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The Witcher confirmed for consoles

The Witcher confirmed for consoles

Atari has confirmed that The Witcher will be getting a console release in Autumn 2009.

The Witcher, which has already been released twice for the PC, is now going to be getting a console version too according to publisher Atari.

Atari today confirmed that they would be publishing a new console version of CD Projekt Red's Polish RPG after a new developer diary was leaked over the weekend that mentioned a console version of the game.

The new game, which will be called The Witcher: Rise of the White Wolf is due out in Autumn 2009 and will be available for both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Atari has promised that while the game will have the same basic story, the rest of the game has been re-built and re-designed to fit a more console-centric approach. A new contextual combat system has also been confirmed for the game, which should make switching between weapons and attack styles a breeze.

The Witcher has already been released twice on the PC of course, with the original landing in 2007 and a new enhanced edition with some extra bonus content coming earlier this year. We reviewed both, naturally, so check out our thoughts on the original version of The Witcher and The Witcher: Enhanced Edition.

The Witcher was a formidably hardcore RPG, so we're wondering if it will make the transition to consoles easily. What do you think? Let us know in the forums.

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Jordan Wise 3rd December 2008, 11:33 Quote
As much as I hated this game, it's always sad to see pc games leaving.
Mind you, I''d love to see the filthy console tards trying to play it on their pathetic controllers :D
chiper136 3rd December 2008, 12:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jordan Wise
As much as I hated this game, it's always sad to see pc games leaving.
Mind you, I''d love to see the filthy console tards trying to play it on their pathetic controllers :D

That is the most stupid comment I have ever seen on Bit Tech. Do you really so much of a PC fanboy that you hate the idea of even a bad game coming for the consoles from PC. And what does 'pc games leaving' mean. I didn't realise that games could only exist for one platform at a time.

Back on topic though, I don't think it will do well being out dated by then. People on consoles will be looking for something to better Fallout 3 in the RPG arena. This won't be it.
Jordan Wise 3rd December 2008, 12:32 Quote
i said it in jest, and anyone that watched yatzees review of the Witcher would see how blantently i've referenced him. PC games going to consoles is a problem though, look at what epic have done. And I can't really call it a bad game either, just because I despised it doesn't make it bad. Loads of people in the forums love it. Sheesh.
Leitchy 3rd December 2008, 12:46 Quote
They port there old games to Consoles to fund better games for PC of course :) Well, maybe?
yakyb 3rd December 2008, 13:05 Quote
i jope they make a bucket load from this and continue to produce great games for the pc
chrisb2e9 3rd December 2008, 13:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by chiper136


Back on topic though, I don't think it will do well being out dated by then. People on consoles will be looking for something to better Fallout 3 in the RPG arena. This won't be it.

Whats outdated about it? graphics on the consoles aren't exactly cutting edge anymore.
[PUNK] crompers 3rd December 2008, 14:04 Quote
i really liked the original, i really cant see why or how they are hoping to port it though. £10 bargain bin within a month.
Veles 3rd December 2008, 14:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by chrisb2e9
Whats outdated about it? graphics on the consoles aren't exactly cutting edge anymore.

Actually they kind of still are, but the Witcher is far from nasty looking anyway.
Huxen5 3rd December 2008, 19:10 Quote
I personally think this is one of the best RPG's ive played, its extremely rich in content and is very immersive. It's got an adult and gritty edge you don't find in many games. It's certainly a lot better than the frankly boring Oblivion, and has clearly had a lot of thought and work put into it.
Huxen5 3rd December 2008, 19:12 Quote
...and as far as its graphics are concerned if you run this at high settings in widescreen as i do then it looks drop dead gorgeous.
Lepermessiah 3rd December 2008, 20:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by Veles
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Originally Posted by chrisb2e9
Whats outdated about it? graphics on the consoles aren't exactly cutting edge anymore.

Actually they kind of still are, but the Witcher is far from nasty looking anyway.


They are nowhere near still are, yuo you mental? a low priced mid range PC is more powerful these days.
Gareth Halfacree 4th December 2008, 06:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by Lepermessiah
They are nowhere near still are, yuo you mental? a low priced mid range PC is more powerful these days.
Define 'low price' and 'mid range'. I literally just (last week, in fact) upgraded my PC owing to a critical existence failure of the old one, and spent around £540 on:

Core2Duo 8400
4GB RAM
nVidia 9500 GT 512MB
and all the ancillary bits to make it compute.

Although the processor is pretty sweet, the graphics card is the limiting factor - I would have had to spend £200 or more on the card alone (the 9500 was £50, and is passively cooled for quiteness bonus) in order to match the framerates of my Xbox 360 in current games. There's no way in hell it'll play Fallout 3 as well as my Xbox does.

So, I could spend £200 on a graphics card upgrade to my £500 PC in order to play Fallout 3 in anything less than jerk-o-vision. Alternatively, I could spend £160 on an Xbox 360 Pro pack with HDMI output, 60GB drive, two controllers, and three or four games (I can't remember the exact bundle that was advertised on TV). My, what a difficult decision.

I play PC and console games, but for anyone with anything other than an unlimited budget console definitely has the edge right now.
CardJoe 4th December 2008, 07:22 Quote
Personally, I don't care. It isn't anything to do with the graphics IMO, its to do with which system the game was designed for and which one I'm most comfy using for that game as that's the one it will feel best on.
ParaHelix.org 5th December 2008, 01:04 Quote
Game developers need to bring the PC back to life, it is by far the best gaming platform.
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