The Witcher hexing factories

CD Projekt's long-in-development action RPG based on Andrzej Sapkowski's world in mass production, arriving on North American retail on October 30.

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It was 2003 when Poland-based CD Projekt's internal Red Studio announced their first project, The Witcher. In the intervening years, the action role-playing game based on Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski's eponymous work has been shown on numerous occasions. However, it wasn't until Atari picked up the distribution rights first in Europe, and then in North America, that the game's actual release seemed to be drawing near.

It's magic.

Today, Atari announced that development on The Witcher has finally wrapped. The game will begin working its magic on PCs in North America on October 30 and in Europe on October 26. Assuming the role of Geralt, a superhuman hero who possess uncanny sword-fighting and magical abilities, players can explore the world envisioned by Sapkowski while following a storyline rife with modern-day implications and issues.

Rated M for Mature, The Witcher will retail for $49.99.

Discussion

55 comments
TheRealMopes
TheRealMopes

Just ordered this. I have no idea how I managed to miss it until it was a few days from release. Looks excellent :)

diabel44
diabel44

I have pre-ordered game and after a few hours of playing i must say: If You are real fan of RPG this is your "must buy" :] Good gameplay, amazing music, realy nice story..... Good, really good game...

Vasot
Vasot

I am sure it will be a Great RPG with a real involving story Also it looks better from Hellgate London

RonaldL
RonaldL

Finally something worth to play. I am a fan of RPGs, hope it will be at least as good as the Gothic series, gameplay and story as well.

Inorelin
Inorelin

Witcher is gonna be one of the best rpg's up to date...i dont care if other people say it sucks, your pathetic opinions dont matter anyway...go witcher and the Polish team!

teezer321
teezer321

This game is looking to be awesome, much more involving the NWN 2. Awesome story. cant wait. bought a new PC just for this game hope it holds up

dysguised22
dysguised22

"It's using an enhanced version of a several year old game engine. Hopefully they've done a good job technically. I love RPGs and am interested in this game, but I may be more inclined to buy Hellgate: London first since it can do DX10" Lol...if you're planning on using Hellgate London as a showpiece, you might as well grab what your dog left in the backyard and put it next to a strobe light. It's funny, The Witcher is using a much older engine, yet it looks like something that should be released this year. HGL is using DX10, and yet it looks to already be 5 years old. *shrug*.

robowarriorx
robowarriorx

I've been waiting for this one for years...I'm not hyping it up to much for myself, but I certainly look forward to it. It seems like it might be a bit innovative, and FINALLY a new mature RPG. Good to see that they realize it's not all angsty teens that play rpg's, but adults as well. I just hope my rig can handle it!

catsimboy
catsimboy

Well after playing that stinky Hellgate: London demo this looks like the October game for me.

Ranglo
Ranglo

Pedro: Developing for PC games do not allow for less risk than consoles. 1) PC gamers are much less forgiving if a game is total crap. Console gamers are often more casual gamers and may not even pay attn to who's developing. 2) With all the different hardware configurations it IS IMPOSSIBLE to release a bug free game. For consoles it's much easier to make a bug free game.

Targzissian
Targzissian

It's using an enhanced version of a several year old game engine. Hopefully they've done a good job technically. I love RPGs and am interested in this game, but I may be more inclined to buy Hellgate: London first since it can do DX10 and I need more software to show off the capabilities of my DX10 system.

_Pedro_
_Pedro_

sprinter24, you do understand that the pc is the safest to develop for? It carries the least amount of risks with it. If they were to make it for consoles and it flopped in sales. There is no from recovering that.

turaaggeli
turaaggeli

This is going to be one awesome game. Hopefully I get my new gaming rig just in time for this one... PS: What's with these idiots giving thumbs down on normal valid comments and questions? Bunch of retards you are . "Is this coming to consoles?" "OMFG NOWAY HE ASKED THAT! THUMBS DOWN FOR NEWB". I hate those people. Thumbs down for no apparent reason....

greystone227
greystone227

Haha, when I read the title, I thought they were having factory production issues. I'm thinking about getting this game, but I want to see a review first. It's making a lot of promises about story and the effect of choices, and I hope they keep them.

paveup
paveup

i have read the books and i just cant w8 for the game, if it gonna be only 50% that good like the book was then we have great Hit ,better then most of those rpg's.... My no 1 to buy.

texasjgc
texasjgc

I'm gonna give this game a try. I hope it doesn't get my hopes up like NWN 2 , then I get it and it totally sucks. :-\

zima84
zima84

For those who concern about 360 version. Cdprojekt offers jobs for 360 programmers, so they probably think of 360 version.

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

STALKER and Medieval II Total War and Kingdoms are keeping me well entertained at the moment, and on getting a new PC, so will Supreme Commander at last! Thank God for companies that give gameplay in spades! It certainly helps the hard earned pennies go further! On all these new games I will wait for user reviews, as non of them are dead certs in my book. Both Hellgate and this game could still stink on many levels, or end up being monotonous and shallow. So while I have great gameplay games to play, I will keep my powder dry, thank you very much!

bart190
bart190

Books are one of the best pieces of fantasy I've ever read. Dark, grim world, difficult to tell who's a bad guy . Hope they were able to recreate this climate.

teirdome
teirdome

No demo? It's either this or Hellgate, and I guess I'm going to have to wait for reviews to compare them.

Devvy01
Devvy01

Looks like a game to watch out for!

froidnite
froidnite

Oct 26 FTW. Crysis demo and The Witcher.......I can't wait.

edinko
edinko

Actually the witcher is only based on a short story if you call a 7 big books huge work a short story. read it. its great. hope the game will be too

kratos_karmakar
kratos_karmakar

every game that atari has something to do with turns out to be rubbish beyond comprehension.

Kh1ndjal
Kh1ndjal

im looking forward to this one, hope its as good as it sounds

GoFeR24
GoFeR24

Only few days and i will have it in my hands! :D

selbie
selbie

This looks like it will be a great game. So much darker than most games out these days. I just hope they've ironed out hitching problems in the game.

PseudoFinrod
PseudoFinrod

Wichter looks incredible-I REALLY hope they port it to consoles...if not, though, it might be the only game this year I get for the PC. I might actually start playing PC games more if enough games support the 360 controller.

Lonelynight
Lonelynight

It comes out the same date as the Crysis demo :o

vass86
vass86

i really like the look of this so i hope it comes out on the 360

zeecorner
zeecorner

damn, i have been pretty stoked for this game for a long time...unfourtunatley halo 3 had to come along...

jenova
jenova

If this game isn't the witchiest, I'll... not care. No hype, you know.

Damascus_Six
Damascus_Six

This game looks excellent! I wish there were more mature themed games like this on the horizon that will put the role playing back in rpgs. And avoid the US release, snag the UK version!

antogall
antogall

this game has the potential to be groundbreaking, but only if the developers got it exactly right. i'm anxiously keeping my fingers crossed...

runstalker
runstalker

My money's on a 360 version by February. The developer has dropped hints. I'm not sure if Atari's on board for a console edition. They got Games for Windows cert on the PC edition, so a) there's a relationship with MS , and b) a certain degree of 360-friendliness thanks to that GFW checklist.

sprinter24
sprinter24

If they wanted to make any money off the game they would've released it on 360 and PS3. Not that I care, it'll probably suck like Gothic 3.

DonutTrooper
DonutTrooper

Yes, I will be importing the UK version as well. I don't want to be held back from something people poured their heart and soul into. To the censors, shame on them. Censoring a game in a country is like spitting in the face of the devs, so I will spit in the face of the censors by getting the Euro one anyway.

sneakbyte
sneakbyte

European version will not be censored at all

magellan
magellan

I agree. I'm going to import the uncensored UK version as well

Celor
Celor

Sweet. Too bad I have to import it from the UK since it is censored here in the US. Don't by the US version!

woethan
woethan

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Spartan1017
Spartan1017

its been in development for forever, it better be good

Flyingoldfish
Flyingoldfish

I hope it compares well to the first Gothic game in story, mood, and setting.

Yojimbo8
Yojimbo8

Been a while in the making, but looks interesting.

Alaris83
Alaris83

Make sure you import the UK version :P