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Platform Win, Win Publisher Atari Developer CD Projekt RED Release Date 2007-10-30

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Nostalgia is a powerful drug: How GoG.com is growing beyond a back catalog

And yet there are people out there who can make it work. Scattered across the internet, devoted fan bases secret that kind of information away. One team in Poland is constantly reaching out to these communities and soliciting their rarified knowledge, collecting and digesting their expertise so that other gamers don’t have to. All in the quest to automate the process, so that older games can be played just like new ones; with a single click. "If someone is in the community for a game that was released 15 years ago," says Magda Oracz-Chomiuk, "then that’s somebody that really loves that game." As the head of product management for GoG.com, she should know. She deals with them every day. "It’s not about money for them," Oracz-Chomiuk says, "It’s just about the games." Nightmares In...

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The Witcher: Battle Arena delivers a multiplayer warzone with this new mobile MOBA [corrected]

"Our reputation is at stake," says Tadeusz Zieliński, the man at the helm of a new take on The Witcher franchise. Zieliński, creative analyst at Polish studio Fuero Games, to bring the role-playing series to uncharted territory. The narrative-driven single-player game will become a multiplayer online battle arena release for iOS and Android devices later this year. Called The Witcher: Battle Arena, players can take on the role of characters from the Witcher franchise, including Saskia, Eithne, Zoltan, Iorveth, Philippa, Letho of Gulet, among others. But Zieliński is keenly aware the team faces the pressure of presenting their case to a skeptical audience who inevitably will consider this a cash-in on the success of other popular arena games. But for the game's developers, Battle...

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CD Projekt Red advises against accessing The Witcher 3 leaked files for spoiler reasons

A Google Drive account of a developer working on CD Projekt Red's upcoming action role-playing game The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was hacked resulting in the leak of spoiler-heavy documents and assets being distributed across Reddit, 4chan and other forums. CD Projekt Red confirmed the leak to Eurogamer and advised against The Witcher fans of accessing the content. "It has come to our attention that some of the production files for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have emerged on the internet," the company's marketing boss Michal Platkow-Gilewski told Eurogamer. "A portion of the files contains information about the story of the game so we strongly advise against accessing them, as this may heavily impact and spoil your future gaming experience. We also like to reassure everyone that the...

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt trailer, E3 2014

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's latest trailer, "The Sword of Destiny," shows the landscape that game hero Geralt of Rivia will roam, and sets up his quest story. Geralt must find a long-disappeared witch who's in danger, while contending with a new threat: the Wild Hunt. Trailer features an evil king, bear-slaying and the line, "killers of the world's filth." The Witcher 3 will be released Feb. 24, 2015 on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. To see the rest of the E3 trailers, check out our StoryStream.

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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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E3 2014's Into the Pixels art exhibit lineup announced

The 2014 Into the Pixels exhibit honoring the work of video game artists — now in its 11th year — will debut at this year's E3 with artwork inspired by new and upcoming titles including the next Assassin's Creed, The Witcher 3 and Watch Dogs, organizers at the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences and the Entertainment Software Association announced today. Into the Pixels will be available for viewing June 10-12 at the Los Angeles Convention Center alongside the expo. Works featured in this year's exhibit draw from Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Unity, Rayman Legends and Watch Dogs, Bungie's Destiny, Harmonix's Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved, DOTA 2 by Valve, ArenaNet's Guild Wars 2, PlayStation 4 exclusives Infamous: Second Son from Sucker Punch Productions and Killzone: Shadow Fall by...

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Xbox One and PS4 mean The Witcher 3 can 'go nuts' with its graphics

A higher powered console generation means The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — the conclusion to a series widely praised for its visuals — can "go nuts" on graphics for all platforms without worrying about performance on one, the game's studio said in an interview. "Because we are developing the game for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC, we go nuts in terms of visuals. We want the game to look as beautiful as possible," Tomasz Jarzebowski, global head of marketing for CD Projekt Red, told the Sydney Morning Herald. "I think we are in a good moment, we don't have to choose between better graphics or performance on either PC or consoles now, we can just create the best looking game possible." Asked if that meant Wild Hunt would push the limits of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Jarzebowski wouldn't say...

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GOG kills regional pricing structure for upcoming games

GOG.com will not immediately go ahead with its plans to offer regional pricing for the release of several titles from "bigger studios," according to a recent post on its site, following community feedback. The company revealed its intentions to introduce regional pricing late last month, beginning with two unnamed role-playing games and a strategy game. According to the post, the community expressed that more DRM-free games were more critical than fair price, with GOG adding that it "shouldn't sacrifice one of our core values in an attempt to advance another." GOG may introduce the pricing in local currencies in the future, but will offer users the choice of paying in the local currency or the equivalent in USD. "From the very beginning our intention was to make things easier for...

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The Witcher 3 gameplay designers leave CD Projekt Red to join indie studio

Former CD Projekt Red developers Marek Ziemak and Maciej Szczesnik are no longer part of The Witcher team, after joining the Warsaw-based 11 Bit Studios, Szczesnik announced today. Szczesnik will lead the development of a new game at the studio, following his role as gameplay designer on The Witcher franchise. Ziemak, who worked as gameplay producer at CD Projekt Red, has yet to announce his new role. "I'll be responsible for the entire design of a game that took shape in my imagination," said Szczesnik in a prepared statement. "It's a really exciting feeling to create a new world from scratch, make its characters and rules and to know that I have this blank page to fill with my ideas and then bring them to life." The indie collective at 11 Bit Studios are best known for their work...

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Mix and match 22 Mac and PC games in GOG's weekend sale

GOG is discounting 22 games, including Another World, Legend of Grimrock and The Witcher, up to 75 percent off this weekend in the Mac Mix Pack Sale. Buyers can choose from among the list of discounted games until Monday, Nov. 18 at 11:59 a.m. ET. Purchasing all titles will cost $57.68, a savings of $99.10 of the regular price total. The full list of games, each of which is also available for Windows PC, includes: Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition for $3.99 Crusader: No Remorse for $2.39 Divine Divinity for $1.49 Dungeon Keeper Gold for $2.39 Eschalon: Book 1 for $2.39 Lands of Lore 1 and 2 for $2.39 Legend of Grimrock for $4.99 Little Big Adventure (Relentless: Twinsen's Adventure) for $2.39 Little Big Adventure 2 (Twinsen's Odyssey) for $2.39 Lords of the...

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    • Released 10/30/2007
    • Publisher Atari
    • Developer CD Projekt RED
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    • Released 09/16/2008
    • Publisher Atari
    • Developer CD Projekt RED
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