The Witcher Enhanced Coming in May

Those of you who’ve been vacillating on whether to buy CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher have a new reason to pick the title up. The Witcher Enhanced will be coming out May 2008 with for the same price as the original.

In addition to the original game revamped based on input from user Q&As, such as re-recorded voice track for several languages. They will also be adding 50 more NPC models so players don’t run into the same faces ad naseum.


“Fans that have already bought the game need not worry, however, because the new content and improvements will be available to them in the form of a downloadable update.”

The bundle will feature several new mods and the tool set Djinni will also be included along with a soundtrack based on the game with the Vader track. This isn’t the end of it. The enhanced version will also include a video DVD with extended material detailing the making of the game, a music CD with 29 tracks from the game, an 80-page instruction booklet, a 112-page official guide written by the game’s developers, and a 50-page short story written by Andrzej Sapkowski.

Read the full Press Release after the break. In the meantime, check out this video from CD Projekt Red.

I guess this means I will be buying yet another international copy of the game when The Witcher Enhanced is released.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvZH_fSZqyM[/youtube]

Warsaw – February 18, 2008. CD Projekt RED is pleased to announce that
in May of this year, a new and improved version of The Witcher will
appear in stores, a game already considered by many players and media
to be the best PC RPG of 2007!

Micha? Kici?ski, CEO of CD Projekt described the idea behind The
Witcher Enhanced Edition: “The leading idea during the development of
The Witcher Enhanced Edition is to create a game that is devoid of all
of the major criticisms levied at the original release. The Witcher
was received very warmly by both players and the media, but we are
well aware that it is not a product without its faults. There was just
not enough time to perfect certain elements, while we learned that
some things needed to be changed from the players themselves. Now we
have the opportunity to introduce changes that will allow The Witcher
to provide even more enjoyment. I hope that, as a result, the game
will come even closer to the ideal RPG.”

Maciej Szcze?nik, Project Manager at CD Projekt RED, spoke about the
content provided in the new edition: “The Witcher Enhanced Edition
will be a completely polished product, something rarely found on the
PC market. Of course, it would have been best if the original edition
could look that way. There were a few ways the original game didn’t
quite live up to our high expectations, but now we’re trying to make
up for it. Work is being done on two levels: one concerns the removal
of technical obstacles that hinder the player from properly using the
game and thus gaining enjoyment from it. Some of those elements
include the loading times, which will be reduced by 80%, the stability
of the game on different PC configurations, as well as an array of
smaller fixes that will increase interactivity and precision in
combat. The other level consists of very important changes that are
not usually found in patches. First and foremost, the English-language
version will, for the most part, be completely re-done. The amount of
text in that version was reduced compared to other language versions
and that was said to cause a significant decrease in immersion and
atmosphere. Now the English version will be as polished and
atmospheric as the other language versions. Speaking of other language
versions, most of them will be improved in some way. Significant
changes will also be made in the German version, where we are planning
to re-record the voices for many of the characters. The most important
improvements concern those elements of the game that players
criticized the most. For example, over 50 new supporting character
models will be added, so that the player won’t run into the same
person too often. The inventory panel will be re-designed and
improved, and some elements of the main game screen will be polished.
However, one of the biggest changes that will greatly increase the
player’s immersion in the game world will be improvements concerning
dialogue scenes. Both Geralt and non-player characters will get over
100 new animated gestures which will make their body language during
conversations much more natural. Additionally, the facial animation
and lip-sync system will be re-created, making the faces of the
speakers now even more natural, as well. Of course, I’ve mentioned
only the most important changes, and that’s still a lot. There will be
many smaller changes that will make the game more fun. I’m convinced
that, thanks to those changes, The Witcher will almost be the ideal
game for fans of PC role-playing.”

Adam Kici?ski, head of CD Projekt RED spoke about publishing and the
availability of The Witcher Enhanced Edition in different parts of the
world: “Our goal is to make the Enhanced Edition available to all
players all over the world. We are currently negotiating with our
publishing partners to confirm availability dates. Our release date in
Eastern Europe is May 16, and thanks to the great support from fans,
we’re confident that we will be able to bring the game to stores
around the world on that date, as well. The retail release will be
quite important for us, as we’re not just improving the game itself,
but want to improve how the title is packaged. For example, aside from
the game DVD, we are planning to include a DVD with the D’jinii Mod
Editor, as well as two additional adventures, a video DVD with
extended material detailing the making of the game, a music CD with 29
tracks from the game, a music CD with 15 tracks of music inspired by
the game, an 80-page instruction booklet, a 112-page official guide
written by the game’s developers, and a 50-page short story written by
Andrzej Sapkowski. There will also be a map of the game world. As you
can see it is quite an elaborate release and it is important to us
that fans all over the world be able to buy this version of the game.
Especially considering it will not be more expensive than the standard
edition of the game! Fans that have already bought the game need not
worry, however, because the new content and improvements will be
available to them in the form of a downloadable update.”

The Witcher Enhanced Edition not only means changes in the game’s
mechanics or better graphics, however. There’s also an included mod
editor called D’jinni that allows players to create or modify their
own adventures in the world of The Witcher, as well as two completely
new adventures created by CD Projekt RED. The first adventure,
entitled “The Price of Neutrality,” tells the story of Geralt coming
back to Kaer Morhen and finding a mysterious camp near the stronghold
(3 new quests), while the second one focuses on Geralt’s close friend,
Dandelion, and his troubles in Vizima City (5 quests).

The Witcher is an RPG about the adventures of Geralt, a professional
monster slayer, and was developed by Warsaw, Poland-based CD Projekt
RED. The game is based on a new version of the BioWare Aurora Engine,
titled Aurora 2007. The story is set in a world created in the books
of Andrzej Sapkowski and sold all over the world. The game has already
managed to garner worldwide success, having sold over 600,000 copies.
It has received more than 45 awards and distinctions, including the
prestigious “Best PC RPG of 2007″ from IGN.com, Gamespy.com and PC
Gamer (see the entire list of awards:
http://www.thewitcher.com/community/pl/awards/). The game has also
received very high ratings from players from all over the world, which
is reflected in the average player-review scores at such sites as
Metacritic (9.4/10), GameTrailers (9.1/10) and Gamespot (8.8/10).

ABOUT THE WITCHER

The Witcher is a role-playing game developed by Warsaw, Poland-based
CD Projekt RED. The game uses a new version of the BioWare Aurora
Engine, titled Aurora 2007. It is set in the world created in the
books of Andrzej Sapkowski, which have been published in many
countries. The first volume of the Witcher stories has recently become
available in English
(http://www.amazon.com/Last-Wish-UK-Paperback-Sapkowski/dp/B00121UIP8/ref=pd_bbs_7?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1201788033&sr=8-7).
The game tells the story of Geralt, a professional monster slayer
drawn into political intrigues. The Witcher is an RPG designed and
meant for mature players. For more information, visit

http://www.thewitcher.com.

ABOUT CD PROJEKT RED

CD Projekt RED was established in February 2002 as the sister company
of CD Projekt. CD Projekt RED’s mission is to become one of leading
RPG developers in the world, developing games that combine the best
trade practices with original ideas. One of the company’s guiding
values is working in close contact with the players and listening and
reacting to their opinions, both in the scope of developed games and
the methods of delivering them to gamers’ hands. The studio’s first
game is The Witcher, a title warmly welcomed by fans of the genre and
showered with awards by professional media. To this day, The Witcher
has won over 40 distinctions, including prestigious awards like PC RPG
of the Year from IGN.com, GameSpy and PC Gamer, as well as Gamespot’s
Readers’ Choice award for Best RPG. During only three months since the
premiere, 600,000 people all over the world have purchased the game.
CD Projekt RED benefits from the experience and financial support of
CD Projekt’s publishing arm, the largest PC games distributor in
Central Europe. Currently, CD Projekt RED consists of 70 people
working on The Witcher: Enhanced Edition and another as-of-yet
unannounced project. More information is available at
www.thewitcher.com.

via Press Release

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5 Comments on The Witcher Enhanced Coming in May

WW

On February 18, 2008 at 1:24 pm

What!!! Though I love the Witcher, and it is probably my favorite game of last year, this really pisses me off. They need to make a patch of the game that would do all that for all of us fans who made the game as popular as it is , not make us give them more money for essentially fixing the problems with the original game.

WW

On February 18, 2008 at 1:28 pm

Oops, my bad, I missed this part :oops:

Fans that have already bought the game need not
worry, however, because the new content and improvements will be
available to them in the form of a downloadable update.”

Heh, I feel like an idiot now. :mrgreen:

So do we get a patch?

On February 18, 2008 at 2:27 pm

Do the people who bought it first get a Super Patch?

Either way this is a good deal, I like to see offers on games improve in time like this its really a good idea. Basically they’re gonna include a lot of extras, about $40 of extra stuff for the same price.

Shawn Sines

On February 18, 2008 at 2:40 pm

I actually would buy the bundle in addition to patching to get all the extra swag that comes with it as well as download the patch. I’ve added the quote from the press release for gamers who already have this title so the information doesn’t get overlooked.

FrostPaw

On February 19, 2008 at 5:57 am

“as well as two additional adventures”

Wonder what that means…. 2 new quests in the game? Hard to believe it means two new stories/campaigns. Although I would classify an “adventure” as the entire game personaly.