No-DRM

My fellow South Africans! Election season is coming up and it’ll be time to cast your vote. And we all know that the Lazygamer party is the only party worth voting for. We’re dangerously unqualified, possibly genocidal and sexually attracted to nuclear weapons. And much like Witcher 3 devs CDPR, we’re running our entire campaign without DRM. Read my lips! No DRM!

That’s what you can expect from The Witcher 3 at least, as CDPR has promised no DRM on the game. Ever. For those of you who don’t know what Digital Rights Management is, think of it as anti-piracy measure that somehow manages to shaft paying customers every single time.

“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,” Marcin Iwinski, boss of Witcher developer CD Projekt Red, wrote in a blog post.

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.

There is a caveat to this though. If you happen to be buying the game on Steam, there’ll still be some of that control in place from the house of Newell, as CDPR clarified the matter to Kotaku:

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.

It’s goodwill like that which has ensured CDPR a whole lotta love from gamers.

Last Updated: October 31, 2013

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was reviewed on PC

31 Comments

  1. WITCHER 3 DAY ONE! BESTEST BEST!

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    • Admiral Chief Ninja

      October 31, 2013 at 11:09

      WOOOOOOOOOOT

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    • Mark Treloar

      October 31, 2013 at 11:25

      Even better if you get it through GOG.

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        October 31, 2013 at 11:28

        I’ll buy it where it’s the cheapest. Hopefully GOG.

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        • ToshZA

          October 31, 2013 at 11:50

          Special at BT Games, or Steam Summer Sale most likely. Unless they’re feeling generous on GoG.

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          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 31, 2013 at 12:20

            This is the one game I want to pre-order. No waiting for sales this time.

          • ToshZA

            October 31, 2013 at 12:22

            Then just go GoG, because it’ll be the same price and its better to support the guys at CDPR directly.

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      October 31, 2013 at 12:48

      WOOOOTTTT!

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  2. Vampyre Squirrel

    October 31, 2013 at 11:10

    Gotta love CDPR!

    BTW Brenda, I wouldn’t vote you in if you were the last politician on the planet 😛

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    • Admiral Chief Ninja

      October 31, 2013 at 11:10

      I dunno, he’d be MUCH more entertaining!

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        October 31, 2013 at 11:12

        And we’d all be safe from ghosts.

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        • Admiral Chief Ninja

          October 31, 2013 at 11:14

          And if we want to punish him, we can just yell BAZINGA ARRR BRENDA (BAB)

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    • Major Commodore 64 Darryn B

      October 31, 2013 at 11:18

      I’ll saw your legs off and replace them with shiny new ones made of gold if you vote for me.

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      • ToshZA

        October 31, 2013 at 11:19

        That sounds oddly unpleasant. You should make that your offer if people don’t vote for you.

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        • Major Commodore 64 Darryn B

          October 31, 2013 at 11:24

          Look, vote for me and at least “someone” will get their legs sawed off. And replaced with something better.

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          • ToshZA

            October 31, 2013 at 11:27

            You know he’d just end up selling those legs and spending the rest of his life gaming right? What will we tell the kids?

          • Major Commodore 64 Darryn B

            October 31, 2013 at 11:30

            “Why does his house smell like sawn-off legs?”

          • ToshZA

            October 31, 2013 at 11:35

            Too funny man, too funny. hahaha 😀

            The answer won’t be great for your campaign though, “Because he voted for Darryn, and Darryn gave him solid gold legs.” Actually. That works for you. Carry on then.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 31, 2013 at 11:31

            “Visiting grandpa is a real drag.”

          • ToshZA

            October 31, 2013 at 11:33

            I’m upvoting for humour, but that’s what the kids would say.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        October 31, 2013 at 11:22

        Don’t do it, he’s not a medical doctor!

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      • Admiral Chief Ninja

        October 31, 2013 at 11:41

        I never asked for this

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      • Vampyre Squirrel

        October 31, 2013 at 16:07

        That seriously does not appeal to me… make me bionic and I’ll consider it…

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  3. Unavengedavo(aka. IceCreamMan)

    October 31, 2013 at 11:10

    “sexually attracted to nuclear weapons.”
    http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lwfsgtFxS11r8su96o1_500.gif

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  4. Admiral Chief Ninja

    October 31, 2013 at 11:10

    These okes, *sniffs*, they bring tears of joy to my face!!!

    SOOOO glad Geoff talked me into jamming Witcher 2! (need to get around to Nr1 as well)

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  5. ToshZA

    October 31, 2013 at 11:18

    I love these guys. They make great games. They feed our nostalgia with great games. And they look out for us gamers. Many people will buy from them rather than pirate because they love them.

    I’d bet a fair few pirates do so because of DRM. Not all, because pirates will be pirates.

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  6. John's (JJ's) grand endeavour

    October 31, 2013 at 11:27

    This is good news.

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  7. oVg

    October 31, 2013 at 12:16

    Nice to see a game studio run by gamers with game ethics for gamers.

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  8. oVg

    October 31, 2013 at 12:18

    downvote

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    • oVg

      October 31, 2013 at 12:18

      downvoter, where is my extra hit for LG?

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      • ToshZA

        October 31, 2013 at 12:24

        I can downvote for you if you’d like? I’ve been meaning to try it out, I mean, it must be fun if they keep doing it to every post?

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