The Witcher 2 dev debuting new project at E3

CD Projekt Red promises live gameplay demo for original game at this year's E3.

CD Projekt Red has been on quite the run with its dark fantasy role-playing franchise, The Witcher. Following on from the series' well-regarded debut in 2007, the Polish development house just this month secured much critical acclaim for The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, which was released for the PC in the US on May 17. (Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions are also planned.)

Geralt may soon have to share the spotlight.

Now, CD Projekt Red plans to branch out from its current bread-and-butter. As part of its Electronic Entertainment Expo presence this year, the studio expects to unveil a "brand new project." Details on the reveal are slim, but the game is apparently already playable, as CD Projekt Red promised a live gameplay demo for gathered industry persons.

CD Projekt Red is the development studio owned by CD Projekt, which runs the Good Old Games digital distribution portal. GOG.com is best known for offering a variety of classic games unfettered by digital rights management software.

This year's E3 will take place in Los Angeles from June 7-9. For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of The Witcher 2.

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charlieboomboom
charlieboomboom

Chose paying customers, keep ur company and job. pretty simple, either make an mmo or start to release on consoles.

aermeus
aermeus

Hmmm...i watched E3 pretty close and i didnt see any big announcement other than W2 coming to xbox...i thought they were announcing some other new project.

StDrake
StDrake

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ArcherRO
ArcherRO

so what's the new title?

-DaNuTz-
-DaNuTz-

I still need to play both witcher games :P

Cataclysmm
Cataclysmm

i really hope it,s another classic worthy RPG,because the witcher 2 is fire just like the first,.

mack10
mack10

I wish they would stick to RPGs, The Witcher 2 was/is amazing, I'm still playing it and everytime you run through the game you run into an event you haven't seen or have seen fold out differently. I would love another RPG from them...definitely not an FPS if the reveal is going to be "They"...FPS market is already saturated and lame tbh.

blutiger_engel
blutiger_engel

@dematrix Atari doesn't own anything, and will not own anything. They just publish the game in North America (and maybe some parts, if not most of Europe, I'm not sure), while Namco Bandai publishes it in Asia. Atari starts to sink, CDPR is NOT going down with it. Nobody is safe from a buyout, but CDPR can finance their own games with very little help from the publisher. The Witcher 2 reportedly cost around 10 mln $ (and they say "under", not "over" 30 mln PLN more frequently), for creating a game of this quality. With this in mind, they can practically finance TW3 with just the money they earn from TW2 (in Poland alone, TW1 sold 600k copies, with a launch price of around 30-35$, 99 PLN for most retailers, and this will sell even better, trust me). They will release it on consoles, which will net them a lot of additional income, and quite probably will raise the budget for TW3, not to mention the engine for the next game is already made! I doubt CDPR wants to sign slave contracts, like Bioware did, especially since they create games, for far less money than them, which means that they don't necessarily need to sign a pact with the devil to make one (since they make them in Poland, where the wages are lower, as well as the prices, and not in North America). They are a very self-aware company, just look at their DRM policy, which is a no brainer to them and to the rest of the world, but only they are not fighting this battle with piracy, which hurts the legal customer, more than the pirate. They will know what's best for them, and I doubt they see EA, or Activision as their outlet to create better games. They cannot be blind to what is happening with BioWare and such, and every developer wants to make their games, that appeal to the masses of gamers, not games that first and foremost sell, and their quality is a secondary issue. I'm sure the lack of such support (EA, Activision etc.) is hurting the Metacritic score of their games (this game is far better than 88, if you compare it to other recent PC games, especially the one recently released by EA and BioWare), but the reviewers will come around once they make a name for themselves worldwide. Let's hope CDPR will take the path of Rockstar (and I'm not talking about the scope of the company, just the relative independence from the publisher T2, which is good for both of them), or Valve, and not BioWare. It's definitely possible.

FsLeonhart
FsLeonhart

Probably will announce the game called "They. " The CD Project Red has stopped the development of this game, to focus on TW2. Now that witcher 2 is already released, must return to "They"

Jedimg
Jedimg

@BOONE123 I'm sorry to disappoint but no princess turns into a warewolf in The Witcher 2. Princess Adda from the Witcher 1 turns into a Striga if that's what you mean

Dematrix
Dematrix

unfortunately Atari would likely sink their teeth into CD Projekt/Red before EA or Activision had a chance. Not that I want this dev company to be owned by any of the three, but if i had to choose id choose the lesser evil. Atari's terrible management, employee strikes, and constant lose of money (cryptic anyone?) makes this publishing company the one to fear the most when the possibility of a buyout arises. Dont fool yourself, it will come, talent like this doesn't stay off the leash for long - their success will likely be their downfall. Here is hoping for a few good games before then. cheers and good luck.

BOONE123
BOONE123

The Witcher 2 was a great game considering the size and experience of the developer. I loved the part where the princess turns into a werewolf and Geralt has to end her curse. Im sure the Witcher 3 want be no different, so yes I am a believer and will be buying this one!

Henrique2324
Henrique2324

@MidBase - Hear this guy out, he speaks the truth

CassadyH
CassadyH

awesome, i wouldn't expect a smaller dev like them to have more than one game cooking at a time.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

@kronaras Diablo III / Blizzard never comes at E3 they have their own expo It's called... BlizzCon. :P

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

I want futuristic style from CDProjekt Red, sci-fi anyone?? :P

kronaras
kronaras

This, Mass Effect 3, Metal Gear Solid Rising and Diablo 3 are the games i mostly anticipate from E3.

Adema83
Adema83

A sci-fi game of the standard of the witcher would be sweet, Mass Effect needs competition (Mass Effect series being my all time favourite RPG series with KOTOR).

joylife
joylife

The Witcher 2 is one of the best RPG game I ever play for a long time!!!!!!!!!

Nodashi
Nodashi

@adupuis Try using some pots. I dunno what to think, I didn't die once there (my worst nemesis was an arachnid queen in a simple quest for some reason). Anyway, on topic - gogogo CDprojektRED! Those guys gimme hope on the future of PC RPGs!

Luka89
Luka89

@adupuis Some game are not meant for some people.... Anyways great game, really love it, exp gamers should buy it.

adupuis
adupuis

i fine game to hard i cant past the dragon without dyeing at being of game

ady_1102
ady_1102

yeah, just finished W2 y'day and i loved every millisecond of it, hope their new project will be as half as good and i will be one happy gamer

TheRedHunterr
TheRedHunterr

an epic story ...an impresionant atmosphere ...i like that

ultima1000
ultima1000

@shkar, even if they port it, the PS3 won't be doing any ubersampling. I've got one hell of a gamer rig and ubersampling still brings the pain, assuming this does come to consoles, it won't be nearly as pretty as running it on Ultra on the PC, i'd say medium settings at best.

lynyrd4
lynyrd4

new game and i bet there's witcher 3. keep going, CD projekt...

lock445
lock445

Active developers mean active gamers.

Stonecutters908
Stonecutters908

@-Unreal- looks like the esrb site got ahead of themselves. I doubt GI is lying.

-Unreal-
-Unreal-

@Stonecutters908 They already said it won't be Witcher 2 on consoles. Witcher 2 on Xbox360 hasn't been confirmed yet. Witcher 2 on the ESRB website only says "Windows PC" so if they did have Xbox 360 listed, it's gone now.

RockmasteR-_-
RockmasteR-_-

this studio is now officially one of the best Devs that I respect! :D nice going :D

gothicman
gothicman

I hope CD Project Red stays independent, as EA and Activision has a tendency to ruin great developers because they need to ass kiss "stockholders". *cough* Bioware *cough*

shkar
shkar

I just hope that they port WITCHER II to PS3 because my laptop can't handle the game on MAX UBERSAMPLING setting which is annoying me ,,,,,, I wish that they do this ASAP...

jollybest1
jollybest1

I HOPE it is a new rpg from them , and they will probably continue the witcher franchise :D........they have my money if it's a new rpg

Pete5506
Pete5506

Already making another game, good to here

Crash_WL
Crash_WL

Wonder what that might be, I'd love to see new IP's, especially by studios with as much potential as CD Project Red.

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

I want this game on consoles with French dub (PS3 or X360), plz.

Poodlejumper
Poodlejumper

CDProjekt has singlehandedly renewed my faith in PC gaming. They have my dollar and they're not afraid to work for the next one by putting out the best quality. Unlike some other devs who shall go unnamed...

Zondergrod
Zondergrod

Would you prefer that I praise her smile instead? Its also very nice XD

Zloth2
Zloth2

They have mentioned that there was going to be a Witcher-related announcement of interest to console gamers. Is this an additional announcement? (Hoping for Freespace 3.)

JTR_IceBerg
JTR_IceBerg

That's all good and well and I'm excited about that but I hope they finalize the Witcher storyline. Witcher 2 ended with a fizz when most of us were expecting a bang.

Joefatty2x4
Joefatty2x4

The game is an FPS called "They." The game has been in development since 2006 or so. CDP bought the rights to it at some point. You can find the game here on GS and check out some screenshots. Though I'm basing this off of my limited sources. So there you go, take it or leave it. This seems to be the most logical thing ATM.

elessarGObonzo
elessarGObonzo

all developers should take a hint from Cd Projekt and do it right! build on the best available platform and make something amazing, then they can tone it down for the other lacking systems/consoles. so far i would say Witcher 2 is the game of the year but we got quite a bit awesome looking titles coming.