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As promised, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings developer CD Projekt RED has released the first patch for its recently-released wonderful fantasy RPG. It's a doozy too, with changes including removing its SecuROM DRM and performance boosts of up to 30%. Unfortunately, it's launch hasn't been entirely smooth.
"Our goal is to make our fans and customers happy and to reward them for buying our game and DRM schemes does not support our philosophy as they might create obstacles for users of legally bought copies," said RED development director Adam Badowski. "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... 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."
The Witcher 2 will be updated automatically to version 1.1 on Steam, though some users are finding themselves facing a monster 9GB download. For those who have bought elsewhere, the auto-updater is currently not working so there's a hodge-podge of different patches depending on where you are and where you bought it.
There's also a problem with redeeming the items retailer-specific bonus downloadable content, so you'll need to e-mail RED for a work-around if you're having trouble with that.
With the patch out the door, RED says that "by the end of next week you can expect some more free stuff available online." All The Witcher 2 DLC, expansions aside, will be free. The developer's also working on improving the registration servers and launching new forums.
RED also says to watch out for its online conference on June 2, which promises "exciting new announcements." RED has said that there's some sort of Witcher-y project for consoles coming.
Here's the full patch notes for version 1.1: