news\ Sep 27, 2011 at 4:18 pm

The Witcher 2 Gets a Patch, Loses DRM


Those having trouble with The Witcher 2 should be happy with the new patch for the game. It removes copy protection from versions that have it. The copy protection had been shown to cause performance issues.

Those with the Good Old Games version of the game have been enjoying DRM-free gameplay from the start, but now all versions are accounted for. The DRM was intended to counteract piracy before release, but as a detriment to paying users, it had to go.

“Our approach to countering piracy is to incorporate superior value in the legal version,” said CD Projekt's Adam Badowski. “This means it has to be superior in every respect: less troublesome to use and install, with full support, and with access to additional content and services. So, we felt keeping the DRM would mainly hurt our legitimate users. This is completely in line with what we said before the release of The Witcher 2. We felt DRM was necessary to prevent the game being pirated and leaked before release. This purpose has been served, so we are pleased to let our users enjoy the full freedom of game usage they deserve.”

Sounds like a fair deal to me.

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Joe Donato Video games became an amazing, artful, interactive story-driven medium for me right around when I played Panzer Dragoon Saga on Sega Saturn. Ever since then, I've wanted to be a part of this industry. Somewhere along the line I, possibly foolishly, decided I'd rather write about them than actually make them. So here I am.
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