The Witcher: No Sequel Yet, But More Stuff

By Alec Meer on June 3rd, 2009 at 5:21 pm.

So you hold the button down, right?

And the award for Most Prosaic-Ever RPS Headline goes to…

All’s been a bit quiet around well-received, dodgily-translated blood’n'boobs’n'moral deliberation RPG The Witcher for a while, with its fans hoping E3 might offer news of a follow-up. No such luck, unfortunately, but there is more Witcher inbound – the 1.5 patch, which promises two rather exciting changes. Also, CD Projekt RED’s cavalier mention of a “Director’s Cut” will doubtless fuel a speculatory fire.

Witcher 1.5, to the great delight of techno-fearful men the world over, removes all DRM from the game – including even the disc check. Obviously less exciting for owners of the Steam version, but disc-jockeys will be pleased.

As well as that, it includes five new adventures – apparently made by the fans. Not sure as yet if those are already available from the internet wilderness, or if they’re brand new. Nice for a freebie either way, certainly.

Then there’s this whole Director’s Cut business. CD Projekt are being incredibly cheeky there, giving no details bar the name – which, specifically, will be the remarkably cumbersome “The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director’s Cut.” ‘North American gamers’ are mentioned specifically, which may mean half of gamingdom is set to explode in fury at some point, but we’ll see. So what does this mean? How does one enhance an Enhanced Edition? There’s still perhaps room for better English voicework, while an option to deactivate those infamous smutty cards would please those who found them tawdry and jarring. What else, fellows?

Anyway – that 1.5 patch is tagged ‘coming soon’, and apparently will be applied to all versions of the game. More details as and when.

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59 Comments »

  1. bansama says:

    The continuing work that CDProjekt RED do on this game coupled with this are why I like these guys.

  2. Fumarole says:

    One of these days I’ll get around to picking up The Witcher. More and more content coming out seems to be making that day sooner rather than later.

  3. ilves says:

    hmm… maybe i’ll play it for the second time with the patch, make some different choices than last time

  4. rigley says:

    I planned to get the boxed version of The Witcher: EE, but with these seemingly perpetual updates I may just get it off Steam to save me from the hassle of large patches.

    I wonder if the Director’s Cut will be a free update, too?

  5. Pavel says:

    With the latest hotfix (the one fixing EAX and blurry cutscenes) the DRM is already removed – at least it works on my PC without dvd in drive.And I have retail EE.

  6. Vinraith says:

    The post release support for this game has been superb, it’s all but guaranteed I’d buy any follow-up on that basis alone.

  7. Heliocentric says:

    Witcher: Enhanceder

  8. Dominic White says:

    I find the complaint about the ‘tawdry and jarring’ cards to be amusing, given that you only ever seen them if you choose (yes, CHOOSE) to play Geralt as a shameless man-slut/sex pest.

    Contrary to popular internet belief, you do not have to bed them all. He’s not nearly as tacky in the books, either.

    As for wishes for better voice acting, just use the Polish audio (one feature of the Enhanced Edition update). The original Geralt is a far, *far* more emotive character than his English counterpart.

  9. Optimaximal says:

    Hopefully this patch will alleviate the crashing I’m experiencing towards the end of the game which is probably caused by the No CD crack I’m using as I the EE is too nice to risk disc scratching!

  10. meeper says:

    I found those tawdry and smutty cards made the title feel more mature. Silly perhaps, but there we have it.

  11. damien says:

    “sex-pest”.

    fantastic!

  12. Rinox says:

    bansama says:

    The continuing work that CDProjekt RED do on this game coupled with this are why I like these guys.

    That, and them being responsible for the awesome gog.com!

  13. Hümmelgümpf says:

    Wasn’t the US version censored? Director’s Cut could be a version that restores the boobs.

  14. Tworak says:

    I still can’t buy this online. Nice.

  15. Clovis says:

    It doesn’t sound like the patch deals with the existing technical issues. My rig plays all kinds of games flawlessly, but the Witcher crashes almost every thirty minutes, and for extra fun it will crash DURING A SAVE, and force me to replay about 30 minutes. I hate replaying anything, with a passion. I’ve given up on the game because of this. Otherwise it was a lot of fun. I loved being a homicidal, sex crazed mutant who collects flowers all day.

    @Hummelgumpf: I got the game on Steam awhile ago. When I got to the Dryad the first time she was covered in branches and stuff. At some point Steam did an update and I was presently surprised to see the totally nude Dryad walking around the forest. Since nothing was announced in-game, it was just like she decided to stop wearing twigs one night.

  16. bansama says:

    Wasn’t the US version censored?

    Yup, but someone from the community set up an automated system to uncensor the game — full details are somewhere on the Witcher forums.

  17. Brother None says:

    You’d think they’d be more focused in development right now, considering they’re all but out of business.

    A shame, too, I was hoping they’d announce TW2 right about now. Worrisome that they haven’t yet.

  18. jsutcliffe says:

    Hmm, but will they streamline the install process for the update? Updating a first edition with the EE content is a gigantic pain in the arse.

  19. Wirbelwind says:

    Sounds alright. Didn’t play the extra adventures from the EE patch, maybe these adventures are worth something.

    If so I’ll definitely give them a shot sometime.

  20. MrBejeebus says:

    Brother None if you look at their website theres a recent entry stating that 90% of their team is currently working on a different project.

  21. Endloop says:

    Awesome, The Witcher made even more Witcherer!

  22. The Dude says:

    Having updated my non enhanced version to enhanced, I don’t need the cd anymore in the drive, I did have to register my copy.
    This allowed me to play it on win 7, otherwise the drm driver is judged “incompatible” and shut down at start. Would that mean win 7 is anti-DRM? ;-)

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    RLacey says:

    I’ve just started playing this game. Should I put it away again and wait for the next mass update? :D

  24. Big Daddy says:

    How does one enhance an Enhanced Edition?

    By making it Unhanced, thats how.

  25. Po0py says:

    I suspect the specific reference regarding the American version is about the fact that Americans aren’t allowed to see the boobies where as us Europeans are. Directors cut will probably carry a Mature Content sticker of some sort and show the boobies. Mind you, the game should already have such a sticker no matter what region it’s in boobies or no.

    I love saying that word.

    Boobies.

  26. cHeal says:

    Nah, it’s perfectly fine to play as is, except for a few bugs but it doesn’t sound like they are doing anything with that. It’s a fantastic game, and I hope that they aren’t going out of business :(

  27. Clovis says:

    If a “Director’s Cut” box was sold in the States and it features full boobies then it won’t just get a sticker. It would get an ESRB rate of AO (Adult Only). And if it gets an AO you won’t see it on any shelves (at least not at Walmart, Best Buy, GameStop, or any other major retailer). It doesn’t matter that a movie featuring even more nudity would only get rate R and be available everywhere. Or, better yet, they release an “unrated” version of the movie with tons of boobies and horrorshow violence. This will still be stocked at major retailers. There’s pretty much no such thing as an “unrated” game though.

    Still, the US is much better than Germany and Australia as far as this nonsense goes.

    Somehow, regardless of this, the Steam version does feature boobies.

    Boobies.

  28. Serondal says:

    I’ve been trying to decide if I wanna get this game or not for a while now. This might just convince me to do it. I remember playing the demo and it lagging horrible like but I’ve upgarded my ram and graphics card since then so maybe another stab at the demo is in order.

    I’ll have to see if I can redirect funding from the ministry of silly walks to the ministry of buying slutty games ;)

  29. Anonononomous says:

    Actually, Clovis, there already is a Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director’s Cut rated by the ESRB and it is rated M. But hey, continue to make stuff up if you like.

  30. Ravenger says:

    This is one of my all-time favourite games. I’ve bought it twice – the original, then the enhanced edition.

    It’s typical they’ve released a patch to remove the CD check now that I’ve uninstalled the game. I was always planning to play the extra adventures, but it’s a pain having to keep the CD in the drive all the time.

  31. Ian says:

    I really need to get around to this game…

  32. Sebmojo says:

    It’s not super demanding – my old athlon 3500 and a geforce 9800GT could play it fine.

    As to the boobies – sheesh, how is it any more tawdry than the slow mo decapitations and eviscerations you find in half the games on the market? Or the neocon warporn of CoD 4 (which I’ve just got round to playing, hence the ref)?

  33. Nick says:

    Don’t get started on the US violence/nudity thing…

  34. Mike says:

    I will echo the hope that this alleviates the crash bug I’m having (entering the now warring Vizima).

  35. Clovis says:

    @Anonononomous: Sorry, I should have researched a bit. The nudity is rather limited and this isn’t the kind of game to get complained about on Fox News. GTAIV and the expansions are getting away with a little nudity too. However, they really got lucky getting by the ESRB. Nudity is a quick way to get an AO rating and be banned from store shelves. This is still true and annoying. GTA:SA got stuck with an AO for awhile b/c of Hot Coffee.

    According to esrb.com it got an M and included “These sex scenes depict blurry bodies and cards with still images of nude or semi-nude women in provocative poses.” Hmm… what about that totally nude and animated Dryad walking around. ::shrug::

    @Nick: Ya, I shouldn’t have brought it up, haha.

  36. Smurfy says:

    *Something about Valve making a sequel in a year and CD Projekt can’t even make one in two*

  37. Anonononomous says:

    San Andreas was AO because of the interactive sex, just like the Director’s Cut of Indigo Prophecy. It was also a big deal because it was content that was not disclosed to the ESRB. Plenty of games have nudity and get M ratings, such as all the God of War games.

  38. Heliocentric says:

    When sex isn’t interactive, its rape! I’m serious every game with a sex scene should have a button to stop if it doesn’t feel right.

  39. Clovis says:

    GTA:SA was just because of the hysteria. “Nudity” isn’t even listed in the ESRB’s definition of rated M games. Rated M does include “Non-explicit depictions of sexual behavior, possibly including partial nudity.” I believe boobies are considered partial. Rated AO contains “nudity” and that is defined as “Graphic or prolonged depictions of nudity.” That is from the ESRB’s website. No interaction is necessary to get an AO. Actually showing sex will get it, and showing “too much” nudity would get it. Apparently the director’s cut makes the rated M…. er… cut.

    So, I stand by my assertion that nudity (try a penis for example) can easily get you an AO, and your game will never sell at retail in the US.

    @Heliocentric: Mass Effect touched me “down there” and it made me feel icky.

  40. Joel says:

    @clovis: You said, “If a “Director’s Cut” box was sold in the States and it features full boobies then it won’t just get a sticker. It would get an ESRB rate of AO (Adult Only).”.

  41. Joel says:

    Do you think the Witcher demo is a good representation of the game? I have been meaning to try the game and I am looking for the demo now.

  42. Serondal says:

    I don’t get how I can walk down the ilse in Kroger and see the magazine with 99% nude women on the cover but I can’t buy a game with virtual nudity at all O.o Whoever is drawing this thin line has some sort of shaking disorder.

    (When I say at all I mean of course in a store.) I was kinda shocked to see Sims 3 had warnings of sexual content and violence lol

    Is it possible as mentioned above to listen to the game in Polish and have English subtitles? That’d actually be kinda cool.

  43. Dominic White says:

    Serondal: Yes, that’s one of the things they added in the Enhanced Edition. The EE download page has the audio files for all regions.

    They skimped a bit on the english script even in the EE though, so often the Polish dialogue will continue on for a bit past where the english script ends, but it’s nowhere near as bad as it was at launch, where the publisher apparently was only willing to bankroll a certain length of recording time on the dubbing, so they had to hack huge chunks out of the text to cram it in.

  44. qrter says:

    I wonder if removing all DRM might also mean that the game will finally become available on Steam in Europe (mainland non-Polish Europe, that is).

  45. Serondal says:

    that sounds like it would be an extremly interesting experience. I love watching foreign movies with subtitles.

    Do you speak Polish and English? Is the translation that IS there faithful to the origonal content or has it been edited to convey the meaning more so than the exact translation?

    I don’t think that is as big a deal between Polish/English as it is between Chinese/English. Not sure I’m not a language buff but I think Polish and English share enough of a common background that the meaning shouldn’t be lost in translation compared to something that is said in Chinese can simply can’t be translated to English directly and retain its meaning.

  46. gulag says:

    boobies

  47. Stabby says:

    MORE boobies

  48. Stabby says:

    MORE boobies.

    And apparently, this will be a digital download only version, seeing as it won’t make the rating cut to be sold in stores.

  49. sebmojo says:

    Joel, the demo is pretty thorough – if you don’t like it at all then you slmost certainly won’t enjoy the full version.

  50. DSX says:

    Last I read (couple months ago?) a bunch of guys got fired and others transplanted off of DLC work to begin Witcher 2. My guess is that these expanda-patches are the remains of that work rolled up into a friendly “please keep us in mind” type of update during the long wait for v2.