E3: Witcher 2 Xbox 360

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E3: Witcher 2 Xbox 360

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CD Projekt isn't pulling any punches when it comes to Witcher 2 on the Xbox 360.

When CD Projekt first announced that Witcher 2 was coming to the Xbox 360, fans across the planet exclaimed that the game couldn't be done proper justice on the system. Going by a presentation CD Projekt put together for E3 2011, this simply isn't true.

CD Projekt played through a demo of the game running on the 360 which looked absolutely gorgeous. It runs on CD Projekt's RED Engine, which is cross-platform. The demo was of a prison break situation, with every of its four resolutions still intact. Content is not being cut just because it'll be transformed into a console game. If an area is explorable in the PC version, it'll be explorable in the Xbox 360 version.

The PC game looked like it translated nicely to console. Button prompts appeared onscreen when Geralt needed to perform a stealth attack or another context-sensitive action. Combat is still robust, with strong and weak attacks, ripostes, blocks, magic, and other timing-based abilities.

In what seems like quite a feat, the Xbox 360 version of Witcher 2 will have no loading screens. All of the game's DLC will be as free on console as it is on PC. Even further, the game's boobage will still be intact (believe me, I saw it), as CD Projekt is aiming for the most mature and complex game in the 360's history.

The demo allayed my worries that Witcher 2 would have to be a completely game because it was on a console. CD Projekt is trying to go as big in the console RPG space as it does in the PC RPG space. It's expected for release by the end of 2011, and there's the possibility of Witcher 2 also coming to PS3 if CD Projekt can make it happen.

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You know for a game I have asbolutely no interest in at all and know basically nothing about I am extremely excited by this news. Simply because to put it bluntly it is the ultimate fuck you to everybody who uses the phrase dumbed down for consoles.

This is all nice and such, but what about the UI? Will the UI be optimized for console? (It's okay to want a UI that's easier to use in this case, for two reasons: The UI in The Witcher 2 is godwafully complex with little to no explanation already, and it came out on PC first, which means it will be a "PC port", not a console port.)

Sounds good to me. And they're getting away with free DLC? I'm surprised.

Soviet Heavy:
Sounds good to me. And they're getting away with free DLC? I'm surprised.

The end of times are upon us!

OT: Well, that settles it. I am going to have to buy this game when it comes out, provided it is a good port.

Release date please???!!!

Tom Goldman:
with every of its four resolutions still intact.

Gah I got two of them in my own playthroughs and saw a third on youtube and now I find out there is a fourth?

I don't fear that they will have it look gorgeous on the 360's graphics considering how well even the lowest graphic settings look on PC.

CM156:

Soviet Heavy:
Sounds good to me. And they're getting away with free DLC? I'm surprised.

The end of times are upon us!

OT: Well, that settles it. I am going to have to buy this game when it comes out, provided it is a good port.

The Free DLC will be on the disk, and it's why they are getting away with it.

This is a giant FU to all the PC elitists retards who are banding behind this game as the PC superiority title. I only have ps3 but I dont really care if it comes to that either way. As long as this series leaves PC exclusive it should shut some people up.

Don't entirely care about the Witcher 2, though it coming to 360 is still nice. What I care more about, is MS saying they'll let CD Projekt still give the DLC for free. That's just a nice precedent, and I hope this is the beginning of an awesome new trend.

Hell, I just might buy it now to support all of this awesome.

woo hoo! I'm looking forward to the release of this on the Xbox.

I was thinking about getting it for PC but was unsure if it would run at max settings (I only like playing my PC games if they run at max settings) then I heard about the console version and decided to just wait for that.

I have plenty of games to keep me occupied until it's release anyway.

I'm also glad that it's going to be just as good on console as it is on PC it just shows that games don't have to be "dumbed down" for consoles when developers put some fucking thought into it (I'm looking at you Gearbox and your bullshit excuse for the 2 weapon limit on DN:F)

MaxPowers666:
You know for a game I have asbolutely no interest in at all and know basically nothing about I am extremely excited by this news. Simply because to put it bluntly it is the ultimate fuck you to everybody who uses the phrase dumbed down for consoles.

Agreed.

I will get this game just so that it does well and hopefully opens the way for console games to stop being dumbed down.

So does this mean Publishers/developers everywhere will get the hint that console gamers aren't the idiots who are afraid of the slightest bit of complexity?

Because they're not, and it would be awesome if publishers/developers stopped thinking that way.

Kungfu_Teddybear:
woo hoo! I'm looking forward to the release of this on the Xbox.

I was thinking about getting it for PC but was unsure if it would run at max settings (I only like playing my PC games if they run at max settings) then I heard about the console version and decided to just wait for that.

I have plenty of games to keep me occupied until it's release anyway.

I'm also glad that it's going to be just as good on console as it is on PC it just shows that games don't have to be "dumbed down" for consoles when developers put some fucking thought into it (I'm looking at you Gearbox and your bullshit excuse for the 2 weapon limit on DN:F)

You, my friend, are insane. I wasn't sure I could run it at all until I played the dungeon siege 3 demo which has the exact same specs and I'll be getting it at the end of the week. Oh, thank you valve and steam for your free demos.

WouldYouKindly:

Kungfu_Teddybear:
woo hoo! I'm looking forward to the release of this on the Xbox.

I was thinking about getting it for PC but was unsure if it would run at max settings (I only like playing my PC games if they run at max settings) then I heard about the console version and decided to just wait for that.

I have plenty of games to keep me occupied until it's release anyway.

I'm also glad that it's going to be just as good on console as it is on PC it just shows that games don't have to be "dumbed down" for consoles when developers put some fucking thought into it (I'm looking at you Gearbox and your bullshit excuse for the 2 weapon limit on DN:F)

You, my friend, are insane. I wasn't sure I could run it at all until I played the dungeon siege 3 demo which has the exact same specs and I'll be getting it at the end of the week. Oh, thank you valve and steam for your free demos.

I dunno I'm weird, I only like my PC games at max settings. I'm quite sure my PC would run it at max settings, but my PC is a good few years old now and I haven't upgraded anything on it. Maybe I'll try the Dungeon Siege 3 demo to see how it runs.

I love CD Projekt. They really give back to the community and the fans that support them. If the careful handling of source material of The Witcher isn't evidence of this, then GOG, their subsidiary, most definitely is.

Rock on, you awesome Poles.

even though i am not a fan of the series it is good to hear that some are still pushing the capabilities of the xbox 360...hopefully it isnt too buggy

Seems like Cd Projekt pulled off a good translation of the game. I have this on my PC and I'm curious to see how the game will turn out on the Xbox.

I attempted the original Witcher Game for PC at a friends house and it was god-awfully difficult, this coming from a guy whose only PC gaming experience is from TF2 and Portal, as long as they simplify (i.e. dumb down to a level consistent with most RPGs now a days) i will be very interested

chstens:
This is all nice and such, but what about the UI? Will the UI be optimized for console? (It's okay to want a UI that's easier to use in this case, for two reasons: The UI in The Witcher 2 is godwafully complex with little to no explanation already, and it came out on PC first, which means it will be a "PC port", not a console port.)

Well, that's why I like this. Witcher 2 is one of the best games I've played, but has a terrible, terrible menu system. Hopefully this means they'll fix the menus/UI for consoles and apply those changes to the Extended Edition haha.

Well this is all good news but they'd darned well better think about how they're going to approach the game's tutorials at the start of the game if they want to achieve any real success. I believe as Tycho put it: "I died 47 times." and "People who genuinely want to play the game are getting thrown out." Even having the game pause so you can read the tutorial text prompts would be a huge improvement.

Did the witcher 2 have any save interaction with the witcher one and if so how will they handle that?

Grotch Willis:
I attempted the original Witcher Game for PC at a friends house and it was god-awfully difficult, this coming from a guy whose only PC gaming experience is from TF2 and Portal, as long as they simplify (i.e. dumb down to a level consistent with most RPGs now a days) i will be very interested

No offense, but how? Witcher's prologue is very easy except the boss fight (almost died on it) . On Normal and Easy you don't have to worry about the alchemy much besides the swallow potions that much. I think I played Witcher on normal or easy and I didn't have an annoying difficulty fight until the boss (died multiple times) of Chapter one, and after that the game was fairly easy.

I mean, Dragon Age is much harder than Witcher is. Divinity 2 is a much harder RPG than Witcher. Risen is way harder than Witcher. Two Worlds 2 I think might be harder than Witcher as well. What fantasy RPG for the xbox 360 besides maybe Dragon Age 2 (I don't know cause I played this one on hard) is actually EASIER than Witcher? (note I only played Witcher fairly recently so it isn't the fact I was playing it back when RPGS were less dumbed down or whatever) So, in other words if anything to me at least, the first witcher was EASIER than most RPGs nowadays.

I'm not sure why anyone would think that features or certain parts of the game would have to be cut, seeing as it was completely playable on the PC with a 360 controller and it isn't a party-based RPG that usually requires Keyboard+Mouse, but more of a Hack&Slash a la Demon's Souls, that said...

Kungfu_Teddybear:
woo hoo! I'm looking forward to the release of this on the Xbox.

I was thinking about getting it for PC but was unsure if it would run at max settings (I only like playing my PC games if they run at max settings) then I heard about the console version and decided to just wait for that.

I am also sure that as "absolutely gorgeous" as it looked, it still will only run at the equivalent of Low-Medium translating to "PC settings". There's just no (physical) way possible that the X360 hardware could in any way pull off those graphics, textures have to be lower to fit to 512MB, there has to be more Streaming of assets (they did a great job with streaming on PC, those "doors" that one always has to open are only there so the game only has to display one area at a time. I'm not sure why anyone would get the inferior console version instead of PC, seeing as... again it is completely playable with a X360 controller on the PC, I know because I did that.

Dexter111:
I'm not sure why anyone would think that features or certain parts of the game would have to be cut, seeing as it was completely playable on the PC with a 360 controller and it isn't a party-based RPG that usually requires Keyboard+Mouse, but more of a Hack&Slash a la Demon's Souls, that said...

Kungfu_Teddybear:
woo hoo! I'm looking forward to the release of this on the Xbox.

I was thinking about getting it for PC but was unsure if it would run at max settings (I only like playing my PC games if they run at max settings) then I heard about the console version and decided to just wait for that.

I am also sure that as "absolutely gorgeous" as it looked, it still will only run at the equivalent of Low-Medium translating to "PC settings". There's just no (physical) way possible that the X360 hardware could in any way pull off those graphics, textures have to be lower to fit to 512MB, there has to be more Streaming of assets (they did a great job with streaming on PC, those "doors" that one always has to open are only there so the game only has to display one area at a time. I'm not sure why anyone would get the inferior console version instead of PC, seeing as... again it is completely playable with a X360 controller on the PC, I know because I did that.

Simple, some RPG fans have a Xbox 360 and do not want to spend hundreds of dollars on a PC to just play one game no matter how good it is. (I mean if there like five or more recent awesome PC exclusive RPGs that would probably be a different story.)
Also, I may want to rent it because I have no life and can probably beat the game in a single rental. Also, not sure if I will like the combat at all, mainly want to play for the story and aesthetics.

Would have preferred White Wolf first, I have this horrible habit where I need to play the first title in a series before I play the sequel.

Does anybody know if you have to play the original to understand this game?

bombadilillo:
This is a giant FU to all the PC elitists retards who are banding behind this game as the PC superiority title. I only have ps3 but I dont really care if it comes to that either way. As long as this series leaves PC exclusive it should shut some people up.

Really, dude? I'm a PC-only gamer, and I'm pleased that this title is coming to consoles. I think exclusives of any kind harm the gaming community in the long run. Nearly every other PC gamer I've seen post on the Escapist about this has had similar views. Please don't extend the platform wars.

thenamelessloser:

Dexter111:
I'm not sure why anyone would think that features or certain parts of the game would have to be cut, seeing as it was completely playable on the PC with a 360 controller and it isn't a party-based RPG that usually requires Keyboard+Mouse, but more of a Hack&Slash a la Demon's Souls, that said...

Kungfu_Teddybear:
woo hoo! I'm looking forward to the release of this on the Xbox.

I was thinking about getting it for PC but was unsure if it would run at max settings (I only like playing my PC games if they run at max settings) then I heard about the console version and decided to just wait for that.

I am also sure that as "absolutely gorgeous" as it looked, it still will only run at the equivalent of Low-Medium translating to "PC settings". There's just no (physical) way possible that the X360 hardware could in any way pull off those graphics, textures have to be lower to fit to 512MB, there has to be more Streaming of assets (they did a great job with streaming on PC, those "doors" that one always has to open are only there so the game only has to display one area at a time. I'm not sure why anyone would get the inferior console version instead of PC, seeing as... again it is completely playable with a X360 controller on the PC, I know because I did that.

Simple, some RPG fans have a Xbox 360 and do not want to spend hundreds of dollars on a PC to just play one game no matter how good it is. (I mean if there like five or more recent awesome PC exclusive RPGs that would probably be a different story.)
Also, I may want to rent it because I have no life and can probably beat the game in a single rental. Also, not sure if I will like the combat at all, mainly want to play for the story and aesthetics.

I hardly paid any more for my PC than you paid for your 360 and I'll probably be able to run this game.

Kungfu_Teddybear:

WouldYouKindly:

Kungfu_Teddybear:
woo hoo! I'm looking forward to the release of this on the Xbox.

I was thinking about getting it for PC but was unsure if it would run at max settings (I only like playing my PC games if they run at max settings) then I heard about the console version and decided to just wait for that.

I have plenty of games to keep me occupied until it's release anyway.

I'm also glad that it's going to be just as good on console as it is on PC it just shows that games don't have to be "dumbed down" for consoles when developers put some fucking thought into it (I'm looking at you Gearbox and your bullshit excuse for the 2 weapon limit on DN:F)

You, my friend, are insane. I wasn't sure I could run it at all until I played the dungeon siege 3 demo which has the exact same specs and I'll be getting it at the end of the week. Oh, thank you valve and steam for your free demos.

I dunno I'm weird, I only like my PC games at max settings. I'm quite sure my PC would run it at max settings, but my PC is a good few years old now and I haven't upgraded anything on it. Maybe I'll try the Dungeon Siege 3 demo to see how it runs.

It just doesn't make sense, running a PC game on low for the last couple of years has looked better than console, so saying 'it has to be max for me to play on PC' is just very strange indeed XD because you're losing out even more playing on console :D

Also, you better buy this game console only players! :D because if you do we'll see complex games again, and with the success of bf3 we'll also see PC-lead games which in turn lead to much better console games!

It's good to hear this. Even though Xbox cannot handle higher graphical settings like PC, I am sure CDProject will do their best to bring it closer as possible.

Sweet, happy times for Xboxers!
And free DLC? Even better.
Good to see games being multiplatform-ed(?), and done so properly, not cheaply :P

I was gonna buy this for my laptop....

...but now I can get it for my 360, and feed both my need for a br00tal game and my cheevo addiction. Hurray!

lithium.jelly:

bombadilillo:
This is a giant FU to all the PC elitists retards who are banding behind this game as the PC superiority title. I only have ps3 but I dont really care if it comes to that either way. As long as this series leaves PC exclusive it should shut some people up.

Really, dude? I'm a PC-only gamer, and I'm pleased that this title is coming to consoles. I think exclusives of any kind harm the gaming community in the long run. Nearly every other PC gamer I've seen post on the Escapist about this has had similar views. Please don't extend the platform wars.

Agreed(this also coming from a die-hard PC gamer). No game should be an exclusive.

They fit it within the 360's capabilities by Dragon Aging the sex.

I bought The Witcher game on STEAM. I didn't like it enough to play past the starting castle. I beat the initial enemies, but when it opened up to petty fetch quests, I lost all interest.

I really hope the sequel is better. My PC can't run it, so it's 360 or bust for this one.

So far, the reviews aren't favoring it to my liking. Fans of the original love it regardless of its flaws, but those who didn't love the original haven't been moved that much. I hope the 360 gets a demo first. I really want to like this game : (

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