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CDP RED Summer Conference 2011

CD Projekt RED and its sister company GOG.com, the digital distribution platform for DRM-free PC games, are going to reveal some big news just before E3 at their “CDP Summer Conference” live from Los Angeles. The announcements will be made on June 2 at 12:00 LA time (which is 3:00 p.m. EDT or 7:00 p.m. GMT) via Ustream live stream here.
CD Projekt RED will be making a big announcement, and will also have some other exciting things to share during their Summer Conference livecast. CDP RED will discuss some of the successes of the recent launch of The Witcher 2, and will also map out a plan for continued support for the new title.
To watch the stream, on Thursday June 2 around 3:00 p.m. EDT (7:00 p.m. GMT) check  this link  or go to The Witcher Facebook page. Don’t miss the announcement of the Summer!
 

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CD Projekt RED Working with Platige Image Studio on a New Project

CD Projekt RED announces that it has begun collaborating with Plastige Image Studio on a new project. The first result of this cooperation is a trailer directed by Oscar-nominated Tomasz Bagiński. It will be unveiled on Thursday, June 2nd during the CD Projekt Summer Conference preceding the E3 trade show in Los Angeles, CA.
“Working with Platige Image on the first Witcher game left us with a great impression. They are truly amazing; their work is clearly world-class. We are certain their video material will spice up our newest production. While a high-quality rendered movie takes a lot of work to produce and is short compared to the total gameplay time, it is very impressive, and thus adds considerably to the overall mood of the game,” said Adam Badowski, The Witcher 2 Game Director.
Tomasz Bagiński and his Platige Image group were behind cinematics for the first Witcher, which were nominated for Visual Effect Society Award. 
“I am really happy to team up with CD Projekt RED again and to return to the great Witcher family. Both our companies have developed a lot over the past few years. Although our studio has worked on many interesting and major projects, I remember our participation on the first Witcher very fondly. When the opportunity arose to collaborate again, I didn’t have to think twice. The trailer we have prepared for E3 is the first fruit of our renewed cooperation,” – Said Tomasz Bagiński, Trailer Director.
 

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Technical break

Dear Fans,
Our dedicated team is working on the server solution and needs to make some adjustments today. This means that we need to put our servers offline for some time and create a downtime that will start at 1AM CET and should end at 3AM CET.
All services besides thewitcher.com website will be offline during this break.

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The Witcher 2 Presented to President Barack Obama

During US President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Poland, Prime Minister Donald Tusk presented him an official diplomatic gift including  The Witcher 2 and two of the books that inspired the critically acclaimed computer game. This is the first recognition of this nature for the entertainment software industry in Poland, and perhaps the entire world. 
The Witcher gift set consisted of the English version of The Witcher 2 Collector’s Edition signed by members of the development team, plus the English editions of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books, signed by the author. 
 

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“The Witcher 2 Assassins of Kings” Slaying bugs

CD Projekt RED announces that Patch 1.1 for the Russian versions of “The Witcher 2 Assassins of Kings” published on May 26 was incompatible with them, thus it may have caused problems for some Russian versions of the game.
We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. For the last 24 hours we worked really hard in close cooperation with 1C-SoftClub and Snowball Studios employees to solve all the issues related to the patch. 

For users patching for the first time from a fresh DVD install, please download from the following link: 
http://wpc.420C.edgecastcdn.net/00420C/files/Patch0/Patcher_RU.exe

For any users that have already patched up the game, please download from the following link which updates version 1.0.0.3 to version 1.1: 
http://wpc.420C.edgecastcdn.net/00420C/files/P1_1/Patcher_1.1_RU.exe

For its part, “1C-SoftClub” also wants to apologize to the gamers for the inconvenience they have experienced lately. In addition, as a compensation for recent events 1C-SoftClub and CD Projekt RED will supply Russian gamers with “Ultimate Magical Suite” DLC and also confirm that Patch 1.1 will remove DRM from Russian versions of the game.  

Please note that for people who installed patch 1.1 Beta found here,  http://en.thewitcher.com/community/entry/38/, the patch should still work fine and you don’t need to replace it and this patch will also be compatible with future patch releases.
 

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Japanese version of The Witcher 2

CD Projekt and a Japanese publisher agreed at the start of the project that the publisher would complete the Japanese translation of The Witcher 2 and handle distribution of this version in Japan. News regarding the game’s release in Japanese generated some misunderstandings, for which we must apologize to fans.

The intention from the outset was to release the Japanese version concurrently with the world-wide release of the game and the other language versions in May of this year. Unfortunately, work on the Japanese localization was delayed. Though we cannot guarantee this, a Japanese language pack may become available for download at an as yet undetermined time in the future, subsequent to the release in Japan of the Japanese version of the game.”

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Collector’s Edition: Replacement of Damaged Sculptures

We are aware  some purchasers of the Collector’s Edition of The Witcher 2 received sculptures that were damaged during shipping. We apologize for this, and ask you to contact us at geraltsculpture@thewitcher.com for a replacement. Please provide a picture of your damaged sculpture, your address and proof of purchase. This offer is open until the end of June.
Unfortunately, the production of more sculptures will take up to one month, so we ask you to be patient. We expect to send them soon after the end of June. After that time we will start sending replacement items. To apologize for your inconvenience, we will also include a small surprise in every package.
 

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Patch 1.1 is here, what’s next?

We finally released patched 1.1. We are very sorry for the delays, but as you can see there are many versions of the game and we had to test each very carefully.
As for today, we’ve created stand-alone patch and DLC downloads. This is mainly due to the fact that game launcher in version 1.0 is not yet stable enough. Plus the server infrastructure provided by an external company is not quite bullet proof. But with the stand-alone downloads, we hope you will be able to enjoy the much improved version of the game and even better, now it’s DRM free!
Also since our forum is still not live and user registration is not working properly, please don’t bother registering the game on the website yet.
So what’s next? First we have setup our own team to improve the server structure and repair the above mentioned game registration. A team is also working to finalize our new forum. We will launch these services very soon. For sure, you will be informed as soon as they are ready here.
Then, by the end of next week you can expect some more free stuff available online. Stay tuned, especially for our online conference scheduled for the 2nd of June. Exciting new announcements are coming!

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The “Downloadable content” option in the Game Launcher does not work properly, please don’t use it.

This option (same as Register Game) still doesn’t work properly, but for every resulting problem we provide you with a workaround. The Troll DLC is now included in the patch. You can find the instructions on how to get other free DLC in the news below. Currently the only problem remaining is with the Language Packs. We will provide you with a solution for this issue as soon as possible. Registration through the Launcher will be fixed in the upcoming days, and our goal is to have it work perfectly in patch 1.2. Sorry for the inconvenience, and please stay tuned.

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Russian 1.1 beta patch and a workaround

Dear Russian Fans,

Please excuse us for the problems you are having. We want to assure you that we are aware of them, and we will solve them completely, sooner or later (hopefully sooner;-).

As of now, we can only offer you a workaround on how to patch the Russian edition to version 1.1. Final solution will be released soon.

Here’s how it works: uninstall or reinstall you current game to get pure, non-patched DVD version installed on your computer. Then please download Russian patch 1.1 from here

It ‘s called beta only because we have limited capabilities of testing patches with Russian builds, and we want to provide you with the solution ASAP. You can install it, test it, and report to us, if it patches correctly. In worst case scenario you’ll need to reinstall your game. In the best case scenario you’ll enjoy a full DRM-Free version right away. The exact same patch will be released tomorrow (once everyone except for us;) wakes up) and it will get the final status.

Soon enough you can also expect a patch that will be updating installed games to 1.1 version.

Sorry for inconvenience.

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Patch 1.1 Update

The good news is that the patch is ready. The bad news is that we have encountered some problems with the server infrastructure, making downloading DLCs impossible. We want to apologize to our fans for not meeting our target of delivering the patch last night. We will update you when we know more.

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The Witcher 2 Becomes DRM-Free: Patch 1.1 Released

CD Projekt RED announces the release of Patch 1.1, which brings important improvements to The Witcher 2, the highly acclaimed game released a week ago. The most noticeable change is the removal of the DRM protection world-wide. This gives players the freedom to install and play the game on any number of computers, and no activation code is required. 
Other notable improvements include frame rate increases of approximately up to 30%, especially noticeable on DRMed versions and low spec systems, better stability, and non-problematic installation of free DLCs (the first free DLC, the “Troll Trouble” quest, is incorporated into the patch), the possibility of inverting the mouse and re-mapping directional control on the keyboard, and more. 
Adam Badowski, CD Projekt RED Development Director, commented, “Our goal is to make our fans and customers happy and to reward them for buying our game and DRM schemes does not support our philosophy as they might create obstacles for users of legally bought copies. Our approach to countering piracy is to incorporate superior value in the legal version. This means it has to be superior in every respect: less troublesome to use and install, with full support, and with access to additional content and services. So, we felt keeping the DRM would mainly hurt our legitimate users. This is completely in line with what we said before the release of The Witcher 2. We felt DRM was necessary to prevent the game being pirated and leaked before release. This purpose has been served, so we are pleased to let our users enjoy the full freedom of game usage they deserve.”
Badowski also explained CD Projekt RED’s stance on DRM from another perspective, “It’s important to remember that the PC platform is far more complex than consoles. DRM adds another layer of complication and potential problems. We saw this clearly in our game. Pre-release tests showed only small performance differences compared to the DRM-free (GOG.com) versions.  We were unpleasantly surprised when some of our fans reported much larger differences, up to 30% lower framerates. This was another clear signal that we had to remove DRM as soon as possible – the quality of our users’ gameplay experience is absolutely our number one priority!” 
Regarding the other fixes and improvements, Badowski further stated, “Patch 1.1 is also very important because it overcomes the major technical obstacles some of our customers encountered with installation and activation. We believe that after installing the patch, practically all users will be able to enjoy the game without flaws. At the same time, I would like to assure everyone that we will continue working on post- release support. Therefore, if there are things that still bother users with certain system configurations, they can expect them to be resolved soon as well. What is equally important, we are constantly reviewing feedback from our fans and looking through their requests and we will be adding new functionality and enhancements to the game to make sure gamers can enjoy the most out of the Witcher 2. We are also pleased to advise our fans who purchased the Russian-language edition that (contrary to what we communicated earlier) Patch 1.1 will function for them.” 
The Witcher 2 users may download Patch 1.1 only via manual download from here (Patch 1.1 will not download through auto-patching system from the game Launcher).

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