the issue. We mentioned that The Witcher and its sequel were firmly single-player experiences, so we were curious as to whether this would change in The Witcher 3.
Gameplay producer Marek Ziemak stated to us emphatically that the game would be a complete single-player experience, and nothing less.
“We discussed it many times, but we’re 100% sure The Witcher is a single-player experience,” he said. “That’s the top priority for us. We don’t want to introduce features simply for the sake of having them, things that could have a negative impact on the experience itself.
“We want to deliver a story heavy, character-driven experience first. We couldn’t think of any good ways to deliver multiplatform features that wouldn’t spoil this experience. So, right now, we are only focusing on the single-player game. It’s too important for us.”
We also raised the question of DRM for The Witcher 3. DRM has typically proved problematic for customers, and though The Witcher 2 was embedded with DRM upon its launch, it was quickly removed with the first patch some time after launch.
On that note, Ziemak stataed that they too perceived DRM as a problem for players, and why their very own retail platform, GOG.com, offers DRM-free titles.
“I’m sure The Witcher 3 will launch as a DRM-free game,” said Ziemak.