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Witcher 2 lands in Japan

by: Nathaniel -
More On: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition came out here in West last spring to rave reviews from pretty much everywhere (including here at Gaming Nexus).  Its mix of compelling gameplay, morally ambiguous narrative choices, and copious nudity pretty much ensured that it would be a big hit with gamers here.

Japan has other ideas about what makes a good game, however.  Their RPGs are different enough from western RPGs that we have different names for them (JRPG versus WRPG).  And now The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition will try to conquer the Japanese market.  

But apparently Polish culture is popular in Japan, and the game has already received lots attention and critical praise (Famitsu game it a platinum score award).  

To learn more, follow the jump.
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition for Xbox 360 sets out to conquer Japan

The Witcher 2: Assassins of kings Enhanced Edition for Xbox 360 is now available in Japan. Japanese players can play the game with a cinematic localization on their home entertainment system from Microsoft. The title is expected to be one of the largest Western hits on this market.

?? Japan is perceived as a market ruled by local productions. Western brands need a lot of time to build a strong position there. The first feedback that we got shows that The Witcher 2 established a solid foothold and our first steps on this market are very promising for the future. I think that for some, The Witcher 2 will be perceived as another great example of the Polish culture, such as Chopin, whose music is very popular there. We expect that many Xbox 360 owners will buy our game and love what we have prepared for them?? ?? said Adam Kicinski CD Projekt RED??s CEO.

The CD Projekt RED team visited Japan earlier and took part in one of the most popular gameplay shows ?? Nico Nico. The show normally running for 60 minutes was extended to two hours  by the hosts live, when many on-line commentators asked  for more gameplay performed by The Witcher 2 dev team member. The last and fourth episode of the gameplay stream will be transmitted this Sunday with one of the devs answering the viewers?? questions via Skype.

Furthermore, Japan??s largest gaming magazine Famitsu gave The Witcher 2 a platinum score award ?? one of the highest distinctions ever given to a Western production.  All four reviewers of the game gave it a 9 out of 10 score.  "We think that all Xbox 360 owners in Japan should be interested in The Witcher 2. The game is unique on this platform and offers exceptional gameplay, that should attract a vast audience here" ?? commented Mitsutoshi Sakurai, CEO of Spike Chunsoft, The Witcher??s publisher in Japan.

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Developers of the award-winning besetting Witcher franchise of video games, this Polish development studio has sold 4 millions of their games on PC, Mac, and Xbox 360. After 10 years of developing fantasy games set in Andrzej Sapkowski's Witcher universe, they have announced that they will be creating a new franchise of games based on the "Cyberpunk®" futuristic RPG system in collaboration with Mike Pondsmith, the original designer of the pen-and-paper universe in which the upcoming game is set. CD Projekt RED Capital Group is listed on Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE) under the symbol CDR.
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