Hit indie game Braid goes DRM-free on the PC

Kim sez, "Jon Blow, developer of the popular Xbox360 game Braid, has announced the release date of the PC version, and that it will be released DRM-free via Stardock."

Where possible, the game will be released without DRM. Some online publishers include their own DRM as a matter of policy, and of those guys, I am only signing with the ones that have light and non-intrusive DRM. My goal is to give people a reasonable choice about where to get the game, and if they don't like someone's DRM or someone else's launcher client, they can get it from whoever they like most
Braid for the PC is now $15 (Thanks, Kim!)


  1. Okay, I’ll just get this out of the way…

    Braid is the most beautiful and captivating game I have ever played. Get it now.

    There, now we can get back to talking about how evil DRM is.

  2. Ooo, it was $20 yesterday. I think it was the equivalent of $10 on the Xbox. Regardless, I think I’ll get it.

    Duh. The link says what I thought.

    $20 put me off from getting it, but I think I’ll buy it now.

  3. YES! I’ve been praying for this to happen ever since I first heard of the game. Now I know what I’ll be doing this weekend…

  4. #2: I thought it was $20 on the 360… I remember people whining about it being too expensive.

    I just went to download it and found it’s not out until the end of March. :-(

  5. “Light and non-intrusive DRM” = “no DRM” now?

    Let me just get these freedom-preserving handcuffs off, and we’ll talk.

  6. Braid was and is $15 on the 360 in US. It saw a temporary price cut during the summer, then returned. People were complaining because it was among the most expensive XBLA games at the time; others have since hit the $20 mark.

    Braid will also very likely be released on Steam, and also from another, as yet undisclosed download service.

    The release date for PC isn’t fixed and may slip again; it formerly was 1Q 2009 (which, technically, March 31 still is, albeit the last day), by the end of 2008, by the end of 2007, and TBA during 1Q 2007.

  7. I just bought the awesome World of Goo because it was DRM-free AND had a Linux version. Do they plan a Linux version for Braid? I’d definitely buy it.

  8. ‘”Light and non-intrusive DRM” = “no DRM” now?’

    No, the Stardock version has no DRM whatsoever. Some other download services may include minimal DRM (i.e., no rootkits or other particularly nasty stuff) if they do so as a matter of course, but you still have the option of going DRM free if you purchase the game from Stardock.

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