Polish developers of the acclaimed Witcher RPGs CD Projekt RED have been exceedingly vocal in their opposition DRM in the past months -- even retailing their latest game, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, without any form of copy protection on the GOG.com store -- however, they've now gone one further, pledging that they don't intend to use DRM ever again.
Speaking at GDC 2012 (via Joystiq
), CDP RED CEO Marcin Iwinski plainly stated that "Every subsequent game we will never use any DRM anymore, it's just over-complicating things". He went further to explain how DRM does not protect games from piracy and the peculiar situation with The Witcher 2, where the most a cracked Securom CD version was actually more widely pirated than the completely unprotected GOG.com offering.
"We release the game. It's cracked in two hours, it was no time for Witcher 2. What really surprised me is that the pirates didn't use the GOG version, which was not protected. They took the SecuROM retail version, cracked it and said 'we cracked it' -- meanwhile there's a non-secure version with a simultaneous release. You'd think the GOG version would be the one floating around."
Is it to much to hope for some of the big guys to come to a similar conclusion any time soon (Hi Ubisoft)?
Following the acclaim of the PC version (AusGamers 9/10
and my personal pick for top of 2011), an "Enhanced Edition" of The Witcher 2 is due on Xbox 360 on April 17th, and awesomely all the new content and enhancements will be offered as a free downloadable patch to existing PC Witcher 2 owners.