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.