The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will not use any form of DRM, developer CD Projekt confirmed today. In an open letter from co-founder and joint CEO Marcin Iwinski, the company sets any fears of DRM to rest, confirming that the upcoming fantasy game will be completely free of it. That is, unless you snag it on Steam.
Even so, CD Projekt notes that everyone has a DRM-free choice, and they won't exclude the Steam community simply because of the platform's limitations. Read the letter below:
Hey, following our recent announcement of the distribution deals of The Witcher 3 in North America and Europe, there have been some concerns regarding DRM and previous legal issues with The Witcher 2. We’ve seen a lot of comments in various places around the web and we would like to join in on the conversation.
I’d like to say it loud and clear: The PC version of The Witcher 3 will have absolutely no DRM from day 0. Zero. Zip. Nada. It doesn’t matter if you choose to buy it on GOG.com and support us directly or buy the game in box format, you’ll still get the 100% DRM-free experience. And this goes for the whole world.
We’ve fiddled with DRM in the past (Oh boy! How young and naïve we were;)) and that’s enough. Lesson learned.
Having said that, I’d like to thank you for your continuous support. You’ve bought six million copies of the Witcher games so far. Whoo-hoo! Let’s celebrate. Here, have some cake!
It’ll be on Steam; the team isn’t going to exclude that community by any means. Gamers have a choice in where they buy their games, but where CDPR does have control — like GOG.com — there will be absolutely no DRM.
co-founder / Joint CEO
None of this is actually surprising, of course. CD Projekt has always been a staunch opponent of DRM in any form. When the company came under fire for allegedly violating users' privacy in order to track pirates, they quickly ceased their actions and later owned up to their mistakes.
All is forgiven, CD Projekt. Never stop being awesome and making excellent games.