The DRM Ditcher 3
A victory for the fans of the Witcher franchise was announced today, when CD Projekt Red announced that the Witcher 3 would be sold without DRM. Co-CEO Marcin Iwinski says it best:
"I'd like to say it loud and clear: The PC version of The Witcher 3 will have absolutely no DRM from day 0. Zero. Zip. Nada. It doesn't matter if you choose to buy it on GOG.com and support us directly or buy the game in box format, you'll still get the 100% DRM-free experience. And this goes for the whole world."
He goes on to further explain his reasoning for this decision:
"We've fiddled with DRM in the past (Oh boy! How young and naïve we were;)) and that's enough. Lesson learned."
If you're still puzzled as to why I claimed this to be a victory at the beginning of the article, it's because so many developers are terrified of releasing a game without DRM. Piracy is a big issue among the PC gaming market, and developers have this notion injected into their heads that if they put in DRM that it will solve all of their problems. The sad truth is that DRM usually gets cracked in only slightly more time than without it, making the entire effort pointless. The end result is that their game gets torrented, while the fans get upset when they have to play a game with so many restrictions. Not all fans, but some of them. I give applause to the folks at CD Projekt Red for trusting their players to not screw them over.