January 27, 2012, 2:16

Witcher 2 Assassinates Xbox Kings On April 17th

By Dave Irwin, Sub-Editor

It’s been a while since we last heard about the Xbox 360 port of the critically acclaimed and soon to be formerly PC exclusive The Witcher 2 – Assassins of Kings. Phil absolutely adored the game back in June, praising it for being “…a fantastic example of how fast paced, strategic combat should be done.” When last we heard, it was alongside the 2.0 update in September.

The good news is that the Xbox 360 port, dubbed The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings Enhanced Edition, will arrive on store shelves on April 17, 2012. There will be two different versions available at retail. Members of the CD Projekt RED development team held a press conference to showcase the game, Adam Badowski, head of the CD Projekt RED studio, explain some of the new features that have been added to the game.

The Xbox 360 version is a complete adaptation of the game to the new platform, we’ve rewritten the code so it feels native to the console. This latest version of The Witcher 2 has been expanded in many ways, and some experts believe it to be one of the best-looking games ever to make it to consoles,” said Adam Badowski, head of CD Projekt RED studio.

A brand new CGI intro has been released, directed by BAFTA winner and Oscar nominee Tomaz Baginski. According to the developers, the new version will see further cut scenes that have never before been released. Gameplay has also expanded through the addition of new quests and locales, while The Witcher 2’s already intriguing plot becomes even more intense as new major NPCs complicate matters in the struggle for power in the Northern Kingdoms. As for the tweaks to the game to make it console friendly, new targeting, camera and control systems have been added to give players control during the particularly strategic combat sequences. For PC owners who are worried about their purchase suddenly becoming inferior, do not despair as Badowski’s speech has you covered.

PC users who already own the game will be happy to learn that they will be able to download all the added content free of charge. At the same time, the Xbox 360 version will incorporate all DLCs and upgrades made available thus far for the game’s original platform (including the ‘Arena’ arcade mode and Tutorial that were part of the latest and richest PC version).

I have to admit, I’m pretty psyched to see this come to a console. Ever since seeing launch trailers and other promotional footage, I’ve wanted to be able to see what the fuss was about. But how about you? Are you ready to delve into another Assassin’s shoes? Would the PC owners out there be willing to play through another time just to see what has changed?