"Our distributors commented the Ubisoft-like DRM securilty solutions, and we're receiving a massive feedback about applying such in The Witcher 2," the company declared via Facebook. "There's nothing to worry about, as nothing is decided yet. And still, it's a private opinion. You know Cd Projekt RED's opinion about DRM, right? ;-)"
CD Projekt has long been opposed to "strict DRM schemes," telling GameCyte that "We rather believe that it is better to encourage people to buy the original game by giving them exceptional quality and additional values than trying to punish piracy." The company also operates Good Old Games, a DRM-free digital distribution outlet.
On Twitter, CD Projekt RED responded to fan concerns that the role-playing sequel would require an active internet connection for online play and only store saved games online by simply stating that "there's no reason to worry about that in The Witcher 2."
Distributed by Atari in North America, The Witcher 2 is due out in Q1 2011--between January 1 and March 31, 2011--with the Namco-distributed European and Asian versions due within the spacious 2011 release window.
CD Projekt also hopes to release PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 editions of The Witcher 2, but has noted that "we are focusing on the PC version at this time. At some point we'll probably talk about console development, but that time isn't now."
I think it shows the impact of draconian DRM when developers are disturbed enough by publisher comments to go out of their way in order to reassure their fans that there's "nothing to worry about."
Yeah, the developers clearly know what the gamers want. "nothing to worry about here"..."be we feel sorry for you if you are stupid enough to buy other games from our publisher!"
Except Namco Bandai is only distributor on Witcher 2.
The true publisher of The Witcher is CDProjekt itself. (And distributor in Poland, I believe)
CD Project is smart and obviously understand the worries of gamers. Kudos, they already had my purchase for Witcher 2, but now I'd even buy it twice^^
Im so glad that developers are listening. I like the concept of DRM as it protects developers, but that always on internet connection is a load of crap.