Software pirates may want to think twice before torrenting a copy of The Witcher 2. CD Projekt, the developers behind the upcoming PC role-playing game, have informed Eurogamer of an initiative to seek out and punish those who acquire the Witcher sequel through illegal means.
"We are signing with legal firms and torrent sneaking companies," explained CD Projekt co-founder Marcin Iwinski. "In quite a few big countries, when people are downloading it illegally they can expect a letter from a legal firm saying, 'Hey, you downloaded it illegally and right now you have to pay a fine.'"
It's an approach not all that dissimilar from the recording industry's anti-piracy measures, though CD Projekt hopes to avoid some of the negative PR associated with the RIAA's tactics. "We don't want to be so harsh," Iwinski said, "but there is a chance that this might happen to some people if they download illegally."
If you're interested in scoring a legal copy of the game, the Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings should be available at retail on May 17 of next year.