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Obama still has The Witcher in his backlog, president tells Poles

President Obama may be a gaming novice, but during a visit to Poland he had kind words to say about developer CD Projekt Red's Witcher series of role-playing games, TVN 24 reports. During a 2011 trip to the country, Polish officials presented him with a copy of the role-playing game as a symbol of the country's economic development. "The last time I was here, Donald [Tusk, Poland's prime minister] gave me a gift, the video game developed here in Poland that’s won fans the world over, The Witcher," Obama said. "I confess, I’m not very good at video games, but I’ve been told that it is a great example of Poland’s place in the new global economy. And it’s a tribute to the talents and work ethic of the Polish people as well as the wise stewardship of Polish leaders like prime minister...

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How The Witcher 2 almost never happened

The Witcher 2 is one of the most highly-rated big-budget role-playing games in recent years, but according to developer CD Projekt, the game might never have happened. In an interview with Eurogamer today, CD Projekt joint-CEO Marcin Iwińsk reveals how, in the aftermath of its success with the first Witcher game (2007), the company squandered millions of dollars on a doomed attempt to create a console version, stretched its resources with the launch of online distribution site GOG, and suffered from the severity of the global economic recession. "It was looking pretty grim back then. It was very edgy," he said. "We had probably a year where we were scraping money to make the payroll at the end of the month. The Polish company's biggest problem had been a partnership with Atari to...

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Eve Online and Witcher comics coming from Dark Horse in 2014

Comic books based on CCP Games' Eve Online and Dust 514 as well as CD Projekt Red's The Witcher series will be available next year from Dark Horse Comics, the publisher announced today. Eve: True Stories will be written by Daniel Way (Deadpool,Wolverine: Origins) and drawn by Alejandro Aragon (Overlook, 28 Days Later), Tomm Coker (Daredevil Noir, Near Death), Federico Dallocchio (Batman: Arkham Unhinged, Suicide Squad), Dave Ross (Star Wars: The Crimson Empire Saga) and Mark McKenna (Star Wars: The Old Republic). It will be based on actual in-game events, centered around the fall of the Band of Brothers player alliance in 2009. The first issue will be available Feb. 19, 2014, followed by issues on March 5, March 19 and April 2. A hardback edition will be available June 4, 2014. D...

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GOG marks down Witcher 2, FTL, indie RPGs and more for apocalyptic sale

DRM-free games retailer GOG has marked down an assortment of individual titles and bundles by up to 80 percent, including a package of Sierra adventure games, indie spacefaring sim FTL and CD Projekt's epic role-playing game The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. The sale offers prices on standalone games like The Witcher 2 for $7.49, FTL for $4.99 and Arma 2: Combined Operations for $14.99. Folks looking for more comprehensive omnibuses can opt in for the Quest for Sierra bundle, an enormous collection of Sierra adventure games for $19.92. Also on offer is nearly the entire Ultima series for $8.94, 16 Might and Magic titles for $25.89 and a whole lot more. The "End of the World" sale is marked to expire at 10 a.m. ET tomorrow, presumably so shoppers can enjoy one full day of gaming...

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The Witcher 2 now available in Mac App Store

The Enhanced Edition of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, CD Projekt Red's critically acclaimed 2011 role-playing game, is now available in the Mac App Store, the studio announced today. The Mac version originally launched in October on Steam and GOG.com. For a limited time, The Witcher 2 will be priced at $19.99 in the Mac App Store, a 33 percent discount off its regular price of $29.99. Players looking to test their configurations for compatibility with the graphics-intensive title can do so here. Check out a trailer for the Mac version below.

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GameStop Cyber Monday deals include Journey Collector's Edition, Darksiders 2, The Witcher 2

GameStop is offering numerous discounts on video game hardware and software for Cyber Monday, including titles like the PC download version of Darksiders 2, Journey Collector's Edition and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition. Some of the deals are only available online, but others are valid on the retailer's website and in-store. We've included a few highlights for you here: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition: $9.99 (Xbox 360, online only) Journey Collector's Edition: $14.99 (online only) Darksiders 2: $16.99 (PC download) Max Payne 3: $19.99 NBA 2K13: $49.99 buy a Nintendo 3DS or 3DS XL, get a $25 gift card (online only) Xbox 360 Limited Edition Star Wars bundle: $349.99 The full list of discounts is available here.

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The Witcher games can never be a sequel to the novels, says author

The Witcher series, based on the fantasy novels by author Andrzej Sapkowski, can never be considered an alternate version or sequel of the written work of which they are adapted from, Sapkowski told Eurogamer. According to Sapkowski, while developer CD Project Red drew from the literary works, the video game adaptations are in the end a "free adaptation" simply containing elements of the novels and are neither a prequel nor a sequel to the stories. "The game — with all due respect to it, but let's finally say it openly — is not an 'alternative version', nor a sequel. The game is a free adaptation containing elements of my work; an adaptation created by different authors," said Sapkowski. "Adaptations — although they can in a way relate to the story told in the books — can never...

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The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition comes to Mac today

CD Projekt RED's fantasy role-playing game The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is now available for Mac OS X. The "Enhanced Edition" of the game, released earlier this year for Windows PC and Xbox 360, is now available to purchase through Steam and supports Steam Play for both Mac and Windows. Steam is currently offering a 25 percent off deal on The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition as well as a 50 percent off deal on its predecessor, The Witcher Enhanced Edition Director's Cut. The Witcher 2 for Mac is also available from GOG.com with a long list of bonuses, including a digital artbook, soundtrack, comic book, artwork, and more. The Witcher developer CD Projekt RED has a press conference scheduled for later today where it is expected to reveal more information about its...

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'The Witcher 2' sold 1.7 million on PC and consoles

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings has sold 1.7 million units across its original PC release and its "Enhanced Edition" console versions. The announcement came during developer CD Projekt Red's Summer 2012 conference, alongside a video of each of the studio's employees thanking fans for their purchases. The game will be released in Japan on August 23rd, and on Mac this fall. Folks who haven't made the leap yet can purchase The Witcher 2 on the DRM-free GOG.com platform for $29.99, a 40 temporary percent discount off the regular price. The funds earned from those 1.7 million sales are being reinvested into the development of two new "AAA role-playing" titles, one of which is expected to be announced later this press conference.

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Releases
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    • Released 05/17/2011
    • Publisher Atari Interactive
    • Developer CD Projekt RED
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