Warner to distribute The Witcher 2 on Xbox 360

CD Projekt secures North American partner for console version of fantasy role-playing game; release set for Q1 2012.

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Atari, Namco Bandai, and THQ have already had a hand in bringing CD Projekt's The Witcher 2 to the masses, and now another name can be added to the project. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today that it will be handling North American distribution duties for the Xbox 360 edition of the game, with a launch window set for Q1 2012.

Geralt recruits yet another ally in his quest.

The news comes during a period of unsettled litigation between CD Projekt and the PC version's European publisher Namco Bandai. The publisher alleged an initial contractual violation when the developer released a downloadable version of the game free of digital rights management through its own online storefront, Good Old Games. A second breach was claimed to have occurred when CD Projekt signed a distribution deal with THQ to bring the game out in Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the Middle East.

The Witcher 2 is a direct sequel to CD Projekt's 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. The PC edition received a 2.0 update last month, adding an arena mode, extended tutorials, a harder difficulty setting, and various other updates, all of which will be included in the Xbox 360 version.

For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of The Witcher 2.

Discussion

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GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

im not sure whether to get this for my PC or 360...hmm

lipskid
lipskid

Promises,promises......

Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

@Llama345 They are here because they are fans of The Witcher 2. So...yeah, they pretty much have every right to say and do what they want on the internet. nothing is going to change that. *goes back to playing the Witcher 2*

Diablo-B
Diablo-B

PC users will always feel superior to console users. Console users will then get defensive and say anything to put down PC user's. I myself feel that some games are much better suited for PCs.

What PC users have to remember is that not everyone has, wants, or can afford a gaming PC. For people like that, which includes myself, we play our games on a console. As to why either side fights each other is beyond me.

pakhair
pakhair

@ ALL CONSOLE PLAYERS I bet many PC players were trying to say the same thing as me. Actually PC gaming is a whole different world as compared to consoles Here graphics,resolution,anti-aliasing and frame rate is considered above then gameplay (talking about majority) and people do prefer online far more then offline game + the online community is quite good cause there are few annoying children here as compared to Xbox Live. In the end our life is quite different from console gamers, We get annoyed if we see a frame rate drop or texture popping out e.t.c + our fav genres are mostly RPG, FPS, RTS and MMO

pakhair
pakhair

What a flame war I started (mistakenly ofcourse) Well no hatred for Xbox 360, I play my majority of games on consoles but FPS and RPGs are something I prefer on PC. What I actually said was that this game is better suited for Keyboard/Mouse controls and the frame rate and anti-aliasing is quite good too on PC. On consoles I really doubt that the game will run smooth in hectic situations as I know majority of open world RPGs often get hiccups on Xbox 360, So I meant that PC will be a good experience as compared to Xbox 360 e.g Dragon Age Origins is far better on PC as compared to consoles in terms of control, draw distance, frame rate and fluidity

rigas47
rigas47

@Whirlbat I know but i just hate pc gamers who act all knowing about computer tehnology while actually they use pc just like consoles and does not take any actual advantage of classic pc gaming so basicli yeah new breed of pc gamers-fanboys

Whirlbat
Whirlbat

@rigas47 Save yourself the stress, man. Someone who says "wonder how it will look on weak and outdated consoles" isn't going to appreciate insight on how to craft a non-fallacious argument. (Cue pseudo-intellectual retort, laced with argumentum ad hominem. ;P) He's just trying to start a fight, then fatigue you out of it.

letsrock53
letsrock53

@rigas47 I didn't BASH your console purposefully. I was merely pointing out the limitations of this particular platform. I have no idea why people are getting so offended by this. Is it the frustration of being cheated all the time? May be you are angry over the substandard stuff that is being served all the time despite paying significantly more.

mkaliaz
mkaliaz

You xbox guys are in for a hell of a good time. Witcher 2 is absolutely fantastic game and it works great on a gamepad. I played the whole game through on my PC with a 360 controller. I just hope the frame rate holds up because its put my nice machine to the test.

Llama345
Llama345

why are the PC fanboys on here? does this say the witcher 2 to be distributed on PC? no it says XBOX 360.

rigas47
rigas47

@letsrock53 If it's just your opinion then why are you bashing consoles first and then "o im sorry its just my opinion you console pesant" and also xbox have ati xenos which is equal to Geforce 8000 chips not 7000 and xenos have almost twice the power of rsx chip in ps3 and that is the reason why xbox can still produce decent graphics not this conspiracy theory again : D

letsrock53
letsrock53

@Steba93 "And graphics aren't even everything. Isn't it more important to have great gameplay, story and characters?" 100% true. But I can assure you that Witcher 2 has everything of the above and more. Some games are meant to be enjoyed in high details and I am pretty sure that XBox 360 will not be able to do justice to those masterfully crafted environments and creatures in Witcher 2. @Sigil-otaku Oops. Getting too lazy these days. I forgot to explain "outdated". What I meant was Xbox360 running a Geforce 7000 series based chip and all that. In tech terms, Jurassic. I agree with the optimisation part. Since most games these days are created for consoles and then ported to PC (Purely financial reasons), crappy graphics and terrible performance are guaranteed. "it's all about managing the resources available" - That sounded like somebody is forced to play any crap that gamemakers put forth for excruciating prices. Why? Because the damn thing can't do anything else! Developers love the consoles for a simple reason. Less work, more pay. Don't have to worry about SLI, FSAA, Ubersampling or anything. The game will look like crap compared to the PC version, and people pay more even if they already know it! After all, "it's all about managing the resources available". Honestly, consoles are good for business, but not for gaming. Just my opinion.

pszone
pszone

this pp are lies they said first and this coming to ps3 and after that they have a change of heart if this game only for xbox360 they could realse the game when the pc vision was out because they could get the twice money they made.

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@letsrock53 lol, you realise it's barely outdated as it's still very capable? There's still games coming out that improve on old games and most of the most powerful games are still available on 360 (Crysis 2, Battlefield 3, Gears of War 3 etc.). It's hard to call one console outdated without the other (as technically they are all outdated compared to PC) and it's all about managing the resources available. Most PC games are simply badly or terribly optimized, such as the original Crysis taking ridiculous power and then later coming onto Xbox 360 looking possibly even better, from what I heard on kotaku anyway. Out dated is a dumb way of expressing it anyway since technically you can call any system a year older than PC tech outdated but it's not true if it's still a capable machine, they are out dated when they simply can't do what other systems are doing any more. I have a good PC (GTX460 2gb, i5 760, win7, 4gb 1600mhz ddr3 ram etc.) and this is a direct x above the 360 but I still think it holds up well. To call it outdated is dumb as most PC gamers don't even have epic systems so mots of them don't even play games better than the 360 puts out.

Steba93
Steba93

What I've seen from gameplay footage from 360 version it looks pretty awesome. And graphics aren't even everything. Isn't it more important to have great gameplay, story and characters? Good graphics are nice, but a game shouldn't be judged only by what it looks.

syam32245340
syam32245340

Can the console preserve the game's graphics without hiccups?

letsrock53
letsrock53

Wonder how it will look on a weak and outdated console.

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

Congrats console gamers, you are getting quite the amazing WRPG. One of the best in the past decade infact. The first game was great as well, you should get to playing it if you can.

Kou-Nurasaka
Kou-Nurasaka

This is great news. For a person who dosen't hava high end PC I always wanted to play this game. Glad to hear the console crowd is getting the love too.

OgreB
OgreB

Being an exclusive PC gamer ( elitist snob to some of you ) I am still glad to see ports going the other way..PC to Console . First Crysis and now Witcher 2. Both of which are excellent games and now console gamer's can enjoy them as well. Peace.

toddx77
toddx77

While I have no problem with a PC gaming coming to consoles I just worry the word of mouth might be bad. No doubt the reviewers will probably have played the first game, but I worry about the people who buy this to play an RPG or because it sounds cool and not have played the first because its only on PC. While playing the first isn't needed to fully understand the game it does help and I would hate for 360 owners to tell everybody that this game sucks simply because they could not understand it.

RitsukoEX
RitsukoEX

@Joedgabe learn to spell my name correctly!

megakick
megakick

Mass Effect did come out for the XBOX 360. I don't have a PS3, PS3 doesn't need this game they have such wonderful exclusives already I hear :D

ban_fur
ban_fur

@soothsayer42 already played it on my led TV at 1080p with full graphics.

CFritzRun
CFritzRun

This is good news. Witcher 2 is an amazing game and it's good to know that people will still get a chance to play it if you missed it on PC. Everyone should have a chance to experience this regardless of whether you're a console or PC enthusiast. At the end of the day, it's all about the game and how much you enjoy it.

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

@RitsuoEX A good upgraded PC does not cost 1000 dollars... more like 600 and less if you already have a decent pc just buy some parts to upgraded would be like 200-300 dollars if your pc can already handle Windows 7 even less if you can find it cheaper at amazon or another online store. PC owners upgrade their PC little by little, with the i7 processor it should last for about 4 - 5 more years w/o having to buy new core components and that was out like 3 years ago.

Crash_WL
Crash_WL

Instead of *****ing about your PC being better or your console being cheaper, just be glad this gem will be delivered to a wider audience. I've had it since day one on my PC, and I'm glad the X360 players will get to enjoy it as well, because it truly is one of the best games of this generation.

slonekb05
slonekb05

@eva02langley Think your overrating this game a bit. Is it epic? yes il agree , but to say this game is better than skyrim.. i played a 10min demo of skyrim at E3 and i can tell you this game is no skyrim.

John_Read
John_Read

can't wait for witcher 2 for 360 it got awesome reviews on PC

Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

Im sorry, i'll be playing this on my LED tv instead camping in the basement

Legend002
Legend002

Better chance for a PS3 version now!

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

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Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

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RitsukoEX
RitsukoEX

@pakhair sorry. I don't have $1,000 to burn. I'll just get this for my Xbox360.

Ranma_X_basic
Ranma_X_basic

Kinda had a feeling this game would come to the 360 since the pc version can be played using the 360 controller. Anyway...i own this game for the pc so i may or may not get 360.

gamerboy100
gamerboy100

What I mean is why do they release the sequel on consoles, yet they don't bother to do the same with the original? It's Mass Effect 2 all over again!

Vodoo
Vodoo

@HollowNinja.... You know why it's coming to consoles? Because the developer wants to actually make money!!! Consoles are where the people are. PC nerds make up a VERY small part of the gaming population. And Crysis 1 was just released as a DLC game on the 360 with great reviews. And you know what? It looks fine to me. If it was a full retail release, it would look even better. And so you're aware, there are plenty of free dlc items on the 360, so get your facts straight. Portal 2 just released free dlc. You're basing your entire statement off 1 article about 1 game. If console gamers did that to the pc we would think that "Street Cleaning Simulator" was the best the pc has to offer. God I'm glad I don't have to have trash like that on my 360/PS3. So go sit in the corner with your keyboard and wait 6 months for another good pc game to come along that's not already a port of a console game.

eva02langley
eva02langley

This is the game of the year. not Batman, not Skyrilm, Not Dark Soul... IMO, only Mass Effect 2 come close to this masterpiece so enjoy it xbox users, because seeing Red not working on an expansion pack for us the PC gamers pis me off.

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

I'm just happy I'm going to know I'll get to play this great game and what is the deal their was no mention of a on-line pass in the article and I read it twice. I will enjoy this game on my 360 very much just like you guys did on the PC.

Zloth2
Zloth2

@gamerboy100 - they were going to release something called White Wolf but it never came together. Witcher 1 is built off the Aurora engine that powered Neverwinter Nights. That would have been a real tricky conversion. Better to just start from scratch with Witcher 2.

deathstream
deathstream

What is with the whining about Online Passes? Not seeing anything in the article about it... If you have a problem with online passes, save up your allowance for an extra week and buy the game new. Problem solved. The publishers aren't gouging you, Gamestop is.

OurSin-360
OurSin-360

One of the best games i've played glad to see it expanding it's market, hopefully it gets some good marketing from WB. Digital passes are terrible, but when you buy games used from gamestop the only people that get paid off the game is gamestop.

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

Console version... what a joke. I hope the console gamers enjoy paying for extra content that will later be released on the PC for free (and yes, CD Projekt confirmed that since Microsoft is greedy, they're not allowed to give it away from free on the consoles). In fact, console gaming is a joke.

pakhair
pakhair

Yeah welcome the online pass, it makes me think what they are going to cut this time. Cutting catwoman from Batman AC is pure backstabbing (in my opinion), they could have given Robin Pack and Nightwing for free or any one of them instead. On another note Witcher 2 is an awesome game, loved it on my gaming rig. If you have a good pc go for it I bet console can't give the same experience in this game

topsemag55
topsemag55

I hope CD Projekt Red wins in court - they are a great developer.:)

IceJester45
IceJester45

I think Warner might be my new favorite publisher. I can forgive them for the online passes.