The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be DRM-free

Yes, it’s Halloween. Yes, it’s a spooky time of the year. Despite the name, The Witcher 3 isn’t actually all that spooky… and CD Projekt RED has just made it even less-so, with the announcement that there will be no DRM for the PC version of the game.

Marcin Iwinski, co-founder and Joint CEO of CD Projekt RED responds to gamer concerns, following the DRM drama and “legal issues” that surrounded The Witcher 2.

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.

Despite the big statement, there is actually one place that will have one particular type of copy-protection. The Witcher 3 will be available on Steam. Iwinski explains the development team “isn’t going to exclude that community by any means”.

However, PC gamers have a choice: If you want to buy the game on Steam, with everything that entails, they’re welcome to. If you’d prefer to avoid any type of digital rights management, head to somewhere like GOG.com and pick up your copy of The Witcher 3, just the way you like it.

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