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The Witcher 2 Enhanced Info Bundle

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The Witcher 2 Enhanced Info Bundle

Game News - posted by VentilatorOfDoom on Fri 9 March 2012, 09:40:34

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

Spong apparently had some hands-on time with the upcoming Enhanced Edition of The Witcher 2, so they penned a preview.
So it certainly looks like CD Projekt is doing the game justice on the Xbox 360. The studio is also really kicking things into gear with the fan-service here. The Standard Edition comes with a 2-DVD game, an OST, map and a handbook. Going for the Dark Edition at retail comes with an extra artbook, stickers, medallion and a making-of DVD. And best of all? PC peoples get free patch for Enhanced Edition. Now that’s service.
The patch is free or what? I luv u, CDProjekt!

Afterwards, Spong did a short Q&A with CDProjekt's Mark Ziemak.

SPOnG: I noticed, when playing the Prologue - as interesting as it is - that the action was very directed and focused. For an old-school style RPG, that’s a bold direction to take. Will the game open up after this section of the game? And the focus on tight direction and cinematics - was there any inspiration from BioWare on that front, or are you going in a different direction with this?

Mark Ziemak: I think we’re going in a totally different direction. We’re all about telling stories and having this really well-defined character in a quite open world with a complex combat system and character development.

To answer the first question, the prologue is different to the rest of the game. And there are reasons for that - we wanted to capture players, show them as much of the storyline before we give them freedom. We want them to understand - especially if they didn’t play the first game - what is actually going on. They get all the background on the story and gameplay elements, and when they are ready in Act 1 they will be getting this total freedom.

It’s not going to be like Skyrim or anything - it’s not going to completely open up as much as that, because we have a well-defined plot. But it’s going to be much more open than the prologue. It’s certainly more open than The Witcher 1.

And finally, in somewhat related news, CDProjekt Bigwig Marcin Iwinski told Joystiq that CDProjekt will never ever use any DRM ever again. Like, never.

"We release the game. It's cracked in two hours, it was no time for Witcher 2. What really surprised me is that the pirates didn't use the GOG version, which was not protected. They took the SecuROM retail version, cracked it and said 'we cracked it' -- meanwhile there's a non-secure version with a simultaneous release. You'd think the GOG version would be the one floating around."

"DRM does not protect your game," Iwinski told Joystiq after the presentation. "If there are examples that it does, then people maybe should consider it, but then there are complications with legit users."

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