LYON, FRANKREICH / WARSAW, POLAND– 27. April 2011– Namco Bandai Partners S.A.S. and CD Projekt RED are pleased and proud to announce that The Witcher 2 has gone gold. Both the Premium Edition and the limited Collector’s Edition are now in production. The game will be available for purchase on May 17.
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is the eagerly awaited sequel to the award-winning, million-selling RPG that captured the imaginations of discerning players everywhere. It introduced a truly unique protagonist, the professional slayer of monsters, Geralt of Rivia, and defined a new standard for thought-provoking, non-linear game narration, with mature themes, significant choices that weren’t automatically good or bad, and true decisions that led to meaningfully different consequences.
The Witcher 2 builds upon these distinctive strengths within an all-new storyline filled with complex characters, captivating political machinations and intriguing challenges. It also features a new, brutal combat system that uniquely combines tactical elements with dynamic action. The proprietary REDengine, designed and built in-house to support the specific demands imposed by the games’ complex, branching style of open-ended storytelling, also takes full advantage of the latest advances in graphical technology.
For more information about The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, please visit www.thewitcher.com or follow Geralt on http://www.facebook.com/thewitcher. More information about Namco Bandai Partners can be found at www.namcobandaigames.eu.
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About CD Projekt RED
CD Projekt RED was established in February 2002 as the sister company of CD Projekt. The studio’s mission is to become the world’s leading RPG developer, producing games that combine the best characteristics of the genre with original ideas.
One of CD Projekt RED’s guiding principles is to remain in close touch with players, listening and responding to their opinions as they relate to the company’s games and how they are delivered. The studio’s first game was The Witcher, which was enthusiastically received by fans (over 1.5 million copies sold), and by the professional media (more than 100 awards and distinctions). CD Projekt RED currently has a staff of almost 95 focused on The Witcher 2.
CD Projekt RED is part of the Optimus S.A., a publicly traded company listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange (OPT). The Optimus group also includes GOG.com, an innovative world-wide digital distribution platform for PC classics, and CD Projekt, a leading games and DVD/Blu-Ray distributor in the Polish market.
THE WITCHER FRANCHISE
The release of The Witcher marked the arrival of an exciting new brand on the video game market, one that has since gained a vast international fan base and broad recognition in the industry. The game owed its success to its distinct art and styling, its unique fantasy setting, and its innovative RPG concept, and a truly engrossing, singular story that easily and clearly stood out.
Drawing on the prose of bestselling author A. Sapkowski has allowed The CD Projekt RED team to create a highly original fantasy world that blends the modern with the archaic, explores timeless complex issues and themes, and stands out distinctively from other offerings in the genre.