Initially, The Witcher 2 was intended to be free of any pesky digital rights management from every retailer. After careful deliberation, the only retailer that actually sold the game without DRM was Good Old Games. CD Projekt has released a patch that both removes the DRM from the game and includes the Troll Trouble downloadable content.
The DRM seems to have caused performance issues for many players. The patch gives framerate boosts of up to 30 percent. There was an issue with the Steam version of the patch though, which forced players to download nearly nine gigabytes. This was to be resolved by Monday.
CD Projekt’s development director, Adam Badowski had the following to say:
“Our approach to countering piracy is to incorporate superior value in the legal version. This means it has to be superior in every respect: less troublesome to use and install, with full support, and with access to additional content and services. So, we felt keeping the DRM would mainly hurt our legitimate users. This is completely in line with what we said before the release of The Witcher 2. We felt DRM was necessary to prevent the game being pirated and leaked before release. This purpose has been served, so we are pleased to let our users enjoy the full freedom of game usage they deserve.”
If you haven’t gotten your patch yet, visit the Witcher website’s patch page, and look for your version. If you have the Steam version, yours should be auto-upated in Steam. The Good Old Games-version patch is available on the Good Old Games website.
If any readers have the Steam version, let us know if the 9-GB patch problem has been fixed!
[Source: Ars Technica]