CD Projekt RED, makers of The Witcher 2, say that there are real issues that could arise from Microsoft attempting to block the use of used games in its next generation console. Rumors have surfaced that Microsoft plans to block the use of used games on its new platform – a rumor many game developers heralded as a "good idea." Used games have become a punching bag for publishers and developers in the last several years who spend a lot of money developing games only to see marginal returns.
CD Projekt Red has been vocal about its distaste for digital rights management (DRM) and having it at the console level would be even worse in their estimation. Speaking to Eurogamer, CD Projekt Red managing director Adam Badowski said the following:
"We should invest more power to upgrade and polish our products and convince players to keep our products, to be with us, to understand our needs," Badowski said. "Because we are an independent developer, we have to prevent lay-offs, we need to grow up and have the power to create new games."
As we highlighted yesterday, the design director of Volition took some heat for saying that the new Xbox locking out used games would be "fantastic," and cautioned that the industry could "fall apart" if used sales are not dealt with. CD Projekt RED stands mostly alone in its opposition to systems that get between the player and the games they have purchased – like DRM.