CD Projekt RED has announced that they have are bringing THQ in to handle distribution duties for the Xbox 360 version of The Witcher 2
in Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the Middle East. This should help ensure that more people get their hands on the fantastic RPG
. The move makes sense as CD Projekt relied heavily on their excellent GOG
digital distribution system for the PC version of the game and the company might need a little help getting space on retail shelves during a busy holiday season.
The only real question I have now is if the company will tone done some of the more risque moments in the game for the Middle Eastern market or not. That region of the world tends to be a bit sensitive when it comes to carnal moments of the games. I somehow doubt there's a SHOWBOOBS flag nestled in the code of The Witcher 2 that could be flipped on or off based based on the region of the Xbox 360 so there might be a little more work ahead of the team before the game is released.
THQ to Bring The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings to Xbox 360 in Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East
AGOURA HILLS, Calif., June 30, 2011 - THQ announced an agreement to publish CD Projekt RED’s revolutionary role-playing game, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Under the deal, THQ, through its THQ Partners program, will market and distribute the anticipated title in Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East.
The Xbox 360 version will be an enhanced adaptation of the PC game released to instant international acclaim and commercial success in mid-May. It will incorporate numerous improvements and enhancements, of which details will be announced in the coming months.
CD Projekt RED Studio Head Adam Badowski said, ”Adapting The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Xbox 360 is a massive endeavor for us, and we’re committed to delivering one of the most complex and mature games ever to Xbox 360 players. We believe that with the marketing strength and distribution network of THQ we will be able to make the game an incredible success in Europe and around the world.”
Tim Walsh, VP of THQ Partners said, ”We are excited to work with CD Projekt RED to bring this unique role-playing game to Xbox 360 gamers. THQ Partners’ mission is to work with world class game creators who want to bring their games to market utilizing THQ’s best-in-class global distribution channels.”
For more information about The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, visit http://thewitcher.com.
About CD Projekt RED
CD Projekt RED was established in February 2002 as the sister company of CD Projekt. The studio’s mission is to become the world’s leading RPG developer, producing games that combine the best characteristics of the genre with original ideas.
One of CD Projekt RED’s guiding principles is to remain in close touch with players, listening and responding to their opinions as they relate to the company’s games and how they are delivered. The studio’s first game was The Witcher, which was enthusiastically received by fans (over 1.8 million copies sold), and by the professional media (more than 100 awards and distinctions). CD Projekt RED currently has a staff of over 100 focused on The Witcher 2.
CD Projekt RED is part of the Optimus S.A., a publicly traded company listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange (OPT). The Optimus group also includes CD Projekt, a leading games and DVD/Blu-Ray distributor in the Polish market.
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