Summoned: The Witcher 2 Enhanced Edition Trailer

By Andrew Smee on March 19th, 2012 at 12:30 pm.

Nobody ever seems to look happy in this game.

I never really got to explore The Witcher 2, mostly because my wheezing computer took one look at the first level and had a little single-framerate cry in the corner. I’ve since upgraded it with a graphics card larger than my first flat and finally feel in a position to take on Geralt and co. in all their luminescent glory. In good timing, because the forthcoming Enhanced Edition will soon be on us, adding all kinds of fancy new content to the adventures. Here, have a trailer for it showcasing the new features, and bear in mind it’s all going to be free for anyone who bought the game before the update hits on April 17th.

Viewer beware, it’s Not Safe For Work due to scenes of brief nudity. It’s also a bit spoilerish due to the nature of its content, though I was happy in my ignorance in this and all things.

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  1. Oof says:

    Excited.

    Edit: Trish looks a bit vacant in that first screenshot.

    Still excited… !

  2. Kinch says:

    Whoa, another ploughthrough incoming!
    I also pre-ordered the CE for 360. Can’t wait.

  3. caddyB says:

    Yay. Can’t wait.

  4. JackShandy says:

    This is how everyone should do business. Make a good game, then never stop making it.

    I wish Bioware would do the same. You know you can’t even get the DLC for Mass Effect without going through a forum hack now? Plenty of people must be picking that game up now that the big finale’s come out, and Bioware won’t even keep their own links working.

  5. President Weasel says:

    I didn’t realise this was coming for PC, all I’ve seen about it has suggested it’s a new fancy edition for 360. So this is a PC update then? The PC update I’ve been waiting for ever since I bought this game on release but said “I will wait for the inevitable great big patch before I play it”? Is it finally time for me to play the Witcher 2?

    • Gesadt says:

      ofc its update for PC. but it also coincides with their release for derpbox thats gonna have this update aswell

    • Havok9120 says:

      And you already missed Version 2.0, which added a new difficulty levels, a tutorial/pre-prologue, arena, and some other goodies.

  6. DogKiller says:

    I <3 CDProjekt. Vernon Roche was the best.

  7. Unaco says:

    Dammit… Need to get finished my current playthrough before this drops. Will get onto it tonight. It’s great to see some great support for a great game by CDProjekt Red.

  8. lordhughes says:

    <3 the Witcher 2, epic game and CDProjekt are making it better! epic company!

  9. Richard Cobbett says:

    “Extended outro.” < Good timing!

    • Gnoupi says:

      Haha, indeed.

      • subedii says:

        Man if they hadn’t already announced this enhanced edition a long time ago, I’d honestly think they were thumbing their nose at certain current events.

  10. The Godzilla Hunter says:

    Well this is a good excuse to replay the game for a second time. I think ill support Iorveth, who, despite being a monster, knows how to be a monster in fashion.

    • Ruffian says:

      Indeed Iorveth is a badass. Definitely one of my favorite video game companions of all time.

  11. Guiscard says:

    The Witcher 2 has unfortunately not been much more than a paperweight for me since release, due to the same framerate demands on my system. Hopefully the Enhanced Edition will follow what the patches have been doing, incrementally making it more playable on mid-to-lower end systems, and I can finally jump into this behemoth.

    • Caleb367 says:

      I played it twice on ridiculously low settings – as in, 1024×768, all on low – and still it blew almost everything else out of the water, visually speaking.

      (Then I played it again on my upgraded rig. Top quality on a widescreen monitor. Drooled all the way.)

    • Sic says:

      What kind of beastly apparatus do one need to run this puppy in 1080p?

      After watching this clip, I pretty much have to get it, but knowing that even the first one ran like hog excrement on my previous machine, I’m not confident even my current one can handle the second one (that made sense, didn’t it) (i7 2600k, Radeon 6870).

      • kael13 says:

        You’ll be fine with those.

      • iniudan says:

        You will be fine like the other said, just don’t turn on Uber sampling. That option is basically an insane level of AA and AF, since it render each frame 3 time (so cut the frame rate by 3, even the top end video card will have hard time with it at high resolution)

      • Lolmasaurus says:

        i5 2500 @ 3.3 ghz and an msi n560 gtx ti twin frozr II?

        • lamontagne says:

          Yep, I can run it fine – not uber setting but everything high – with the same card and only core 2 Duo @3.16 Ghz.. Not 60fps fine but consistently over 30 fps if I rememeber correctly (haven’t played for a long time).

      • noodlecake says:

        It ran perfect on top settings with my 6950. All the rest of my specs aren’t that great. Very purty game. :) Possibly my favourite PC Game ever.

    • siegarettes says:

      While I can play it fine, my poor laptop definitely has to push itself hard to keep up. On low settings it does indeed look great, but I made the mistake of seeing what it looks like on higher settings and now I can’t help but feel like I’m missing out if I don’t play it on an upgraded rig.

      No game has previously made me consider buying a $1000 dollar PC to play a $40 dollar game.

    • Davie says:

      I broke in my new Radeon 6850 with it last summer, and while it was certainly playable, I have a feeling at least a quad-core processor would be a good idea. Damn my crappy little dual core…

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    Keymonk says:

    I am actually glad I never got around to playing it once I bought it on GoG. Now I get to experience it as it -should- be!

    • MattM says:

      The enhanced edition of the witcher 1 fixed a lot of broken or janky stuff. The witcher 2 came out in much better condition and felt like a finished and tested game. I just think CDPR deserves a little credit for not pulling a Bethesda or a Bioware. I.e. releasing a overly buggy game then issuing many patches or Placing important excerpts from the story into paid DLC.

  13. BatmanBaggins says:

    If this were coming out a few weeks earlier, the timing would be perfect, but I’m pumped regardless.

  14. Orija says:

    CDPR, for me, has pretty much become the ideal with which I judge other, lesser studios.

    Also, fuck EA-Bioware.

  15. Shooop says:

    I have been waiting for this to arrive to play through it again. CD Projek Red, can you do no wrong (aside from that lawsuit scandal you fortunately realized was just wrong-headed)?

  16. db1331 says:

    I love CDPR, but “No Quality Compromise” isn’t exactly true, is it? I mean, they had to compromise on the graphical quality to get it to run on the 360. That’s not to say it won’t still be the best looking (and probably best overall) game on the system, but it’s still a compromise.

    • StingingVelvet says:

      Honestly due to FXAA and the generally low draw distance even on PC I doubt it will look that different. Texture quality will probably be the biggest dip.

  17. Tally says:

    The banner you used at the top of the story always throws me. I’m fairly confident that isn’t the final version of Geralt’s face.

    • Paul says:

      Yeah it is not final and I would appreciate if websites stopped using it. It is horribly out of date.

  18. kyrieee says:

    Pause at 1:46
    it’s raining?

  19. Sinderlin says:

    The depths of what is known as wordpress seem to have swallowed my initial post. Here’s what I managed to salvage from my mind:

    I really hope this pays off for CDprojekt in terms of additional sales. I think they deserve some commercial success for the way they supported the game after release (free DLC in the form of new items, new quests; a new difficulty mode and the high score fest that is the arena mode) and it would show that you don’t need to milk those who already bought your game for more moniez in order to profit from your games success.

    Still CDprojekt’s approach is far away from being naïve philanthropy. It’s a well-known fact that selling your game is easiest in the weeks after release, when the game is new and shiny. After that it becomes increasingly difficult to interest people in (buying) your game as new releases take over the stage. The common route to make some more sales is to have occasional special offers in the months after release and eventually a permanent price cut. In releasing a massive update CDprojekt try to interest people into buying their game at full price well after release and break that standard product cycle of video games.
    Why give it away to those who already own the game? Look at my first paragraph. I bought the game two days after release at gog.com and all those freebies got me interested in the ongoing success of CDprojekt. I guess you could call this brand loyalty. To studio that made two games so far, no less! It’s an almost fiendishly clever marketing strategy. Apparently to clever or subtle a strategy for the likes of Bobby Kotick and the rEApers. So let’s hope the Enhanced Edition brings in some fresh cash for CDprojekt and maybe some big wigs will notice!

    [I know most of you will have figured out all of this or most if it by yourself but I couldn’t resist to bring it up.]

  20. kataras says:

    It’s good they are still working and supporting the game, one of my favourites in 2011. Does anyone know if the new content is in both branches of the game? I went with Roche on my first and only playthrough. Will wait for this to see Iorveth’s path as well.

    • Caleb367 says:

      Dunno that, but lemme say that Iorveth’s path is awesome if only for the “vergen by night” music.

  21. Bhazor says:

    Dear Bioware

    This is how you do it.

    Your former faithful student
    Bhazor

    • Commisar says:

      the Bioware hate forum is over on reddit. As we all know, ME3’s ending COMPLETLY RUINED THE ENTIRE MASS EFFECT FRANCHISE ALONG WITH EVERY SINGLE GAME BIOWARE HAS EVER MADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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        LTK says:

        Regardless of what happened with Mass Effect, this is, in fact, how you do it.

      • Dariune says:

        Yeh, ok mate, calm down.

        He didnt mention ME3. There are, infact, a lot of reasons to hate on Bioware. (probably more so than 80% of games companies out there) They are a pretty crappy company. If you like their games, fine, but dont rag on people just because they mention that CDP are doing it better than Bioware. Because its a very valid opinion.

      • subedii says:

        Well since you’re getting your rage on, you may as well know that he could also be referring to:

        – DRM.
        – General pricing.
        – Special Edition featuresets
        – The whole DLC debacle (pre and post release comments they’ve made on it it seems).

        I think you might need a few more paragraphs of all-caps to fully enunciate your conniption. Twenty five exclamation points. With a post like that I half imagine you held down the shift key and individually hammered out each and every one.

        EDIT: And one more that you can rage at me, personally, for mentioning:

        Deliberately tying the SP campaign outcome to the MP was a freaking idiotic design decision, and was done not out of any consideration for the game design itself, but purely as a ridiculous attempt at controlling the 2nd hand market.

        Witcher 2 doesn’t even have multiplayer, but you know what? I’m guessing that CD Projekt would probably take the other path if it did.

        There, that’s my contribution.

      • Bhazor says:

        “COMPLETLY RUINED THE ENTIRE MASS EFFECT FRANCHISE ALONG WITH EVERY SINGLE GAME BIOWARE HAS EVER MADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

        Oh Bioware have managed that perfectly well on their own with the amount of nonsense they’ve been upto over the past couple years.

    • Navagon says:

      People were saying the same thing about this game, in comparrison to DA2) when it was first released.

      They’re just really driving the point home now.

  22. Lukasz says:

    i wonder whether i should play vanillia or this as i got it on release but never had a chance to play it.

  23. Nemon says:

    That. Music.
    The way it’s crescending (sp?) into more and more awesomeness – they could elaborate on that theme, adding to it gradually over an hour and I’d still love it to death. Add a few hundreds of Triss moments and it’s a perfect one hour trailer.

    Also I hope they add a green ending, because I need closure.

  24. -Norbert- says:

    Will they also put out Enhanced Edition disks for the PC (like they did for part 1), or will that be a patch only?

    • Havok9120 says:

      Actually….I’m not sure.

      But since they’re justification for re-release last time was “we badly needed to spotlight the update because the base game was so rough and poorly reviewed,” I doubt they’ll see it as necessary this time. That’s just my gut though.

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        Llewyn says:

        They put out a new boxed retail version for the V2.0 upgrades so I’d be very surprised if there isn’t a further one for the Enhanced Edition.

  25. Yehat says:

    Back when vanilla was released I would have given my soul and at least one of my kidneys for an enhanced edition (mostly to fix a few bugs, flip the difficulty curve and add some meat over the bones of the last chapter) so I feel quite giddy about this.

    • Lacessit says:

      Can I still have your soul? And I’m sure there’s someone around who’d appreciate the kidneys. Maybe with some fava beans.

  26. Schadenfreude says:

    Was about to do a replay of this and everything. Now I shall wait.

    Kingdoms of Amalur may tide me over until then I suppose.

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    LTK says:

    The longest month of my life.

  28. Shadrach says:

    Hope they fix the UI to be more scalable. The default font is laughably small in 1920 on a 46″ TV.

  29. Sinderlin says:

    Alright. Two posts swallowed by the internets. Third time’s the charm:

    I really hope the Enhanced Edition pays off for CDprojekt in terms of additional sales. I think they deserve some financial gains for all the efforts they made after release (new items, quests, difficulty mode and high score arena mode for free) and it would demonstrate that you don’t need to milk your fans for moniez in order to profit from your game’s success.

    In releasing a massive update to their game well after release, CDprojekt try to break the standard product cycle of video games. Selling a good game is easiest in the weeks after release. You’ll move a lot of units and you can charge full price for all of them. After those initial weeks though it will become increasingly difficult to interest people into buying your game, as new releases will take over the spotlight. The Enhanced Edition’s purpose is 1.) to get some attention and 2.) to get people to buy at full price at a point in the product cycle at which most games go for a permanent price cut to move some more units.

    Why not charge those who bought earlier for the update though? Look at my first paragraph. CDprojekts DRM and DLC policies made “early adopters” (and easily manipulated people) like me interested in the continued success of CDprojekt. We will buy their next game without hesitation, maybe even pre-order well ahead on good faith. It’s not a sign of philanthropy or generosity but a marketing strategy stemming from the ages before marketing really was a thing. Sadly it seems to be a marketing strategy too clever and subtle for the likes of Bobby Kotick and EA. So let’s hope the EE brings in some fresh cash for CDprojekt and maybe some big wigs will notice.

    [Disclaimer: I know most of you will have already figured all of this or most of it by yourself but I couldn’t resist to bring it up.]

  30. Demiath says:

    This kind of post-launch support by CD Projekt is nothing short of outstanding…but I doubt it has any impact on the flaws of the game and its original content, especially when judged according to the hallowed hardcore RPG standards which it often (and on notoriously shaky grounds) gets associated with.
    It’s hard for me to stay excited about a game with such backwards difficulty curve, questionable boss design, repetitive corridor-heavy dungeons and overworld layout (the amount of polygons is no excuse for a general lack of variety), flat dialogue and character writing (what on Earth happened to Triss in the transition from TW1’s fiery mage to TW2’s zombie-fied girly sentimentalist?) and exposition-crammed but still curiously detached and unengaging “political” plot.
    Under all its magnificent graphics and fiddly inventory/stats tabs, there’s a disparaging emptiness and shallowness at the core of The Witcher 2 which makes me a lot less forgiving towards it than, say, the earnest but flawed Dragon Age 2 or the immensely detailed but buggy Skyrim.

  31. krisk7 says:

    @Demiath While you are right that TW1 was more of a hard core RPG, you are surprisingly harsh towards TW2 and CD Projekt. When other developers try to appeal to a wider audience, they almost destroy their franchise (Dragon Age) or simply turn them into FPS (Syndicate). For comparison CD projekt improved immensely many aspects of the game between TW1 and TW2. They added a lot of variety by making two different Acts 2, completely overhauled fighting system making it more dynamic and simply better, diversified NPCs, added many more kinds of gear. In the same time writing remained top-notch. Now to your detailed points:
    – backwards difficulty curve – in patch 2.0 they added tutorial, arena mode (also for practicing), and changed sequence (you can not start playing the game from the dragon fight). Besides, a learning curve depends on a learner :P
    – questionable boss design – aha “questionable”, so you don’t like it and others like it.
    – repetitive corridor-heavy dungeons – I love doing a lot of them, TW1 has a lot more “repetitive” dungeons and yet you seem to praise it more.
    – flat dialog – you are trolling right?
    – what happened to Triss – she became more like Triss from Sapkowski books :) now she has character, in TW1 she was more of a show asset.
    Some of your points might be valid. TW1 was longer for instance, but then you ruin everything saying that DAO is in any way better than TW2 :)

  32. Navagon says:

    Damn! I haven’t even had a chance to get around to my 2.0 playthrough yet! :D Looking forward to this!

  33. ThaneSolus says:

    Why is that Warner bros logo at the start, please tell me that they didn’t sold their company to those idiots? Nothing on net. Maybe publishing or some cut scenes thingies?

    • iniudan says:

      They are the publisher for console version of the game (no sure if they are the publisher now for the boxed version on PC, since CDP had some court fight with Bandai since they removed the DRM right after release with a patch, which Bandai didn’t like)

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      LTK says:

      Signing a publishing deal isn’t the same as selling out your company. Yes, Warner Bros published the game for xbox in North America. No big deal. CDP will keep on being awesome.

  34. malkav11 says:

    It seems like every time I think about picking The Witcher 2 back up, they announce another big, content-laden patch and I’m like “well, in all honesty I’ll probably only end up playing it once, so I should wait.” (I preordered it, got into…eh, Chapter 1? And then got distracted, as I so often do.)