, the next game from creator Jonathan Blow, is suffering from widespread piracy onthat’s so problematic that it could impact developer Thekla’s ability to make another game. That’s according Blow, who spoke about piracy and DRM in a series of tweets recently.
“It seems The Witness is the #1 game on a certain popular torrent site,” Blow without naming the specific site. “Unfortunately, this will not help us afford to make another game! :(“
Someone suggested to Blow that might have led people to pirate it. However, Blow said Braid, which cost $15 at launch, Another person said if Blow had released a demo for The Witness, piracy levels might have been lower.
Blow didn’t agree. “False,” Blow. “Braid had a demo, was still pirated like crazy.”
It is unclear what form of DRM The Witness is using, if any at all, but it’s not Denuvo. That protection system is used in games like and–and it could make it into Blow’s next game.
“That might happen on the next game, I don’t know!” Blow . “I don’t like DRM because I think people should have the freedom to own things.”
The upside to people pirating The Witness is that the game will reach more people, Blow said, though there are of course downsides as well.
I’m glad that a lot more people will be experiencing the game! But I also want to be able to make another comparable game next! Just sayin’.
— Jonathan Blow (@Jonathan_Blow)
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