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CD Projekt RED will “never use any DRM anymore”

Thursday, 8th March 2012 22:17 GMT By Brenna Hillier

CD Projekt RED, which famously let DRM creep into the Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings before promptly patching it back out, has sworn off the anti-piracy measure for good.

“Every subsequent game we will never use any DRM anymore, it’s just over-complicating things,” CEO Marcin Iwinski said during a GDC 2012 presentation.

“We release the game. It’s cracked in two hours, it was no time for Witcher 2,” he added.

CD Projekt RED is the development arm of CD Projekt, which is an important European distributor in addition to hosting Good Old Games. The company has repeatedly stated it does not believe in the use of DRM, but added it to the retail release of The Witcher 2 due to publishing contracts. Its removal of the DRM via patch resulted in Namco Bandai filing a lawsuit.

“What really surprised me is that the pirates didn’t use the GOG version, which was not protected. They took the SecuROM retail version, cracked it and said ‘we cracked it’ – meanwhile there’s a non-secure version with a simultaneous release. You’d think the GOG version would be the one floating around,” Iwinski said.

“DRM does not protect your game. If there are examples that it does, then people maybe should consider it, but then there are complications with legit users,” he later reaffirmed to Joystiq in an interview.

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6 Comments

  1. YoungZer0

    Apparently CDPR is the only developer with a brain.

    God damn, i love these guys.

    Thank you. Really, thank you very, very much.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. DSB

    Common sense, meet games industry. Games industry, common sense.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Edo

    And that’s why decided to dedicate most of our day to them…well deserved.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Red Beast

    Thats my boy.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Lloytron

    I disagree with pirating games but DRM needs to be done in a better way. It only ever inconveniences the buying public. Pirates play DRM free versions!

    A good example of doing it right is OnLive, IMO. You can’t pirate games on that, probably ever, but using the system is really straightforward for paying customers.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Dinasis

    @5 Yeah, piracy protection at its finest. Now all we have to worry about is account security. Regardless, none of this gets to OnLive’s biggest advantage: cutting off mods.

    Now, being serious again: props to CD Projekt RED for taking a public stance against DRM and more so for their handling of added content in their games. Also, talk about consumer loyalty. The GOG line is really telling. Makes me proud to have bought The Witcher 2 direct from them on GOG. Can’t wait to see how they handle more recent, DRM-laden games if/when they start popping up on GOG.com.

    #6 2 years ago

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