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How Will Your The Witcher Save File Affect The Witcher 2?

Tomasz Gop tells me that The Witcher saves will impact The Witcher 2's story, characters, and more.

Jetpacks are the new Nolan North, but a more compelling mechanic outside of insta-flight is coming to more games, perhaps, as a result of how satisfying sci-fi RPG Mass Effect 2 managed to make it: save file importation. The Witcher 2 is a fine example of an RPG poised to accept data from its predecessor, and as I discovered, this data will have an impact on the follow-up's narrative, its characters, and even your loot bag.

"First, it's not obligatory," Tomasz Gop, senior producer at CD Projekt RED told me via e-mail, "the story will nicely shape itself at the beginning even if you haven't played the The Witcher. But if you have, just go ahead and grab the save you finished with."

"The most important thing is the storyline--the most important choices you've made will be reflected in The Witcher 2. People will behave differently or places will remind you of what you've done," Gop continued. 

"There's also bits and pieces of other stuff: Witcher's swords, for example. They seemed to have been quite important for many players, so why not transfer those into The Witcher 2?"

In our conversation Gop listed Mass Effect and Batman: Arkham Asylum as influences on The Witcher 2's creation. But the impact of Mass Effect runs deeper than save file transfers. The Witcher 2 will feature a fresher, more filmic dialogue system reminiscent of Mass Effect's uncluttered, cinematic, and peppier system.

"Interactive, dynamic and visually attractive," Gop told me when I asked him to explain the dialogue system. "When you’re trying to introduce characters or unveil a plot in your game and you reach for means typical for a game, you’re fine. You will make it."  
 
"But if you reach outside and use tricks found in movies, books or, I don’t know...advertisements, you’re definitely going to have player immersed longer and stronger." 

"There were many things we couldn’t do in dialogues in the older Aurora engine, so now, after having rewritten our engine, we’re glad to be able to use means limited only by our imagination. Again, we want you to spend less time reading your dialogue lines and more time enjoying the story."

The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings is due out in 2011. The full interview between Gop and I will be published later this afternoon.    
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Posted by BradNicholson
Jetpacks are the new Nolan North, but a more compelling mechanic outside of insta-flight is coming to more games, perhaps, as a result of how satisfying sci-fi RPG Mass Effect 2 managed to make it: save file importation. The Witcher 2 is a fine example of an RPG poised to accept data from its predecessor, and as I discovered, this data will have an impact on the follow-up's narrative, its characters, and even your loot bag.

"First, it's not obligatory," Tomasz Gop, senior producer at CD Projekt RED told me via e-mail, "the story will nicely shape itself at the beginning even if you haven't played the The Witcher. But if you have, just go ahead and grab the save you finished with."

"The most important thing is the storyline--the most important choices you've made will be reflected in The Witcher 2. People will behave differently or places will remind you of what you've done," Gop continued. 

"There's also bits and pieces of other stuff: Witcher's swords, for example. They seemed to have been quite important for many players, so why not transfer those into The Witcher 2?"

In our conversation Gop listed Mass Effect and Batman: Arkham Asylum as influences on The Witcher 2's creation. But the impact of Mass Effect runs deeper than save file transfers. The Witcher 2 will feature a fresher, more filmic dialogue system reminiscent of Mass Effect's uncluttered, cinematic, and peppier system.

"Interactive, dynamic and visually attractive," Gop told me when I asked him to explain the dialogue system. "When you’re trying to introduce characters or unveil a plot in your game and you reach for means typical for a game, you’re fine. You will make it."  
 
"But if you reach outside and use tricks found in movies, books or, I don’t know...advertisements, you’re definitely going to have player immersed longer and stronger." 

"There were many things we couldn’t do in dialogues in the older Aurora engine, so now, after having rewritten our engine, we’re glad to be able to use means limited only by our imagination. Again, we want you to spend less time reading your dialogue lines and more time enjoying the story."

The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings is due out in 2011. The full interview between Gop and I will be published later this afternoon.    
Posted by Th3dz

yay!

Posted by Sanious

Never played the first one, but always looks good.

Posted by TheChaos

Well, looks like I need to free up 80 hours to play the first one.

Posted by Fierrze

I hope we get a PS3 or 360 port somewhere down the line because i always wanted to play the first one but my computer sucks ass.

Posted by fmprodguy

Could not have picked better insperations... The Witcher got mostly solid reviews, maybe they can hit this one out of the park. Here's to hopping they do make a console version this go round.
Posted by Claude

I deleted my first save like an idiot. I'll keep my second playthrough save if I ever finish my second playthrough. I've got a year, so I should be good.

Posted by MeatSim

Cool I just finished a The Witcher a couple weeks ago.

Posted by Aarduil

I loved Witcher 1 and I have very high expectations for the second one. I'm also very glad that I keep my save from the first game.

Posted by Lavos

awesome, keep the Witcher 2 updates coming!

Posted by S0ndor

Hmm, I uninstalled the whole thing roughly two years ago...rats.

Posted by ElectricSlime

First one crashed on me twice in the first hour so I gave up on it. So this is a no go for me.

Posted by TaliciaDragonsong

Wish I could get the first one working :P

Posted by NoXious

I still haven't finished the first one.
I am going to be finishing it some time soon to prepare for Witcher 2!

Posted by shindakun

Man, I really need to finish up the first game.

Posted by Sticky_Pennies

Poop, I beat it last year, and proceeded to reformat a month later to install Windows 7.

Posted by wolf_blitzer85

Well looks like it's time to play another round of The Witcher. 

Edited by TheSmilingDude

So two articles for 1 interview... that sure is some quality journalism....

If Brad N. and Matt K. keep this quality up, I'll  leave this site... You're both acting like a bunch of interns with your sims 3 coming to consoles soapbox as a news post and half piece of interview.

Might as well go to MTV.com for my videogame news.

Posted by rhodric

i knew i saved my witcher save files for a reason. now i get to start witcher 2 with some kick ass swords.

Edited by AngryAmoeba

@ElectricSlime: As a PC user, I'm sure you know that crashing is something that you kind of have to get used to... The openness and complexity of the platform means there are more things that can go wrong and fuck things up. Patches (or super-patches like The Witcher Enhanced Edition) are the main remedy for games, but if you're a power user you could also go somewhere like TweakGuides and try to iron out all the little bugs, incompatibilities, etc. yourself.

Edited by Chris2KLee

Still need to play the first one, bought it on sale from steam months ago and haven't even DL'd it.

Posted by MarkWahlberg

First one always sounded kind silly (hey check it out we're DARK. As in, blood n' shit. Also, boob cards) but this one actually seems kinda cool. I really like the character designs.

Posted by gpbmike

I feel like I should go back and play the first one. Hmm.

Posted by BadNews
@TheSmilingDude: Giant Bomb is meant for a more fun an laid back location for news. Every once in a while they get something new but it's for the fun of the videos and podcasts as well as the wiki based database. I go to Kotaku for my news, giantbomb to me is where I go when I want a less confined form of news. Besides E3 is a shotgun shell of information.  It is amazingly hard to keep track of every bit of news and clean it up for the masses when you are getting about 20 stories a minute, and have like a crew of like 3 people uploading and cleaning them up.
Posted by Crispy

I've had The Witcher forever, but still can't play it because I'm on a damn laptop. QQ.

Edited by TheSmilingDude
@BadNews said:

" @TheSmilingDude: Giant Bomb is meant for a more fun an laid back location for news. Every once in a while they get something new but it's for the fun of the videos and podcasts as well as the wiki based database. I go to Kotaku for my news, giantbomb to me is where I go when I want a less confined form of news. Besides E3 is a shotgun shell of information.  It is amazingly hard to keep track of every bit of news and clean it up for the masses when you are getting about 20 stories a minute, and have like a crew of like 3 people uploading and cleaning them up. "

Oh yeah, E3 is a free-ticket to fuck ups like all the other sites reporting on it.... wait.... No this was just a quick grab for a headline, and a poor one at that considering the writer couldn't get a full article and wrote a half one instead. Just because you settle for bad quality, like your nickname, doesn't mean I do.

I like the personality and the quirks of the site. But an article telling me the rest is coming later is nothing but pure bait, and I refuse to be treated like some kind of fucking fish. That you're ok with that tells more about you than me. E3 is -THE- time you show what kind of journalist you are. And Brad N. simply doesn't cut it. Especially when compared with the rest of the staff, including Vinny, who mostly does VIDEO.

In short: you're nothing but a fanboy who wants to feed the pride of the staff instead of giving them a genuine opinion. Make a guess at which one of us has the bigger chance of helping them out.

Posted by phrosnite

I didn't like the first game so I won't be picking this one up...

Posted by Impossibilium

But can my save bring my full deck of boob cards with me?

Edited by MrKlorox

I gotta finish the first one. But I'm half way through Dragon Age right now and I'm afraid I'll get the stories confused somehow. I'll probably tackle it after Origins and before Awakenings.
 
While playing Arkham Asylum I was thinking about The Witcher and how much better the combat could have been. I'm glad CDProjekt was thinking the same.

Posted by FakeKisser

I am going to play the first one in the next couple months.  I read one of the books already, and I love the world!  I only missed the first game when released because I was in grad school at the time. ;)

Posted by BradNicholson
@FakeKisser: Yo! The first book is amazing! I didn't even know there were others until CD Projekt started talking The Witcher 2.
Posted by ctwin14

all hail the Lincoln Force
Posted by ctwin14

all hail the lincoln force
Posted by Xealot42

Liked the first one, can't wait for this!

Posted by Tennmuerti

That's awesome I still have save files of both my playthroughs sitting on the hard drive.
STOKED

Posted by EnSabac

I want to see what they do with this closer to the release date.

Posted by KuwabaraTheMan

I still need to finish the first game, but I'm glad to hear this. This is definitely a trend that I want to see continuing for story sequels.

Posted by Binman88

Great news, but I think I actually lost my save files! Haven't been able to play it on my newest PC due to some unknown hardware conflict, but getting a few new components next week and this would be a perfect motivation to play through it again. 
 
@ElectricSlime said:

" First one crashed on me twice in the first hour so I gave up on it. So this is a no go for me. "

That's a shame. It's one of the best RPGs to come out over the last few years. It seems to be a fickle beast - it ran perfect on my old machine, but had some sort of graphical glitch (causing huge slowdown) on my newest PC, like I said above.
Posted by UrbanGt

I really hope this also comes out on consoles.

Posted by labam89

fuck yes, I still have my saves.

Posted by Oni

I should get to finishing The Witcher. I played it off and on over a few months, and I'm very close to the end. Time to dust it off.

Posted by mak_wikus

I was hoping Giant Bomb would post some impressions from the E3 demo, but from what I've read on Polish websites they didn't show anything new. Same stuff that was shown during the March conference in Warsaw. That's kinda sad and weird at the same time. One might think they've cooked up something else just for the mighty E3. I guess once they found out that the whole presentation will take place in a small booth on the show floor, they've made the decision with going with the same stuff and focus on simply continuing making the game instead and not bother with another demo.
Oh, well. There still GDC 2010 in August. It'll take place in Germany, so logistically it will be easier(and cheaper) to make a proper presentation.
 
Wow, this comment wasn't supposed to be this long. That's what happens when you care about a game, apparently :)

Posted by Jayzilla

that would be really great if the steam version that i bought didnt crash every 5 minutes. 

Posted by gike987
@mak_wikus said:
" I was hoping Giant Bomb would post some impressions from the E3 demo, but from what I've read on Polish websites they didn't show anything new. Same stuff that was shown during the March conference in Warsaw. That's kinda sad and weird at the same time. One might think they've cooked up something else just for the mighty E3. I guess once they found out that the whole presentation will take place in a small booth on the show floor, they've made the decision with going with the same stuff and focus on simply continuing making the game instead and not bother with another demo.Oh, well. There still GDC 2010 in August. It'll take place in Germany, so logistically it will be easier(and cheaper) to make a proper presentation.  Wow, this comment wasn't supposed to be this long. That's what happens when you care about a game, apparently :) "
Even if most people avoid it gamespot has some gameplay.
Posted by Marz

interesting, gonna have to go back and rethink some decisions i made in the first game.

Posted by sickVisionz

I wish they'd put this out on consoles.  It'd be one of my most anticipated games this year.  There's no way my PC could play this with the level of graphics shown in those screenshots.

Posted by Ethereal

Didn't finish the first but the improvements to this one make me very interested

Posted by Yzzerdd

I wanna import my Mass Effect save and bring Shepard and Wrex into this game.

Posted by DudeFromJersey

Can't wait!

Posted by tim

I really need to stop deleting my saved game files..fudge man.

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