CD Projekt Unveils The Witcher 2

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CD Projekt Unveils The Witcher 2

Months after an "early alpha" video was leaked online, The Witcher 2 has finally, officially, broken the surface, and it looks hot.

We all have a "thing." Something we care about deeply and intensely, that nobody else does. We can babble about these things for hours, imparting upon those around us the benefit of our knowledge and wisdom, oblivious to the fact that they could not possibly care less. For some people, it's giant Japanese robots, or the latest tomfoolery from Apple; for me, it's The Witcher.

So you better believe that I'm pretty excited about the fact that CD Projekt Red has finally taken the wraps off The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings with a sweet new cinematic trailer now up on GameTrailers. The Witcher website, meanwhile, has been overhauled to open with a stylized "2" that links to a new Witcher 2 forum.

The Witcher is noteworthy for two reasons: First, because unlike certain other, more recent RPGs that promised a dark, gritty game world and tough, morally ambiguous choices, The Witcher actually delivered, and second, because against all odds, it was a huge success. Despite being a PC-only debut release from some Polish studio nobody had ever heard of, The Witcher sold over one million copies within a year of its 2007 release, clearly tapping into a widespread hunger for non-traditional role-playing action.

CD Projekt Red is currently targeting a Q1 2011 release date for The Witcher 2; more information about the game is expected to be released soon, so stay tuned!

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I have one word to say

"Pufferfish"

clearly tapping into a widespread hunger for non-traditional role-playing action.

And boobie cards.

It looks lovely, but am i the only one who notices how horrifyingly bad the lip synching is? I'm sure it's just because it's an early build, but still.

I've been hearing that this will be available for the Xbox 360, so i should finally be able to check this out. I missed out on the first game.

While I'm quite excited at the prospect, I have to point out that Witcher 2 was announced months ago, with early gameplay footage released, so technically it's been unveiled already. But still, good news! :)

Flamezdudes:
I've been hearing that this will be available for the Xbox 360, so i should finally be able to check this out. I missed out on the first game.

One was in development but it got cancelled awhile ago. Whether this will be revived, one can always hope...

That was awesome. Geralt's looking good. There's much more emotion to his face. The Witcher is one of my favorite games. This'll be on my list of must have games for 2011. I only hope that they do the game up right, at the start, instead of having to release an Enhanced Edition to fix a bunch of bugs. I also hope they continue they excellent fan support, with free content and highlighting the best that the modding community has to offer.

If this has only now broken the surface, how come I already know about the sequel, read an article in the top Russian gaming magazine who did an in-depth preview of the game and even know the subtitle - "Assassins of Kings".
I'm so confused.

Same as Bioshock 2. Thanks but no thanks. If I wasn`t interested enough to finish the first one I sure as hell ain`t going to bother with this one.

Also in my alternative reality this game wasn`t such a great hit as people seem to mention, oh well...

The_root_of_all_evil:

clearly tapping into a widespread hunger for non-traditional role-playing action.

And boobie cards.

A little from column A, a little from column B.

Ahhh. Curious! Looks pretty sweet so far!

If anything like first will b e awesomely epic

Welp, there we go. That's the game that's going to prompt me to buy a new computer.

(Terrible subtitle though.)

The Witcher was such a profound experience for me. I remember sitting hours at the time in front of my woefully underpowered computer rejoicing at the stuttering though beautiful sceneries and fantastic plot & dialogue. Then came the directors cut and the great was made sublime. And this happened at a time when I had already become somewhat jaded at the industry in general, which made it all the more important to me.

Fantastic news.

Apparently a few of you missed the "months after an early alpha video" part. You know, the first sentence. We've all known about The Witcher 2 since CDPR acknowledged that the leak was real, but that's a far cry from an official announcement and trailer release.

Yay and nay same time. Yay because its always a new game to ponder about and a cRPG to boot, and never can have enough of those, also yay because CDP is my home ocuntry dev and retailer of games so wishing em best (even tho i hate the fact they so badly insit on selling me translated games with translated voice-overs..thanks to digital distribution i can avoid that <.<).

And there is nay because i know the novels that the whole concept is based upon, they were nice meaty fantasy books, but somehow any attempt at transfering it to other medias just doesnt work well (we had a movie/tv series based on it, it was like utter crap) ;/

Man, this looks Witchin'
I'm glad CD Projekt managed to make it through first release! That one's always the hardest :)
Congrats to our Eastern European friends!

Awesome.

...Now, to finish the first game I got for Christmas two years ago... I was put off by the loaaading screeeen tiiiimes. And my crappy PC.

I just want one feature...fast travel. If they add nothing else I will be happy. I hate the long trek between locations in The Witcher, it is the one thing keeping me from actually playing it.

Off Topic: People should buy a copy of The Witcher if only to support a team that decided to treat it's customers like human beings instead of douchebags.

Yeah, I was hoping for this! The first Witcher was awesome, and this looks even better! This is definetly going in my to-buy pile.

and it had alot fo sex :D hahahha but really I think it had a much better moral choice thing going on, the choices you made were actualy hard. Not Saint or Psycho.

The first one was horridly boring. Took me 20 hours just to get passed the village outside the castle and all those whining villagers who wanted to blame all their problems on some creepy girl.

Tried the first one and really wanted to like it, but I gave up halfway through Chapter 2 because I had no idea what my goal was anymore and I was bored. Still mean to give it another try.

Although I didn't enjoy the first Witcher (probably cause it just barely worked on my PC and I also didn't GET the subtle differences my choices made on the game) this concept about an assassin killing Kings makes me sit up straight and listen.

I think I'll give Witcher2 a play since it can't be HORRIBLE and I sat through the first one anyway.

Sweet raptor riding Christ i want this. I'm eager to get my mitts on Rise of the White Wolf if it does eventually come out on PS3, otherwise i may have to wait until i can get a high spec PC before getting my witcher fill

Well, I liked the Witcher, but it had plenty of flaws. I hope CDProjekt addresses them. . . no need to list them there, Yahtzee's review pretty much summed them up. Along with improved graphics, I hope they expand the skill tree and add more combat moves.

dead_rebel:
Although I didn't enjoy the first Witcher (probably cause it just barely worked on my PC and I also didn't GET the subtle differences my choices made on the game)

The problem is that they were time-delayed and highly arbitrary.

My problem with the Witcher was mostly that the whole thing was just sloppy.

The story had some really good ideas, but it needed a complete rewrite or two to make them click. Themes that could have made for a good backbone for the story popped up in random places then disappeared. The main villain appeared out of nowhere too late in the game.

Other than that, the dialog trees were buggy and disjointed. The quest scripting tended to break. The alchemy system was very strong in concept, but came with a horrible UI.

If the Witcher 2 has a bit more polish on it, it could turn out to be something really special.

The combat was pretty poor... I guess I need a bit more then story to tie me to a game...

Partial transcript of the hidden message at the end of the video:

"This message is for our biggest fans. Analyzing our stuff pixel by pixel, bit by bit. It's good to see you again**! :-) BTW: Simple minded people think (...) that single player RPGs are dead, or PCs? We sold 1.5 mln units game from dying genre on dying platform - so we somehow cannot agree ;-)

(...) We are very proud of TW but let be honest, it was our debut. We never made any game before, and we practically learnt as we worked. So there were many things which could be done better, you know it as good as we :-) But the vision, the main concept remain the same: game with mature, captivating and unlinear story, and full of spectacular combat.

A game created by a team of independent thinkers immune to corporate priorities, who don't care what's trendy at a given moment.

Do you remember how we made significant improvements with the Aurora Engine in the original game but it still had its limitations? Now we've created technology designed specifically to create non-linear games with extensive plotlines and a living world (...)"

THIS. THIS IS HOW THINGS SHOULD BE.

**Disclaimer: I am not a 'fan' of CD Projekt as such. I AM however, a huge fan of this style of thinking and I will be there with my money to support them come release day. By the by: I bought two copies of TW. Why? Because I'll be damned if they didn't deserve every single cent. If I'd been better off I would've bought more copies. The only thing that could've made it any sweeter would've been for them to publish on their own but I know that is quite a tall order, esp. for a new studio.

Go, go wonderful, talented people, Go!

I hope they improved the fighting mechanics for The Witcher 2, because I couldn't stand how dreadful they were in the first. Don't get me wrong, The Witcher was a great game in many ways. It's just that the combat was most certainly not one of those ways.

If they've changed the bit where everything with a vagina wants to fuck Geralt, I'm all in. Otherwise, meh.

Abedeus:
Awesome.

...Now, to finish the first game I got for Christmas two years ago... I was put off by the loaaading screeeen tiiiimes. And my crappy PC.

Did you get the full upgrade? The loading times improved a lot after that huge patch. A testament to their commitment to give you a good gaming experience. The reworked the whole game I think.

It's cheap now anyway, so get it if you haven't played it already. Oh, and don't stick to Vizima too long, it picks up a lot afterwards.

Ah, The Witcher. Glad to know there are at least a few people here who have enjoyed this wonderful game. I'm definately looking forward to this new installment. As has already been said though, I do hope they overhaul the combat.

Echo136:
The first one was horridly boring. Took me 20 hours just to get passed the village outside the castle and all those whining villagers who wanted to blame all their problems on some creepy girl.

Who you get to bone if I remember correctly. It's more of a Mack Daddy simulator than Mass Effect 2

I tried to like The Witcher, I really did, but it was so mind-bogglingly slow that I got frustrated and stopped. Although I was playing the "original" un-enhanced edition, so perhaps the fault is not entirely within the game.

I bought the first one for like 13 bucks on steam. I I tried desperately to like it..but the controls and UI..oh man..

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