CD Projekt RED Hiring for an RPG in a Brand New Setting

CD Projekt RED is pretty much my most favorite developer. They have made The Witcher and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. That makes them pretty awesome in my book. They are dope. They are fantastic. They are- okay okay it seems my point has been put across.


So you can imagine my reaction when they put up a blog post with a title saying “Join Our Studio Today”. My excitement levels increased to over 9000 and I could not read the rest of the post without a crazy maniacal grin on my face. Here’s a little more about the new IP:-

Our mature dark-fantasy world is well known around the world, though if you can’t stomach dwarves, elves or sorceresses who put their ample charms on display in Playboy magazine, we’ve got also something special that might be right up your alley! We’re looking for people who would rather work on an entirely new and different IP – a vast RPG for which we want to assemble the best possible staff. It represents an opportunity for you to create a grand new project from the ground up!

So it seems it’s a dark SF world. One that aims to fill up the void left by Mass Effect perhaps?

Joyous day, indeed.

Fallout Goes Free on For 48 Hours, New Premium Releases

At the recently concluded CD Projekt Spring Conference where, among ships, shoes and sealing wax, the new updates to – the digital distribution arm of CD Projekt – were quietly rolled out to a high level of praise.

Starting with a small but important announcement of the preorder for Botanicula – a point n’ click game made by the creators of the much acclaimed Machinarium:-

This charming point & click game stars five friends on a perilous journey to save the last seed of their home tree from an infestation of parasites. With lush visuals and a soundtrack composed by Czech alternative band DVA, this game is sure to wow all of the fans of Machinarium and adventure games in general.

Next, a biggie, announced the addition of “ Premium Edition” Games that are Good but not so Old. This is kicked off by Ubisoft’s two great hits of recent times Assassins Creed: Director’s Cut and Heroes of Might & Magic V both DRM free. That’s right, you just read “Ubisoft” and “DRM free” in the same sentence. Each is priced at $19.99, however until the 19th of April, the purchase of one game bags you the other for free!


And finally, the mega gigantic super god level behemoth kraken cthulhu roboto announcement: will be giving away DRM free copies of Fallout: A Post Apocalyptic Adventure Game for free for the next two days. That’s right, they lived up to their hype of giving away a legendary game. Because this is one of those few games that deserves the epithet for making open world an actual workable mechanic in a highly believable alternate universe. Grab Fallout here!

CD Projekt RED Will Give Away a “Legendary” PC RPG On Thursday on

Speaking to Eurogamer, the head of marketing of PC Role Playing Game developer CD Projekt RED, Michal Platkow-Gilewski, said that on Thursday at around 5PM GMT the Witcher developers will announce a giveaway of a “legendary” PC RPG. However he said that there is no announcement of a new game at the time of the CD Projekt Spring Conference where this announcement will be made.


However, Platkow-Gilewski said that this announcement has nothing to do with the “extraordinary” announcement for current and future The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings owners, which will be… you guessed it, extraordinary. (Or so we hope!) Straight from the horse’s mouth:

No, there will be no announcement of a new game. But to give you some hints and not to spoil the surprise, CD Projekt RED and have prepared something very special for all the PC fans of The Witcher 2 Assassins of Kings, who already have the game, as well as for all those who will buy one any time in the future.

Good stuff from one of the better video game development companies of our time! Any speculations/guesses on what this “legendary” PC RPG would be? My money is on one of the Black Isle games but one can never be sure, can they?

The Witcher 2 Sells 1.1 Million Copies

CD Projekt RED’s Role Playing Game behemoth The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings has sold an estimated 1.1 million copies since its release last April. To give you an idea of how many copies of the game that is, let’s take a closer look at the number 1.1 million.


1.1 million is

  • the number of Korean or German people in the USA
  • the TNT-tonnage equivalent of a modern thermonuclear bomb.
  • the estimated production of cocoa beans in Ghana in 2011-12 in metric tons

Now that the obligatory irrelevant information part has been taken care of, let us move on to the beefy matter of the subject, shall we?

Yes, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings has sold 1.1 million copies. Bear in mind that this is a PC only game, and sales like these without the marketing budget of a big publisher like EA or Activision-Blizzard is unheard of. Eurogamer reports that of the 1,110,055 copies sold 270,000 were digital downloads with about 40,000 on CD Projekt RED’s sister digital distribution site, DRM free. It heartens me to tell you that the sales of the first Witcher game also picked up, with around 400,000 copies of The Witcher being sold along with the pre-orders and the like of the newer game.

It is no secret that I loved The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, and that I harbor greater love for the developers since they released a beautiful AAA game DRM-free (the retail copies were made DRM-free via a patch), continued to support it with free DLCs and are now planning to update it to an Extended Edition – for free. This is way better than releasing Day-1 Downloadable Content, like a Certain Other Publisher Of Note. I can only hope that the Xbox 360 version of The Witcher 2 (to be released on April 17, 2012) also sees these kinds of sales.

The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition Trailer Looks Gorgeous

By now, you must know that when I say “gorgeous” I mean “frighteningly violent, filled with liberal amounts of freeze bombs and blood that would make any kind lady look away in shock” yes? If you did not think so, I am afraid you have not been reading my posts very well and thus I shall give you the Very Very Stern Look. *Looks at you Very Very Sternly*. Right, now that the stern looks are done with, shall we proceed with the matter at hand? Good, I thought so as well. Yes, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings will be getting an Enhanced Edition much in the same vein as the original The Witcher received an Enhanced Edition pack. The previous game was completely turned around thanks to this patch going (ratings-wise) from a “rather good” RPG to “oh my god how did we miss out on this brilliant piece of video gaming?”. Judging by the fantastic trailer for The Witcher 2 EE, I think the ratings for that game will go from “this is the most amazing RPG I’ve ever played” to “I cannot think of any other superlatives/God Level/Stop pestering me and go play this game.”

Directed by Tomasz Bagiński, the same man who did the video for the original opening trailer of The Witcher, the trailer shows the death of King Demavend at the hands of the unnamed Witcher (named later in the game, but no spoilers here) whose severed head is shown in the original trailer of the game. Bagiński accomplishes what he does best – showing a beautifully choreographed fight scene with not a single word of dialog. Everything looks brilliant and I would totally want this guy to direct a full-length movie based on The Witcher mythos. Seriously, everyone, make this happen!

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition is slated for an April release – an entire year after the game itself was released. Great stuff from CD Projekt RED!

CD Projekt RED Drops Witch Hunt Against Pirates

Remember that time when CD Projekt RED started becoming like That Company Whose Name Starts With U And Which Shall Not Be Named Here? Well their fans told them that they were starting to become like said company as well as trying to ape the music industry and called them out on it. Now the company has retracted its complaints and notices against these probable pirates after angry fans told them that it was an affront to the faith they placed them in.

CD Projekt’s newest game The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings shipped without the Digital Rights Management (DRM) protection that is common in most new AAA releases these days; DRM makes it difficult to copy or illegally play a video game. However, in all cases, they are easily bypassed by cracker groups and released for free on torrents. Since The Witcher 2 was released without DRM, because the company said that the security does more harm than good to the legitimate customers, it was praised for its foresight and good intentions. However, later on, in a bid to stop rampant piracy and deter future pirates, CD Projekt started tracking “pirates” in Germany with their IP addresses and sent letters threatening legal action unless they give an atrocious amount (around $1180) as a fine for downloading their game illegally. This did not sit well with a lot of gamers and they took up the issue with the Polish developer itself.

Retracting the complaints recently, studio co-founder Marcin Iwinski said to the fans:

“Being part of a community is a give-and-take process. We only succeed because you have faith in us, and we have worked hard over the years to build up that trust. We were sorry to see that many gamers felt that our actions didn’t respect the faith that they have put into CD Projekt RED.

Not bad at all, CDPR! I was about to lose faith in humanity!

CD Projekt RED Demands Hefty Payment from Pirates of The Witcher 2

Wow, a piece of not-so-good-actually news about CD Projekt RED (CDPR). That is something you usually do not get to read around the internet, much less from Techie Buzz (and indeed from me, the self-confessed Witcher fanboy). But apparently, CDPR has been showing an angelic we really care for that small group of legitimate gamers more than pirates or piracyside to the world, while pursuing shakedown procedures against those who had allegedly pirated the game.


The developers of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, one of the most highly anticipated role playing game sequels to be released this year, claimed that the number of torrent downloads of The Witcher 2 had exceeded 4.5 million, but their concern was with the removal of draconian DRM schemes that hindered their legitimate customers from having a good experience of the game. In the words of CDPR CEO Marcin Iwinski:-

In any case, I am not saying that we have eliminated piracy or there is not piracy in the case of TW2. There is, and TW2 was [illegally] downloaded by tens of thousands of people during the first two weeks after release. Still, DRM does not work and however you would protect it, it will be cracked in no time. Plus, the DRM itself is a pain for your legal gamers this group of honest people, who decided that your game was worth the 50 USD or Euro and went and bought it. Why would you want to make their lives more difficult?

The game was also released on, CD Projekt’s classic game digital distribution service, with much fanfare and the promise of no DRM. All this seemed to indicate that the company was genuinely concerned with its small set of legit customers. However, it seems that CDPR had a sinister plan of making some pirates cough up exorbitant amounts, or threatening to sue them to infinity and beyond.

The CEO told TorrentFreak earlier that the company will be using torrent sneaking companies and legal firms to track down pirates of the game and make them pay the unbelievably high sum of €911.80 (about $1187). Apparently this has already begun in many parts of Germany and also comes with the collateral of people whose IPs had torrented the game, but the owner of the IP had never heard of such a game mostly because of the concept of WiFi piggybacking, which is something these law firms have never heard of, apparently.

While we all condone piracy, we must remember that these are not the kind of measures that would stop piracy. Indeed, there is nothing in the world that can stop piracy; if a consumer software costs money, someone somewhere is already pirating it for the masses.

These vile measures from a company whose policies I have come to respect are definitely not in keeping with their reputation. CD Projekt RED must stop this nonsense at once and at least demand the price of the game during release, if not anything else.