DRM-free version of Blair Witch will not be coming to GOG at launch, pre-orders refunded

Blair Witch releases on August 30th and while it was meant to be released on GOG, it appears that it won’t be coming to CD Projekt’s store at launch. While the game was available for pre-order, GOG has disabled pre-order for this particular title and is now offering refunds to those that have pre-purchased it.

As GOG has officially stated:

“We regret to inform you that the DRM-free version of Blair Witch won’t be released on GOG.COM on the global release day. We expect it to be available later in 2019. As such, we’re refunding your pre-order purchase of the game. The refund will be issued within the next couple of days to the original payment method.”

This could mean two things: a) the DRM-free version of Blair Witch will be released later in 2019 in order to somehow protect the game’s sales during its first months or b) the game may turn into another Epic Games Store timed-exclusive title.

My guess is that the former is more likely to happen than the latter. As such, the Steam version should not be affected by this decision, though it remains to be seen whether Bloober Team will implement any additional DRM – like Denuvo – in order to protect the game from hackers/crackers.

For what it’s worth, the game is still listed for an August 30th release on its official Steam store page.