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Brother None April 28th, 2009 22:46

The Witcher: RotWW Cancelled, The Witcher 2 up
 
I slotted this into news submit but I know the Watch newsposters don't love posting rumours.

Earlier rumour, and now news as brough to GameBanshee

Details are sketchy, but the following facts have been confirmed: after the release of The Witcher, CD Projekt Red took the financial obligation of starting 3 projects simultaneously, a console port of The Witcher, and two more titles based on The Witcher intellectual property, one of which was The Witcher 2.

As the financial crisis hit, the studio was affected as well, finding itself incapable of managing all three projects and forced to lay off a significant portion of its staff. The third Witcher IP project was cancelled, and its entire crew was let go or left of their own volition. A second round of layoffs followed as The Witcher: Rise of the White Wolf was cancelled, including around two dozen people losing their jobs yesterday.

All funds and manpower have been redirected to a single project, The Witcher 2, which will be a multi-platform title for PC and consoles.

titus April 28th, 2009 23:11

mmm I doubt it will be true. ond otherwhise this is good and bad news

Gorath April 28th, 2009 23:38

Good and bad ?! Where's the good news?

It's probably true. Otherwise CDP would have denied it more energetically.

Brother None April 28th, 2009 23:49

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Originally Posted by Gorath (Post 1060945997)
Good and bad ?! Where's the good news?

The company isn't folding wholesale. 2 AAA projects and 1 port was just too much to balance, 1 major AAA project sounds better, and you gotta like that it's TW2, even if it is cross-platform.

I'm not sure how many talents that worked on TW remain tho'. I was made to understand the talent leak was "significant".

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gorath (Post 1060945997)
It's probably true. Otherwise CDP would have denied it more energetically.

I trust the source who confirmed it to me, but it's only one source and I wasn't there, so I'm not 100% sure. But I am pretty damned close to that…I was told a few days ago, and then Polygamia basically came with the same rumour, and no denial as you say, it is pretty close to being confirmed.

The non-comment here and the changed status of Tom Ohle I spotted all point in the same direction. And it's not a good one :(

JDR13 April 29th, 2009 00:09

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gorath (Post 1060945997)
Good and bad ?! Where's the good news?.

That maybe we'll see The Witcher 2 sooner now?

Did anyone here really care about a console port anyways?

sege April 29th, 2009 07:54

Even if the sequel is now scheduled earlier, it can hardly be called good news when people have lost their jobs.
Here's hoping the rest of the studio can tough it out.

Zakhary April 30th, 2009 09:36

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Originally Posted by JDR13 (Post 1060946005)
Did anyone here really care about a console port anyways?

My thoughts exactly.
A nice big warm cup of so f'ing what.

skavenhorde April 30th, 2009 09:52

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Originally Posted by Zakhary (Post 1060946210)
My thoughts exactly.
A nice big warm cup of so f'ing what.


I didn't personally care about the console port, but I did hope it would profitable for them. The more money they make the more likely they'll weather this financial crisis and continue both TW series and maybe more types of English games as well. I don't want one of the few companies that actually try making deep RPGs to go belly up like Troika.

Prime Junta April 30th, 2009 11:30

Quote:

Originally Posted by Zakhary (Post 1060946210)
My thoughts exactly.
A nice big warm cup of so f'ing what.

I don't care about the console port as such either, but I care very much about the financial health of CD Projekt RED. They've clearly put a non-trivial amount of resources into RotWW, which they couldn't afford since they're clearly hurting economically, which means that the future of The Witcher is looking grimmer.

Zakhary April 30th, 2009 14:02

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Originally Posted by Prime Junta (Post 1060946220)
I don't care about the console port as such either, but I care very much about the financial health of CD Projekt RED. They've clearly put a non-trivial amount of resources into RotWW, which they couldn't afford since they're clearly hurting economically, which means that the future of The Witcher is looking grimmer.

True.

But! The news post also includes this little bit too:
"All funds and manpower have been redirected to a single project, The Witcher 2, which will be a multi-platform title for PC and consoles. "
Which is nice.

Prime Junta April 30th, 2009 14:13

Indeed. Let's just hope they don't run out of funds and manpower before finishing TW2. Again, if they do, I'm going to drink myself into a stupor on Zubrowka, and I don't even *like* Zubrowka.

JDR13 April 30th, 2009 14:46

I think we can all agree that The Witcher was something special. Here's hoping that TW2 lives up to the same standard. :thumbsup:

I must admit that I am a little nervous about it being a multi-platform title this time around. I truly hope that the PC version is developed to it's fullest potential, and that no corners are cut to make it "equal" across all platforms.

Gorath April 30th, 2009 14:57

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Originally Posted by sege (Post 1060946052)
Even if the sequel is now scheduled earlier, it can hardly be called good news when people have lost their jobs.
Here's hoping the rest of the studio can tough it out.

That.

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