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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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Free DLC Installation

First of all, we are really sorry if you have not been able to successfully download DLC from The Witcher 2 launcher application after registering the game.

We have a temporary fix until further notice.

Simply send an email to the appropriate address below. You will be provided with the solution immediately.
Blue Stripes Jacket
combatjacket@support.thewitcher.com
Finisher Pack
finisherpack@support.thewitcher.com
Mysterious Merchant
mysteriousmerchant@support.thewitcher.com
Ultimate Alchemy Suit
ultimatealchemists@support.thewitcher.com
Ultimate Magical Suit
ultimatemage@support.thewitcher.com
Ultimate Swordsman Suit
ultimateswordsman@support.thewitcher.com

UPDATE: Please keep in mind that obtaining DLCs through the launcher will be impossible until further notice. Please use e-mail addresses provided above to claim your DLCs. Also, please wait with installing bonus content until the patch 1.1 is applied.

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Server maintenance

Currently the patch servers are being updated with the new patch version 1.1. As soon as the servers are back online you will be able to download the latest patch. Your patience is appreciated and we will inform you as soon as the patch servers are back online.

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Patch 1.1 is coming soon! Most issues will be SOLVED!

Internal tests of Patch 1.1 are well under way. Our current target is to release it this evening. Please note that although we are doing our best to have it ready by then, the time still may change in order to be completely sure that the patch will function properly. This is our primary concern since there are significant changes and upgrades that will affect many users.

1. Simpler and more reliable game installation and activation. Details to be revealed soon.

2. Fixed the free Troll Trouble DLC download. It is now included n the patch so there’s no need to download and install it separately.

3. Fixed an issue that prevented some users from downloading other free DLCs (the ones given out with some pre-orders, special promotions, etc). The launcher now properly refreshes the list of available DLCs and allows for installation. 

4. Performance improvements: approximately 5% to 30% better framerate and faster game loading for many users, depending on their individual systems and game versions. Owners of retail versions can expect the biggest improvements.

5. Fixed random crashes occurring on some systems, especially after saving and loading saves.

6. Key mapping – allows the arrow and number keys to be used for movement.

7. Added the option to invert the mouse.

8. nVidia surround vision now works properly.

9. More accurate assessment provided by the “auto-detect settings” option will help improve game performance.

10. Removed a bug that prevented completion of the “Blood Curse” quest.

11. Fixed a bug that prevented the additional link in “Extras” from being unlocked after winning the dice game against the GOG.com monk.

12. GOG.com credits now work properly.

The full list of all changes will be available upon the release of the patch. If you have experienced any issues that are not on the list above, please don’t worry. We have already started working on the next patch, which will address other difficulties and bugs, including those related to specific hardware setups; e.g.. Logitech g35. You may expect this second patch to be ready next week.

Patch 1.1 will be available for all the versions of the game, both retail and digital, except for Russian.  However, we would like to assure our Russian fans that we are aware of the problems with the your version of the game (thanks for your reports!) and we are talking with 1C about possible solutions.

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The Witcher 2 reviews from around the world

For those of you who wonder how game publications have evaluated your favorite game so far, we’ve compiled a list of reviews from many parts of the globe, including the latest ones spotted today.

3DJuegos(Spain) 9.4/10
Bit-tech(UK) 95%
CD-Action(Poland) 9+/10
Cheat Code Central(US) 4.5/5
Cynamite(Germany) 9/10
Destructoid(US) 6/10
Doupe.cz(Czech Republic) 9/10
Eurogamer(UK) 9/10
Eurogamer Italy(Italy) 9/10
Everyeye.it(Italy) 9.6/10
GamesRadar(US) 10/10
Game Reactor(Norway) 10/10
Games Aktuelle(Germany) 9/10
GameBlog.Fr(France) 5/5
Gamesradar(US) 10/10
Game Informer(US) 9.25/10
Game Reactor(UK, Denmark, Spain) 9/10
Game Reactor(Germany) 9/10
Game Reactor(Sweden) 9/10
Game Reactor(Finland) 9/10
Game Shard(US) 10/10
GamePro(US) 5/5
GameSpy(UK) 9/10
GameSpot(US) 9/10
GameStar(Germany) 87/100
GameTrailers(US) 9.4/10
Gamezilla(Poland) 9/10
Gry OnLine(Poland) 9.5/10
Gry.onet(Poland) 9.5/10
Hrej.cz(Czech Republic) 9/10
IGN(US) 9/10
Joystick(France) 19/20
Meristation(Spain) 9.5/10
Multiplayer.it(Italy) 9.2/10
NeoSeeker(US) 9/10
NOWGamer(UK) 8.4/10
Pelit(Finland) 93/100
PC Gamer(US/UK) 89/100
PC Format(UK) 92/100
PC Games(Germany) 88%
PC Guru(Hungary) 92%
RPG France(France) 10/10
SpazioGames(Italy) 9.1/10
Strategyinformer(UK) 9/10
The Onion A.V. Club(US) 9.1/10
Videogamer(UK) 9/10
XGN(Holland) 9.3/10
Zing.cz(Czech Republic) 9/10

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Żywiołak’s music in The Witcher 2

As we mentioned previously, CD Projekt RED is collaborating with the Polish folk rock group Żywioł‚ak, whose music is featured in The Witcher 2; you can hear it at the very beginning of the game. Here’s a fun fact; you can encounter an elemental monster in the game – and guess what the Polish word for elemental is. Yes, it’s Żywiołak! Learn more about the group here.

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Waiting for the patch – updating the servers

We are currently updating the servers and preparing for the incoming patch release. We will be posting updates on this issue.
UPDATE: The servers are up but we predict another downtime today. It shouldn’t take more than an hour and we will inform about it.

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