Digital rights management has been a hot button issue since Microsoft revealed the Xbox One in May with the requirement that all console owners need always be online –– which they quickly reversed.
“Whenever we can, our approach is to create games without DRM. The Witcher 3 will be available on GOG.com, day one, DRM free. But when it comes to consoles, well, we have to consider the platform we’re developing for,” Ziemak said.
“Of course we’re independent as a games studio, but when developing for Playstation 4 or Xbox One we have to work with console manufacturers. And in the end, the market makes the decision.”
Ziemak said CD Projekt RED doesn’t want to “cut those players off” who chose to buy consoles with DRM restrictions.
“So yes, we will be delivering our products to Sony and Microsoft, despite talks of DRM,” Ziemak said. “If it were possible to deliver a game DRM free on those systems that would be cool, we would love it, as it would support our philosophy. But sometimes we have to work with manufacturers and respect their business decisions.”
The Witcher 3 is set to release sometime in 2014.