Submitted by Zeniix 463d ago | news

The Witcher 3 DRM-free on PC - 'gamer-friendly' solution sought on consoles

The Witcher series of action role-playing games is reaching further than ever before, with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt launching simultaneously on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in 2014. The new consoles have been mired in discussion over DRM (digital rights management) recently, with Microsoft instituting connectivity requirements to play games, and PlayStation leaving publishers to decide how to control the sale and resale of their content. The Polish developer behind The Witcher, CD Projekt RED, now tries to find an ideal incarnation for its publicly asserted values, which are staunchly opposed to DRM of any kind. (PC, PS4, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Xbox One)

KrisButtar  +   463d ago
I'm buying this for Consoles, hope its there day one to add to the stack of games I'm buying
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Blackdeath_663  +   463d ago
if there is ever a game that has to be played on pc it would be this. depending on system requirements i am more than willing on saving up for a high-end pc just to play this. if i can run it on my current pc with a few tweaks then that's just as good
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zeroskie  +   463d ago
I feel ya man. I could barely run Witcher 2 on medium settings. There's no way Withcer 3 is going to work on my rig. Either I have to buy a new computer or get it for console cuz I don't want to miss out on the full experience.

Played it with a controller on PC anyways, won't be a big change for me.
aiBreeze  +   463d ago
Hate to sound like a fanboy here but really, the DRM friendly solution is blatantly obvious.. tell M$ where they can go and go release it on the ps4.
zeroskie  +   463d ago
it's coming out multiplatform. People just have to not buy it for the xbox.
aiBreeze  +   463d ago
It's coming to the ps4? Wow, I assumed it was an Xbox/PC exclusive.
zeroskie  +   463d ago
@ aiBreeze

These days I don't think developers can afford to be exclusive unless they're really 1st party.
Gravitic  +   463d ago
Wait, since when is Steam not DRM.
Firan  +   463d ago
"Those solutions would be aligned with their PC- and Mac-based digital distribution platform, GOG.com, where games are 100 percent DRM-free."
Gravitic  +   463d ago
They are still selling it on a DRM platform. They get much less sales on GOG than what they do on Steam, its a big marketing ploy by them. If they where really against DRM, they would refuse to release the game on the Steam platform.
TwistingWords  +   463d ago

Why are you against people having a choice?

CD Projekt RED simply understand the PC market, it has nothing to do with making a stand against DRM.

They know that some people like no DRM and they know some people like Steam and their more transparent form of DRM.
Honest_gamer  +   463d ago
can i play offline for as long as i want on steam? check.
aliengmr  +   463d ago
Yes. Mate.
Gravitic  +   463d ago
Is it still DRM. Check.
TechnicianTed  +   463d ago
I can buy The Witcher 2 for £5.09 on Steam today. And I can play it offline as well. I don't need to ask Steams permission every 24hrs if I can play it either.

There's a big difference when it comes to DRM and Steam.
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XishikiX  +   463d ago
Well it is. But all current witcher games come with free gog.com copy (just register the key) Even ones bought on steam.

That is drm free. That you can play on a lite drm platform if you choose.
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opabato  +   463d ago
GOG is owned by CD Projekt. That's why they release their main franchise there, quite simple.

It will be on Steam too, most likely.
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Somebody  +   462d ago
As opposed to selling The Witcher 3 on X Box One and PS4? They're pretty much physical DRMs.
Honest_gamer  +   463d ago
"I think, really, that's not fair to a lot of gamers who choose Xbox One as a platform. We strongly believe in the freedom of choice, and not releasing the game on any of the platforms would be a disadvantage."

OHHHH so wheres witcher 2 on my ps3?
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Soldierone  +   463d ago
I'll translate it, "We see massive amounts of gamers wanting a PS4 and we want as much money as possible, so walk with us while we pretend we always supported both fans the whole time."
fullmetal297  +   463d ago
The physical copy witcher 2 was DRM free on the PC and entitled the buyer to the digital copy hosted by gog.com, a DRM free gaming software website hosted by the publisher of the witcher franchise since 2008. Get your facts straight before you criticize a company with your fanboy propaganda. Maybe that's why witcher 2 hasn't been ported to PS3 yet because of spoiled pricks like you.
Soldierone  +   463d ago
@fullmetal, are you replying to me? Because if you are, you didn't respond to my comment AT ALL lmao....

They put it on PS4, and said it would be "unfair" not to, yet we still don't have the other games on PS3.... why is that? they want money. How does your comment pertain to what I said at all? Go be a douche somewhere else, possibly in real life and get punched. thank you.
Honest_gamer  +   463d ago
Yeh his comment seams a bit......off, maybe he isnt right in the head or something :S
JohnApocalypse  +   463d ago
Its funny that the Xbox 1 isn't working Day 1 in Poland and they showed their game at the MS conference
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DxTrixterz  +   463d ago
I believe they didn't know that when they were showing it on MS conference.
DxTrixterz  +   463d ago
What a coincidence and I just brought Witcher 1 and 2 off
Steam today real cheap right now downloading.
NameRemoved0017  +   463d ago
I'm getting it on PC just for physx.
GamePeace  +   463d ago
Cool, now let's hope for a good console solution. Witcher 3 will be one of the best multiplattform games. I'm thinking to buy the Ps4 Version, or should I buy the PC Version?
Jovanian  +   463d ago
well if you think your PC is powerful enough to handle witcher 3 I'd say PC

if you think the PS4 is a little more powerful than your PC, then do the PS4 version

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