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No, That Absurd Witcher 2 Patch Isn't Actually 9GB

An issue with Steam is causing users to download the whole game over again.

I saw more than a few people complaining on this here Internets last night about a crazy 9GB patch for CD Projekt's The Witcher 2. When exactly does a "patch" stop being a "patch"?

Turns out the whole thing is an error. CD Projekt's told me the patch is much more reasonable--less than 20MB--but an issue with Steam specifically forced users to basically download the whole game all over again. As far as CD Projekt can tell, it's only a Steam problem right now.

"We’re working with Steam to get the issue sorted by Monday morning," a company spokesperson said.

Darn. Gamers with digital pitchforks fighting over 9GB would've made a more interesting story.

Time to run from the big, bad bandwidth monster.
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Posted by patrickklepek

I saw more than a few people complaining on this here Internets last night about a crazy 9GB patch for CD Projekt's The Witcher 2. When exactly does a "patch" stop being a "patch"?

Turns out the whole thing is an error. CD Projekt's told me the patch is much more reasonable--less than 20MB--but an issue with Steam specifically forced users to basically download the whole game all over again. As far as CD Projekt can tell, it's only a Steam problem right now.

"We’re working with Steam to get the issue sorted by Monday morning," a company spokesperson said.

Darn. Gamers with digital pitchforks fighting over 9GB would've made a more interesting story.

Time to run from the big, bad bandwidth monster.
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Edited by byrjun

Edit: My keyboard f'd up! 
Haha, it also seemed to crazy if it were a 9 gig patch?!

Posted by Solh0und

Good that it's getting patched.

Posted by Aetheldod
@solh0und: Patching the patch? You got to love modern videogaming :D
Edited by Zimbo

I thought it had to be something like this considering the patch I downloaded off GOG.com was only about 9MB.

Posted by neoepoch

This has happened before with some games, where Steam would just redownload the entire game along with the patch. If I recall, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War II were suspect to this. Needless to say that shit was annoying.

Posted by Origina1Penguin

That screenshot looks like it's straight out of the end of the Beowulf movie.

Posted by ZeForgotten

Steams been doing this error for a ton of games the past month or two. I couldn't help but facepalm at all the hate that The Witcher 2 got from the people who had the steam version like it was CD Projekt's fault..  Ignorance isn't always bliss

Posted by Melgin

It actually isn't the entire game. The Witcher 2 just has 1 file that is 9GB in size and there was a 20meg change to that file. Steam doesn't patch, they just replaces the file. It is unfortunate that this file is that size, but CDPR says having the single file increases performance.

Posted by Rukus

Got home from class in time to see it finishing up the download. Stop eating my bandwidth, Steam! :(

Posted by rargy

This is even better news now that i've already downloaded that "patch".

Posted by mewarmo990

GoG.com version owner here, supporting CDP directly with no hassle.
 
Feels good, man.
 
Seriously though, I've been on the receiving end of this game redownload thing many times with my Steam games. Strange that hasn't been fixed after these years...

Posted by Sweep

Ah ok, so it wasn't just me. I had to re-download the entire thing last night. I wasn't happy about it. Good to know that it's not my computer being screwy, though...

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Posted by Scooper

I've been telling people this but no one would listen. 
 
The patch for every version of the game except for Steam is like 16mbs.

Posted by ZimboDK

I would've been pretty pissed about this if it wasn't for my new and shiny 30mbit line... That is really stupid though. I thought Steam was able to download just the parts of files, but it seems I'm wrong.

Posted by Khann

I've had this issue with many Steam games lately.

Posted by LiquidSwords

Where's your God now PC users?

Posted by Ben_H

I'm thinking the same issue is going on with Company of Heroes, as for the patch for it is over 4GB.

Posted by Atrithau

I downloaded that thinking it was going to fix the problems of running the game on ultra. My severe disappointment was heartbreaking :<.

Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff
@Origina1Penguin said:
That screenshot looks like it's straight out of the end of the Beowulf movie.
It totally does!
Posted by Butano

The patch removes the non-GoG versions DRM, which is always a plus to me.

Posted by rebgav
@ZeForgotten said:
Steams been doing this error for a ton of games the past month or two. 
Yep. I just pause the downloads and retry them later, it's usually sorted out quite quickly.
Posted by Tennmuerti

Kind of already knew that.

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Posted by CaLe

I have had this problem with other games as well. It just randomly wants to download a game that I already own, which is a real bandwidth killer.

Posted by schattenwolf86

People having issues with Steam downloading the whole game again?  I was having problems with getting Steam to actually download the whole game.  I remember with both of Fallout New Vegas' DLCs, Steam only downloaded a third of the pack and said it was complete.  I had to verify the game content for it to download the other 2/3 of each DLC.

Posted by rawr
Doing just fine with my premium box copy getting the official patch straight from CDP.  What? I wanted the dice and cards like any TW1 fan should.
Posted by ZeroCast
@Tennmuerti said:
Kind of already knew that.
No harm in telling people who didn't :D.
Posted by S0ndor

Wasn't that bad since I had already finished my first playthrough. Sucks for people with bandwith caps, though.

Posted by NoXious

Ah no wonder, I was pondering as to why the FUCK I couldn't play it after quitting it for a small break.

No probs though, bought Terraria to play in the meantime.

But it did catch me off guard.

Posted by Maximuspotts

yeah but i wanna play it now:(

Posted by tourgen

The DVD copy has been pretty damn awesome.  1.1 patch removed the secureROM drm (install # limits).  The hardcopy instruction manual is pretty nice.  I got the collector edition with the video DVD and soundtrack, and the world manual which are all also very nice.  Best of all the 1.1 patch added an auto-patching feature at startup.
 
Why buy the Steam version of a game like this?

Posted by amir90

I expected as much.

Posted by DarthB

Bandwidth issues don't seem so big anymore.  Tons of people bitched in my province (yes, in fucking Canada) so they more than doubled my monthly cap and also boosted my speed for free.  Yelling at your ISP always works.  It always has for me.

Posted by Cybexx

The gog version's patch was 19mbs so when Jeff tweeted about this yesterday I thought it was a little strange.

Posted by StingingVelvet

Retail boxed version patch was 28MB I think.  Steam can't patch parts of files, only a complete file, which is why you have to re-download 9GB.  Not sure how they will "sort that out" unless Steam can change this overnight.
 
In any event, good patch that removed DRM and sorts out the DLC issues.

Posted by 234r2we232

Oh PC games.

Posted by Nonentity

Does this remove the DRM from the Steam version as well?

Posted by dragonzord
@sofacitysweetheart said:
Oh PC games.
GOG version works fine ;)
Posted by Beforet
@Nonentity said:
Does this remove the DRM from the Steam version as well?
Remember that Steam itself is DRM. You can't remove all of the DRM from the steam version without disconnecting it to Steam, which is not something I think Valve is willing to do.
Posted by Xpgamer7
Only being able to patch it by re-downloading the entire game. Now that would be crazy.
Posted by dvorak
I bought this game on GOG because I'm on that site all the time anyway, but besides that, no DRM is a great reason. A simple installer, a free game, and a discount was nice too.
Edited by MordeaniisChaos

So.... Why do your stories have all the same titles as RPS titles? Are they really so formulaic, or is one of you pulling stories from each other? Or am I crazy in thinking that like, 4 stories from today and yesterday have identical titles to RPS (RockPaperShotgun) stories? 
 
EDIT: Nope, Rockmelt just fucked up the icons on my feeds.

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Posted by ShadowSkill11

With the speed of my internet connection combined with the time the patch probably went live. Chances are I never noticed it download. Even if it downloaded the whole game again it would have only taken about 20 minutes.

Posted by Aronman789

I got the GOG version. 
 
AWWW YEAH.

Posted by lacke
@tourgen: Because I don't care about any of the stuff you mentioned. I don't care for driving the store or the physical disc and case. Bandwidth isn't a problem for me that's why I most stuff through Steam. 
 
The only thing retail stores, at least where I live, have over Steam is that they are most of the times cheaper. Usually there is a €10 difference for new releases which does add up when you buy a lot of games. 
Posted by Cirdain
@sofacitysweetheart said:
Oh PC games.
TROOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL
Posted by Nonentity
@Beforet said:
@Nonentity said:
Does this remove the DRM from the Steam version as well?
Remember that Steam itself is DRM. You can't remove all of the DRM from the steam version without disconnecting it to Steam, which is not something I think Valve is willing to do.
Yeah, I know. I was hoping there was some magic voodoo that made even the Steam version non-DRM.
Posted by 234r2we232
@Cirdain said:
@sofacitysweetheart said:
Oh PC games.
TROOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL
NO WAI DOOD I ROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL
Posted by MrKlorox
@sofacitysweetheart said:
@Cirdain said:
@sofacitysweetheart said:
Oh PC games.
TROOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL
YES THATS HOW I ROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL
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Posted by SlasherMan

I have had Steam redownload a few games before for some reason (sometimes partially), but the game that had that issue the worst was Company of Heroes. I eventually just uninstalled it because it was too annoying.
I guess I made the right choice by buying TW2 off GOG, then. The patch was something like 15 MBs after extraction.

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