Another Witcher on the way

CD Projekt Red developer says there's "at least one big title" left in the franchise, though it might not be The Witcher 3.

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While CD Projekt Red is currently busy bringing its PC game The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings to the Xbox 360, the developer already has plans for the next installment in the series of action role-playing games.

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings cast a spell on critics when it launched earlier this year.

Speaking with Eurogamer yesterday, CD Projekt Red game designer and writer Jan Bartkowicz said the Polish studio has definite plans to continue the franchise beyond The Witcher 2. He noted that preproduction on the title actually started while the team was still finishing up Assassins of Kings.

"We still have at least one big title ahead of us in The Witcher franchise," Bartkowicz told the site, adding, "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."

The Witcher 2 is a direct sequel to the events of the original and picks back up with professional monster slayer Geralt following a failed assassination of Temerian royalty. Geralt then sets out on a quest to track down the king's attempted killers, while also continuing to pursue those responsible for murdering other witchers. The game features a branching storyline and allows players to develop Geralt to their tastes, upgrading his magical abilities, alchemy skills, or combat proficiency as they see fit.

Originally released on the PC in May, the game is receiving a free Version 2.0 update on September 29 that will introduce a new Arena mode and a revamped tutorial system, among other changes. The Xbox 360 version of the game is expected to launch next year.

For more on the PC version of the game, check out GameSpot's review of The Witcher 2.

Discussion

142 comments
lithus
lithus

*ding!* did someone order a well done edinko? burned. funny stuff Gravity lol

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

@chilly-chill: nope...probably going the same route as Crysis, where the light bulb wont go on til its too late for anyone with a console to care about the franchise anymore................................................................... @edinko: it must be great being so godlike and superior as a PC gamer...and as a supreme gaming deity, tell me your thoughts on Red Dead Redemption...you what? Its not available for the PC yet? Huh, atleast you'll be getting L.A. Noire 6 months after the fact, better late than never right?..............................................................................................................Atleast Starcraft 2 was a timely release right? That wasn't either?! Well surely you can tell me how good Diablo 3...what? Its STILL not out yet?! What the? Man, you should use your PC powers and smite the gaming industry for the direction its going... I would, but alas im just a mere console player ;(

Moloch121
Moloch121

@73X A quick google showed this from Auust. Triliogy means three so imo that means it's confirmed. But I also bought it more than once. I never did that for a game before. Steam version, Gog version and the CE also. Gave the gog to a friend though but I will also buy the 360 version and the invetiable PS3 version. CDProjekt deserves it. @edinko Frankly say what you want about Blizzard they have never made a bad game. Diablo III will be different but we shouldn't complain till it's out because it will most likely be the best dungeon crawler since Diablo II. @Conscrumptured You don't need a powerful PC really I have outdated hardware. A Q6600, 4gigs of ram and a HD 5770 and yet I play fine at 1920x1200 with everything but SSAO, Ubersampling and AA. 35 -40 fps most of the timel You should really consider it a fantastic game. But CDProjekt also said they didn't make a PS3 version because they are too small not that they don't want and are interested in bring it to the PS3 so you should be on the lookout for W2 on the PS3.

edinko
edinko

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godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@edinko What year Mercedes?89? Ok, well I drive a 2011 Bugatti, and when I'm not driving that, I fly my G6 from coast to coast for fun.lol

syafiqjabar
syafiqjabar

Why are people babbling about PC vs console gaming? There are robots and humans out there getting killed in the civil war between Autobots and Decepticons! This is a more real war than your game arguments!

edinko
edinko

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godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@edinko Judging from your grammar you appear to be the one who may be driving the Yugo. lol

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@edinko Listen, I'm not going to banter back and forth with you, but you act as if you are the overall judge of what makes horrible controls for a game. Because you think they are horrible doesn't make them horrible for everyone else, no matter the complexity. I can't think of any games that are ruined by console controls. They may not be as good as their pc counterpart, in your eyes, but a lot of folks are fine with it. I viewed your profile to see what games you are playing, but of course there isn't any listed, and I was curious to see if you actually played any console titles, or if you just hated it altogether?

edinko
edinko

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edinko
edinko

@godzillavskong you dont make any sense. like i said i play console games and actually playing 1 pc game right now with a xbox controller. and yes the controls are horrible for many genres most RPGs, all FPS, streategy and of course they are great for platformers, racing, simple games. its not a matter of preference. it is a FACT that more complex genres or genres that require precision really suffer from consolitis and bad controls. and i say it again i play console games all the time.

edinko
edinko

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godzillavskong
godzillavskong

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squallgunblade7
squallgunblade7

@edinko yes it is pointless to argue with some of your low caliber name 1 game that is better than my ps3 exclusives you can't their ain't any their is no good pc exclusive thats wasn't ports to console the witcher 2 is a great game but isn't anywhere near games like final fantasy, chrono trigger, demon souls, and many more i can name

squallgunblade7
squallgunblade7

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paladin9992
paladin9992

Bring it on CD Projekt... \m/ I got 3 Geralt waiting for another epic journey...

edinko
edinko

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squallgunblade7
squallgunblade7

@edinko paying for basic online play? dude you have no clue what you are talking about do you psn is totally free seriously i prefer dualshock over mouse and keybaord the games dude the games ps3 games name 1 pc game that beat games like final fantasy, infamous, killzone, gt5, resistance you can't because their ain't any i have a beast of a pc but i still prefer my ps3 heck i can play games liek the witcher 2 almost on uber settings

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

My PC plays Minecraft on max settings so I should be fine.:)

R083R70
R083R70

I didn't even bother to read the other comments I'm just here to say that this game is so damn good and everyone should play it. A sequel is mandatory for this game anything else would be ludicrous. I also would like to add that I loved this game so much that I gladly put up with the lowest settings because my computer would not be able to handle it otherwise, and even though it looked terrible the gameplay, story, etc was so extraordinary it made no difference at all to me if anything it made me appreciate the game that much more.

KILLEDbCRITICAL
KILLEDbCRITICAL

@Vojtass I am a game collector,i play all plats,including pc believe it or not, i GLADLY pay more for my physical copies and some DLCs although they aren't priority for me nor are M$.

Vojtass
Vojtass

@KILLEDbCRITICAL Additional DLCs on XB will be for certain price - this is Microsoft's official policy. Deal with it.

KILLEDbCRITICAL
KILLEDbCRITICAL

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Conscrumptured
Conscrumptured

I only have a PS3, and an outdated PC. Looks like, unless I get myself a newer PC, I won't be able to enjoy in the festivities.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Oh, I see , no it wasn't me who made that comment. You must have it twisted. I have all the consoles, 3 PCs, and 1 laptop, so I don't have anything against one or the other, but rather defending the statements made by you, saying the control scheme on consoles is aweful. That's your opinion in that matter.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@edinko What are you referring to when you asked"wasn't it you?" I have no idea what you're talking about. I plan on building myself a gaming pc and I don't have anything against PC gaming, it's just that I don't see anything wrong with console gaming, but it seems like some PC loyalist do.

Rocker6
Rocker6

@super_gameru 1 million sales,more or less.Dont know the exact number. Few weeks ago it was 940 000 copies,200 000 sold digitally.

super_gameru
super_gameru

How much did The Witcher 2 sold on PC? I'm just curious because is a great great game.

edinko
edinko

@godzillavskong no you are wrong. i dindt talk about graphics they are stupified in terms of gameplay to be playable on consoles. and that is a FACT. just play dragon age 2 or dungeon siege 3 or any game that is more and more dumbed down as time passes and new parts of the series arrive and the publishers perceive each year the console audience less and less inteligent.(they are not mostly but they see them like that) nuff said. its impossible to talk to stubborn console fanboys cause they are mostly so jealousy driven its is impossible to reason with them. you remind me actually of a guy today who commented the article in which rockstar (devs) said that batman arkham asylum will be best on PC with the statement that ppl shouldnt be CHEAP and play on PCs and play on a 21st century machine which is the PS3. by the way wasnt it you?

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@edinko You actually sound like a radical,trying to pass on your beliefs, or opinions. I know a lot of people who prefer console controls over PC controls,even on games that were born on PCs,so it's all about opinions, not facts, like you say. As far as games becoming primitive because they are being brought over to the consoles, what about them makes them primitive? Yeah the graphics are toned down, but is that really a major factor in one's purchase of a game? The controls are switched over, but a lot of gamers actually like console controls, so they shouldn't be a issue. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but your claiming that its a fact on what your spewing, which is wrong.

krisk7
krisk7

@manciuxl The Witcher 2 is long enough although it is shorter than TW1. There are several walkthroughs on Youtube and they are usually 20-30 hours long - keep in mind they are usually edited so sized down from more than 40 hours footage. To summarize if you play on hard and you do sidequests, some crafting, alchemy then TW2 will easily give you 40+ hours of gameplay. Also it's worth it to have at least one additional playthrough with different Act 2 and soon another with Dark Mode, not mentioning the Arena.

Vojtass
Vojtass

@cocainco Actually there are 7 books about witcher Geralt, but only two were translated into English (The Last Wish, Blood of Elves). This is very unfortunate, because in Central and Eastern Europe, these books have status of gold classics. In Poland there's a cult, and witcher is like national treasure - Obama got a copy of TW2 CE (signed by the Reds) from Polish prime minister...

manciuxl
manciuxl

make this one longer the witcher 2 was pretty short(only 15 hours with all side quest)

edinko
edinko

@squallgunblade7 just out of interest. i`d really like to know precisely in what is the Ps3 gameplay far far superior to the pc ones like you said? The few buttons? the sub-hd jaggy infested 6-7 years old graphics?the long loading times?typing text with a gampead? paying for basic online play?the inability to do anything beyond what sony wants?being condemned to play with 12 year old call of duty zombies?being stuck with control methods that are hopelessly overloaded with even a basic action game and are not capable of supporting even a mildly complex game without being terrible clunky or dumbed down ?take your pick

edinko
edinko

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eternal_blade3
eternal_blade3

I hope they will continue their plan to release the original Witcher on the consoles.

squallgunblade7
squallgunblade7

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Neosword
Neosword

Whatever it is, bring it on.

Rocker6
Rocker6

@gwokage Very well said,I fully agree with you. @edinko I also agree with what you said,you made some very good points here,only maybe you should try to be a bit more subtle about it.But anyway,well said.

gwokage
gwokage

@edinko I have to agree with what edinko is saying. He's supporting a claim that I too support. There is nothing wrong with being a fanboy, wev'e just been there from the start, that's all there is to it. Most sequels that are successful are improved by hearing out its original fan based community, and ofcourse, hoping the developers are still the same. When games are ported to a console from a PC they are definitely downgraded. If you say otherwise then please state next gen PC games that were successfully ported to consoles. I respect CD Project because they develop their games on the PC first, and then to consoles without the PC version losing it's original form what so ever. A perfect example degradation would be Crysis 2, I personally think the game was horrible because it didn't stay true to Crysis 1. What made Crysis 1 was it's sandbox type of gameplay...Why in the world would you take that out? As well as many of the physics and effects. This was due to multi-platform degradation. How can a developer make a sequel from a PC to a console? ($$$$$$)....CD Projekt knows of the limitations a console has, and therefore waits to bring it out after the PC version is done. It's awesome that the 360 users are getting a port though, hopefully you guys enjoy it as much as we PC users have.

Zverugin
Zverugin

Who didn't know there will be a Witcher 3? ydnarrewop, from the last changelog (patch 2.0) i saw, game already becoming easier.

Omar1313
Omar1313

I'm waiting The Witcher 3 from now ;)

ydnarrewop
ydnarrewop

Will the 360 version of The Witcher 2 be an exact copy in terms of content? Or will it be 'kiddified'?

tonet666
tonet666

The Witcher 3. the dream comes true.

DarckArchon
DarckArchon

Well i sure hope the game will be more Open World and Longer then 2, it felt a bit too narrowed down. Also i hope the Combat will be tweaked xP