E3 2008: The Witcher Enhanced Edition First Look

The Witcher that The Witcher should have been.

The Witcher was a great game. The Witcher Enhanced Edition, predictably, is even better.

We got our first look at The Witcher Enhanced at E3 2008 from CD Projekt, the Polish developer behind the 2007 role-playing hit. Enhanced is not a sequel or an expansion, but a rerelease. Our first question: If it's not broken, why fix it? The answer was simple. Fans on the forums had plenty of criticisms: inventory system, repetitive characters and enemies, and stiff player models, to name a few. So CD Projekt answered, and the result is The Witcher Enhanced.

Think of the enhanced version as a replacement for the original. For the exact same price, you'll be treated to loads of new bonus features that we'll detail in a moment, as well as five hours of additional gameplay. And for you angry Witcher fans who already purchased the game, fear not. All of the content from the enhanced edition will be available for download, for free. That's right, free.

So what's included? Of course you have the original game, based on the creepy universe created by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski in his 1990 fantasy novel The Last Wish. Given that much of the voice-over work was a bit cheesy, CD Projekt rerecorded about 25 percent of the dialogue in the game. Sprechen sie Deutch? The German dialogue was completely scrapped and rerecorded. And if you really care about languages, there are about 10 different language choices for both spoken dialogue and subtitles, great for those who want to listen in Italian and read in Chinese. CD Projekt says that The Witcher is best played in the original Polish.

The gameplay remains largely untouched, but you will notice a bit more diversity among Temeria's many inhabitants. Previously, swarms of enemies of the same type looked exactly the same, and citizens in town were nearly all identical twins. CD Projekt has since been able to randomize many elements of these character models. Although the models themselves will remain the same, clothes will be generated at random so each person has a different look. We watched our character take out several drowners that each looked slightly different from each other--some brown, some green--a nice improvement over the original game.

Characters in the many dialogue scenes will move and gesture in a much more realistic manner, mostly because they stood like statues in the original. Now, with hundreds of new animations, characters will gesture and move much more like real people. The other major aesthetic improvement is with the menu system. The protagonist Geralt will have slots for his weapons and armor now placed on his body, and alchemy potions are organized so that you don't have to continually mix and match to keep your inventory organized. In the original game, when you picked up items you were taken right to the inventory screen; in Enhanced, items will simply move to your inventory without taking you out of the game.

Throw in a map, a short story by Sapkowski, the original soundtrack, a second CD of songs inspired by The Witcher, a behind-the-scenes movie, and a game guide, and you have yourself the very edition of enhanced. This is the Witcher that the Witcher should have been, and it will be available later this year.

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64 comments
z827
z827

I got the censcored version(16+) and was wondering if this enchanced version would work on it

brian_13un
brian_13un

Enhanced they should make a next series not just enhance

brian_13un
brian_13un

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shailesh_das
shailesh_das

yeah what abt adult scenes improvement? will they let us watch em? he he he

tidurlagi
tidurlagi

Will the adult scene improves?

DeimosGT
DeimosGT

Will my old save files from the original Witcher work? I really need to know.

topsemag55
topsemag55

I have pre-ordered this on the Impulse website. Can't wait to install this Digital Download!

Vegeta51502
Vegeta51502

Its great that it is going to be free for people with the original but i do not think all the new things and bug fixes is going to be worth another pay through

Brashen
Brashen

Dang, what a mess this game is. Hope this "enhanced" edition fixes it. The gameplay design problems are too numerous to waste my time listing. And no, a few half drawings of half naked women and sexual connotations do not a game make.

DukeEdwardI
DukeEdwardI

WOW. that's pretty sweet that they're doing that. i was meaning to pick this game up sometime soon, but i think i'll just wait for this edition. quality game (so ive heard) and lots of goodies for a GREAT price!

Raiden8
Raiden8

Yeah, it's cool to have the enhanced edition of witcher around and to see that the company cares for us. I have finished witcher, 3 times and I guess I will play the enhanced edition too. But please, more than the enhanced edition, gamers want to have witcher 2. So if the company really listens, please hurry it up.

jrescan
jrescan

Cool. I was waiting a price cut for the original game, but having read about the new edition I'm sold to this one.

Mar044
Mar044

what about load times

AdrianWrz
AdrianWrz

Got TO LOVE being Polish *dances around* ;D i am so glad that such a great game came out of are country ;) thx guys

AdrianWrz
AdrianWrz

Got TO LOVE being Polish *dances around* ;D i am so glad that such a great game came out of are country ;) thx guys

AdrianWrz
AdrianWrz

Got TO LOVE being Polish *dances around* ;D i am so glad that such a great game came out of are country ;) thx guys

macmert
macmert

I hope the mimics in dialoges will be fixed accordingly, I remember a character was dancing while he was talking about a dead relative or something... The dialogs were awful, the voice acting was terrible, but the game was good nevertheless, I hope new Nwn expansions will look as good as Witcher...

Darth_Quanstars
Darth_Quanstars

wow a developer listening to the fans and responding with a new addition!!!!!!! I just finished The Last Wish and i wanted to buy the witcher but now i'll hold out until this comes out

enigmaeno
enigmaeno

There are a lot of really awesome games coming out before December... Clear Sky, Spore, and many others, but none have me nearly as pumped as The Witcher Enhanced. I just played the regular version (on the latest patch mind you) and WOW, if there was one game I would like to see revamped, it would be this one. Amazing game and this revision will probably make it one of the best games ever :)

Caer_Death
Caer_Death

My girlfriend wanted to buy this game last year, but I told her to wait for this... Well, at least it'll be polished the way it's supposed to be.

lucebuce
lucebuce

wow dude , a company that actually looks at the forums and actually answers it without saying '' we'l make a patch'' and actually makes a better game for the same price and avaible for download for FREE ? if only CD projekt made some more games , im sure as hell they would rock

moh_sakhaii
moh_sakhaii

A developer that cares for its customers and its own work is really rare these days.Excellent guys.I sure as hell will remember this for future purchases.

whitewolf227
whitewolf227

The first Witcher was hella sick but im glad they took the time to improve it.. and for free!

TehEliteElite
TehEliteElite

Excellent! That's really very considerate of them!

beanofengland
beanofengland

i was about to throw my copy into the sun and scream bloody murder, but then i read about the free update bit... nice one guys, maybe i'll bother to play the game now its been 'enhanced'... something about its original state put me off... oh yeah... everyone looked the same and i felt like time had stopped

LagMan_pt
LagMan_pt

I especially enjoyed the part of the free download \m/ Thats the way to go,

Jackyll87
Jackyll87

OMG ! Can hardly wait. Played through the witcher 5 times to get all the different storylines. One of the best games ever.

nocoolnamejim
nocoolnamejim moderator

Damn this is cool. How many companies take the time and effort to do something like this? Awesome.

Richard7666
Richard7666

Amazing! CD Projekt really go out of their way, and IMO have set the bar for developers. If only everyone was like this. In particular, several American devs could learn from CD Projekt's example. @ Panman_Dan "So wtf am I to do with my original copy? Did I just get jipped? Are there going to be refunds?" Um...bother to read the whole article first? You didn't get jibbed, though for your ignorance it would have been more amusing if you did get ripped off. You can dl all the new improvements and content FREE.

thicknick
thicknick

i'd love to see this kind of thing happen for other games in the future. good initiative!

zarkia
zarkia

sweet. something always stopped me getting the original. i'm looking forward to this version, though. sounds like they did a good job on the improvements.

sirdmos
sirdmos

Loved the original...can't wait for this!

ognen
ognen

The Witcher was a great game

gmax
gmax

Interesting upgrade strategy...

dark_being
dark_being

I didn't like the original release. Maybe this Re-release will change my mind.

super_csa
super_csa

oh man the original was already fantastic. then how fantastic is this going to be? i cant wait for the enhanced edition! thanks CD PROJEKT for this masterpiece of a game

blue_devil_99
blue_devil_99

Congrats to CD Projekt on not only creating a terrific game, but really going to amazing lengths to please customers/fans. This was already a must buy for any serious CRPG fan, and just got even better!

TehFuneral
TehFuneral

Now i don't know what to say about this..

tjdeep_2007
tjdeep_2007

COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL.!!!!!!!!!!! free upgrade to OG game owners...thanks CD PROJEKT

Panman_Dan
Panman_Dan

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Hungry_bunny
Hungry_bunny

That is really cool, other developers could learn from this example.