E3 2013: The Witcher’s Developers Aren’t Happy With The Xbox One’s DRM
CD Projekt RED aren’t one of the most popular developers in the world for no reason. The studio has no publisher for its stellar RPG franchise, The Witcher, letting them decide what goes into their game, and them alone. The studio is also extremely vocal when it comes to DRM and DLC, usually releasing additional content for their games free of charge and looking down on all forms of DRM that exist. Knowing this, and knowing that The Witcher 3 is coming to the Xbox One, what exactly is CD’s stance on their used games policies?
Well, for one, they aren’t impressed. Speaking to Eurogamer, the developer said it’s not exactly sure how they will handle the fact that games can’t be re-sold on the Xbox One, especially since their system seems to benefit publishers. Again, The Witcher 3 has no publisher, so how is it going to work.
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CD Projekt RED doesn’t really seem to care that the Xbox One has these policies in place, but rather that there’s absolutely no way around them as a developer. Unlike the PS4, Microsoft has effectively forced these polices on every developer making a game for the console, despite they want to implement it or not. CD Projekt RED run Good Old Games, a PC service similar to Steam, without the DRM. The Witcher 3 will be available on GOG at launch, and the studio will still support anti-DRM movements, making their appearance at the Microsoft keynote a little bit embarrassing.
CEO Marcin Iwiński spoke about the decision to bring the game to the Xbox One, explaining that they won’t punish players for buying Microsoft’s console by abandoning them.
“We couldn’t simply not release The Witcher 3 on Xbox One. We want to make sure that every single player will have access to our game and thus decided to deliver for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. There are people who don’t mind the DRM protection and will pick Xbox One as their platform of choice. We can’t punish them.”
Prior to this, Iwiński was quoted as saying:
“If you want the 100 per cent DRM-free experience you will have it on the PC, the platform where we set the rules for our games. The Witcher 3 will be available 100 per cent DRM-free on our digital distribution platform GOG.com, and that’s one thing I can confirm.”
You got to love CD Projekt RED. Really, these guys truly care about us, and us alone.