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Witcher Dev “Pirates are just misunderstood customers”

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We all come to love CD Projekt RED for their anti-DRM stance and efforts to make their games awesome as they can for the gamers who play it. CD Projekt RED has also tried to approach piracy in a different way. Rather than to shun pirates, they’ve tried to understand them.

In an interview with PSU.com about the studio’s fan-first mission, game director Konrad Tomaszkiewicz stated that pirates are simply misunderstood, and that they’ve tried to approach gamers from different angles to see “what makes them tick”.

“We believe that pirates are just misunderstood customers,” Tomaszkiewicz said. “That’s why we always try to approach gamers from various angles and see what makes them tick. . . . We decided to build our business on trust and a mutual understanding of sorts–you buy our games and we genuinely give a damn about your experience with them.”

“You give us your money and we do our best to give you a product you’d like to pay for,” he continued, “even if you managed to obtain it for free. Being honest pays off!”

CD Projekt RED’s latest title to The Witcher series, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will release on next-gen consoles, and the studio is doing its best to extend their gamer friendly policies to the consoles. Tomaszkiewicz doesn’t seem worried about used game sales on next-gen consoles at all. He’s positive that The Witcher 3 will be so good, that gamers won’t want to sell it, “We’re making a game you just don’t want to sell.” He said.

“It may seem cheesy to say this, but think of it this way–everyone has a favorite series of games, movies or books that he or she just wants to have on their shelves and pop in the drive or read from time to time. We’re working hard for The Witcher 3 to be such a game.”

CD Projekt RED is sure to succeed in this mission, as the game is already said to be much larger than The Witcher 2 with an astounding number of possible endings.

“The game’s very big (35 times bigger than The Witcher 2),” he said, “and will offer a lot of replayability–it’s almost impossible to see everything and witness every aspect of the game during the first playthrough. Not to mention the multiple (and I really mean multiple) endings and playable epilogues.”

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is set to release in 2014, for PC, PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One.

Last Updated: July 12, 2013


  1. Trevor Davies

    July 12, 2013 at 12:04

    2014? That’s so far away 🙁


  2. Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    July 12, 2013 at 12:06

    These guys are just too awesome for words


  3. Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    July 12, 2013 at 12:06

    Bravo! Bravo!


  4. That Dark Twit

    July 12, 2013 at 12:08

    Good show.


  5. Ultimo_Cleric N7

    July 12, 2013 at 12:16

    Hoist the multple ending sails me harties! YARRR!!


    • CrasH

      July 12, 2013 at 13:18

      To errrr is human
      But to Arrrrhhhhh is pirate


  6. Zoe

    July 12, 2013 at 12:17

    love these guys!


  7. PointMan

    July 12, 2013 at 12:21

    *Bows down to CD Projekt RED


  8. Pixel_ninja

    July 12, 2013 at 12:41

    The Witcher 1 & 2 are the only original PC games I own.


  9. OVG

    July 12, 2013 at 12:50

    Explains why Poland was invaded.
    Free booty :p


    • Vampyre Squirrel

      July 12, 2013 at 12:57

      ARRRR!!! War shall we plunder next mateys???


      Why Poland?

      Free Booty Cap’n!!!!!


  10. CypherGate

    July 12, 2013 at 12:57

    This is a perfect example of a great developer and to the pirates out there… This is a franchise truly worth investing in. Even if you download a crack version, support them by buying an original disc. They really do deserve it!


  11. matthurstrsa

    July 12, 2013 at 13:09

    Well if they can make it as replayable as the Borderlands games, then count me in. Started playing Witcher 2 again recently and I forgot how awesome it is!


  12. Ryanza

    July 12, 2013 at 14:04

    When I moved from the console to the PC, I didn’t know anything about the Wtcher. Never seen or heard details about the Witcher, except that it was the most pirated game ever at one point. So I had to pirate the game to see what it is all about.

    From pirating The Witcher 2, I could test the game out on my new PC setup, I got to see what the Witcher 2 is all about, I got to see how good the game looked and how good the game played, I got to see how mature and adult The Witcher 2 is and non of that hand holding where the game does everything for you. And the game had a lot to offer.

    No wonder The Witcher 2 was the most pirated game because The Witcher 2 is a fucking good game.

    So it boils down to, piracy made me a fan of The Witcher 2. I have since paid for The Witcher 2 and I can not wait to pay for The Witcher 3. I’m going to buy the non DRM version from gog.com, I’m going to buy the DRM collectors edition, And I will most likely pirate The Witcher 3 just to balance everything out.

    So if piracy made me a fan of The Witcher 2, the stance made against DRM from CD Projekt RED made me a fan of CD Projekt RED. Cyberpunk 2077 I can not wait.

    Is piracy so bad, if it made me, WANT, to go buy The Witcher 2.


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