Polish studio CD Projekt has released the v1.1 patch for its new PC RPG The Witcher 2, which removes all DRM from the game.
While versions of the game bought from CD Projekt's own Good Old Games portal were DRM-free, copies bought elsewhere were not. Writing on the game's official website, development director Adam Badowski explained the motivation behind the removal of anti-piracy measures, saying: "Our goal is to make our fans and customers happy and to reward them for buying our game, and DRM schemes do not support our philosophy as they might create obstacles for users of legitimately bought copies.
"We felt keeping the DRM would mainly hurt our legitimate users," he added. "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.”
Badowski also explained that DRM was behind some drastically fluctuating reports of the game's performance. "DRM adds another layer of complication and potential problems," he explained. " We saw this clearly in our game. Pre-release tests showed only small performance differences compared to the DRM-free versions.
"We were unpleasantly surprised when some of our fans reported much larger differences, up to 30% lower framerates. This was another clear signal that we had to remove DRM as soon as possible – the quality of our users’ gameplay experience is absolutely our number one priority!"
The patch also adds support for the first DLC pack, Troll Trouble, as well as promising improved framerates, greater stability and the removal of what Badowski describes as "major technical obstacles some of our customers encountered with installation and activation." He added: "We believe that after installing the patch, practically all users will be able to enjoy the game without flaws."
CD Projekt's progressive stance on DRM is to be welcomed, and PC gamers will doubtless hope other firms follow a similar path. Yesterday Capcom confirmed that the upcoming PC release of Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition will use DRM that limits offline players to just 15 of 39 playable characters.
The patch is available now and can be downloaded from The Witcher 2's community site.
Source: CD Projekt