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Tom Ohle interview at Gamasutra and some other witchery stuff
Interview - posted by Ausir on Wed 7 May 2008, 21:56:24Tags: CD Projekt; Tom Ohle; Witcher, The
Gamasutra has interviewed Tom Ohle, CD Projekt RED's VP of Marketing, about The Witcher and game marketing in general.
What is coming in the future for CD Project Red?
First up for the team is The Witcher: Enhanced Edition. For anyone who doesn't know, we're basically going back and improving on every aspect of the game that was criticized at launch: we're reducing load times by about 80%, rewriting some of the English dialogue that didn't quite sound right, re-recording voice-overs where needed, adding lots of new NPC models, putting in new animations to make dialogue look better and a bunch more. We'll be replacing the existing box at retail with the new version and packing it with soundtrack CDs and other goodies, and we'll release it all online as a mega-patch for anyone who already bought the game.
CD Projekt recently announced that it had claimed a majority stake in Metropolis Software. We'll be working closely with the team there to make sure their sci-fi first-person shooter, THEY, is an amazing game when it hits the market next year.
We also announced The Witcher: DuelMail, which is a fun little browser game that's a touch addictive. I suggest people check it out for a fun lunchtime diversion... that ends up making you late for your afternoon meetings.
The Witcher is really our core brand right now, and we want to keep it relevant for a long time. That doesn't mean The Witcher 2009 with new roster updates or a Geralt plush toy (though that would be cool), but inevitably we'll look to continue the series. We have a lot of opportunities -- expansions, sequels, console versions -- and now it's just a matter of deciding what's best for The Witcher and for gamers.
You can read the rest of the interview here.
In other Witchery, but non-RPG news, Andrzej Sapkowski's The Last Wish, the first book in the Witcher Series, has just been released in the United States by Orbit. Also, the official premiere of The Witcher: DuelMail browser game has been delayed, but you can still play the open beta version for now.
Spotted at: GameBanshee