Let's be clear. Torrenting games is not good. It's bad. But, if you are planning on torrenting games, think twice about doing so with The Witcher 2, because you could be hunted down and fined.

The game's developer CD Projekt considers The Witcher 2 to be a prime target for piracy. It's a single-player only role-playing game that does not have an online component. To combat piracy, CD Projekt is signing with legal firms and torrent sneaking companies.

CD Projekt co-founder Marcin Iwiński tells website Eurogamer, "In quite a few big countries, when people are downloading it illegally they can expect a letter from a legal firm saying, 'Hey, you downloaded it illegally and right now you have to pay a fine.'"

As Eurogamer points out, law firms contact torrent sites and get the names of the Internet Services Providers used by illegal downloaders. The firms then threaten the ISP with legal action if they do not provide the users' account info. After acquiring those details, letters are sent out.

"I'm sure you've heard about stories in the US when recording companies were chasing people," Iwiński added. "We don't want to be so harsh, but there is a chance that this might happen to some people if they download illegally. There will be an initiative."


The Witcher 2, however, is not laced with digital rights management software so those who do purchase the offline game can install it on as many computers as they like and not have to worry about an internet connection.

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is slated for release next May.

Witcher 2 torrents could net you a fine PC News [Eurogamer via Joystiq]