The Witcher 2 - New retail Version hitting the European market tomorrow.
08.11.2011 @ 23:12 #1
For those wondering it says:
"Version 2.0 - New and Improved! (basically exactly what's written on The Witcher 2 site)
The RPG (genre) holds it's new champion - Joystick"
Is this Namco Bandai's way of re-DRMing up to 2.0 the retail copies of the European market? That's the only reason behind this relunch I can think of and it's only been 6 months so they can't even re-release it as a GOTY or "Epic Edition" or "Ultimate Edition" yet.
09.11.2011 @ 01:15 #7
Is it still full price?
I hope the game keeps selling . The game deserves to sell 3 million at least ›››
I'm curious abut that too. Does anyone know how many they sold? All the data I've seen on the web is quite old and refers to the first month, but I'm sure people are still buying it.
09.11.2011 @ 01:23 #8
I guess we'll need to wait and see what has happened with the DRM - obviously, they could have used this as an opportunity to put the DRM back in, but that would just drive customers across to the digital suppliers.
09.11.2011 @ 01:26 #9
Well it would be nice to get some clarifications on this point from CD Projekt if they know anything about that, but hey it's Namco Bandai they were pissed off when CDPR released the 1.1 patch that removed the DRM and also when CDPR secured the publishing rights of the Xbox 360 version in Europe to THQ instead of them, they also held 1.75 million in revenue that should had went to CDPR, there is also the lawsuit...
I doubt they are shelling out cash by making this 2.0 re-launch retail DRM-free, as a matter of fact the only launch version of The Witcher 2 that was DRM-free was the GoG version, all the other versions had some sort of DRM, the only reason the other versions aside from the GoG one can be played whitout the DRM is thanks to patch(es) that remove the DRM and improve the overall performance of the game considerably.
09.11.2011 @ 01:30 #10
I doubt they are shelling out cash by making this 2.0 re-launch retail DRM-free, as a matter of fact the only launch version of The Witcher 2 that was DRM-free was the GoG version, all the other versions had some sort of DRM, the only reason the other versions aside from the GoG one can be played whitout the DRM is thanks to patch(es) that remove the DRM and improve the overall performance of the game considerably. ›››
Since they're already on warpath with Namco Bandai, they could just release a 2.0a hotfix re-removing the DRM and putting a trollface plus "U MAD?" underneath NB's logo in the intro.
Anyways, I don't think it'll happen. There's plenty DRM-free versions available and the initial sales have passed for months. NB shouldn't have too much interest in protecting a new retail version.
09.11.2011 @ 01:36 #11
This relaunch is only for Europe and I have never seen this, usually the only time that games are manufactured to the newest up-to-date version is on the Complete Edition sets, such as Sacred 2 Gold Edition, Dragon Age: Origins Ultimate Edition, Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga etc.
09.11.2011 @ 01:51 #12
Common sense would dictate this, but with corporates you can never be too sure. For Dragon Age: Origins had no DRM, Dragon Age: Origins Ultimate Edition had DRM, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion had no DRM, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion GOTY had DRM.
09.11.2011 @ 01:59 #13
Yes, but other devs don't bring out free updates the way that CDPR does. If they have simply run out of stock, it makes sense to manufacture the new batch with the new version - the effort involved is minimal, and it does give them additional marketing push.
What I can't do from this is read what, if anything, it says about Namco's view on the court case. On the one hand, they may be pushing for a final round of sales before losing the rights, on the other hand it may mean that they're confident of winning and are planning ahead accordingly.
I'm also unsure on what would be the sensible business decision on the DRM, but "sensible" rarely seems to apply to companies' decisions on DRM anyway.
Guess we'll still need to wait and see.
(Incidentally, the fact that it's Europe Only does match "running out of stock", since this would affect only Namco and not necessarily Atari.)
09.11.2011 @ 14:52 #15
heck I still hope CDPR start their own store in the future after TW2 is 'completely done', especially for this issue :/
10.11.2011 @ 06:27 #16
The edition is one disk only, and requires internet connection for registering.
The tag reads: "Witcher 2/ Action-Rol. Namco". Prize is aprox. 30 dollars, which is insanely cheap for a AAA game here...
10.11.2011 @ 23:48 #18
Yes, they are. They're the distributor for everywhere except North America. (And maybe Africa. I don't know about Africa).
11.11.2011 @ 13:35 #20
It should not, since they've been removed since patch 1.2. If the retail version contains all the bonus content since the very first version, I can't see any reason for adding DMR again.