To use a Game of Thrones reference, if there was ever a House Stark of the gaming industry, it might have to be CD Projekt RED. Honorable, stoic, moral and driven, CDPR represents the best of the industry.
While the Lannisters (Electronic Arts) Tyrells (Activision) Greyjoys (Ubisoft) and Targaryens (Square Enix) are all duking it out for power and glory, CDPR takes a different route, choosing the noble path and following their instinct, as opposed to just looking for ways to fill their coffers.
The latest example of their contrarian ways comes in the form of their comments about DRM and tacked-on Multiplayer in an interview with classy financial publication, Forbes.
The Polish developer was quick to criticize Digital Rights Management, with The Witcher 3 project lead Konrad Tomaszkiewicz saying that, “In my opinion, DRM is the worst thing in the gaming industry. Lets 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.”
He continued by mentioning that DRM does not stop piracy and is simply a burden for 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.
On the issue of multiplayer, instead following in other developers footsteps and tacking on MP to the Witcher, CDPR “strongly feels that this final saga of Geralt has no place for meaningful multiplayer. We want to focus on solo experience, which delivers more than 100 hours of truly immersive gameplay.”
Being an epic, story driven, single player game, the inclusion of multiplayer would only serve to muddle the overall effect and bring gamers a feature that is contrived and unnecessary. I could not agree more.
It is funny to think that we are even making note of these comments, considering they should be the standard, but with an industry that seems to have lost its way, we need to continue publicizing those who are doing it right.
CDPR, from a pure game developer perspective, it the best in the world. They have refused to heed the siren song and do everything for monetary gain and shareholder satisfaction. Rather, they do what they feel is right for their fans, while advancing the art form that is game design.
It would be in the other publishers and developers best interest to take heed of CDPR’s philosophy and consider doing the same. It is truly for the good of the realm.
What are your thoughts on CD Projekt RED and their ideals? Is there any other developer in the world who has shown similar integrity and individualism? And, if you feel like having some Game of Thrones fun, go ahead and match gaming companies with the Houses that are most similar to them. We would love to hear what you think!
To read the full interview, head over to Forbes