Witcher 3 Makers Promise: 'Absolutely No DRM' On PC

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In a world full of season passes and online-only restrictions, the folks behind The Witcher 3 have one hell of a promise to make: no DRM restrictions. None. At all.

"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," writes Marcin Iwinski, boss of Witcher developer CD Projekt Red, in a blog post today.

DRM, or digital rights management, refers to a number of restrictions that companies use in order to inhibit game piracy and the purchase of used games. It's a practice that many gamers aren't quite fond of.


"I'd like to say it loud and clear: The PC version of The Witcher 3 will have absolutely no DRM from day 0," Iwinski writes. "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."

UPDATE: And in case you're wondering about Steam, here's clarification from CD Projekt Red's PR folks: "It'll 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 GOG.com — there will be absolutely no DRM."

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No one would buy a car that required you to call the manufacturer and stay on the line with them the entire time you drove to make sure you hadn't loaned it to a friend without permission.

No other industry is as outright abusive to their customers as the games industry because they quite simply would have no customers.