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Warner Bros. casting Witcher 2 for Xbox 360 in NA

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment will publish The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings in North America early next year, providing sales and marketing resources that North American PC publisher Atari likely wouldn’t be able to provide for a console launch.

“We are sure that this partnership with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, with its strong position in the entertainment sector and particularly in the video and games distribution market in North America, will help us to achieve even bigger success in the most important market for Xbox 360 games,” said Adam Kiciński, president of CD Projekt RED. “This is also a big distinction for us, that Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment recognizes The Witcher 2 as a rare example of a game with world-class production values, which merges a very ambitious and complex approach with big commercial potential.”

And as WB “recognizes” the publishing opportunities for Witcher 2 in North America, THQ will work PAL territories. Meanwhile, Atari and Namco Bandai continue PC publishing duties for NA and PAL, respectively. Anybody else want in on Geralt? Because it looks like CD Projekt RED is open to multiple partners.



CD Projekt Red Talks Expansion DLC for The Witcher 2 and Possibility of a Sequel

Fans of The Witcher 2 have some more monster-slaying goodness coming their way in the future. Not only has CD Projekt Red’s “Version 2.0″ of The Witcher 2 gone live, but the company has teased that it will be releasing more content featuring the further adventures of the titular character, Geralt of Rivia.

Ever since Eurogamer 2010, CD Projekt Red has been teasing the possibility of future DLC for The Witcher 2, but representatives of the company have consistently told us that their focus was on making sure the main game was up to snuff first before announcing any future plans. To that end, CD Projekt Red has already released a couple of patches and now a major update in Version 2.0. So can fans now expect to see more DLC and/or expansion packs from CD Projekt Red?

Game designer and writer Jan Bartkowicz recently told Eurogamer, ”All I can say is we’re planning on releasing something. [The Witcher 2.0 is] not the last update for The Witcher 2. That’s what I can assure you. We still have at least one big title ahead of us in The Witcher franchise.”

In an interview with RockPaperShotgun, development director Adam Badowski further explained CD Projekt Red’s view on future DLC:

“All DLC for the PC version is and will remain FREE. That’s not likely to be the story for the Xbox version, because of certain Microsoft policies that need to be followed. But on PC, once you buy our game, you don’t need to worry about any additional costs – we will provide all updates, including those featuring new content, for free. I think it’s reasonable than when you buy our product, you can expect us to service it for you quite a long time after release, though less intensively as time goes by. Any payable DLC that appears is likely to be a more classic expansion pack along the lines of, say, Baldur’s Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast. But this is a purely theoretical discussion at this point, as we have yet to confirm or even plan any official expansion packs.”

This is certainly good news for PC gamers and for those who are looking for more RPG goodness. But can gamers expect a full sequel to The Witcher 2? Bartkowicz has indicated that a continuation of some kind would be in the works:

“All I can say is – outside of when the pre-production starts and finishes – with the story team we were probably in pre-production for The Witcher 3 during making The Witcher 2. Just because even while we were doing The Witcher 2 it was all about, you know, there’s got to be probably something after. Of course we’re not announcing anything. We cannot say, I cannot say – I don’t know if it’s going to be The Witcher 3 or something else that covers the story, but there’s probably going to be some releases in the future.”

With the Xbox 360 version of The Witcher 2 set to arrive in the first quarter of 2012 and a possible expansion for The Witcher 2 on the horizon, it may be some time before CD Projekt Red begins production on a true sequel.

For those of you who have not yet experienced The Witcher 2, now is a good time to take the plunge as the title is for sale until October 6, 2011 on Steam for $29.90 and on for $29.99.

The Witcher 2 is available on Windows PC and will release for the Xbox 360 in the first quarter of 2012.


Witcher 2 DLC free on PC, not on Xbox (for obvious reasons)

The Witcher 2 has been very successful for CD Projekt — and it’s most certainly been deserved — so when it came time to figure out the DLC strategy, the company didn’t want to charge players on the PC. As for the Xbox 360, well … that’s not up to CD Projekt.

“All DLC for the PC version is and will remain FREE,” development director Adam Badowski told Rock Paper Shotgun. “That’s not likely to be the story for the Xbox version, because of certain Microsoft policies that need to be followed. But on PC, once you buy our game, you don’t need to worry about any additional costs – we will provide all updates, including those featuring new content, for free.” Badowski says no current expansion packs are planned, but if CD Projekt is to ask PC players for additional money, it’d be for “a more classic expansion pack along the lines of, say, Baldur’s Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast.”

The “certain policies” Adam is speaking about have certainly thrown developers for a loop in the past. Who can forget Team Fortress 2 and the Left 4 Dead 2 DLC thing? Valve’s Gabe Newell has been one of the most vocal opponents of Microsoft’s restrictive policies.


The Witcher 2 Xbox 360 to require two discs

 The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is heading to Xbox 360 in the first quarter of 2012. But with many huge games being spread across multiple discs on the console, just how many will The Witcher 2 require?

Well, it’s not one hundred percent confirmed yet, but it sounds like it’ll be two.

Speaking at the Eurogamer Expo today, CD Projekt’s Jan Krzysztof Bielecki paused for a moment when asked, then explained that they haven’t officially announced anything yet. But then he kind of changed that.

“It’s going to be more than one,” he said.

He added: “And it cannot be three, so… yeah, it’s going to be two discs.”

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings faired rather well when it appeared on the PC earlier this year.


The Witcher 2 gets 2.0 update next week, Steam sale begins today

During a livestreamed press conference this afternoon, Polish developer CD Projekt Red detailed many of the 2.0 changes coming to its hit PC title, The Witcher 2. Those features include a new tutorial system, addressing complaints that the game dropped players off right into the deep-end of the gameplay pool.

If your complaint wasn’t that the game was too hard but rather too easy, version 2.0 also introduces the so-called “Dark” mode, which “is nearly as difficult as ‘Insane,’ but allows players to save the game.” And if your complaint wasn’t that The Witcher 2 was too easy or too hard, but rather too finite, you’ll be interested in Arena mode, which is a wave-based arcade mode where players will fight (and fight and fight) until they finally succumb to the enemy horde. Depending on how you fared, you could opt to upload your progress to Facebook or the game’s forums.

In addition to the PC enhancements, the upcoming Xbox 360 “adaptation” (don’t call it a port!) includes all of the new 2.0 features, as well as some other “new features.” Most notable, according to CD Projekt Red, is an all-new “4 minutes long CGI Intro by Oscar nominee, and BAFTA winner, animator Tomasz Bagiński.” Baginski did the CGI intro for the first Witcher title, but promises, “The CGI Intro for The Witcher 2 will have different flavor than the one known from the first Witcher game.” And before you get too upset, PC players, while the CGI intro is strangely being billed as an Xbox “feature” it will “be part of the future update of the PC version of the game as well.”

The 2.0 update hits PC a week from today, on September 29th, for the low, low price of free, while the Xbox 360 release is still expected in the Q1 2012 window. If you’ve been looking for an excuse to try your hand at witching, a new retail price point as well as some digital promotions should help. Beginning today, the Steam version is available for $29.99 (or €29.99) until October 6. CD Projekt Red sister company will offer a DRM-free version on the 29th for the same price, until October 6 as well. If retail is more your thing, The Witcher 2 is getting a $10 drop from $49 to $39 (or €39), a price already beat by Amazon.


The Witcher 2 approaching a million sales

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is close to selling a million copies, a representative for developer CD Projekt Red confirmed to Joystiq earlier today. The Warsaw Business Journal reported that the studio had sold 940,000 copies of the gorgeous monster hunter RPG in the first half of 2011, following its launch on May 17.

The Witcher 2 version 2.0 update for PC should arrive on September 29, alleviating the game’s punishing opening and making other tweaks that should open up Geralt’s excellent adventure to more players. The Xbox 360 version, which will ship with the V2.0 content, is still planned for Q1 2012.


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