Guyz, CDP is working on it to see what's wrong with this new patch. They said they'll probably release a fix, but still we don't know when unfortunatly.
For now, we warmly suggest you to not install patch 2.1 if you can. For Steam users: enter your account then Steam>library and right click the game. Select properties and then disable game updates. Unfortunatly this works only for one time, meaning that you have to repeat it any time you play the game. Hope it might help. Thanks for your patience. ›››
Surely the Steam advice you are giving only works if you currently have an un-updated version. Forgive me if I'm wrong but once the patch was released, as soon as you start the Steam application (even if playing another game) it updates the Witcher 2 to version 2.1. So in order for your advice to actually be useful to any Steam user they would have to:
1. Not used Steam at all since the patch was released.
2. Be aware of the problem even though they have not yet encountered it.
3. Be quick enough to get to The Witcher 2 in their game library and disable the game updates before steam automatically starts downloading it. For me, updates usually start downloading only a few seconds after steam initialises.
As for anyone who just bought the game, or has tried to play it recently or anyone who has even had the audacity to start the Steam app to play other games, well, they are screwed. That's the official line, is it?
Great customer service guys.
To quote Lukasz Kukawski, Good Old Games' PR and marketing manager:
"Would you rather spend $50 on a game that ...crashes every time...or would you rather download a cracked version without all that hassle?...That’s not how it should be. Let’s treat legitimate customers with respect and they will give that back."
So listen, I'll say it again. I paid for the game. I'm happy that the developers work so hard on patching it and have a great stance on treating their customers well. I'm unhappy that the game I paid for has been made completely unplayable by an error in the latest patch. I'm unhappy that the only solution seems to be a re-install and update to version 2.0.
But I'm livid that the only option available to get my game to run (which doesn't involve hacking away at system files) is one that is not open to me because I run it through Steam.
So please, sort it out immediately. Roll back to version 2.0 through Steam. Fix the problem through a new patch, or, if you can't do either of those things then treat your loyal, paying customers as best you can and make the only solution you've come up with available to them by allowing those of us who are truly stuck to download version 2.0 through GOG. You won't have lost a sale and nobody will have pirated anything. We have already paid for the license, we've supported your company by buying a game that many have pirated, NOW PLEASE SUPPORT US.