The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

Dominic Sacco

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

The Witcher series continues with Assassins of Kings, a title that promises an engaging storyline and a more personal journey than seen in other RPG titles.

Players will once again step into the shoes of Geralt of Rivia, who must prevent a rebellion at the castle of Baroness La Valette through a mix of magic, swordplay and alchemy skills.

Namco Bandai believes the hardcore nature of The Witcher 2 and its new RED game engine can make it a success.

“This is one of a few PC-only truly hardcore RPGs still around and will be the best looking one of 2011,” says Namco Bandai’s UK product manager Lauren Bradley.

“To combat digital downloads we have created a Premium Edition for the same price as the standard. This includes content you’d usually see in a higher price collector’s edition, and we are already seeing fantastic pre-order numbers.”

choose your destiny

The game features a non-linear narrative as consumers take on three independent plot lines where alternative events shift and change depending on the player’s choices.

The diverse range of outcomes includes 16 different game endings and plot twists. Some places, missions and events will never come into existence depending on the choices of the consumer.

The Witcher 2 will feature dialogue similar to what is found in the original book series by Andrzej Sapkowski.

Sexual relationships will be handled in a different way from that of the first game with sex and eroticism being introduced in a more realistic and mature way.

Players also have the ability to fully customise Geralt by changing his appearance and statistics by adding various pieces of equipment and armour.

Casting a spell

in print and online

A two-week online campaign will generate around 2.5m page impressions, while over £340,000 worth of UK coverage value has been received so far through print features and more.

Events

A developer session took place at the 2010 Eurogamer Expo last September to promote the game. A community and blogger hands-on event will also take place in May.

Hardware promo

A cross promotion deal with gaming hardware brand Nvidia involves joint press events, media competitions and will see over 30m page impressions made through the Nvidia website. 

Premium edition

This bundle features a making-of DVD, CD soundtrack, map, guide, manual, coin and two papercraft dolls.

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