Namco to distribute The Witcher 3 in Europe

CD Projekt Red confirms Namco Bandai Games Europe will oversee release of next-gen role-playing game in 2014.

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Namco Bandai Games Europe will distribute next-generation role-playing game The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in Europe, CD Projekt Red announced today. Namco also published predecessor The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings in Europe.

"We're convinced that they understand our vision for the game and that they will do a great job at letting gamers know how the game's open world and great story are going to change the next-gen RPG landscape," CD Projekt Red Adam Badowski said in a statement.

Specifically, Namco will oversee the European release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC in the following countries: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Malta, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and United Kingdom.

Warner Bros. will distribute The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in North America.

CD Projekt Red marked the sixth anniversary of the Witcher series last week by announcing the franchise has sold more than 6 million copies to date. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is currently in development for a simultaneous release in 2014 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

Discussion

40 comments
ritsukoblue
ritsukoblue

I can't wait to get this on Xbox One!

ohjtbehaaave
ohjtbehaaave

This is the game that made me want a PS4.  And those NBA 2K14 graphics.

hadlee73
hadlee73

Those gamers not "in the know" with how gaming distribution works will give Namco the credit for making  The Witcher 3, and don't think Namco don't know it. They are going to love having their name associated with this game. 

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

I want that game sooo badly. And knowing CD Projekt Red I'm gonna have to put down extra cash for the Collectors edition because of all the nice extra's.

Saidrex
Saidrex

pffffffffffff, screw them, i'm getting this on GOG.

Hurvl
Hurvl

So this makes a difference how? If some other publisher distributed the games in Europe, we'd still get the same game, right?

pspearman
pspearman

As much as I love the Witcher games (and this one looks like its shaping up well),  the game I really want to see more of is Cyberunk 2077

DukeMagnum
DukeMagnum

THIS IS GOING TO BE A STRAIGHT BEAST OF A GAME.

shingui5
shingui5

Amagd, CDproje$t has totally sold out!

THE WITCHER SERIES IS DEAD!!

Vojtass
Vojtass

I want to remind you, that Namco was the company that sued CD Projekt RED for DRM removal. I hate Scumco.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

Namco did a good job with distributing the X360 version of TW2...good news.

1MonthBeard
1MonthBeard

The only bad thing (which isn't bad at all, I guess) is that I'll have to buy a ps4 to play TW3 as my computer would probably explode when I reach the title screen. xD

LADIES_MAN_2013
LADIES_MAN_2013

The best way to purchase the Witcher series and other CD Projekt Red games is through GOG.com. It is owned by them and provides completely DRM free games. Previously they only had classic games for sale, but now they sell new games too. So do give it a try!

mulac2910
mulac2910

Cannot wait for this.  Hopefully we can play it in 3D on PC just like The Witcher 2 :)

wexorian
wexorian

Good, I'l get digital v anyway :D

Vojtass
Vojtass

@Hurvl Yeah, but DRM stance in retail version would be uncertain. Also publisher makes big difference for the developer.

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

@pspearman I want both thank you very much. Time to watch that Cyberpunk 2077 trailer again :D

MonocleOwl
MonocleOwl

@pspearman 

Oh god yes. CDRED is shaping up to be a great RPG dev for now, lets hope they only improve from here on out.

pspearman
pspearman

@Vojtass DRM removal? From what? I don't recall CD Projekt ever using DRM at all...

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

@LADIES_MAN_2013 If they give me a steam key as well as a GOG copy, i would gladly purchase from GOG.


But if i get it from steam, they give me a GOG key anyways. 

Yulaw2000
Yulaw2000

@LADIES_MAN_2013

If they stick to their word the boxed copy should be DRM free too and with that it's much easer to sell/trade if one should wish to do so. When I got W2 Enhanced Edition I got a free digital back up copy too.


topeira
topeira

@LADIES_MAN_2013 if i live in a country that isnt listen in the european list (as mentioned in the article) can i still buy from GOG?
cuz otherwise - they dont publish in my country, da bastards. 

p.s. - I WANNA SEE MOAR FOOTAGE OF THE GAME!! why is CDPR so secretive...?

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Vojtass @Hurvl I know how much a publisher can interfere, but it sounded like Namco would only have a distribution function, not the usual do-this-or-else-power that publishers are known for. What I'm saying is that Namco didn't seem to have as much power over the game as EA has over Battlefield, they're just making sure the game comes to retail stores. That's what I read into it anyway.

bignick217
bignick217

@Vojtass @Hurvl Unless they do the same thing they did last time.  Buy the retail version... Register it on GOG.com and get the gog version added to your library for free with all updates and DLC free.  DRM threat eliminated.  Here's hoping they do that again.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@shingui5 @DukeMagnum I'd like to suggest that it could be asexual as well, but knowing Geralt, that won't be happening.

Vojtass
Vojtass

@pspearman @Vojtass TW1 and TW2 retail versions had DRM. Namco was a publisher of TW2 and they wanted to have SecuROM Online on board. CDPR  removed it via patch 11 days after TW2 release. This DRM was extremely troublesome, it slowed down game performance about 20-30%.

Vojtass
Vojtass

@topeira @LADIES_MAN_2013 Because game is still in alpha phase. I think that first gameplay we will see in the beginning of 2014. I would like to being mistaken.

TheSkyrimStatue
TheSkyrimStatue

@topeira  The internet is global my friend. GOG is digital distribution, basically a better version of steam 

Vojtass
Vojtass

@Hurvl @Vojtass That is correct. CDPR signed distribution (not publishing) contract. Namco doesn't have any influence on the devs work, because they don't give a cent for development. But DRM is another thing. It is strictly connected with distribution service. Well, we'll see.

Vojtass
Vojtass

@bignick217 CDPR has exclusive rights for digital distribution, so GOG version will be released for sure.

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

@bignick217 After last times fiasco and what they have been saying in the media I doubt they will put DRM on again. Namco Bandai wasnt too pleased when CD Projekt Red removed the DRM from ALL versions. But since Namco Bandai will be publishing again they probably see eye to eye with CDPR again.

And that GOG.com thing was so nice...I dont see why that wont happen again.

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

@TheSkyrimStatue @topeira Yep same price for everyone, which is pretty sweet.
 Here is to hoping we will get a Grim Fandango release on GOG one day.