CD Projekt Red Conference Contains Witcher 2/GoG Goodness

Today, Witcher developer CD Projekt Red hosted its fall conference. In it, they showed off some new features from the upcoming 2.0 patch for Witcher 2, dropped the game’s price, showed it on the 360, and had some good news about Good Old Games. GOG is CD Projekt Red’s sister company that re-tools older PC games to make them compatible on current operating systems, and sells them for cheap with lots of goodies and no DRM.

CD Projekt Red says that the 2.0 patch for Witcher 2 will be as big as the overhaul they gave the first game. With The Witcher, they re-tooled the graphics engine, re-recorded all dialog, added quite a few quests, removed all DRM, and game a smattering of extras like the soundtrack and dev diaries away for free. The 2.0 patch for Witcher 2 will contain:

-New tutorial to introduce the game’s various mechanics better.
-New difficulty mode called “dark mode”, which will make the game harder and add a bunch of dark-themed weapons and armor.
-Arena, which is pretty much just that, an arena where you fight wave after wave of enemies and win prizes
-Various under-the-hood tweaks and improvements to the game’s engine.

The patch will be released on September 29th.

Also announced was a price drop for the game. $10 for the US copy, down to $39.99. Of course if you live in UK, Europe, or Australia, the price will also drop for you, respectively by £5.00, €10.00 and $10 AUD. However, they’re still offering a ‘Fair Price Package’ to European and Australian customers, who have to pay more than US buyers. What that means is that if you buy Witcher 2 from Good Old Games, they give you the difference in price back, to use on the site. They also showed off Witcher 2 on the Xbox 360, and announced it would have some goodies on top of including all the stuff the PC version has. The first of which is an intro CGI trailer. They also wanted to make it clear that the game is not a port from the PC, but an “adoption” to the 360.

On top of all the Witcher 2 news, CD Projekt Red revealed that GoG is nearing its six millionth downloaded game. To celebrate the occasion, the lucky person who preforms the six millionth download gets all of the site’s games. That’s unique download by the way, not re-download of a game you downloaded before. At the sight’s main page, there’s a tracker for the current current amount of downloads, which at the time of this writing is at 5,810,575. As well as giving one lucky person everything on the site, when the counter hits six million, GoG will give away Broken Sword: Shadow of The Templars Director’s Cut for free to everyone for 48 hours.

And on top of all that, there’s a promo on GoG for all Dungeons & Dragons titles. The titles include Baldur’s Gate 1, Baldur’s Gate 2, Dungeons & Dragons: Dragonshard, Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone, Icewind Dale, Icewind Dale 2, Neverwinter Nights: Diamond Edition, Planescape Torment, and The Temple of Elemental Evil. Each game is 20% off, but the more you buy, the higher the percentage off for D&D titles gets. If you buy them all at once, you get 60% off the final price.

So to summarize, Witcher 2 gets a price drop, and new patch on September 29th, adding lots of new stuff. On GoG be the 6,000,000th person to download a game you haven’t downloaded before and you get every game on the site for free. Everyone else gets a free copy of Broken Sword: Shadow of The Templars Director’s Cut. And all Dungeons & Dragons titles are 20% off, and that percentage increases with each D&D game you buy.

That’s quite a lot of awesome stuff, if I do say so myself.

Via – Good Old Games and Eurogamer