The Witcher 3 leaked to Torrents, but CD Project Red is being nice about it

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The Witcher 3. It’s a game that people want – and have wanted for nigh on 3 years. So many people want the game that it’s managed to snag a million pre-orders before its release next week. It’s also being released in a DRM-free version on CD Projekt’s own Good old Games. And of course, the DRM-free pre-load has already been leaked all over the internet.

Yes, the Witcher 3 is available for pirates to download already. They can’t play it yet, because it needs the file necessary for the one-time-activation – but once release date hits, pirates will be able to play the game, along with paying customers. And because they’re an oddly generous  and forgiving sort, CD Projekt Red is making the day one, performance-boosting, bug-fixing patch available to all and sundry – even the people who’ve stolen their game.

Speaking on a popular Torrent site (via Misstral), an apparent CDPR employee urged pirates to support the developer instead of stealing its game – adding that those who do choose to keep on pirating won’t have a degraded experience. It seems awfully nice of them.

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The Witcher 3 is coming next week. Remember, we’re giving away a collector’s edition of the game for the PlayStation 4. Check here for details.

Last Updated: May 14, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.