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Good news first:  Version 1.2 of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is now available for download.  With it you get more than 30 significant additions, improvements, and fixes.  Download and/or see the full list of changes here.  

One specific addition of note is the new "Barbers and Coiffeuses" DLC that adds new haircuts.  A video showing those new hairstyles and a new Papercraft video can be found here.

Now on to the better news:  The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings has been confirmed for the Xbox 360, and it should arrive by the end of the year!  Hands down, that's the best news I've heard in a very long while from the gaming front.  There aren't a lot of games that make me wish I had a gaming-quality PC, but The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is one of them. 
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Version 1.2 Now Available

CD Projekt RED, the creator of distinctive non-linear RPG experiences, announces the release of a new patch for The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings that upgrades the game to version 1.2. It implements more than 30 significant additions, improvements and fixes plus a number of lesser ones. The full list of changes can be found at http://en.thewitcher.com/patch1-2/

Version 1.2 of The Witcher incorporates several downloadable content packs. A highlight is the completely new “Barbers and Coiffeuses” DLC, which adds the option to use hairstyling services in the game, and thus the possibility for the main character to have a total of six different looks. A video showing these haircuts may be viewed at http://en.thewitcher.com/the-witcher/2/videos/gameplay/ In addition, six previously released DLCs are now automatically installed as natural parts of the game. Some of these provide equipment and other items that can be quite helpful right from the start of play in the Prologue.

Adam Badowski, Development Director at CD Projekt RED, commented, "Making a very good game is, in my opinion, equalled in importance by the need to offer strong ongoing support, especially on a platform as complex as the PC. I hope providing two major patches within barely more than two weeks after release demonstrates our dedication to supporting The Witcher 2 over the long term. What’s more, this is just one small sign of our commitment to this guiding direction. PC gamers can expect more goodies from us in the future. And of course, we won’t charge for them since we feel it’s our duty to improve and enhance the game for both current and future players."

The game now patches to version 1.2 automatically during a fresh installation, or through the auto-patching option from the Game Launcher if version 1.1 is already installed. Any players who installed and also activated their games but did not apply patch 1.1 should do so manually from http://www.en.thewitcher.com/patch/; this will enable auto-patching to the latest version. In addition, patching from version 1.1 to 1.2 can be done manually via http://www.en.thewitcher.com/patch1-2/ Users who purchased the Steam digital version must use the Steam patcher.

The Witcher 2 was released internationally for the PC in mid-May. It has been received exceptionally well by gamers and media alike, and sold through 400,000 copies in its first week. An Xbox 360 adaptation was announced yesterday, and will be shown behind closed doors at the E3 trade show next week in media-only presentations; to book an appointment, please contact us at e3@thewitcher.com. Together with important announcement, the company released a new Papercraft Launch Trailer that may be viewed at http://en.thewitcher.com/the-witcher/2/videos/gameplay/

Additional information is available at the recently re-launched official site, www.TheWitcher.com