Publishers like EA, Ubisoft, Square Enix and Activision among others have been trying for years to prevent piracy of their PC titles. Many have begun to issue strict DRM that requires players to be logged onto the internet at all times to play, and others have just stopped porting their games to PC. This has obviously angered many PC gamers over the years, including the folks at CD Projekt Red.
It has annoyed them so much that they have drafted an open letter to their fanbase letting them know that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will not have any DRM.
“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,” writes CD Projekt Red co-founder and joint-CEO Michal Iwinski
“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 naïve 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!”
He did add an update noting that the Steam release could possibly have some DRM due to Valve’s policies. However, those who pick up a retail copy of the game or download from GOG.com will not have worry with DRM.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out sometime in 2014 for PS4, Xbox One and PC.