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The Witcher (Windows)

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100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
4.1
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5 point score based on user ratings.

Advertising Blurbs

Back of Case - Windows (Germany):

    ES GIBT KEIN GUT ODER BÖSE, NUR EINTSCHEIDUNGEN UND KONSEQUENZEN

    Eine "erwachsene" Fantasy-Geschichte mit mehr als 80 Stunden nichtlinearen Rollenspiels.
    Actionorientiertes taktisches Echtzeit-Kampfsystem mit fortschrittlichen Motioncapture-Schwertgefechten.
    Mehr als 250 Fertigkeiten und Fähigkeiten, die den Spielverlauf beeinflussen, darunter erweiterte Alchimie, vielfältige Kampffertigkeiten und mächtige Magie.

    Contributed by Patrick Bregger (107156) on Apr 16, 2009.

Press release (31st March 2008):

    Engage in Deadly Battles in The Witcher: DuelMail

    WARSAW, March 31 2008 – CD Projekt RED is very pleased to announce the launch of The Witcher: DuelMail closed beta, based on the company’s best-selling PC role-playing game, The Witcher. The Witcher: DuelMail is a completely free-of-charge next-gen web-browser game that offers depth seldom found in similar products. The start of open beta is planned for April 7th, with the final version scheduled for release on May 9th.

    The Witcher: DuelMail is centered around battles between two players digitally incarnated as one of three completely different character classes. Winning consecutive fights against other real-world people gains the player experience which allows them to advance to higher levels of character development, along with gaining new skills and items to use in combat. Players queue up attacks, magical spells and defensive maneuvers, then send their challenges to other players, who must create their own counter sequence in hopes of being the last one standing. In order to join, the game requires only a PC with an internet connection and a web browser with Flash installed.

    What distinguishes The Witcher: DuelMail from a large number of similar Flash games is the high level quality throughout, which would usually be found in higher-budget products. The company responsible for The Witcher: DuelMail’s development, one2tribe Company, has been able to include spectacular battle visuals with high-quality animations created using motion-capture technology, as well as extraordinary special effects along with full sound implementation.

    The Witcher: DuelMail is further distinguished by special events and regular updates that will keep the game alive and constantly expanding. Besides fighting for the top spot on the game’s ladders, top players can also expect to collect precious rewards in battle. To avoid feeling rampant loneliness, players can invite friends via e-mail in order to play together.

    Contributed by Sciere (243683) on Mar 31, 2008.

Press Release - Feb. 14, 2008:

    The Witcher - over 600,000 copies sold

    CD Projekt RED is proud to announce that the company’s debut video game production, The Witcher, has sold more than 600,000 copies worldwide in just three months. The exceptionally warm welcome given to The Witcher by media and gamers around the world facilitated the commercial success of our game. This grand welcome is illustrated by 48 awards and distinctions — a number which is constantly rising — including the prestigious “PC RPG of the Year” from popular outlets like IGN.com, GameSpy and the US edition of PC Gamer, as well as the award for “Readers’ Choice Winner – Best RPG” at Gamespot. The game has received exceptionally high ratings from players all over the world, which is manifested in high average scores in players’ reviews at sites like Metacritics (9.4/10), GameTrailers (9.1/10) and Gamespot (8.8/10).

    Adam Kiciński, CD Projekt RED Joint CEO, commented on the sales results: “We are very happy with The Witcher’s performance to date. Our goal was — and still is — to reach one million copies sold during the first year. 600,000 games sold in just three months brings us much closer to this ambitious goal. It’s a great success for us, made all the more impressive by the fact that The Witcher was created by a completely new team and it is our debut both as a game developer and in bringing our products to a global audience. The task was not easy, as The Witcher brand was completely unknown in many markets, and it was released in a busy season alongside franchises that have been on the market for many years. Yet, I can confidently say that we’ve passed this trial victoriously. Actually, only now — as we’ve conquered many of the initial barriers — can we spread our wings, which, of course, we intend to do. Such success wouldn’t be possible without our publishers’ support – Atari, Noviy Disk and the publishing branch of CD Projekt. They all put a lot of work into the game’s promotion in individual markets.”

    Adam Kiciński also hints at the developer’s plans for the near future: “Our plans include continuous game support, the release of the powerful Djinni module editor, the continued release of game updates and patches, and, in late spring, gamers can expect a pretty big surprise, which will be revealed at a press conference really soon – February 18th! We are still working on making the game better and we will actively support our fan community, which is getting bigger and bigger. Unfortunately I can’t reveal anything further at this time, but I assure you that we won’t rest on our laurels and we have very promising plans for the future. We set our standards very high with The Witcher and we surely don’t want to lower them in the future.”

    Contributed by Jeanne (75619) on Feb 17, 2008.

Press Release:

    THE WITCHER GOES GOLD
    - Highly Anticipated PC Action Role-Playing Game Set to Ship October 30 in North America -

    NEW YORK, October 18, 2007 – Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR), one of the world’s most recognized brands and a third-party video game publisher announced today that The Witcher has gone gold and is scheduled to ship to retailers in North America on October 30. Developed by CD Projekt, The Witcher is a Games for Windows title and will be available exclusively for the PC.

    The Witcher transcends traditional fantasy role-playing by throwing players into a unique fantasy world rife with modern social issues such as terrorism, political intrigue and racism where the lines between good and evil are blurred. Based on a fictional world created by best-selling Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher casts players as Geralt, a legendary monster slayer and master swordfighter with supernatural abilities and reflexes.

    “Not only does The Witcher shine with its stellar action gameplay, its thought provoking storyline riddled with mature social issues is sure to get gamers talking,” said Larry Liberty, Senior Producer, Atari, Inc. “We're confident that The Witcher will prove to be one of the most acclaimed RPG titles this Fall.”

    “Creating The Witcher was a huge challenge, but also an adventure. Our task was to create a game with an incredibly involving story and a credible world – a role-playing game that we ourselves would like to play,” said Micha³ Kiciñski, CD Projekt Joint CEO. “We approached this task with no compromises. Thanks to that The Witcher is not just another RPG. It’s a piece of work that in many respects changes and extends the typical canon of such games. It’s quite a brave approach, however I believe that thanks to that attitude The Witcher will bring much freshness into the genre and, of course, will give the players all around the world lots of joy and positive emotions. And we couldn’t have asked for a better publishing partner than Atari. We’re very happy that The Witcher will join Atari’s stable of fantastic role-playing games.”

    The Witcher presents a fresh approach to traditional role-playing, blending an expansive, twisting plotline – in which the impact of individual decisions can drastically alter the outcome of the game – and fast-paced combat against a wide variety of foes. With highly detailed graphics, countless motion-capture animations and spectacular visual effects, The Witcher delivers brutal action, deep role-playing options and an intriguing story which will enthrall any player who dares to take on the formidable role of Geralt.

    For more information about The Witcher, click here, and for more details about Atari’s entire product line up, click here.

    About CD Projekt
    Founded in 1994, CD Projekt is one of Eastern Europe's largest game distributors, with offices in Warsaw, Prague and Budapest. The company specializes in localization and publishing role-playing games, having brought such hits as Baldur's Gate, Diablo, Neverwinter Nights and The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind to the Polish market. In September 2003, the company’s development branch, CD Projekt RED, announced its first internally developed game, The Witcher®. More information about CD Projekt can be found online.

    About Atari, Inc.
    New York-based Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR) develops interactive games for all platforms and is a third-party publisher of interactive entertainment software in the U.S. The Company's 1,000+ titles include hard-core, genre- defining franchises such as Test Drive®; and mass-market and children's franchises such Dragon Ball Z®. Atari, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA (Euronext - ISIN: FR-0000052573), an interactive games publisher in Europe.

    Contributed by Jeanne (75619) on Nov 14, 2007.

Atari Product Page:
    Overview:
    The Witcher invigorates the classic Role Playing Game with spectacular bleeding-edge visuals and action heavy real-time combat. The deep and intriguing storyline tells the dark tale of the ultimate mythic warrior, a magically enhanced master swordsman known as The Witcher.

    Features:
    • 80+ hours of story driven game play from the extensive main quest with multiple endings to the numerous exciting side quests and plotlines
    • Action heavy real-time combat with extensive weapon and magic specializations and highly customizable skill trees
    • Strategic use of alchemy and herbalism in which characters collect regents and create potions and enhancements



    Contributed by Jeanne (75619) on Nov 14, 2007.