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

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