Saturday, 20 November 2010

THE WITCHER II will be DRM-free

CD Projekt have revealed that The Witcher II will be totally DRM-free when it is released early next year. Furthermore, they are going to address the slightly barmy exchange rates that address between different territories with computer games, to the point where European gamers paying in Euros will receive $16 to spend on CD Projekt's brilliant Good Old Games website.

In addition to that, those who pre-order the game from Good Old Games will also get an additional free game (from a choice of Gothic 2 Gold, Realms of Arkania 1 + 2, Realms of Arkania 3, Divine Divinity or Beyond Divinity) and an absolute ton of bonus content for The Witcher II, including a soundtrack compilation and HD wallpapers for now and, when the game is released, a digital art book, a gamer's guide and papercraft figures you can print out. That's not even counting the boxed special edition, which will come with a free bust of Geralt of Rivia's head (insert, "This game gives you head," gag here).

All-in-all, very impressive given that I can't remember the last high-profile PC release that came out without some kind of idiotic DRM attached. Very welcome news from CD Projekt there.


Cheerwell said...

It's only the Gog edition that's been said to be "DRM free"; Steam and Impulse will be subject to their own forms, and I would be very surprised if the retail edition (Which isn't, if my memory serves me correctly, being published by CDProjekt) is DRM free.

I support them, though, I think it's a great thing they're doing. CDP, as a company, have some excellent ideas and stances, and I see no reason to not support them.

Adam Whitehead said...

The Witcher 2 boxed retail edition is being published by CDProjekt directly in Europe and will also be DRM-free.

The North American edition is apparently being released by Atari, like the first game, and may have some kind of check-disc capability included like the first game.

Cheerwell said...

In that case, Wert, I sit corrected!