CD Projekt RED Officially Announces Console Versions of The Witcher
CD Projekt RED officially announced the coming of The Witcher: Rise of the White Wolf to consoles. The original story is intact, but delivered via a brand new engine with dynamic action-based combat system. Here’s the trailer which explains all the work going into translating this RPG for the Xbox 360 and PS3.
For any of you that have fears about CD Projekt RED dumbing down the console version or moving away from PC games, here’s word directly from The Witcher Community news.
“Console gamers don’t want to be treated like kids; they’re ready for deep story-driven games, and we think we’re delivering one of the deepest console RPGs ever with The Witcher: Rise of the White Wolf,” said Adam Kicinski, CEO of CD Projekt RED. “The only thing we’re taking directly from The Witcher is the story; everything else is being created from scratch or significantly reworked to get us to our end goal of delivering the ultimate console RPG.”
“We’re not about to dumb down our games for anyone. We want to give players the best games, regardless of platform,” added Michal Kicinski, co-founder of CD Projekt. “It’s important to us that each game plays to the platform’s strengths while treating our players with respect. That was our development philosophy with The Witcher and it’s our philosophy on all three of the games in development at CD Projekt RED, including Rise of the White Wolf. Anyone concerned that we’re going to somehow offer a shallow RPG or abandon the PC platform simply because we’re working on consoles can stop worrying.”
The trailer was leaked early ruining the official surprise. Gamers and game developers are an impatient bunch. However sneaking a premature peak at your gifts is still surprising and can actually heighten the anticipation of claiming the package. Console gamers will be opening The Witcher: Rise of the White Wolf Fall 2009.
For PC gamers who are disappointed the fuss wasn’t about a sequel… don’t forget there are two more games in the works to speculate about.