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The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Interview

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The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Interview

Interview - posted by VentilatorOfDoom on Tue 21 June 2011, 10:58:40

Tags: CD Projekt; The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

Gamebanshee caught up with Tom Gop, who in the meantime left CDProjekt RED, to ask some post-release questions about The Witcher 2.

GB: We know that well over 100,000 copies of the game were pre-ordered, but what sort of sales numbers are you seeing since the game's release? Are the numbers meeting your expectations? How does the sequel's sell-through rate compare to the original game's?

Tomasz: We’re glad to tell you that the final pre-order total was over 150,000 units, which is one of the highest numbers in recent memory for a PC-only game. The sell-through figures so far have been very satisfactory.

GB: How scary was it to go DRM-free with the Good Old Games version of The Witcher 2? Was it difficult to convince Atari that releasing a copy devoid of any DRM would ultimately be a good decision?

Tomasz: The CD Projekt group of companies does not believe in DRM. We believe that if we treat people properly, they will treat us the same way. So the decision was not scary at all. Atari’s first reaction was along the lines of “Guys, you’re crazy”, but we think things worked out in the end.

GB: Studios often times find it necessary to cut features and content from a game in order to meet budget and time constraints. Is there anything you were forced to cut from The Witcher 2 that you would have preferred to flesh out if time and money weren't an issue?

Tomasz: It’s hard to answer hypothetically because time and money are always considerations. If they weren’t, no game would ever ship because there’s always room to improve, add and polish things. One possibility that comes to mind would have been to make the game even less linear.

In practice, we did the best we could to balance two desires - making the game even better and getting it into players’ hands.
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