Saying that development for the PC is complicated is a lot like saying someone struck by lightning is feeling under the weather, in that it doesn’t really grasp the problem. Given the various combinations of operating systems, hardware, software that might be borrowing the hardware during play, physical condition of the computer, and simply where that internet browser has been, it’s almost impossible to build a PC game that won’t give somebody trouble. And this is on top the usual things that don’t pan out: weird voice acting, misplaced quest triggers, poor plot handling, and so on. Continue reading ‘Game Changers: Volume 28 – The Witcher’ »
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CD Projekt Red and Atari are releasing yet another update for the North American release of The Witcher. This time around, previously cut ‘mature content’ has been re-added to the game. Among other things, the game’s patented sex cards were edited for the US release; present, but with less nudity. The Enhanced Edition Director’s Cut removes this and other minor tweaks from the European version.
Reports that Atari had to cut a $500 check to Game Freak when one employee jokingly remarked that you ‘gotta catch ‘em all’ have been denied by Atari. This has not stopped players from trying, however.
Developer CD Projekt Red have released their latest patch for The Witcher, bringing the version up to 1.5. On top of the usual bug fixes and such, the patch adds five new bonus adventures courtesy of the game’s editor program and fan community: ‘Deceits’, ‘Blight of the Bogs’, ‘Wraiths of Quiet Hamlet’, ‘The Wedding’, and ‘Merry Witchmas’. On top of that, the game no longer requires that the disc be in the drive to play it.
Available through the official website, the patch requires the Enhanced Edition, either the retail version or the downloaded upgrade to the original Witcher.
Widescreen Games, one of CD Projekt Red’s partners in the console release of The Witcher, has just issued a press release announcing the ‘freezing’ of the game’s production. Widescreen manager Olivier Masclef has cited financial difficulties between the companies attached to Rise of the White Wolf. Continue reading ‘The Witcher: Rise of the White Wolf Suspended’ »
Gamers who were intrigued by The Witcher but didn’t feel their PCs were up to snuff will now have a chance to pick up the game for themselves. Atari and CD Projekt RED officially announced today that The Witcher will be coming to the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 as The Witcher: Rise of the White Wolf. It will see worldwide release in autumn 2009.
CD Projekt has announced that The Witcher has passed the million sold milestone.
Game companies usually don’t get do-overs. If there’s a bug or design flaw in a game, it stays there until the end of time. PC games often have the benefit of patches and mod communities, but these are after the fact and don’t always address the most glaring problems. Enter CD Projekt Red, developers of last year’s action RPG The Witcher; a promising but uneven title that, like many PC RPGs, felt like it needed a few more months in the oven. Determined not to let such potential fade into obscurity, CDPR rounded up the cast and crew, cleared their schedules, and took another stab at it with The Witcher: Enhanced Edition. The resulting package – free for download to those who already have the original – could show even crowd-pleasing stalwarts like Atlus a thing or two about keeping fans happy, and should be studied for years as an example of how real game fixes are done. Continue reading ‘The Witcher: Enhanced Edition – Staff Review’ »
The Witcher Enhanced Edition is due out this week and to celebrate CD Projekt RED is handing out some party favors on their site. All week long, exclusive content will be made available on the game’s official site. There will be developer previews, ringtones, developer diaries and interviews, exclusive music, and other as yet unnamed goodies.
The Witcher: Enhanced Edition ships out September 16 in North America and September 19 in Europe.
When I dropped by the Atari booth, Tom Ohle gave me a little walkthrough of some of the improvements they made for The Witcher Enhanced edition. He said that they had listened to the feedback from fans and media and really wanted to fix the problems people had. Continue reading ‘Witcher Enhanced Details from E3’ »