CD Projekt details Witcher 2 DRM usage on non-GoG versions

Thursday, 14th April 2011 18:25 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

During its streaming press conference today, CD Projekt announced that while the version of The Witcher 2 will still be DRM free, other copies will contain a DRM. But it’s not as evasive as it sounds.

According to the announcement, via BigDownload, SecuROM will be implemented through other digital distribution methods besides GoG, and on disc; however, the game will only use the system in order to “keep pirates from leaking the game before its scheduled release date of May 17.”

Users will only need to log onto the net once to play the title, culling the need to be “always on” to continue playing the game.

PC users will have unlimited installs on an unlimited amount of PCs as well as the ability to play the game on five systems at once.

The game will also contain an an optional registration which will alert players to future patches and access to free content updates.



  1. Hunam

    No DRM becomes some DRM. A bit of a disappointment. Mostly because the thing I hate most about DRM is locking you out of your game till some magical clock somewhere says so. It’s just poor customer service.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Maximum Payne

    Hey Hunam have been also on GSM Arena i thought i saw you there :)
    As long as not require always on internet connection DRM is fine.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. runbmp

    yeah… How about I don’t play the game altogether.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. _LarZen_

    Just buy it on to “escape” the dreaded DRM…

    #4 4 years ago
  5. DSB

    If they’re just worried about a leak, then I suppose they don’t mind patching it out the day it goes live?

    @4 That don’t make no sense.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. DarkElfa

    DRM is stupid and pointless. The people who pirate these games are never the ones who would actually pay for them.

    The DRM always gets cracked and the people who would pirate them, end up pirating them anyways.

    Its like making automatic rifles illegal to prevent crimes. The only people who are going to commit crimes are criminals and they’ll just buy them from other criminals, making the law pointless and stupid.

    Does logic not even enter the minds of these game companies? DRM only affects the paying customer, the very ones who won’t steal their crap.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. DSB

    That’s a pretty flawed analogy.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. GwynbleiddiuM

    Most of you sound irrational! They have a right to protect their intellectual property and compared to most DRMs, this sounds nothing. And I bet you have each games in your collections that use much worse DRMs that Witcher 2′s sound.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. DSB

    Nobody’s saying they don’t have a right to protect their stuff. Legally they do, within reason.

    But the fact that far too many publishers challenge our rights as consumers in doing so, means that DRM goes from being a question of combating pirates, to a matter of principle for the indignant consumer. Pirates couldn’t care less, they crack it within hours.

    If people can protect their games without bothering me, I’m fine with that, I love Steam, and secuROM is certainly one of the lesser evils.

    The problem is that CD Projekt ARE GOG, and GOG have been running their mouth about the evils of copy protection ever since that operation got running, even using it as a major marketing ploy.

    The fact that they do a 180 and put this in their game doesn’t make them look good. And like I say above, if they’re really genuine about what they say, then it’s very easy to patch it back out, as many other developers have done before them.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. freedoms_stain

    Bizarre. I can perhaps see the point in this sort of time release drm for disc copies, but why other digital platforms? They all must have pre-load and game release systems by now surely?

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Phoenixblight


    THere are actuals laws prohibiting one store having a direct competition with brick and mortar stores thats why there are release control. The countries have placed physical edition rules on digital goods because if the digital version was released days or weeks prior the physical version it would destroy the brick and mortar stores.

    Also if publishers did this ,stores would stop ordering that publishers games.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Hakkiz

    They never said there wasn’t going to be some copy protection in non-GOG versions, and like GwynbleiddiuM said, this is a rather “good” DRM. It is not intrusive to restrict the game’s availability *before* the game is released and five systems with unlimited installs should be fine. What others do wrong is they actually interfere with the experience once you should be able to enjoy it. Like always-on connection and such examples. Sure, some people will crack it, but I see no reason to do it.

    #12 4 years ago

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