CDProjekt Seeing Red, Kills Witcher's Latest Resurrections
Reports are coming out across the net that the highly promoted and anticipated console port of Atari and CDProjekt Red’s The Witcher: The Rise of the White Wolf is in limbo. While the studio itself has not officially commented it appears, based on comments from former CDProjekt employees and discussion on the Polish message boards of The Witcher website, that claimed a large portion of the project teams for not only the console port but two other CDProjekt games have been let go in the last few weeks.
Apparently there was also another unannounced Witcher game in the works as well as the sequel to the initial Witcher title, called only Witcher 2 at this point in the conversations, that suffered as a result of an unstable financial situation. Global economic issues are credited with the reasons for the company had to release so many staff members and suspend so many projects.
According to a press release from CDProjekt’s French development partner Widescreen Games confirming the suspension/cancellation of the White Wolf console port these rumors appear to be less rumor and more unconfirmed fact. Its unfortunate to see such a promising studio and great intellectual property affected by these sorts of financial issues. Reportedly the Witcher 2 product will be multi-platform and not merely a PC version so hope exists that console owners can enjoy the game series like their PC buddies in the near future – I just hope it doesn’t require a dumbing down/retelling of the core story that eats into the new title’s storyline.
Thanks to the guys over at GameBanshee for being the tip of the spear in reporting this one. Its a sad day for Witcher and CDProjekt Red fans to be sure.
UPDATE: It appears as though there is a semi-official comment over on VG247 from CDProjekt’s Joint CEO Michal Kicinski regarding the status of these projects and the work stoppage on the part of Widescreen. It seems the story is still evolving though no “official” statements have been issues by CDProjekt or US Publisher Atari on this subject.