Watch The Witcher II: Enhanced Edition Intro

By Craig Pearson on January 30th, 2012 at 12:40 pm.

Innards beauty
Deep trailer voice: “In a world where the choice between life and death is as thin as a blade of grass balanced on the edge of a knife seen through a pair of binoculars held the wrong way, a king can be dethroned in the blink of a hummingbird’s eye when it gets a bit grit stuck in there. RPS presents the new intro to The Witcher II Enhanced Edition…”

Jim has detailed the lovely updates to expect from CD Projekt’s upcoming update to The Witcher II. But it also comes with a spanking new intro, showing an actual regal assassination. It’s beautifully done and you should watch it with all of your eyes.

Via PCG.

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  1. JackShandy says:

    Ok, CD Projekt, you win. I’ll finish your game.

    • YanDaik says:

      Still don’t want to play it. Too linear.

    • PoulWrist says:

      So based on that, I guess you don’t play any video games at all. What are you doing on this board?

    • eks says:

      @PoulWrist

      I’m not sure I follow your logic. Are you saying that all video games are linear?

      e: This video looks amazing though. The original is in my backlog and this makes me want to play it now.

    • andytt66 says:

      Witcher 2 isn’t exactly linear, is it? Not with that bloody great fork in the middle of it.

    • LennyLeonardo says:

      @YanDaik: Your criticism is too linear. That prefer all linear I not are things at.

    • noodlecake says:

      Madness! The Witcher 2 manages to have an incredibly tight and powerful story, well written and voiced characters and 16 different endings with story branches that completely change the course of what happens in the game. The only games that you will find that are less linear are things like Skyrim and Fallout which are pretty weak in terms of story and their ability to make you care about what happens in the world. I love Skyrim but it’s never provoked as strong an emotional response as The Witcher 2. I couldn’t care less about the choices I make in Skyrim. If I choose to do something it’s more akin to a scientist playing around in a lab.

    • DrGonzo says:

      Yes. All games are in fact linear. You are using it wrong.

    • bear912 says:

      LennyLeonardo, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

    • LennyLeonardo says:

      Beginning? What are you, a console? I care not for beginnings, ends, middles or backs. Actually, I like backs, but not the others! Linearity is so linear. God.

    • PoulWrist says:

      @eks most games are completely linear. Some might fall outside that for a while, like Civilization or similar games, but in the endgame it narrows down to pretty much the same as the last game. Same with games that are just big and don’t have much of any direction, but just let you loose in some place, those games generally suffer under offering very shallow content, e.g. Skyrim, which is a fun game, but the linearity of most stuff, and the complete lack of indication that it is possible to do other things, while you just go round thinking “hm, wonder if I can do this” and then you can’t and you reload, or you can and you go “oh, I wonder if they also managed to miscommunicate the possibility of choice elsewhere”. That is what comes from such static interaction with the world as is presented in that type of game.

      Which is a game of the same general genre as TW2, progression- and storybased RPG. I don’t think I can mention a game that is less linear while still holding to a strong story and still manage to make sense.

    • bascule42 says:

      I want to comment in thread that traverses across the entire back log of RPS postings. This scrolling down the page in a straight line lark…just for bunnies.

    • Faxmachinen says:

      You’re confusing linearity with convergence.

    • Vadrigar says:

      @YanDaik I agree. It’s not like Skyrim, where you can choose which book to fetch or which dungeon to clear whenever your heart desires…

    • poohbear says:

      can’t wait for the EE!!!!!! u ppl can’t compare Skyrim with Witcher 2, they’re both great in different ways! with Skyrim though i got bored after the initial awe wore off. The world feels empty and consequences dont really matter. I didnt fel that attached to it & the story was meh. Witcher 2 was incredible in its story and there was a huge fork in the middle where u had to choose which way to go. It was awesome!!!

  2. d34thm0nk3y says:

    I wanted to play the game again but now I won’t until this comes out :(

    • Ruffian says:

      PLAY IT!!!! PLAY IT PLAY IT PLAY IT PLAY IT PLAY IT!!!! Anyone who owns a capable pc and likes rpgs, but hasn’t played the Witcher 2 is really missing out. Better than Deus Ex and I’d say just as good as Skyrim, simply for the fact that the whole game, despite featuring all sorts of varying choices, is one amazing coherent story. Gonna have to go fire it up again soon and see what happens if I decide to take the other big story path. Still don’t know if I’ll be able to bring myself to fight baldy though…..He was just too cool…

    • El_MUERkO says:

      That is one well produced CGI thingy!

    • Lars Westergren says:

      The starting and ending cinematics for Witcher 1 were also very impressive.

    • Tusque D'Ivoire says:

      I bought TW2 in the GOG sale during christmas, and the end of the semester’s coming up. I can’t wait to play through it one or two times…

    • abigbat says:

      One of the best trailers I’ve seen in a good while. Stunning stuff.

    • Synesthesia says:

      that is amazingly well animated. Damn, i want more of those!

    • Fierce says:

      HOE LEE SHEET. Well done Tomasz Baginski, well done.

      I admit a part of me, a terribly cynical and arrogant part of me, raises an eyebrow at the possibility that this intro only came to be because of the porting of the game to the more fickle and ADD nature of the typical console audience member, but even then I’m immensely glad this intro got made.

      Too bad there aren’t any ice bombs in the actual game. Now I want to use them…

    • Ultra Superior says:

      Tomasz Baginski === and his angels of animation ? Or is it really a single man? Sitting in the golden throne and willing this stuff up the astronomicon?

      Games Workshop, hire that man and let him make a serious W40K movie.

    • krisk7 says:

      @Ultra Superior: Yes, Baginski directed a group of 40 people :) link

  3. 0mer says:

    That looked amazing.

    Always wondered how Demavend went down.

  4. Rii says:

    Letho clearly went Alchemy…

    • Lobotomist says:

      One thing i like about Witcher universe. Its how Witchers are simply badass. And Geralt is most badass of all.

      This is why I dont care I am playing premade character :)

    • sidhellfire says:

      @Lobotomist
      It has to be said, that Geralt is badass by design while characters like Adam Jensen from Deus Ex are… Well they were trying so hard to be him cool, that instead of being badass the whole composure (voice, looks, accesories, clothing) made him look like mix of douche, fag and weirdo with major butthurt.

    • Ultra Superior says:

      @sidhellfire

      Jensen read your comment. Googled your address. Malik is flying him to your place.

      Prepare for dual blade penetration.

      (Uh… that sounds kinda douche – fag – weirdo. But you’re in for a major butthurt )

  5. Kaira- says:

    I now want to also get the X360 edition. That medallion commands me to buy it.

  6. Ninja Foodstuff says:

    Are steam buyers going to be able to get in on this action? The only references I’ve seen are for the GOG or Xbox versions.

    • Kaira- says:

      Yes.

      Note: This upgrade is available to everyone who has bought The Witcher 2, not just folks who bought it from GOG.com. The upgrade will be free from now until the heat death of the universe, available through the in-game launcher.

    • Gundato says:

      Yeah, the whole “free to anyone who has already purchased it by date X” is pure marketing. It is the exact same thing as with TW:EE in that the “Enhanced Edition” is just a super patch/free DLC.

      Steam should auto-update at some point (probably within a day or two of the manual patch at GoG).

    • TheTourist314 says:

      @Kaira, I like that you acknowledge the heat death of the universe.

  7. Drake Sigar says:

    I like how the king takes another sip of wine right after his entire ship has been wiped out. Dude is unflappable (or just stupid) until the wizard bought it.

  8. Vexing Vision says:

    Holy fuck.

    And here I was, thinking that I didn’t like CGI anymore.

  9. Teddy Leach says:

    And the blood goes ‘psssssssssss’ in slow motion!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVc0EZl3AfU#t=05m55s

  10. CaLe says:

    Too bad Letho had an atrocious voice actor in the final game. They should have stuck with the one from the original trailers.

    • Tim James says:

      I loved Letho’s voice actor, but it was a risky choice. He sounds so different than the typical videogame character. And besides the voice, he stumbles over some of his lines.

    • Casimir Effect says:

      I thought he did a great job. At times he sounded like Ron Perlman, and he was/is Shagga son of Dolf!

    • hardboiledgregg says:

      @ Casimir Effect

      Oh my, he was! It’s a bit odd that they had British actors doing American-like accents (Triss as another example).

      And I had no idea Ruth from Spooks was Sile.

    • Casimir Effect says:

      @hardboiledgregg
      It’s especially strange seeing as they went to so much trouble having rural British voices in the game – Welsh, Scottish, Yorkshire, Cornish, etc – for so many of the roles. I guess it’s the usual expectation of ‘our biggest market will get freaked out if they don’t get American accents’ which seemed to trip up things like AssCreed, Prince of Persia and Dragon Age.

      Also, I kind of resent how the IMDB page for TW2 used the 360 box as the picture.

    • Wut The Melon says:

      I’ve bought but not yet played TW2 (probably won’t get to that before this releases, anyway), but I’m currently playing through TW1 and there the difference between english and polish voiceovers is just night and day. Polish is just so much better. Now I know they really improved on english VO in TW2, but can anyone offer their opinion on which one is better? (And by the way, no, I don’t speak Polish)

    • Paul says:

      Polish is good, but english is fantastic. Every character distinctive, and Geralt is unbeatable badass in english. His actor does fantastic job.

  11. Shortwave says:

    Man, I’m stuck on the freakin, gaint tenticle monster thing.. And have been for sooo long.
    I get his four main tentacles off then it hobbles over behind a chunk of broken bridge.
    At which point I lose all sense of what the FREAKIN HELL TO DOOOOOOOOO.
    Nothing I do can reach the glowy thingy I need to destroy on it without me getting murdered!
    One day, when I eventually get past that BLASTED THING!!!!!!!!!!

    At which point I’ll gladly purchase this extra content.
    Because this is probably one of the best modern RPG games ever made.
    And they totally deserve a few extra bucks because I know how much work they put into this stuff.
    I was ranting the other day to a friend about the quality of the art alone in this game..
    It honestly put every other RPG game in that season to shame. TO SHAME!!!
    Gimme’ more.

    • hardboiledgregg says:

      I don’t think they had explained that bit too well. I seem to recall they addressed it in a patch but I could be wrong.

      The little video of part of the bridge collapsing is meant to be your hint (I missed it at first). The idea is to run off to the left (if I remember correctly) and up along the rubble which will have formed a ramp. From there, I think, Geralt will leap on the creature and finish it off.

    • FionaSarah says:

      I hate to tell you, but that’s the easy part of that boss. You just run up the broken bridge, dodging anything he flings at you.

    • wodin says:

      terrible game design..though i thought they’d fixed that up abit in a patch. You have to time the spell that traps things (can’t remember the name) trap a tentacle then hack it off..do that a couple of times..(you have to work out where they will hit which after the 100th time becomes easier) and then you rund up to his head and finish him off.

      I found over on the left is a small are where you can lay the trap then stand next to it up against the cliff (you abit protected where I’m think off about half way along the left hand cliff. When the tentacle smacks down it hits the trap then pounce ..then you have to do I think three more along the beach.

      Edit: Whoops didn’t see the two other replies, looks like its fixed and the old way is no longer needed so forget everything I said.

    • Mitchk says:

      That part had me completely stumped as well. Took me about half an hour of getting crushed by boulders before I realised what you had to do. They certainly don’t give you many clues!

    • Gnoupi says:

      It took me a long time as well. At some point you start doing it automatically.
      Dodge, Yrden on the left. Dodge. Destroy tentacle. Dodge. Yrden. Dodge. Destroy tentacle. Dodge, go to the right. Dodge. Yrden. Dodge. Cut. Dodge. Catch tentacle on the way. Remember that in the witcher 2, while you can take a few seconds to react to a QTE, it’s an instant fail if you press the wrong thing, so take your time. Go to the left. Pray (important part) while slaloming. Win.

      And whatever you do, never, never, never go near the spell from the sorceress. Or you will get stuck in there, be pushed back in it even if you try to get out, die, and hit violently your desk.

      Still less infuriating than the next boss fight you will face, though, in my humble opinion.

    • Shooop says:

      You have to run up the broken bridge and do the QTE to drop a grenade on him.

      Seriously. Gerald is a medieval Bruce Willis.

    • Shortwave says:

      That was hilariously easy after the fact.. >.< Thanks guys, haha.
      I appreciate it!

    • Jimbo says:

      I quite liked that boss fight. Figuring out you had to run up the ramp (under the pressure of not dying) was pretty tough though. Wizard lady should have eventually shouted “Christ. Just run up the ramp, dumbass!” or some such.

    • Shortwave says:

      I think I was too focused on not getting pummeled but giant boulders to think of running up that thingy, ha.

    • Chevy says:

      You don’t have to purchase the new content. It is free for people who already own the game.

    • PoulWrist says:

      Sounds easier than the hellhound at the end of chapter 1 in TW1 if you hadn’t gotten the anti-hellhound oil :p

  12. Lobotomist says:

    And this is why Witcher is the best !

  13. porkchops says:

    Important bit of info, that CGI and all of Witcher 1 CGI was made by Tomasz Bagiński, he was nominated for Oscar for his short animated movie The Cathedral

    • Lobotomist says:

      Ah…yes. And he is cousin of Bilbo Bagins ;)

    • Oozo says:

      Didn’t know this. (I mean the bit about Baginski, not about him being Bilbo’s cousin. Even though I did not know that, either.) But thanks, nice bit of trivia. I remember The Cathedral pretty vividly. (It was shown many a moon ago in one of the first conferences to the links between film and video games I attended.)

    • Stupoider says:

      Aaah fantastic, I remember watching The Cathedral along with a ton of other short films many moons ago. It did a good job of standing out, a great watch if you have some time to spare.

  14. Oozo says:

    Reply fail, see above.

  15. Matt-R says:

    I was worried when introduced to this that we wouldn’t get along, but this certainly broke the ice…

    *gets coat*

  16. Moni says:

    Can’t help noticing the two boxers and the assassin are identical triplets.

  17. Nim says:

    Bugger…

    When I finally have a computer capable of making this game remotely playable I will probably also have a wife, a job and kids on the way which means I won’t have time to play it.

  18. Laurentius says:

    Letho’s weapon choice seems a bit wierd, two tiny daggers in his massive hands, looks a bit silly too.

  19. AlexP says:

    Whoever is in charge of this game’s trailers/marketing is not messing around.

  20. Big Murray says:

    The only reason these guys put out Enhanced Editions is because they get it so badly wrong the first time round.

    • Lobotomist says:

      Uhmm, yes…how about that…

    • Rinox says:

      Whatever you may think of it , it stil beats releasing a broken game and never fixing it which seems to be the industry standard.

    • Shooop says:

      How are you confusing “The Witcher 2″ with “Skyim”?

      The words don’t look anything like each other or sound alike in any way.

    • Paul says:

      Nice one Shooop!

    • Underwhelmed says:

      I would hardly say that very much was “wrong” with the game on the first go. The 2.0 patch added a lot of new features and addressed some of the shortcomings, but this is hardly a mark of a horribly broken game. Also, they are giving the enhanced edition to all customers who already bought it, instead of the industry standard MO of dropping new DLCs and then charging for them.

      But you know, complaining constantly is fun too.

  21. Arcanon says:

    Everything freezes…..except Letho. Quen has always been OP.

  22. Network Crayon says:

    I like how in any other universe Letho would be the star of his own game, but in the witcher 2 you get to take him down.

    Do you ever think when you play an action game or an RPG, ‘come on, someone must be able to do the stuff my character can’ the witcher gives you the impression there is and he’s a freak and needs to be stopped.

    • Lobotomist says:

      Quite the opposite.
      I dont know if you finished the game, but Letho gives you very good explanation why he did the assasinations.

      And you dont need to kill him. Its up to you to decide.

    • Network Crayon says:

      I completely agree that the ending justifies his actions, by a ‘freak who needs to be stopped’ i ment his presence throughout the game, he’s this guy who does stuff normally a player character might do during a game, killing corrupt kings taking out a bunch of dudes, being seemingly able to reach anyone and overpower guards and such. he’s just a great formidable character and one of the few that positively justifies the player character being super tough. and then to top it off he’ll even sit down and have a chat about right at the end.

  23. Shooop says:

    Now if only we could make Gerald this powerful, since he used to be just as good, or better.

    • db1331 says:

      Gerald just hasn’t been the same since he got laid off from his mall security job. I heard he had to move back in with his mom.

    • Lobotomist says:

      Geralt is more powerful.

      Even among Witchers Geralt is special. He was kind of experiment in Witcher mutation, and was the only child that survive that transformation. This is why he is albino.

      Its not explained in the game though…

    • Unaco says:

      Geralt is also a ‘Child surprise’ (like Ciri), and the whole destiny/fate thing, and as Lobotomist says, something of an experiment with the Witcher mutations. He took to the mutations very well, and so was given MORE mutations. His Mother was also a Sorceress.

      The reason he isn’t ‘this good’ is that it’s a video game (so balance), and the whole Death by pitchfork, Yennifer, secret Island, Wild Hunt/Spectral Elves thing, and his amnesia after that.

    • Lobotomist says:

      Well , he actually is “that good” , in fact by end of W2 he is almost godly.
      But it depends on the player (and chosen game dificulty) ;)

      As for Letho , every Witcher is extremely dangerous.
      But here is bit of the jump from lore. Letho is actually “assasin”. You see Witchers are trained in killing monsters. Accepting money for killing humans is against their code.

      Now there is splinter group of Witchers that broke that code and became assasins. They are specialized in killing humans, which theoretically makes them more deadly than Geralt.

      It goes without saying that assasins and witchers are mortal enemies

    • Dominic White says:

      @Lobotomist – In one of the books, Geralt reveals that there’s no such thing as the ‘Witchers Code’. It’s something he makes up as he goes, and tries to adhere to it – it’s his own personal moral framework, basically. But a wealthy nobleman is far more likely to swallow a statement like ‘I can’t kill your cousin – Witcher’s code forbids me’ than ‘I don’t want to do that’.

    • Lobotomist says:

      Hmm…which book is that ? ( In english i mean ) Its in no book I read :(

      Also. I must say that it gets bit mixed up between game Geralt , movie/series Geralt ( in series they have code and they fight assasins ), and book Geralt.

      Each of versions is bit different , but not necessarily worse.

    • Dominic White says:

      @Lobotomist – I think it was in The Last Wish. I’ve not got the book to hand right now, but I think it’s one of the things he confesses to the girl who had taken the vow of silence.

  24. Jimbo says:

    Letho should have brought whatever the hell that was to the swimming pool fight.

  25. MikoSquiz says:

    Ack! There’s an Enhanced Edition already? I still haven’t even installed the regular version I preordered (because I felt honorbound to go back and try to finish the first one first, and once again got bogged down somewhere in the first or second town and could never bring myself to go back to it).

  26. MythArcana says:

    All Witcher content has been banned from the premises and I’m now seeking compensation for the time and space CDProjekt has wasted.

  27. Selix says:

    I can replay the Witcher 2 and despite its flaws it still feels like a good adventure with lively characters and innovative storytelling, whereas replaying Mass Effect 2 feels like playing some shoddy, cheesy arcade game.

  28. El Mariachi says:

    This may well be the first snot-rocket in a video game trailer. We are witnessing history.

  29. Zenicetus says:

    Great animation, although I have to wonder how someone gets to be King while being such a wimp that they can’t bother to fight back against an assassin. I can’t imagine Foltest trying to whimper and run, if he had seen it coming.

    A quick question for anyone who has been following this more closely than I have — will the EE work with current saved games? Or do you have to start from the beginning?

    I’m only up to the start of Chapter 2 in my second playthrough to see the other plot arc, so I might just restart it from scratch anyway, if they’ve added enough new stuff.

    • CaptainHairy says:

      You kinda get to be king by your dad also being king, but previously. That’s pretty much the only qualification anyone needs to be a monarch.

    • Zenicetus says:

      Lineage, sure, but you have to be able to hold the throne.

      I was just thinking that Foltest and Henselt in Witcher 2 were both shown as bad-ass types, and the guy in this trailer didn’t fit that mold. It just didn’t seem consistent with the game world, but then I don’t know anything about the books and the back story on these guys.

    • Arcanon says:

      Well, Demavend was assassined for that very reason, “someone” wanted to place a stronger king in Aedirn.

    • Unaco says:

      Demavend may not have been physically impressive, but he made up for it in other ways. He was very brutal and authoritarian in his rule, used the negative sentiment against non-humans to make them a scapegoat, and to justify his harsh rule. He was also quite intelligent and an impressive military commander, well versed in tactics. He made a reputation for himself in the Nilfgard wars for that. He also had a pretty decent ‘intelligence’ apparatus (Yennefer included), spies and the like. So he wouldn’t have been that easy pickings.

  30. Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

    Hnrk. Wow.

  31. Shadrach says:

    I wanna play as that guy.

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