To celebrate the final week of GOG.com's fifth anniversary, CD Projekt RED are giving away one of their own games. Buy anything on the distribution site between now and October 17th, and you'll get a free copy of The Witcher: Enhanced Edition. That includes if you buy a copy of The Witcher: Enhanced Edition, so you probably don't want to do that.
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What we've seen of The Witcher 3 looks breathtaking, but it's also only a tiny part of the game. The trailers and screenshots coming out of CD Projekt RED have all been taken from the Skellige Islands, just one of the many and varied locations Geralt will be witching through. Talking to us at Gamescom, story writer Jakub Szamalek revealed some of the massive RPG's other regions, as well as the stories to be found in them.
Set aside your disappointment that the new Witcher 3 trailer doesn't show any game footage. While I'm usually pretty ambivalent towards CGI trailers, this one is... well, to be honest, it's unintentionally hilarious. What can I say? I'm a sucker for a comedy quick zoom into the near-demented face of an attacking guard.
CD Projekt RED is taking over the world! Well—the world of Poland, anyway. Originally based in Warsaw, the The Witcher developer is now setting up another studio away from home in Krakow. The new studio will be working on in-development titles The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Cyberpunk 2077, meaning we'll hopefully get to find out what the deal is with that vaguely preying mantis-like cyborg-lady soon.
Back at E3 I saw a 45-minute demonstration of The Witcher 3 (read my thoughts about it here), which established that this is an exceptionally large open world RPG whose grumpy protagonist travels by land and sea to seek out uncomfortable social situations and stab monsters. In the demo, Geralt did both of those things by playing the brooding stranger in a tragic play about a monster-hounded village and the consequences of taking sides in local politics (lots of murder, it turns out, which made things a bit awkward). "Who's the real monster here?" asks the game.
In a world of downloadable content and micro transactions, CD Projekt RED is an anomaly. While the studio’s mostly known for crafting the Witcher franchise, it’s also garnered the love and respect of its fans by releasing exorbitant amounts of extra content for free. It might not make much sense from a traditional business perspective, but CD Projekt RED co-founder Marcin Iwinksi sees things differently.
The Witcher 3 continues to look impressively pretty, as seen here in these new screenshots. Okay, so maybe "new" is a stretch of the definition. Many are similar to old shots, with Geralt in a slightly different pose, and all are based on scenes first seen in the game's E3 trailer. Still, it's hard to begrudge CD Projekt RED milking these moments when the results look so good.
Even as CD Projekt RED continues to flesh out the gameplay systems for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, some details always tend to stand out more than others. In a recent OnlySP interview with producer Marek Ziemak, we learn that monster taming is—unfortunately—off the table.
After an absurd number of free patches and updates, you would think you'd finally be able to play The Witcher 2 (Enhanced Edition (Director's Cut)) safe in the certainty that there couldn't possibly be any more changes made to the game. But while the official support may have slowed, one mod project is set to significantly overhaul the game - and it does come with a connection to CD Projekt RED. The mod, Full Combat Rebalance 2, is being developed by Andrzej Kwiatkowski, a Gameplay Designer on The Witcher 3.
While speaking with the folks at Rock Paper Shotgun, a handful of people at CD Projekt RED addressed a few concerns people had over The Witcher 3’s DLC and DRM policies. CD Projekt’s CEO, Marcin Iwinski, assured that the PC platform would remain remain DRM free.
It seems a safe bet that exploring The Witcher 3's open world will involve more than a few hours of staring at the back end of a horse. That's the impression you'll get from these E3 screenshots, which were collected up by All Games Beta. In addition to the beastly backsides, we also get a look at the game's weird monsters and incredible environments.
The Witcher 3 may conclude the trilogy of main character Geralt, but it's probably not the last we'll ever see of him. Polish developer CD Projekt RED want to continue working in the fantasy universe created by novelist Andrzej Sapkowski, and are even considering having Geralt of Rivia appear in future games.
As we saw in its official E3 trailer the other day, The Witcher 3 is lookin' beautiful, thick with the same sort of tension-filled romance as meeting a former lover again. But will that former lover remember you now that you're older, wiser, and have played a thousand other games since you left it behind? That's what CD Projekt RED is aiming for, with the news that your Witcher 2 save file will carry over into The Witcher 3.
Even as CD Projekt RED works to bring The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to multiple gaming platforms, it's clear that the PC still gives some developers a freedom they can't find anywhere else, according to a new Eurogamer interview with CD Projekt's joint-CEO Marcin Iwiński. He said Monday that no matter what DRM policies end up attached—or not—to Sony's and Microsoft's new consoles, gamers are going to be able to make a choice.
Though we already saw some gameplay footage of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt yesterday, three daring developers from CD Projekt Red braved a landscape that's strikingly similar to The Witcher’s Temeria.
Geralt menaced the crowds in fine style in The Witcher 3's showing at the Microsoft E3 2013 press conference. The mutant outcast and new beard have a whole world to explore, and, knowing The Witcher, it'll be full of jerks and monsters that you'll need to set on fire.
The trailer will hopefully give you a sense of why The Witcher 3 is one of our most anticipated games of E3. I had the chance to visit CD Projekt RED and see it first-hand earlier this year, and saw a quest set around the section shown 10-18 seconds in. You can read all about that in our Witcher 3 preview, but there was something in the new trailer that I didn't see during the demo. Mermaids!
New screenshots from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have surfaced, giving us a closer look at CD Projekt RED's upcoming open-world RPG. Geralt of Rivia is back, of course, and we see in the new shots the beauty and dark violence that permeate the Witcher universe (hat tip Cvgworld, via EDGE). While the winged creatures are definitely reminiscent of the ubiquitous—but menacing—harpies from the Witcher 2, it's the incredible four-legged monster with giant antlers that caught my eye.
If you give PC gamers a chance, you'll see some special things happen. The deep and fascinating community that operates behind the Witcher 2 has begun to assemble and release tutorials for the REDkit mod tool set that recently entered its public beta phase.
Now that the Witcher 2 developer CD Projekt RED has opened its mod tools beta to the public, we get to see some of what was going on behind the scenes during the closed-beta phase. Moddb.com has an interview with the author of the closed beta's best mod, Philipp Weber aka Benzenzimmern.
After last week's false start, CD Projekt RED have now officially released the Witcher 2's mod maker, REDKit. It's a powerful looking suite, giving you the opportunity to design quests, build lands, create NPCs, customise combat and "plant realistic forests in just a few clicks." That last one is probably the limit of what I'd be able to achieve.