CD Projekt RED in the Dark on Microsoft's Used Games Management System for Xbox One

June 11, 2013 -

As I have indicated multiple times when discussing Microsoft's new system to enable or disable used games on the Xbox One, most publishers don't seem to have a clue about this new tool Microsoft has put in place for its console. At first we simply assumed they were playing dumb to avoid revealing too much prior to E3, but as more developers and publishers talk openly about the topic, it seems that they don't know an awful lot about it.

CD Projekt RED, the company developing The Witcher 3 for Xbox One, and a strong opponent of DRM in general, said that it has not heard anything from Microsoft about this system. CD Projekt RED co-founder and Joint CEO Marcin IwiƄski told Eurogamer in an interview today that his company is eager to find out more about Microsoft's plans.

Because CD Projekt RED will likely have to have a third-party publisher in order to bring the game to retail, the company admits that it might not be in an ideal place if that publisher decides to block used game sales on Xbox One.

"We have not received anything from Microsoft until today on this one and, before we form any definite opinions here, we would like to have this process explained in details by the platform holder." said Iwinski. "From our side, we will be of course looking for the most gamer friendly solution."

Iwinksi goes on to say that he has no control over what platform holders do, but there is one platform where the game will be truly DRM-free. He also notes that his company will not halt production on any of the games already in production because of crappy DRM schemes because gamers will vote for the best platforms with their wallets.

"What I can, however, guarantee here and now, is that if you want the 100 per cent DRM-free experience you will have it on the PC, the platform where we set the rules for our games. The Witcher 3 will be available 100 per cent DRM-free on our digital distribution platform, and that's one thing I can confirm." The Witcher will be released on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Source: Eurogamer



Re: CD Projekt RED in the Dark on Microsoft's Used Games ...

This makes me glad. I am glad that they didn't walk into this relationship with full knowledge of this. This makes me wonder just who pushed for this and who was privy to this knowledge prior to the reveal.

Re: CD Projekt RED in the Dark on Microsoft's Used Games ...

I'm going to go with the big 3 of EA/Activision/Ubisoft. Of course, since Activision makes day one bank on CoD, and double bank on the overpriced DLC, it's possible they just don't care about used games.

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Re: CD Projekt RED in the Dark on Microsoft's Used Games ...

What I find interesting is that Peter Moore of EA is claiming complete ignorance of Microsoft's move. If that is true, then Microsoft did this of their own volition. What was Microsoft's reasoning?

Re: CD Projekt RED in the Dark on Microsoft's Used Games ...

It could also be the final act of John Richitello. There's no question that EA seems to be favoring Microsoft this go around.

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