The Witcher Heading To PS3, X360

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If you're like me, you're...well, you'd rather be sitting on the couch in your underwear right now. Also you didn't play The Witcher, the apparently quite good PC action-RPG from Polish developer CD Projekt RED. For some reason, PC-based RPGs tend to scare me away. Maybe it's the idea of having to pore over all those scary numbers while sitting upright at a desk. That sounds a little too much like work. There's a reason I didn't become an accountant.

OK, maybe that's a little harsh. But anyway, people like you and I will soon get to enjoy The Witcher in a more couch-friendly format, since Atari has announced a port of the game to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 called The Witcher: Rise of the White Wolf. Sounds like it's the same storyline as the original, though the press release promises "a brand new combat system for thrilling dynamic action, and a new engine delivering matchless state-of-the-art visuals." Here's a CG-only trailer that shows none of that.


  


Also, there's a quote from Phil Harrison! Remember that guy?

"The creative vision and dedication to the quality of the player experience that CD Projekt RED bring to the Witcher games is extraordinary, and it’s great to be working with them to bring the Witcher universe to console gamers," said Phil Harrison, President of Infogrames Entertainment, the parent company of Atari. "Taking this brilliantly realised world to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 gamers for the first time is a breakthrough in the development of this important franchise."

Phil Harrison strikes me as a guy who Gets Stuff Done. Atari seems to be on the up and up all of a sudden, having picked up the new Riddick game, Ghostbusters, and this console version of The Witcher. I'm curious to see how well this port is adapted to consoles. It's out in "autumn" of next year.

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#1  Edited By Brad

If you're like me, you're...well, you'd rather be sitting on the couch in your underwear right now. Also you didn't play The Witcher, the apparently quite good PC action-RPG from Polish developer CD Projekt RED. For some reason, PC-based RPGs tend to scare me away. Maybe it's the idea of having to pore over all those scary numbers while sitting upright at a desk. That sounds a little too much like work. There's a reason I didn't become an accountant.

OK, maybe that's a little harsh. But anyway, people like you and I will soon get to enjoy The Witcher in a more couch-friendly format, since Atari has announced a port of the game to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 called The Witcher: Rise of the White Wolf. Sounds like it's the same storyline as the original, though the press release promises "a brand new combat system for thrilling dynamic action, and a new engine delivering matchless state-of-the-art visuals." Here's a CG-only trailer that shows none of that.


  


Also, there's a quote from Phil Harrison! Remember that guy?

"The creative vision and dedication to the quality of the player experience that CD Projekt RED bring to the Witcher games is extraordinary, and it’s great to be working with them to bring the Witcher universe to console gamers," said Phil Harrison, President of Infogrames Entertainment, the parent company of Atari. "Taking this brilliantly realised world to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 gamers for the first time is a breakthrough in the development of this important franchise."

Phil Harrison strikes me as a guy who Gets Stuff Done. Atari seems to be on the up and up all of a sudden, having picked up the new Riddick game, Ghostbusters, and this console version of The Witcher. I'm curious to see how well this port is adapted to consoles. It's out in "autumn" of next year.

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#2  Edited By bertmasta

haha oh Phil Harrison, remember him? how could anyone forget that loon XD

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#3  Edited By mech4399

I hope they adapt the game's mechanic to the consoles well. The mouse gameplay was ok, but will not be great on the consoles.

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#4  Edited By BawlZINmotion

If they do a good job with the console version I might just buy this game... again.

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#5  Edited By ahoodedfigure

I wonder if the combat system will include the a Karateka-style, single-hit = death vulnerability...

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#6  Edited By RHCPfan24

Sounds promising, though that trailer was a little stupid.  Still, it was a good core game so this should be fun.

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hey phil dont censor this ok. gamers want naked titties to go with their buckets of blood. preferably the blood will be splashed on said naked titties.

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#8  Edited By code305

sounds real nice. I am happy to see some PC games coming into the consoles

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#9  Edited By Valke

I have to say, although like Brad I missed this one on PC, I may very well pick it up on 360 when its available. Although it's a ways away, hopefully that is so that they can properly port this game over to consoles without making it clunky or having it suffer from frame rate issues. Hmmmm, sitting on the couch in my underwear playing games does in fact sound like a good time right about now...

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#10  Edited By Scooper

I really like that trailor actualy, not too over-stated and in your face like all the others.

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#11  Edited By MasterSplinter

This means I'm actually gonna play it.

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interesting, never had heard of that game and i like the trailer, might play it 

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#13  Edited By xruntime

Couches suck.

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#14  Edited By Media_Master

Looks good....for a trailer at least

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#15  Edited By Karmum

Great to hear, always wanted to play it for the PC but never got around to it.

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#16  Edited By sloppyjoe

You're not gonna be able to mod the porn and gore back in though (censored from US), unlike the PC version, not to mention a downgrade in graphics.  Still... this great game needs some exposure.

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#17  Edited By Claude

I'll buy it again, probably and play it for the third time. I really like the game and I'm curious to see how it translates to the consoles.

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#18  Edited By citizenkane

I heard great things about the PC version, but never got to play it since I had an ancient PC up until late August when I got my new laptop.  I am eagerly awaiting this port to consoles.

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#19  Edited By Bear

Great, one of the few PC games that I was interested in; now I finally get to play one of them. Still crossing my fingers for S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

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#20  Edited By RawShark

I watched some gameplay videos of this at the time, I thought it looked really bad =/
And it also seemed to be selling itself on the promise of some crappy softcore pr0nz.

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#21  Edited By Newd

Great news. I've always wanted to play it.

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#22  Edited By MilkmanDan

Softcore porn is hardly the focus of The Witcher. Sex is a part of life, this RPG decided to retain that aspect, good for them.

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#23  Edited By ImperiousRix

I felt a little left out since I missed this one on PC (as my PC has, and always will, be unable to play games).
Glad to see it making its way to consoles.

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#24  Edited By Demyx

Might get it.
Depends.

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#25  Edited By Xiemos2

This game was badass on the PC, definitely one of the better RPG's I've played.

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#26  Edited By PitifullPete

Evil people. I want moar PC games. You should buy them, too! I for myself love upright sitting in underwear on my leather armchair laughing simpleminded.

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#27  Edited By dsplayer1010

Out of curiosity, was the sword-fighting fast-paced in the original like in the trailer?

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#28  Edited By BiggerBomb
dsplayer1010 said:
"Out of curiosity, was the sword-fighting fast-paced in the original like in the trailer?"

Yes-ish. Yes if you're good at the game, no if you're bad. It is rhythm based and if you know how to switch stances and keep up a solid momentum, add that to strategic use of your signs, then the combat is fast paced.
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#29  Edited By Bulldog19892
byongping_suzahulu said:
"hey phil dont censor this ok. gamers want naked titties to go with their buckets of blood. preferably the blood will be splashed on said naked titties."
......huurrrmm.
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#30  Edited By TheIneffableBob

Psh, couches. Super comfy chairs are where it's at.

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#31  Edited By marcusfriendly

I might grab this, it looks good!

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#32  Edited By Buccura

Good for console gamers but me, this is one I'd rather have on PC.

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#33  Edited By Dryker

I expect Atari to blow minds next year. I've always admired the Witcher from a distance, never having liked the whole PC interface; and now that it's headed to consoles, gives me a chance to indulge. The fact that Riddick and Ghostbusters- %50 of my most highly desired games for next year- are now being helmed by Atari, leaves me to expect even more from these franchises since Atari has no choice but to bring the big guns. With Street Fighter 4, Overlord 2, and Dark Void, '09 is shaping up nicely. Now back to putting dents in the awesome games that are already out ( and trying to repress the regret of not having time for so many others).

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#34  Edited By Xero

The game is awesome on the pc

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#35  Edited By Chummy8

I hope it's different enough from the PC version to warrant another purchase.

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