The Witcher 2 uses SecuROM, won't see region censorship and features sixteen endings

CD Projekt announced The Witcher 2 will use SecuROM protection, feature sixteen endings, and see no censorship throughout its worldwide release...

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During the CDP Days 2011 Spring Conference, a few unanswered questions regarding the upcoming sequel The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.

CD Projekt revealed that The Witcher 2 will utilize SecuROM copy-protection for its retail release, deciding it was the least intrusive way to protect its content from piracy. Though they are aware some gamers will groan at the decision to use SecuROM, CD Projekt noted that the game will allow for "unlimited installations on an unlimited number of computers" and allow "play on up to five computers at once." The game requires an internet connection for the game's initial activation. According to the presentation, this will ensure that The Witcher 2 cannot be played before the game's May 17 release.

The Witcher 2 will also be available on digital distribution platforms, including DRM-free on Good Old Games (GOG.com).

Although the game will include a serial code for activation, users that purchase the game on GOG.com will not require the code to play the game. The GOG.com release will come completely unlocked; however, a code will be included for users that wish to download future DLC--which requires the serial key to access the content.

Beginning May 10, users that have pre-purchased The Witcher 2 on GOG.com will have the ability to pre-load 90% of the final game. Good Old Games will be the only digital distribution platform that will feature a pre-load for the game.

Unlike the original game in the series, The Witcher 2 will not see any censorship between regions. Each region will feature the same story and gameplay. Additionally, the sequel features up to sixteen different endings. During the conference, CD Projekt issued a challenge to players of The Witcher 2: the first person to unlock all sixteen endings (and prove it with a save file), will be awarded a special t-shirt.

CD Projekt recently announced the PC specs for the upcoming, anticipated sequel.

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      April 14, 2011 10:10 AM

      The Witcher 2 will also be available on digital distribution platforms, including DRM-free on Good Old Games (GOG.com).

      Although the game will include a serial code for activation, users that purchase the game on GOG.com will not require the code to play the game. The GOG.com release will come completely unlocked; however, a code will be included for users that wish to download future DLC--which requires the serial key to access the content.


      Had my GOG pre-order in since they put it up. Long live GOG.com!

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        April 14, 2011 2:08 PM

        That's gotta piss off Steam and every other digital store out there big time. First they offer better pre-order goodies (OK, fine), then they do price witchery for nonUSD folks (anti-competitive) and now everyone BUT GOG has SecuROM. That's a nice kick to the junk.

        The lack of SecuROM on the GOG version also means the move has nothing to do with piracy and everything to do with punishing people who buy the game anywhere but from them.

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          April 14, 2011 3:17 PM

          I suspect it also has a lot to do with their publisher. CD Projekt owns GOG and so can do whatever they like on their store, but when it comes to other distribution (particularly retail) the publisher has much more say.

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      April 14, 2011 10:35 AM

      No censorship between regions? Wont someone think of the children?!

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      April 14, 2011 10:42 AM

      I'd like to get Hoax's input on this one. Seems like the security won't hinder gameplay if the servers go down...

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        April 14, 2011 11:24 AM

        there is the drm free option on gog.com for idealists. retail (definitely cheaper) will have drm i can live with.
        the online activations doesnt require permanent connection (depends how the servers can handle the initial rush but i doubt its like wow or something and since you only need to activate it on installation its pretty much a non issue), has unlimited activations (not like crysis or some other bullshit) and you will have 5 parallel installations so you can't really complain about lack of installations on your diverse computers at work home or notebook (doubt a single person would need more).

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          April 14, 2011 12:57 PM

          It is quite debatable that the retail is cheaper though. Most of recent games I purchased was done online and they are almost always 20-40% cheaper than buying retail.

          I agree though that the SecuROM is probably the least intrusive DRM. The one that EA uses for BfBC2 is also pretty good. Are they the same?

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          April 14, 2011 4:36 PM

          well i live in canada and every new game is cheaper online than retail, heck even if its the same price its cheaper online cause you don't pay any taxes.

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            April 14, 2011 4:47 PM

            i spoke mainly from my perspective/region were retail is still king. retail is always significantly cheaper here in germany. but that apparently doesn't apply to australia,canada or the us.

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      April 14, 2011 10:44 AM

      Jesus chrsit, it's like they're going out of their way to be as awesome as possible to make up for the GOG shut down prank.

      I love these guys. :(

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        April 14, 2011 10:48 AM

        How is putting SecuROM on any non-gog release 'going out of their way to be awesome'? Some of us don't want to bother with gog.com as they are shit.

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          April 14, 2011 10:55 AM

          Oh, you must have missed the article:

          the game will allow for "unlimited installations on an unlimited number of computers" and allow "play on up to five computers at once."

          also, note:
          Although the game will include a serial code for activation, users that purchase the game on GOG.com will not require the code to play the game. The GOG.com release will come completely unlocked; however, a code will be included for users that wish to download future DLC--which requires the serial key to access the content.

          also note:
          "The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director’s Cut, the highly acclaimed RPG by CD Projekt RED, will come to GOG’s storefront with tons of exclusive free goodies on May 10th for a regular price of $9.99--but we're offering a special discount in commemoration of The Witcher 2 coming to GOG.com. The game will be available at a 50% discount from May 10 until May 24, and will cost only $4.99! "

          also note:
          "Speaking of The Witcher franchise, starting from 10th of May all GOG.com users who want to buy the highly anticipated sequel to Geralt’s adventures, will have the opportunity to pre-purchase the game and pre-download almost all of it, so on May 17 when the game is released, they can play it almost instantly! Thanks to the brand new GOG.com downloader the pre-download will go fast and easy."

          So you should totally get over yourself and drink the GOG kool-aid.

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            April 14, 2011 11:20 AM

            So essentially they have achieved Steam?

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            April 14, 2011 1:32 PM

            Wait so will non gog versions have SecurROM or no? If I can d/l from GOG, not have to use a client and can get it drm free, I'll do it. I thought you meant cd projekt gets it finally :)

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          April 14, 2011 11:00 AM

          How is gog.com shit?

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            April 14, 2011 11:03 AM

            Other than having a quirky eastern european sense of humour I cannot think of a single reason.

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              April 14, 2011 11:05 AM

              That shutdown thing was fucking BULLSHIT for the way it was handled and they took some seriously deserved backlash for it.

              Pretty much my only complaint about them, aside from having too many awesome games on the service at stupidly cheap prices and always running tempting sales. Bought so much stuff that I already owned through them because it was just way more convenient to grab it from GOG and play it rather than rip my own disc images and build my own game specific confs

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                April 14, 2011 11:16 AM

                I know right? The way some people act it's as if GOG took a big shit in their cereal. So you couldn't RE-download your purchases for a few days, didn't take long to get over it for me.

            • Ebu legacy 10 years
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              April 14, 2011 11:09 AM

              That PR stunt was not just "quirky eastern european humor," it was a horrible, ill-thought out prank and they should be met with lasting distrust for it.

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                April 14, 2011 11:11 AM

                I always immediately download and backup anything I buy from them because of that. Before I'd just rely on the ol' virtual bookshelf and download whenever I wanted to play something. :(

                that stunt was fucking bullshit.

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                  April 14, 2011 11:17 AM

                  Sure doesn't seem like they'd do it again though does it?

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                    April 14, 2011 11:21 AM

                    Oh no, most likely not. Still, it made me paranoid because before that they had always been pretty vocal about having a backup plan / escape route / whatever, and then all of a sudden they play the "oh we shut down" card and purposely left no avenue for people to get the stuff they paid for all in the name of generating some publicity.

                    So now I download and back up everything locally. Just in case. :(
                    thankfully there's no copy protection or need to authenticate or anything like that!

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                      April 14, 2011 7:16 PM

                      In a way they did people a favor. Now everyone who uses a digital platform knows the dangers of that platform going away and losing access. I know that like you, I backup all my digital purchases now

                      I'm not saying it was ok and they don't deserve backlash or a kick in the balls though.

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                  April 14, 2011 12:04 PM

                  yeah the deserve a kick in the balls for their "apology" video as well.

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                  April 14, 2011 4:26 PM

                  I didn't get too upset about the shutdown but I find myself also backing up the games I've purchased and will purchase on there from now on. Just can't discount what happened.

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                April 14, 2011 11:19 AM

                It wasn't the smartest move ever but everthing they did before and after that was been perfectly fine. I have no more distrust in them than I do in Steam or D2D. Actually. Even if they did shutdown it would be fine because I have all the installers (I had them before the prank) and they don't have DRM.
                Can't believe how burthurt you people still are.

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                April 14, 2011 11:22 AM

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                  April 14, 2011 11:25 AM

                  Aint nothing wrong with still being pissed about it. It was a pretty fucking bullshit move, horribly thought out and poorly executed.

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                    April 14, 2011 1:45 PM

                    Would you have been more or less upset if they actually did shut down and it was not a PR stunt?

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                  April 14, 2011 12:40 PM

                  I'm still not happy about it, correct.

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          April 14, 2011 4:38 PM

          GOG shit?
          Wtf are you smoking man?

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          April 15, 2011 5:25 AM

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      April 14, 2011 10:47 AM

      Any word on whether this game will have retail activation for Steam? I have a $20 gift code to Amazon and would like to save some cash if possible.

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      April 14, 2011 11:01 AM

      wait I thought I read earlier that it will be DRM free

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        April 14, 2011 11:02 AM

        http://www.bit-tech.net/news/gaming/2011/04/11/gog-drm-drives-gamers-piracy/1

        After all, Good Old Games is owned by CD Projekt; developer of The Witcher 2, which will also be DRM-free. You can check out the trailer for The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings below.

        'We are making a bold step by putting up this highly-anticipated title without any sort of DRM,' says Kukawski. 'We believe it’s going to be a huge success, which should really open doubters’ eyes.'

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          April 14, 2011 11:03 AM

          SO...they lied?

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            April 14, 2011 11:10 AM

            GOG.com version is DRM free. Utterly, totally DRM free.

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              April 14, 2011 11:21 AM

              so no DRM on GOG and SecuROM on others? I guess I will be buying my first GOG game.

              • Ebu legacy 10 years
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                April 14, 2011 12:41 PM

                Mission Accomplished.

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                April 14, 2011 1:01 PM

                Not to sound like a salesman, but you might also want to check out their library of games. THey really have a good selection of ...well, old games. And yes, they are all completely DRM-free. Download it multiple times, install them on different computers, all ok. Maybe share with your friends hoping that they too will buy some games from them in the future? :)

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                  April 14, 2011 1:22 PM

                  I have nothing against GOG, I just don't like old games.

                  • Ebu legacy 10 years
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                    April 14, 2011 1:30 PM

                    So you probably do have something against a company called, you know, "GOOD OLD GAMES."

                    "I'm not racist, I just don't like racial_epithet_01"

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                      April 14, 2011 1:37 PM

                      What? That doesn't make any sense. I have nothing against the company, I just have no interest in their product. I don't buy old games from other services either.

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                      April 14, 2011 1:55 PM

                      Ebu this is the stupidest thing I have ever seen you post.

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                        April 14, 2011 4:06 PM

                        You haven't read enough of my posts.

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                    April 15, 2011 9:10 AM

                    Well in that case, you dont have to buy old games. Buy The Witcher 2 (or 1) from there and you are all set?

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                      April 15, 2011 9:52 AM

                      That's exactly what I said in the post you originally replied to.

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            April 14, 2011 11:19 AM

            indeed. now their comments look very weird. does this mean they expect people to heavily pirate the DRM version?

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            April 14, 2011 11:43 AM

            uh no? the dude needs to read the article he linked. he is quoting Good Old Games' PR and marketing manager, Lukasz Kukawski, the gog version is everything they said it would be, drm free.

            they always said they would do it drm free on gog.com and the rest would be up to the publishers but they would oppose anything too draconic. securerom with unlimited activations and 5 parallel installs seems reasonable.

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              April 14, 2011 11:48 AM

              Really? I need to read the article? You mean where it says:

              "Good Old Games is owned by CD Projekt; developer of The Witcher 2, which will also be DRM-free."

              and

              "We are making a bold step by putting up this highly-anticipated title without any sort of DRM"

              and nowhere does it distinguish between retail vs non-retail version of the game? That part?

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                April 14, 2011 11:59 AM

                I doubt they have a choice. I recall reading somewhere once that the big retailers take serious issue with the idea of releasing games without some sort of DRM on the retail copies.

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                April 14, 2011 12:00 PM

                i'm sorry i let me reword. you need to comprehend whats written in the article you linked to. maybe i'm overestimating your capabilities to differentiate between online distribution and retail in that context.

                the gog dude is talking about their own publishing channel. how can he talk about what namco bandai or atari decide. they always said they would oppose draconic drm but in the end they have to reason with their publisher. you are given the option of drm free and a rather weak intrusion per securom (at least the way they handled it).

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            April 14, 2011 4:49 PM

            They never stated that non-GOG copies will be DRM free.

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          April 14, 2011 11:09 AM

          I distinctly recall this being mentioned as a "feature" of the game as well. I guess the people making these decisions still haven't figured out that DRM just punishes and inconveniences the legitimate users. The pirates still play for free and often have a better experience.

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        April 14, 2011 11:02 AM

        I thought I'd heard that, too

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        April 14, 2011 11:05 AM

        The GoG.com version will be DRM-free. Retail release will have SecuROM as per the article.

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          April 14, 2011 11:10 AM

          Oh, indeed, I guess I should read the full article before reading comments on it...

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        April 14, 2011 11:06 AM

        Can't you people read? The gog.com version is completely DRM free. You can even play it without using the supplied serial code (used for future DLC). Only the retail version has been announced as using SecureRom. No word on what DRM the other DD outlets use. I suspect Steam with only use Steam auth but D2D and the ilk will likely use SecureRom.

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          April 14, 2011 11:10 AM

          the article I linked does not make that distinction. it just states that it will be completely DRM free

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            April 14, 2011 11:11 AM

            Are we seriously complaining about this?

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              April 14, 2011 11:13 AM

              About what? I was all excited that a company, making a sequel to a game I loved, was going completely DRM free. Now they say they are using SecurROM unless I buy directly from them. I'm no longer as excited

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                April 14, 2011 11:20 AM

                Not just drm free, but ANTI-drm is what it seemed. That was awesome that they spoke out about it and how it hurts more than helps. So to read that they are going ahead with DRM anyway, it just sucks

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                April 14, 2011 11:20 AM

                Dude, you have an option to get it DRM free, and with no disadvantages (you don't pay more, you're not missing any pre-order bonuses, and if you really need it on a disc, you can burn one yourself).

                Granted it would be nice if the retail version were the same, but since we do have the option for DRM free, who gives a shit?

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                  April 14, 2011 11:21 AM

                  I don't care about the DRM itself, I care that they company said they were anti-drm and then reneged

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                    April 14, 2011 11:31 AM

                    Are you really complaining about having to choose which option you want?

                    Fucking really?

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                      April 14, 2011 11:32 AM

                      did you even read my posts I DONT CARE ABOUT THE ACTUAL DRM ON THIS GAME ASDFM ALKSDNF LAKSMDF LASKDMF

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                      April 14, 2011 11:37 AM

                      I believe he's mad because you had a company with a AAA title going on record saying "DRM is bad, m'kay? We won't have it" And then saying the retail release will have DRM after all.

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                        April 14, 2011 11:39 AM

                        exactly. we need more companies to take the hard stance against DRM. it looked like GOG was truly going to do it, which was awesome. not so much anymore.

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                          April 14, 2011 11:50 AM

                          To be fair it's probably not something under CD Projekt's control. They can say 'absolutely no DRM' for their store (GOG) but when it comes to retail and all the others it's probably up to Atari, their publisher.

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                            April 14, 2011 11:53 AM

                            ^^^ This. Retail DRM is solely up to the publisher; CD Projekt (or any other developer) has no say in this. They strongly oppose it, but the final decision for retail release is out of their hands.

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                          April 14, 2011 11:52 AM

                          Reposting this again:

                          You have to have some DRM, however mild, because otherwise people will pirate like crazy.

                          Yes they will. They really will.

                          People, by and large, believe that anything they are not supposed to do they will be prevented from doing. They will teeter on the edge of a subway stop because they believe that if they're not supposed to then someone would have put up a rail (which is why a few people every year die because they fell in front of a subway).

                          They believe that if they are not supposed to pirate a game then it would have some sort of copy protection. I've literally been told by people "yeah go ahead and borrow this game and install it - it doesn't have a disc check or anything"

                          Yes, Stardock has a lot of sales for their non-DRM titles. Kudos. Their sales are a fraction of AAA titles because they exist in a niche. And their sales would not be much more with DRM because they exist in a niche. They are, I'm sorry, not indicative of the rest of the industry.

                          Mild DRM works. Excessive DRM doesn't, as we've seen here. Make a disc check or a CD key the standard, as it has been, and leave it alone. Steam as DRM works well. But over the top activation shemes just don't work, and neither will a lack of copy protection.

                          The proper reaction to the over-the-top SecuROM protection is to ratchet away the activation check and go back to the standard disc checks like we've always had.

                          But if you think stripping away DRM entirely will work you're fooling yourself.

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                        April 14, 2011 11:55 AM

                        which is kinda retarded because they never said that they won't have any but always said the would publish it themselves drm free on gog.com and that their retail publishers like namco bandai and atari would have the last word on the on shelves drm but that they would oppose draconic drm. furthermore everything they said about drm is still valid and none of the things they said becomes invalidated because they shipped a aaa title with the "limitations" they did on retail.

                        they give you the choice. indosauros apparently never bothered to read any of their interviews.

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                          April 14, 2011 11:56 AM

                          Or, you know, they could actually be clear in their interviews. The one I read certainly was not

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                            April 14, 2011 11:59 AM

                            You're really grasping at straws here to string them up on a technicality.

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                    April 14, 2011 11:31 AM

                    They are NOT reneging anything they said it will be released DRM free and it will be.

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                      April 14, 2011 11:33 AM

                      GOG: DRM is bad, it hurts the games industry, and people are more likely to pirate your game if you use DRM

                      Me: Awesome, now that is a company I can get behind!

                      GOG: (uses DRM)

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                        April 14, 2011 11:54 AM

                        GOG is not using DRM.

                        GOG is the only place where DRM won't be on The Witcher 2.

                        CD Projekt, and probably more specifically Atari are using DRM.

                        You can't even be outraged correctly.

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                          April 14, 2011 11:56 AM

                          No, CD Projeckt is quoted in my article as also "not using DRM".

                          "Good Old Games is owned by CD Projekt; developer of The Witcher 2, which will also be DRM-free."

                          It is apparently the publisher that is requiring it, which is made clear absolutely nowhere

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                            April 14, 2011 1:12 PM

                            You said before:

                            GOG: Using DRM

                            That, is FALSE. If you read the article, it says if you purchase from GOG (www.gog.com), then it WILL be DRM-FREE.

                            If you buy retail, which is NOT CD Projekt (could be Atari or something else in North America or anywhere), then it will have SecuROM because CD Projekt wont have control over the retail distribution.

                            I'm pretty sure if you go to Poland and buy retail from CD Projekt (if they also publish it), it probably will be DRM-free.

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                            April 14, 2011 1:12 PM

                            That was bit-tech saying that, not CDProjekt. In fact, they're pulling that from an earlier interview which actually said this.

                            CDP: We're really extending the policy of GOG.com (Good Old Games) and we believe now that DRM is not the best way to combat piracy. Even if there will be DRM, it won't be as strong as in The Witcher 1, and definitely not as strong as recent times and recent trials have shown us. It's not our story, no, definitely not.

                            http://www.bit-tech.net/gaming/pc/2010/10/11/the-witcher-2-interview/2

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                        April 14, 2011 3:15 PM

                        stop being dense. buy it from gog.com and you will have no DRM. thread over.

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                    April 14, 2011 1:24 PM

                    so basically nothing will ever make you happy.

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                April 14, 2011 11:29 AM

                they probably can't do anything about it.

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                April 14, 2011 1:22 PM

                They are using DRM in retail copies to prevent retailers from breaking the street date, and to make it so that pirates can't get an early copy and put it online before release. That's the most important thing they are accomplishing here.

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            April 14, 2011 11:21 AM

            My mistake. I thought you would have read the article posted by the site hosting these comments.

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          April 14, 2011 1:47 PM

          total sales: 5 total accounts in use: 500,000

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      April 14, 2011 11:21 AM

      Makes sense. Whatever happens, they want to make sure it's not pirated before release.

      I hope they cut the activation a while after release. After all, there will be a drm-free version available via gog.com.

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      April 14, 2011 12:03 PM

      let me just sum up this thread for those that haven't read it: indosauros DKWTF

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      April 14, 2011 1:25 PM

      Someone help me out. I don't understand the point of having some DRM versions and some no-DRM versions. If the point of DRM is to curtail piracy, doesn't it defeat the purpose to also sell a no-DRM version, which will be distributed illegally?

      This is of course ignoring the fact that all DRM will be broken and games will be distributed illegally anyhow, but it seems like if you're going to go the DRM route, you have to go all the way. And therefore, if you want to go no-DRM, you might as well go all the way.

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        April 14, 2011 1:25 PM

        They're putting it DRM free on GOG as an experiment.

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          April 14, 2011 1:36 PM

          ^basically this, and so that the retail copies hopefully curtail the pirating to the release date.

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          April 14, 2011 3:16 PM

          More like the publisher is insisting on drm for the retail version because publishers are fucking stupid. CDProjekt is firmly in the DRM is bad camp and putting it on GOG is not an experiment as much as it's their way of doing business.

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        April 14, 2011 5:31 PM

        i dont understand either

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        April 14, 2011 5:33 PM

        It's a differentiating characteristic to drive more sales to their own higher margin distribution platform, seems pretty straightforward to me

        It's not about preventing piracy, it's about segmentation and creating a "better" product on their own service so they sell relatively more copies through it

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      April 14, 2011 4:40 PM

      i don't know if i should get it off gog or stream :/

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      April 15, 2011 5:29 AM

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      April 15, 2011 6:19 AM

      drm is so overblown, been PC gaming since the early 90's and buy most major releases and cant think of one single problem i've had with it. Thats over steam, games for windows etc etc.

      I just think people like to have a moan about things.

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      April 15, 2011 6:48 AM

      I'm still going to get it on Steam

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        April 15, 2011 7:54 AM

        yeah, its just... easier that way!

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