There are many different reasons as to why CD Projekt RED is becoming one of my favorite game development studio. For starters, they made one of the best RPGs I have ever played. Later, they even patched the copies of the game and removed DRM. Now, the developers of what is probably the most anticipated RPG, The Witcher 2 have gone all out and sent an email regarding their policy on DRM.
Marcin IwiÅ„ski, CEO of CD Projekt, and head of GOG.com (which notably sells DRM-free classics for dirt cheap prices) quotes:-
Being a player myself, I’m always surprised to see how many companies focus solely on preventing piracy instead of thinking about how they might encourage players to acquire original game copies.
While Adam KiciÅ„ski, CEO of CD Projekt RED, the developers of The Witcher and currently producing The Witcher 2 said- (emphasis added for effect)
Our aim is to produce games that provide the best and most satisfying playing experience. Copyright protection can’t stand in the way of that. Especially since it makes life difficult for players who acquire legal game copies, that is, those to whom we owe our greatest respect. Paradoxically, those who play pirated copies usually do not face the same impediments. In our view, aggressive attempts at stopping piracy are less important than ensuring that the relation between game price, game quality, and any additional services offered in connection with a game are favorable enough to encourage players to reach for original game copies.
This, in light of an interview with Rock Paper Shotgun where senior producer Tomasz Gop chided Ubisoft’s DRM, bodes well for a community of legal gamers who do not want to be bogged down by software that restricts their legal usage.
When they released The Witcher, CD Projekt brought back a stagnant genre to life with a beautiful and gritty world. With the release of their new game, they wish to make a statement about the old gold era of computer gaming sans restriction. If you ask me they will be as successful as they were with their first game. Kudos, CD Projekt!