Sunday, May 29, 2011

CD Projekt Destroyed DRM Yet Again

After the lengthy discussion this morning about the digital rights management challenges presented by Capcom and Ubisoft, I thought that my mileage on the topic was already exhausted. Enter CD Projekt RED and their recent release of Patch 1.1 for The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. I can't believe that I just found out about this really exciting news. With this patch, the game is now 100% DRM free. The game utilized SecuROM at first with a resettable install limit of 5 but after the developer discovered that the DRM has an actual impact on the smoothness of the game's graphics, they have decided to scrape the whole thing completely off! Now that is customer service. They have done this before with the original The Witcher as well and their stance is to provide legitimate customers with "full freedom of game usage". If you still have not picked up this action role playing game yet, please do so immediately and show your support for the developer - they deserve all the love and admiration from those who game on the personal computer. When I started the game after patching it, the improvements were immediately noticeable. Before, there was a long load time whenever the game is launched (SecuROM working in the background most probably) and now, it's not there anymore. The graphics also appear to be a lot smoother in game though it still chugs with "Uber Sampling" enabled of course because that option is really just there for future proofing.

Yet another reason why this game must occupy every PC gamer's library.


The Gameolio Podcast said...

CD Projekt rocks :) I hope they release Witcher 2 on Xbox 360 soon too!

Loner Gamer said...

Yes, they are awesome. You may want to abandon your wait for the 360 release and jump on the PC version immediately. There is absolutely no way that the game's gorgeous graphics can be replicated on the current gen consoles. I am not sure about game pricing for PC games in Australia but you are paying less for the highly superior PC version as well.