The Witcher 2 hexing PCs early 2011

CD Projekt Red prepping sequel to acclaimed dark fantasy RPG for desktops next year; console release uncertain; new extended trailer inside.

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CD Projekt Red has been talking about The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, officially at any rate, since October. At that time, the Polish game maker decided to dish out the first details on the sequel to its acclaimed dark fantasy role-playing game from 2007, after unauthorized footage leaked onto the Internet.

Today, CD Projekt has returned with more information on The Witcher 2, announcing that the game will be available for the PC during the first part of 2011. In an interview discussing The Witcher 2 with GameSpot today, below, CD Projekt Red senior producer Tomasz Gop said the team would also like to do a console edition of the game, but definite plans have yet to be finalized.

As for the game itself, The Witcher 2 is a direct sequel to the events of the 1.5 million-unit selling 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.

CD Projekt Red has crafted an all-new game engine for The Witcher 2 and, in the process, has redone many of the tools that the developers used to create the game. As a result, CD Projekt Red hopes to create a smoother play experience with faster combat and a more engrossing feel.

For more information, check out GameSpot's brand-new preview of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.

Discussion

77 comments
charlieboomboom
charlieboomboom

what no release date for 360?? thought it was maj? well now i am just going to play for free, like other pc gamers :(

sirmilad
sirmilad

all of gamers should get this game when it comes

TerrorRizzing
TerrorRizzing

@ summonsoul its better this way, once it comes to console it gets compromised and isnt quite the same. With a little research and less money than xbox kinect im sure your pc could run the first one easily.

summonsoul
summonsoul

bring this game to consoles . my computer sucks , i just bought the first but my comp apparently is to old to run it

moshel_007
moshel_007

I hope this game will be less buggy than its predecessor.

sunio
sunio

hopefully on first day release, the US version will be uncensored this time.

shkar
shkar

I heard alot from my friends who have played the first game and so I hope it gets released on consoles so that I would give it a try......

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

Diablo 3 / The Witcher 2 / Half-Life 3... 2011 gonna be awesome for PC Gamer!! right now... I'll stick with StarCraft 2 & Crysis 2 can't wait..

severe_009
severe_009

My only motivation playing this game was the romance part, got bored with it half-way through the game ending up not finishing the last chapter. I hope they improve the battle system...

blackfray
blackfray

Oh My God if it's true then... OMFG!!! i'm having a heart attack! LOL: the interesting thing that i'm almost sure is that whenever it comes out it's gonna be sooner than Diablo 3!

lyncer777
lyncer777

PC Gamers Let's support this awesome game!

pollob13
pollob13

"console release uncertain" -- looks like they are giving good effort for pc version ... really glad to see that .. :D

Barabajagal
Barabajagal

The Witcher ranks near the top as one of my favorite action/RPG games. I played to the very end which for me is an accomplishment of sorts because sometimes I neither have the time or I lose interest in the game. The Witcher was really a great game. I hope the sequel isn't too demanding for my aging PC or I may just have to start planning my next build.

bodylotion
bodylotion

The Witcher isn't really my kind of RPG however but i never really finished the game so i should do that first.

gtaking40
gtaking40

I didn't like the combat nor the quests in the first, not sure about this one.

gtaking40
gtaking40

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Folleyrules
Folleyrules

Please come to xbox with local coop.....

xeridae
xeridae

@Daian I totally agree. It's just too bad that so many people seem to think FFXIII IS a RPG. It may be wrong but it could definitely win on name alone. It wouldn't be the first time that's happened in my opinion.

Arkady_16
Arkady_16

I thought that said ''early 2001'' really need to wake up Brad..... ohwell great news none the less :).

Exia2004
Exia2004

i love the first Witcher best Rpg ever!!!!

TETSUOdaIRONMAN
TETSUOdaIRONMAN

Always wanted to play the first one, but this one looks truly amazing.

3zone5
3zone5

sounds nice, but i do hope that they make geralt more... lively during conversations, and they animated combat a bit more something in the style of Oblivion.

vortex_gw
vortex_gw

I hated The Witcher. If The Witcher 2 is more of the same... not thank you.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

@FoeCrusher I think I'll do the same thing...

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

can't wait!! IMO The Witcher is the best RPG equal Bioware (ME2 & DAO) & Bethesda (Fallout & Elder Scrolls)

mivanc
mivanc

First game was awesome. I had borrowed it from a friend and never finished it. I bought it for 13$ during the last Holiday sale on STEAM. I need to finish it before 2 comes out ... A unique and amazing RPG...

FoeCrusher
FoeCrusher

Will do my part to support CD Projekt by buying this game when it comes out.

liffi
liffi

one can hope that the second one is as good as the first one. I think it had nice touch in the dark sides and it had some nice realistic views in it. And I think one of the best things was that no matter what you choose there isn't any good or bad things. It was all about what you as a player saw what is wrong and right... So Looking forward to this.

guitarist1980
guitarist1980

I liked the Witcher my main problem with the game was the spells looked kinda bad, they looked kinda bland.. but the environment and art style was really well done. I also think they need to revamp the skill tree's a little bit, it just never really got me that excited to power geralt up. In fact over all gameplay kinda mehh.. However the atmosphere was great and I really enjoyed the characters. I dont like dumbing games down but I hope they streamline the combat a bit better, make it more conclusive.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

Never picked up the first one; not sure how I missed it as it looked amazing. I'll have to remedy that in preparation for this; looks really good as well.

Jinx1988
Jinx1988

The Witcher was my favorite game of 2007, can't wait for this one!

conistant
conistant

Played the first game on my old PC.Hope they release console versions otherwise I will have to buy a new PC just to play this game.

killeridis
killeridis

haha can't wait to play this one i loved Witcher 1 and i am gonna love this one!!!

Valen_Ca
Valen_Ca

Oh hell yeah! Hopefully by that time we will have the rest of The Witcher novels translated into English and released here. @skyklg I don't want to spoil the first one for anyone that hasn't beaten it, not only do you find out where Alvin went, you actually talk to him a couple a times, granted you don't know it is him at first but you do still meet him.

Daian
Daian

@xeridae ME2 is really great but FFXIII isn't exactly the best in the series and it will not win anyway. FF won't win on name alone, it would have been really highly praised if that was the case but it's not, people were expecting some kind of masterpiece and it's not. It's good, but not rpg of the year. Personally i don't even put FF in the same category as other RPGs since it's a JRPG which are more like anime tv shows than epic rpgs.

Ghoulish_Visage
Ghoulish_Visage

Brilliant, the first one was one of my favorite RPGs ever. Also, I want Shani back.

Aiberg
Aiberg

I hope it stays a PC exclusive. I don't think it would be as good otherwise

tony382
tony382

I would love to see this on the 360.

skyklg
skyklg

Yay! Witcher 2 has gotta answer alot of things from Witcher 1. The Alvin paradox. Where is alvin? Is he the main antagonist in the end? The mystery of the assasin in the ending. Im glad they r doing something on the combat aspect as i find it simplistic n boring at times. Also i hope they will improve on the character models. I mean... everybody(execpt the main characters) looks exactly the same. Witcher 1 is a great game! Really like it, looking forward to it.

Mist3rBungle
Mist3rBungle

Damn, I was hoping for a late 2010 release.

anand_cept
anand_cept

Witcher is here..............Hide your women..............!!!!!!!!

MindlessTeef
MindlessTeef

Yes Please! The first one is great, doesn't work well on Vista/Seven though, but brilliant non the less. The Witcher 2 is looking very good.

GodsPoison
GodsPoison

I really wanted to play the first one but alas the console version was canceled and my laptop lacks the power too play most games. Hopefully they will follow through with the console releases this time, meanwhile you pc gamers can enjoy it.

ratix2
ratix2

@xeridae the only problem is that this isnt coming out until next year, so unless all the publications hold those over for the sole purpose of competing with the witcher 2 and next years rpgs ff13 and me2 wont be in the running with this. not to say they would win or lose against the witcher, just saying that they wont be in the running with it.