“It Doesn’t Protect” – CD Projekt Red’s Take on DRM and DLC

“It Doesn’t Protect” – CD Projekt Red’s Take on DRM and DLC

Luke Karmali of IGN has posted part of an interview with the creators of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which focused primarily on DRM and DLC.

Marketing and PR head Michal Platkow-Gilewski shares that CD Projekt Red does not believe digital rights management (DRM) protects anyone.

“Games are cracked in minutes, hours or days, but they’re always cracked. If you want to pirate you’ll find a way,” he says.

“But if you’re a committed gamer and are buying the game why should we place a barrier on you?”

Platkow-Gilewski basically says that passionate gamers will find ways to support a game if they want to.

This idea is not as naive as it sounds when you factor in how today’s digital distribution platforms are cutting down prices and providing a legal alternative for players all over the world.

He adds to this player-focused philosophy by showing a disdain for DLC.

“Then, with DLC, it’s small content. Like one-thousandth of the whole game. Why should you charge for that? If it’s small, give it for free.”

Platkow-Gilewski does have a point there, especially when AAA titles like Borderlands, Oblivion and Dead Space come into the picture.

Charging money for minor things such as horse skins, better starting guns and little robot helpers may be justifiable in free-to-play titles.

But AAA titles that charge $60 on day one? Come on!

In any case, more power to CD Projekt Red for such an enlightened stance on gaming and that their latest projects will succeed hard enough for them to preserve their stance on the issues.

How about you? What’s your take on DRM and DLC?

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