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The game series is based on a series of short stories and novels written by Andrzej Sapkowski in Polish. The first book of short stories introducing the Witcher Saga and the first novel in the series, The Last Wish (Polish: Ostatnie życzenie) and Blood of Elves (Polish: Krew elfów) respectively, have been translated to English and are available in print and various e-reader editions.
The first game in the series, The Witcher, released on PC was in development for Xbox 360 and PS3 until April 2009 when developer CD Projekt RED announced that the project had been put on indefinite hold. The second game in the series, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, released on PC May 17, 2011 is currently in development for Xbox 360 and PS3. The console release of The Witcher 2 was originally scheduled for Winter 2011 but a delay to Early 2012 was announced in August 2011. The games follow the Witcher, Geralt of Rivia, as he struggles to regain his memories and prevent the Wildhunt from destroying the world. Amnesia is used to both allow the player to make choices the Geralt from the books would not have made and to allow the game developers to explain aspects of the universe to those who have not read the book.
On February 4th, 2013, it was announced that the March 2013 cover story for Game Informer Magazine would be the third game in the Witcher franchise, titled The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The reveal story touted: "an open world 30 times larger than the previous game", indicating a shift to a more Elder Scrolls-influenced design. It was targeted for a 2014 release on PC's and "all high-end platforms available".