The Witcher 3 “Will Be Pirated” Says Developer
Every PC game gets pirated, it’s a fact of life the same way you know that mosquito which just bit you is going to die painfully. Most developers and publishers opt to impose always-online security measures such as DRM or online passes that serve only as a bother to those who buy it legitimately whilst pirates have none of these issues. This is ground we’ve retread time and time again but here’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s developer CD Projekt acknowledging that their game will be pirated but not seeing it as ground to force DRM measures on anyone.
CD Projekt Red CEO Marcin Iwinski recently confirmed in an open letter that The Witcher 3 will have no DRM whatsoever and he’s followed that up with the following.
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“Whatever we do, the game will be pirated. Whether it’s DRM-free or it has DRM,” Iwinski told GOG in a new video interview. “If you look at it in a very simple way, putting the DRM on the game just makes the life of the legal gamer more difficult. So the guys who really trusted us and went out and bought the game, they have a more difficult life than the guys who didn’t bother and pirated the game. I really think it should be the other way around.”
“And we strongly believe that this kind of approach will encourage people to go and buy the game,” Iwinski said. “Trust us because we trust them. And it will make the gaming experience without obstacles.”
Also in the interview, Iwinski said piracy is an inevitable component of the PC gaming world and that CD Projekt Red will no longer pursue pirates in court or through other legal manners.
“For some people, piracy, it’s in a way trying the games because…some people treat it [like] some kind of a trial. Some people just cannot afford it in the full price. And ultimately, I believe that if we treat these people right, then at some point, be it mid-price or maybe budget, they will go out and buy our game,” Iwinski said.
The first two games have sold over 6 million copies and Iwinski points to this as proof of the strategy’s merits but is also conscious of the mistake CD Projekt made by initially imposing DRM on The Witcher 2.
“We made our mistakes, we learned our lessons in the case of The Witcher 2. We’ll not repeat it and this chapter is definitely behind us,” Iwinski said, referencing that game’s use of SecuROM DRM.
Aren’t these guys just the coolest?