Next Xbox used games lockout 'can be a bad thing' - CD Projekt

The Witcher 2 dev prefers to maintain good customer relations

CD Projekt MD Adam Badowski has said that the used game lockout feature rumoured for the next Xbox "can be a bad thing".


While some devs have responded in support of the "fantastic" idea, The Witcher 2 team feels it could damage the good faith of gamers, and that it's better to reduced used sales by investing in your product.

"It can be a bad thing," Badowski told Eurogamer in discussion of the rumoured feature.

"We are losing money not because of pirates; we are losing money because people decided not to buy our game," he added.

"We should invest more power to upgrade and polish our products and convince players to keep our products, to be with us, to understand our needs - because we are an independent developer, we have to prevent lay-offs, we need to grow up and have the power to create new games.

"Most hardcore and hardware solutions will be OK for short periods, but a strong relationship with players, with customers, can change the situation. And for us, this is a better way."

CD Projekt Red's Michał Platkow-Gilewski chimed to emphasise the importance of player-developer relationships - something that he says a used games lockout could damage.

"We want to do as much as possible for our players, our gamers. We don't want to force anyone. It's like we did with DRM-free: we give them freedom and we believe they will stay with us."

But gamers selling their games isn't the only issue. "There is a problem, because you know that Microsoft policy prevents us from giving people content for free," added Badowski, which is something he says "we need to think about".

[ SOURCE: Eurogamer ]