CDV’s to allow people to access Sacred 2 for free via P2P sharing, the publisher’s announced, although play with be time-locked to a day before you’re supposed to pay for the game.
The code will be cracked, of course, but the publisher is simply hoping that people will reward it in return for allowing people to get the full client for nothing.
“Nothing is, of course, uncrackable in the world of video games,” CDV chap Mario Kroll told MTV.
“Our intention is not to build Fort Knox (and thus surely irritating paying, legitimate customers), but instead to offer a sensible sharing solution that works for publishers and gamers.”
“Surely there will be cracks and unlock solutions,” he continued, “but we’re hoping that by extending the spirit of sharing and trying to be really unobtrusive in our approach, that consumers will do the right thing and reciprocate by paying for a high-value, high-quality game.
“I think with this approach, if it can be proven a success story, it will encourage other publishers to follow suit, rewarding those consumers that are fed up with other, overly draconian copy protection schemes impacting their enjoyment of games they bought.”
More through there. Sacred 2′s out in the first quarter of next year.