2.0 Features, Dark Mode & Arena Detailed
Looking forward to The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings when it finally hits the Xbox 360 after months of speculation? Us too. Between that and Skyrim, however, we expect productivity rates to hit an all-time low. Thanks again to the Eurogamer Expo - which has been a dependable source of breaking news these past four days or so - we have yet more new info on the 360 version of the Witcher 2 for you, and a little bit of good news for PC fans looking forward to the 2.0 update.
For the 360 version, developers CD Projekt is planning to include additional story content, a mysterious 'Dark Mode' and Arena, along with all the updated features from the upcoming 2.0 update. A new tutorial and four minute opening cinematic will fill new players in on Witcher lore and mechanics. To boot, CD Projekt is planning to release all of this for free on the PC "around the same time" the 360 version hits.
"We're really focusing on expanding the story a little bit," revealed story designer and writer Jan Bartkowicz to Eurogamer. "We are going to have some additional events that are going to happen in the game. Majority of this is some stuff that will make the story bigger, show some back story, show some additional events - and now you can understand some things that were still open at the beginning of Witcher 2, but are right now closed."
Bartkowicz prefers to refer to the 360 version of The Witcher 2 as an "adaption" rather than simply a port. "We want to have a game that's going to have the Xbox 360-exclusive title quality," he said. "I believe it's going to be like no other game on Xbox . And, of course, there's a lot of marketing stuff you can say, and a lot stuff that marketing guys want people to say is probably bullshit. But I can say with my hands on my heart that there's no such non-linear and mature, complex story on Xbox."
While he's not a programmer or artist, Bartkowicz did reveal that CD Projekt is working hard to ensure The Witcher 2 on 360 is as graphically competent as it was on the PC, despite the two platforms disparity in terms of power. It's also likely to ship on two discs, although Bartkowicz did admit that's not an "official statement".
And what of a PS3 version of The Witcher 2? "All of us would love to see it on PS3," he reveals, "but it's just a matter of business decisions. Until somebody says OK let's make this happen, we can't say anything." We'll have more for you on The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings on the Xbox 360 closer to release. [Eurogamer]