Console Witcher ditched in favor of Witcher 2?

Source: Independent reports from Polish gaming site Polygamia and role-playing-game-centric GameBanshee.What we heard: In December, CD Projekt Red at last made official what many had already long suspected: The Witcher is coming to consoles. As detailed in GameSpot's first look at the Xbox 360 and...

Source: Independent reports from Polish gaming site Polygamia and role-playing-game-centric GameBanshee.

What we heard: In December, CD Projekt Red at last made official what many had already long suspected: The Witcher is coming to consoles. As detailed in GameSpot's first look at the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game, The Witcher: Rise of the White Wolf tells the same story as the highly regarded 2007 PC adaptation of Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski's dark fantasy universe. However, more than just ports, the console editions were also supposed to feature new content, better graphics, improved AI, and refined animation, among other tweaks.

Now it appears that CD Projekt Red has run afoul of the global economic crisis, forcing it to halt development on the title. On Monday, Polish gaming site Polygamia reported that unnamed sources had confirmed that the console adaptation of The Witcher had been canceled. That information was followed up today by another report from the RPG-oriented GameBanshee, which said that the publisher-developer has made deep cuts at its Warsaw headquarters.

GameBanshee went on to lay out the scenario behind the layoffs. After The Witcher's release, CD Projekt Red reportedly began three new projects based on the Witcher IP: the console port, The Witcher 2, and an unnamed third game. However, CD Projekt Red first reportedly canceled the unnamed Witcher title, pink-slipping nearly all employees associated with the project. Then yesterday, the studio closed the book on The Witcher: Rise of the White Wolf, cutting loose an additional two dozen staff.

GameBanshee's source didn't just offer reports of doom-and-gloom for CD Projekt Red, however. The source also claimed that development continues on The Witcher 2, which is being prepped for both consoles and the PC. All remaining staff and resources have been diverted to this project, the source went on to say. No information on a release window was offered, though Rise of the White Wolf had been scheduled for this fall.

The official story: "We don't comment on rumors," a CD Projekt Red representative told GameSpot. "Any plans will be announced via official channels."

Bogus or not bogus?: CD Projekt Red is hardly the first, and not likely the last, to make concessions in the wake of a tanking economy. Looking not bogus.

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summonsoul
summonsoul

whats with the constent complainning about wanting exclusive titles ? selfish much ? isnt it better that a game gets a wider fanbase so that way the companies get a bigger profit allowing them to for 1, keep their company going and 2, make more sequels cos more ppl bought the game

mivanc
mivanc

I should get back into the first and finish it. I got to the end but never wrapped things up. Will wait and see if its any good being a multi-platform game ... I guess its not financially viable to make games just for PC anymore.

Tidal_Abyss
Tidal_Abyss

While I understand everyone wanting to play such a great game, I really wish it would remain a PC exclusive, because going multiplatform will just bring things down for us (PC users). The Witcher: Enhanced Edition has such low requirements, what kind of computers are you using if it can't handle this game? Pentium4 2.4GHz (old and slow, are you really running lower than that?) That's all that's required on the Witcher Enhanced, for one example. (Plus, the enhanced edition fixed the problems of the original, and it's a free download if you still have your original, and the director's cut- full nudity basically & the original as it shipped in europe is a free download off the site as well. If you buy it retail it's already loaded on disc this way plus free music cds, behind the scenes stuff, maps, an editor, & a paperback book "excerpted from "The Last Wish" by Andrzej Zapkowski)",- the whole 9 for $30 at walmart). I really don't mean to sound bad but I am truly shocked how many people say their computers can't handle that. Consoles always ruin a good thing on PC, mark my words, it will happen again. I'm not saying it won't sell, but it won't be as good as it would've been as a PC exclusive. consoles have their exclusives, I wish this one could stay an exclusive for us.

xEpiphoneSG
xEpiphoneSG

i know this is really old but... @Dalamar fallout 3 was not for xbox but was praised when it came out for it, even though many people didnt play the prequels...so yeah...

Snaptrap
Snaptrap

For the price of a console these days people can buy a high-end video card and CPU. With the extra crap they buy for them they can add some RAM and a new motherboard instead. I have to wait until tomorrow to play The Witcher but either way, I'm glad I upgraded.

sleath_hunter33
sleath_hunter33

no the rise of the white wolf was cancelled sadly so just get the ee version 4 now and wait 4 the witcher 2

_en1gma_
_en1gma_

Witcher 2 better be PC exclusive.

fazedjb
fazedjb

can't wait for witcher 2. just don't reckon I'll have the super computer to play the PC version.

electronic_eye
electronic_eye

I really hope it is a rumor that White Wolf isn't coming to consoles. I have been really excited for it.

Memoryitis
Memoryitis

Sweeet, now they can focus 100% on the Witcher 2, drools

Theconsciousss
Theconsciousss

A damn shame, for me CDP have made a big and long lasting impression on me, and i was in fact hoping to buy RotWW for PS3 despite having it on PC. Hopefully its only a rumour (though that seems unlikely) Nonetheless I will be one of the many looking forward to TW2

HARI96
HARI96

its not that bad pc ftw

Cloud310
Cloud310

the witcher is a great game, too bad would of been great on 360 and ps3 also. another point the witcher 2 could be even better and debut multiconsole. nothing to give our hopes up on.

patton101
patton101

Damn I was hoping for a console version for my PS3. My computer cant really run it.

shinchy
shinchy

@lotsofgunfire by the point the patch came out I'd already got rid of the game.

dark_sith_
dark_sith_

As long as they are going to make The Witcher 2 and the game doesn't lose any of it's scope, complexity or quality storytelling due to multiplatforming there is nothing to worry about. Better that they make a single great game then to spread themselves across three titles and make three mediocre games. After all they already remade The Witcher once and I'm sure that almost anyone who was interested bought one of those two editions already, or is planing to buy. As for the third unnamed title; they can always make that after The Witcher 2 and money influx that game is sure to bring them. Definitely looking forward to this game, because I liked the first game and still have it installed.

topsemag55
topsemag55

Witcher 2 is a definite buy for me.

aaronobst
aaronobst

@ DaIamar The same could be said for a lot of games. Heaps of people buy sequels before the previous installments

lotsofgunfire
lotsofgunfire

@shinchy What, you haven't tried dling the Enhanced Edition patch on their website?

shinchy
shinchy

Oh man that sucks, I got the PC version when it came out but it was plagued with problems and in the end I gave up. So when it was announced for the consoles it became a must buy. If it's true, I'll pick up the enhanced version and see if that fixes the issues I was having.

DaIamar
DaIamar

Epic fail is epic. Do they really think console owners would pay money for Witcher 2 if thay hadn't got a chance to play the first one?

warsh88
warsh88

While it's great news that TW2 is coming out on all platforms, I feel for all console owners that they might not be able to play the original. If the rumor is true and the 2nd ties in any way to the original, I recommend playing the original! The specs aren't that high and scale well anyways

mep69
mep69

im hopeing bogus, and if not; its a bad choice.

8smokes
8smokes

Well, at least CR Projekt Red survived, and didn't have to close their doors.

Extra_Life
Extra_Life

I was looking forward to the console edition of the The Witcher :( no doubt I'll never play it now as I don't have a PC capable of it.

0678
0678

humm that is an odd move. "hey kids!" "yeah?!" "remember the smash hit that was exclusive to one platform that was the witcher?!" "YEAH!!!" "well now YOU yes YOU can play the......SEQUELLLLL to the game you probably didnt play last time!!!!" "yay?"

ElectrolightSH
ElectrolightSH

Well that is stupid of them. Why would I ever buy a sequel to a game I never played. What they should have done was focus on getting an Xbox 360 version of the game out so people won't be confused when the second game comes out. They would have made quite a bit of profit which they could have used to resume production on The Witcher 2.

DAftHour
DAftHour

now this is what all of us were expecting.... the witcher 2 both for console and pc gamers. Fabulous:X:X:X

raptures330
raptures330

Very nice and original RPG. Pity the console only gamers will have to miss it. Now just hope that W2 is as good as W1 but with more stuff, then it will not be such a pity :)

Emraldo
Emraldo

Yuuusssssss, sorry console folks, but I'm very happy to have another one of CD Projekt's masterpieces on PC.

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

Too bad, but blame it on the economy crisis. :shock:

neomana
neomana

Wouldnt be good, been waiting for the console version for ages!

BenBenBen93
BenBenBen93

i have witcher but my PC cannot play it this is horrible news to me.

Onyx99
Onyx99

This is disappointing. I have the PC version and love it but I was hoping to see how it would translate over to the console. However as long as there is a Witcher 2 I will be satisfied.

Da_Don_J
Da_Don_J

Well this sucks (especially for the people who lost their jobs), was kinda looking forward to the new combat system. The Witcher EE was one of the best RPGs ever, it sucks that consles wont get to experince this awsome game. And it looked like they were'nt just porting a two year old game (like they did with Mafia), they were actually making some fresh content. Well at least they're still making The Witcher 2.

jcdbionicman
jcdbionicman

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jenguando
jenguando

Oh no no no no.Please no no no!!!

Peabody99224
Peabody99224

@jyound312 I totally agree... Dragon Age will also have to be my fix later this year. Damn another game bites the dust...

jyoung312
jyoung312

I was looking forward to this; this is a shame. Blame the economy and the big budgets needed to complete games. Dragon Age it is for my rpg fix then later in the year. I hope Sony brings Demon's Souls to NA so that i can make up for this loss.

TehEliteElite
TehEliteElite

"...unnamed sources had confirmed that the console adaptation of The Witcher had been canceled." Hmm, I dunno, "unnamed sources" sounds kinda sketchy. I'll believe it when they announce it. Same goes for Obsidian's Aliens RPG. It's been months, since it was "canceled," so I'm gonna say bogus for now on this one.

paulie7285
paulie7285

NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Boo!! This year's games don't look that great, I was only interested in Batman, Dragon Age, and this one! (maybe one or two others I can't think of right now) This sucks!

paulie7285
paulie7285

NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Boo!! This year's games don't look that great, I was only interested in Batman, Dragon Age, and this one! (maybe one or two others I can't think of right now) This sucks!

Sniper
Sniper

The console versions of The Witcher were supposed to feature better graphics? That seems like another marketing lie. How can the PS3 and Xbox 360 offer better graphics when they use old hardware, compared to the latest generation of PC processors and video cards?

kakotan
kakotan

THIS BITES!!!!! My brother and I do not have a PC that can run this game. We both have been wanting to play this game so bad the first story not a 2nd one. From what we saw this game looked amazeing and when we heard it was comeing to consoles we were stoked. Really hope they change their minds.

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

For once consoles lose out and a games publisher sticks with a game that includes releasing on PC - who would have thought?!

WeWerePirates
WeWerePirates

Wow, that sucks. One of the few games I would have been happy to buy for a third time.

Payback7
Payback7

@shackles_of_Zar - that sucks dude!! Such a good game. I'd return it and get a new copy! :P Anyway, looking forward to Witcher 2! MORE RPGS!!! YAAAY!!

BigDaveyDogz
BigDaveyDogz

This sucks...I never played the PC version cause comp couldn't handle it. Was so looking forward to playing this on my 360...friggen economy!!!