The upcoming finale to the Witcher trilogy will not be online-only, nor include any other form of DRM, developer CD Projekt Red has confirmed.
The Polish studio has a history of rejecting DRM-based strategies, believing that they are not the best way to fight piracy, and owns the DRM-free digital distribution hub GOG.com. Only last year its CEO, Marcin Iwinski, boldly promised a DRM-free future for the studio’s entire catalogue, saying: “we will never use any DRM anymore. It’s just overcomplicating things.”
Game designer Maciej Szczesnik echoed the sentiment when he recently spoke to Kotaku about the upcoming title, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. “We are trying to get rid of DRM,” he said. “If someone wants to pirate a game, eventually he will… We want to give the best user experience possible.”
The game is due in 2014, and has been confirmed for both PC and PlayStation 4, as well as other “high end” devices – most likely including the next-generation XBOX.