Witcher 2 Xbox 360 port delayed until early 2012

PC gamers find (another) reason for smugness

The console version of the very well-received RPG, which came out for PC back in May, has been pushed back to Q1 of 2012.

The official story is vague. CEO Adam Kicinski in a press release he had this to say: “The extra time will allow us to polish the title to perfection, so that the game offers an ideally balanced, fantastic experience to gamers.” And then he went on to say this, “As the launch of the game approaches, we will be sharing more details how it will be released on Xbox 360. I trust that despite the release date shift, players will be satisfied with what we are planning for them.” It was riveting.

While we’re sure CD Projekt will be using the extra time to “polish” their game, it’s notable that the company has also been involved in recent legal disputes with Namco Bandai, the publisher that handled the PC version of Witcher 2. Namco Bandai claims that CD Projekt broke an agreement by allowing THQ publish the Xbox 360 version of the game. CD Projekt claims their agreement with Namco Bandai was specific to the PC version. While neither company came out and said that its feelings were hurt, the implication is clear.

If it’s the legalities that are bogging down the game’s release, we hope the issues are worked out soon. If not, we’re sorry for spreading rumors.

Aug 1, 2011

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