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.

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