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The Witcher 2 Officially Announced: Dev. Diary #0

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PC RPG fans, a sequel to the mature PC game is underway. Watch the trailer and developer diary here!

PC-centric role playing games are a rarity these days, with now a good portion of the attention going towards consoles. That's not an entirely bad thing, as the larger market means bigger budgets, but that also brings with it some other concessions. The Witcher, however, was a game that was built for the PC gamer; and now that game has an official sequel in the works.

Last week, CD Projekt formally announced the Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings. The Polish developer says that the game is built upon completely new technology, designed from scratch by CD Projekt RED to develop role-playing games with non-linear plot.

"I am really glad that we can officially present what we’ve been working on for the past two-and-a-half years," said Adam Kiciński, CEO of CD Projekt RED studio. "We learned a lot during The Witcher’s development process, and we are using all of that knowledge to ensure the sequel is one of the best RPGs people have ever played. We’ve concentrated on improving the most successful parts of the Witcher, and I strongly believe that The Witcher 2 will be loved both by fans of the original and newcomers. We know that we aimed very high while producing The Witcher 1. Now we are aiming even higher with The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings."

The Witcher 2 is due sometime in 2011. In the meantime, check out the debut trailer and the first developer diary below:

The Witcher 2: Developer Diary #0

The Witcher 2 Debut Trailer

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    demosthenes81 , March 30, 2010 12:31 AM
    too bad they scrapped rise of the white wolf my old comp diddnt run the witcher at 1920x1080 very well and anything less looks bad on my Dell S2409w but mebe ill pick up the original on steam now since i gave my old copy away
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    JonathanDeane , March 30, 2010 12:31 AM
    I played the first game for about an hour before I got so bored.... I am sure it was a great game I just couldn't get into it.
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    rajangel , March 30, 2010 12:46 AM
    Read the books. Looks like this will be following 'The Blood of Elves.'

    I have to say that the books are amazing. Thank god the first game was amazing. Though I am sad for the day when the stories world becomes a Forgotten Realms or Dragonlance franchise.
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    Anonymous , March 30, 2010 12:50 AM
    How do you make a mature game these days that stores won't sell to kids?

    Gruesome violence? Nah, that's completely fine. You gotta make sure you stick some boobs in it.
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    dstln , March 30, 2010 12:58 AM
    I haven't even gotten around to playing the first yet (big backlog), but the second looks like it could be great.

    (also I hate how they put spoilers in their trailer, so I've never watched the whole thing lol)
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    Maxor127 , March 30, 2010 1:09 AM
    I'm playing the first game now. Haven't really gotten into it yet. People say it's better than Dragon Age, but I don't see it yet. But I'll keep with it.
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    ct1615 , March 30, 2010 4:05 AM
    i played the game, found the lead character silly and quest for booty better suited for a leisure suite larry game. Hopefully they place a better lead character in the new game and make it a mature story rather then mature themed (aka 13 year old's wet dream).
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    lukeeu , March 30, 2010 10:23 AM
    The book and TV series were better :) 
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    JeanLuc , March 30, 2010 10:46 AM
    Maxor127I'm playing the first game now. Haven't really gotten into it yet. People say it's better than Dragon Age, but I don't see it yet. But I'll keep with it.


    Keep with it, trust me the game has a plot line like no other. Bioware games do have excellent stories but The Witcher is just as good and more 'grown up'. And by grown up I don't mean being able to sleep with women or having a splattering of bad language but without giving to much away the storyline and the decisions you make in the game aren't black and white and choices you make early in the game will have unexpected results latter in the game.

    JonathanDeaneI played the first game for about an hour before I got so bored.... I am sure it was a great game I just couldn't get into it.


    I was board of Mass Effect after the first hour but I did stick with it and it game good in the end, with any RPG you need to stick with them to get use to how the controls work and see how the plot line spans out.
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    Hilarion , March 30, 2010 12:59 PM
    The Witcher is an amazing game and I am certainly looking forward to this and I will buy it when it's released.
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    christophmcchris , March 30, 2010 2:05 PM
    Oh, this makes my day! I loved that game.
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    fozzie76 , March 30, 2010 2:14 PM
    Is it 2011 yet? The first one was amazing, I cannot wait for number 2!
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    the associate , March 30, 2010 2:34 PM
    JonathanDeaneI played the first game for about an hour before I got so bored.... I am sure it was a great game I just couldn't get into it.


    Bahhh I say you should have given it more time, depending on how long it took you in Kaer Morhen, which you might not have even passed through, you REALLY didn't get to see much im afraid, I encourage you to give it another go.

    I can't wait at all for The Witcher 2, holy crap I just can't wait. I haven't played the enhanced version yet, just installed, giving it another go :) 
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    sliem , March 30, 2010 3:27 PM
    It's hard to watch the dev diary, read the subtitle and listen to a language I don't know... the game looks good though but I haven't even played the first one.
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    sliem , March 30, 2010 3:29 PM
    Drool at 1:39 (trailer, 2nd vid).
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    long2know , March 30, 2010 3:41 PM
    I liked the first one better than Dragon Age as well. I think it may have been the gratuitous sex or something ...

    Personally, I'm avoiding this and Dragon Age 2. I spent about 100 hours each on the Witcher and Dragon Age 1. I don't want to get sucked back into a game that involved at the moment.
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    Ridik876 , March 30, 2010 4:08 PM
    Did they end up fixing the first? I got the Witcher when it first came out, and while I liked it a lot, I remember it being SUPER buggy. I gave up on it...maybe I should pull it off the shelf and dust it off?
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    maestintaolius , March 30, 2010 5:38 PM
    I just hope we can get uncensored version in the US right away and not have to wait for the 'directors cut'
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    Teirdome , March 30, 2010 7:08 PM
    I enjoyed the first one, but my favorite part of it was the sex that couldn't have real consequences (due to Geralt's witcher mutations) in a game built around consequences. Such an odd juxtaposition.
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    JonathanDeane , March 30, 2010 10:04 PM
    the associateBahhh I say you should have given it more time, depending on how long it took you in Kaer Morhen, which you might not have even passed through, you REALLY didn't get to see much im afraid, I encourage you to give it another go.I can't wait at all for The Witcher 2, holy crap I just can't wait. I haven't played the enhanced version yet, just installed, giving it another go



    I might do that if I can scrounge up enough time, my life is so hectic sometimes I have weeks of nothing and being bored out of my skull followed by days where I am lucky to get 5 hours of sleep because there just isn't enough time to get everything done. (unfortunately for me I am in that 5 hour period right now...) but it really did seem like a great game.
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