The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will not have any DRM

More information about CDProjekt’s upcoming game—The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt—has been revealed. According to Kotaku, the game is set to have a bunch of additional features when compared to the previous game in the series, namely The Witcher 2. Among other things, the game will feature a lot of animations, which will be mixed up in the game depending on what weapon Geralt is using and what he’s fighting.

The biggest thing revealed, however, is that the company will continue its tradition of selling the games without any sort of DRM. When asked if the company will be considering always-online DRM for the game, the response was, "No." Lead Gameplay Designer Maciej Szczesnik elaborated: "If someone wants to pirate a game, eventually he will." CDProjekt's Managing Director Adam Badowski continued, "Which is bad, of course. But you can't do anything about it, so. We want to give the best user experience possible. When we removed DRM, people on those torrents were actually asking people not to download our game, because we [weren't using DRM]."

Other features revealed include the addition of complete day and night cycles along with dynamic weather patterns, the inclusion of ten signs, instead of the previous games' five signs, the addition of combat "skills", and the change to alchemy to make it more supportive.

Sadly, no whaling

Sadly, no whaling


Recently, Badowski and CDProjekt's Head of Marketing Michael Platkow-Gilewski had talked about the endings of The Witcher 3. The two stated that the game tracks player choices throughout the playthrough very thoroughly, and because of this, it ends up having many changes, ranging from tiny ones to major ones. When asked how many smaller changes the game endings will have, Platkow-Gilewski stated that the development team stopped counting when it passed the 300 count.

"The game is quite complex," Badowski said. "We didn't mean to develop something special for the endings, it's a natural consequence of the story line. The story has hundreds of different branches and sub plots. We have to just sum all of those elements up in the epilogues. Some of those elements are taken from the very beginning and some from other moments of the storyline. All of them will connect in the epilogue. We have a lot of things to summarize. We didn't spend time on inventing endings, it was just the consequence of those choices."

CDProjekt RED had announced The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt back in February. The company has said that the game will be released in 2014 simultaneously on all high-end platforms, which could mean that it will see a release on next-gen consoles. The game will be using the same art direction from The Witcher 2 and will be improving the visuals with the REDEngine 3. The game is set to combine the series’ epic storyline with an open-world environment, which the company boasts will be a living world larger than any other in modern RPG history.

However, all good news is accompanied by bad news, and it's no different this time. The studio also revealed that this would be the last Witcher game it would make.

Published Date: Apr 06, 2013 09:20 am | Updated Date: Apr 06, 2013 09:20 am