The Witcher series developers CD Projekt RED say that the digital rights management schemes are the "worst thing" in the video game industry these days and that it will never include such schemes in its games. Speaking to Forbes, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt project lead Konrad Tomaszkiewicz said that software layers implemented by developers and publishers meant to stop piracy and illegal filesharing limit the ability of legitimate game buyers to play the games they paid money for.
"In my opinion, DRM is the worst thing in the gaming industry. It's limiting our rights to play games owned by us," Tomaszkiewicz said. "Let’s imagine that you have a game that requires Internet connection to prove that you actually bought it. What if you lose your connection because of your Internet provider? You can't play anymore."
Tomaszkiewicz goes on to say that DRM does not stop piracy and is simply a burden to legal users. He also said that fans appreciate his company's long-standing position on DRM and that these users--on forums and elsewhere-- actively attempt to persuade pirates to purchase a legitimate copy instead of downloading a game illegally.
Tomaszkiewicz also confirmed that The Witcher 3 will not feature a multiplayer component, noting that the developers "strongly feel that this final saga of Geralt has no place for meaningful multiplayer." A multiplayer component was never confirmed for The Witcher 3, but the studio hinted at the possibility last month.
The Witcher 3 is due for release sometime in 2014 for PlayStation 4, PC, and other platforms.