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The Console Witcher is Dead, Long Live Witcher 2

Discussion in 'News & Content Feedback' started by Jason, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. Jason chasing a bee

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    Citing unnamed (and possibly imaginary/drunk/high on Robitussin) inside sources, <a href="http://www.gamebanshee.com/news/static/EkupAuuElEaevQKOPt.php" target="blank">GameBanshee</a> is claiming that the rumors of <b>The Witcher: Rise of the White Wolf</b> being cancelled are true, but a cross-platform The Witcher 2 is in the works.
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    <blockquote>GameBanshee has learned from an inside industry contact that The Witcher: Rise of the White Wolf has indeed been cancelled.
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    Details are sketchy, but the following facts have been confirmed: after the release of The Witcher, CD Projekt Red took the financial obligation of starting 3 projects simultaneously, a console port of The Witcher, and two more titles based on The Witcher intellectual property, one of which was The Witcher 2.
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    As the financial crisis hit, the studio was affected as well, finding itself incapable of managing all three projects and forced to lay off a significant portion of its staff. The third Witcher IP project was cancelled, and its entire crew was let go or left of their own volition. A second round of layoffs followed as The Witcher: Rise of the White Wolf was cancelled, including around two dozen people losing their jobs yesterday.
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    All funds and manpower have been redirected to a single project, The Witcher 2, which will be a multi-platform title for PC and consoles. </blockquote>
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    Spotted at: <A HREF="http://www.gamebanshee.com/">Kharn</A>
     
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  2. Brother None inXile Entertainment Developer

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    Fine, I'll name my source!

    It was Robert Boyle.
     
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  3. Jason chasing a bee

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    Hmmm, North by Northwest was a pretty good movie so it must be true. Damn you and your Robert Boyle trump card!
     
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  4. aries202 Erudite

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    I still think this is sad :( as a lot of people did lose their jobs at CD RED Project; not overstretching yourself may be the lesson to learn here, if anything.

    Glad we're getting a Witcher 2, though :)
    Sad about the people that were let go :(
     
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  5. The Brazilian Slaughter Arcane

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    Its multi-plataform, which means that its going to be massively consolized.

    If you like The Witcher, then say goodbye. Its going to get the console treatment.
     
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  6. DraQ Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Yes, that's sad. :(

    I hope they incorporate some of the better content from scrapped projects into it. Also, I have enough faith in CDPR, to be willing to buy TW2 without pirating it first or requiring informed opinion from trusted sources.

    I doubt it. Poles are not some western braindead faggots, you see. :wink:
     
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  7. Jeff Graw StarChart Interactive Developer

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    Lay off the guys working on an original title to fund the sequel?

    :decline:
     
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  8. Micmu Magister

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    Lalalalalala :lol:
     
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  9. Crolug Liturgist

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    IF CD Projekt will survive the crisis at all. Word is they are on the edge of bankruptcy...
     
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  10. Ausir Arcane

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    They laid off the guys working on the port, not an "original title" to fund the sequel.
     
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  11. Turok Erudite

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    The best thing they can do now is take the engine of the canceled game and use it for witcher 2. That engine looks much and play better than the aurora.
     
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  12. racofer Thread Incliner

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    It's dead, Jim.
     
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  13. DarkUnderlord Professional Throne Sitter

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    Interesting they'd dump the console port to focus on the Witcher 2 instead. I'd have thought the console port was further along and wouldn't have been all that far from release. Oh well, at least we'll get something new now rather than another re-hash.

    See, now if they hadn't wasted all that money on the Enhanced Edition... I'm guessing they intended to fund the projects through their other game sales and they've dropped off too much. Though three Witcher projects seems a bit much too chew on all at once.

    What was the third Witcher title anyway, a DS port?
     
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  14. Bloodeyes Magister

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    I don't see why everyone's afraid of The Witcher 2 being consolised, the original was already pretty damn "consolised". I don't think it would need to change much to be released on consoles. It seems a little odd that TW 2 is coming to consoles before TW though, I'm guessing it will be call The Witcher: something rather than TW 2 so it's less obviously a sequal. It's how I'd do it anyway.
     
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  15. Azrael the cat Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Hmmm...I'd rather Witcher 2 than a Witcher:console, but I'd rather that they keep their console ports as separate products to their PC arpgs. I actually appreciated the fact that they were milking the console cash cow as a SEPARATE product - gave me hope that they might recognise that console and PC markets are very different beasts. I'd have nothing against a simplified (FURTHER simplified) system for console-tards, while keeping the PC edition tuned to PCs.

    Having said that, the original - whilst I loved it - was pretty consoley to begin with. Really, there's nothing that couldn't be kept in a console port, except maybe to dumb down the potion-making (though consoleys who played Oblivion put up with less intuitive crafting/shite (don't know how to do strike-through text) than that). My main worry is that we'll get a shitty console interface, or (most worryingly) they'll ditch the nice broad camera angle for some KoToR-style 'sit-on-Gerald's-ass-and-can't-see-squat' camera-work'. Seriously, I think that the guy who invented the console-rpg camera angle must have been the same guy who thought that 5-minute close-ups of the grinding genatalia, shot so that the guy's scrotum takes up 50% of the screen, ought to be the standard in hetero-porn. I've bent that way on occasion, and even I find that fucking disgusting. Not quite so bad as the NWN2/Kotor camera-angles though:-(
     
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  16. Volourn Pretty Princess Pretty Princess

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    Aren't ports relatively cheap? Why would they dump a game that would likely have made them a chunk of change. Morons.

    And, how can they be on the brink of bankruptcy? Last I hear is that the TW sold like a billion copies. L0L
     
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  17. Jim Cojones Prophet

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    Enough to balance the cost of two cancelled projects? Or the loss they generate as a publisher?
     
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  18. Think big! Smoking Dicks

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    I think it was mentioned that it was an original title. Probably a spin-off in the Witcher universe like New Vegas or something.
     
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  19. Dionysus Scholar

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    It wasn't a straightforward port AFAIK. I believe it involved a totally new engine and combat system. If they are having financial problems, then it's probably smart to get behind the new multiplatform game rather than put everything into a console gambit.

    And I doubt the game will be affected by multiplatform development. The Witcher was basically a console game anyway.
     
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  20. Turok Erudite

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    Was not a port, they where using a new engine, the figth system change a lot and they begin to make this game as a new game.
     
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  21. Volourn Pretty Princess Pretty Princess

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    It's a port. Fuck, the lies.
     
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  22. Ausir Arcane

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    It was mostly a port, but using a new engine, new art assets, new combat system. The original game was simply too old at this point to do a straightforward port, so they pretty much remade the game from scratch.

    Michal Madej, the lead designer who left CDP last year, said recently in an interview:

     
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  23. yarpen Novice

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    They may be, if they're straight ports, which wasn't the case. Also, game wasn't really very "console" friendly, *lots* of content.
    [BTW, you can change my avatar already, I left CDPR some time ago]
     
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  24. BearBomber Scholar

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    >>>It that's true that dicks from Russia will take over our game market!
     
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