CD Projekt RED will not be using DRM as a means to deter piracy of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Maciej Szczesnik told Kotaku that CD Projekt is trying to move away from DRM completely.
If someone wants to pirate the game, eventually he will
“We are trying to get rid of DRM,” the developer explained. “If someone wants to pirate a game, eventually he will.” “You can’t do anything about it, so We want to give the best user experience possible. When we removed DRM, people on those torrents were actually asking people not to download our game, because we weren’t using DRM.”
DRM has been a hot topic as of late. Whether it be the upfront variety, the likes of which we’ve seen companies like Ubisoft use to deter piracy on the PC, or disguised as “online features”, like we’ve seen in games like SimCity, gamers have universally rejected the notion of rights management.
We’ll soon see if CD Projekt’s bet on a consumer friendly project with The Witcher 3 will pay dividends or not. The ambitious role playing title is destined for PC and Next Gen platforms in 2014.