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Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to be published by Warner Bros. in North America

Thursday, 25th July 2013 19:32 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be published by Warner Bros. in North America.

According to the press release, Warner will be “responsible for the distribution and promotion” of the game which is set for release in 2014.

“The premiere of The Witcher 3 is the most important event in CD Projekt’s history. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is an extremely valuable partner for us because of their experience and established position on the American market, which is crucial to CD Projekt’s further rapid development,” said Adam Kicinski, President, CD Projekt.

“We’re very happy that our partners share our faith in The Witcher 3′s success and are ready to become fully engaged in providing promotion and sales support for the franchise in North America.”

The game will be released simultaneously for PC, PS4, and Xbox One and is expected sometime around the middle of 2014 if we’re lucky.

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11 Comments

  1. Astral Frost

    That works just fine. They wouldn’t get in the way of full Steam integration or anything. If CD Projekt were ever to be owned by Ubisoft or EA, we could all say goodbye to achievements or any other amenities.

    Of course, I doubt that would ever happen. They seem to be doing well with their games, so no need to sell off. But as a publishing partner, Warner Bros. is pretty decent.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. DSB

    Are you shitting me Astral Frost? Arkham City is weighed down with GFWL and some ridiculous activation DRM, and Gotham City Impostors had TWO different logins if you wanted to play, GFWL and some ridiculous proprietary shit, even though it was on Steam.

    Warner Brothers may have great content, but they really don’t have a clue when it comes to delivering it.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Fethennour

    What about Europe, guys ?

    #3 1 year ago
  4. tezzer1985

    @1 How would you know, have you published a game with them? 😝

    #4 1 year ago
  5. YoungZer0

    @2: Yeah, I remember Arkham City – if you buy it on Steam – had 3, if not 4 different DRM measures. Utter insanity. I hope they grow a fucking brain and never use GFWL again. It took nearly half a year for them to release a patch and that didn’t fix jackshit.

    They fixed Gotham City Imposters when it went free, but never bothered with Arkham City.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. noamlol2

    this is bad news for PC gamers
    either GFWL or some other shit might occur for the retail edition

    so they are LITERLY forcing you to buy the GOG.COM DRM-free edition

    #6 1 year ago
  7. YoungZer0

    @6: I doubt CDR would allow this kind of fuckery. Remember these are the guys that completely dropped the DRM after a few patches and I’d like to believe that Warner learned from their mistakes. Otherwise they wouldn’t have dropped GFWL.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. sh4dow

    Really? Are there NO distribution companies with integrity out there they could’ve gone with instead?
    I just hope they will at least still put it on GOG…

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Tavarish

    @6 Distribution deal is different thing than publishing deal. All Warner Bros will do is market and distribute physical copies of Witcher 3 in North America. They have nothing to say on development of game or what DRM, if any, it uses.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. infernalism

    Relax people. There is NO risk of GFWL integration with this game. Especially if you’ll be able to buy a DRM free copy from GOG worldwide. Warner will distribute the same retail copy, that will be released in any other country, Poland included. The only difference will be available languages in different regions of the world, and maybe extra content, like artworks, soundtracks etc. Retail copies of The Witcher 3 will probably include some sort of protection to prevent early leaks, and it will be removed with the first patch when TW3 appears on the shelves, like with Assassins of Kings.
    CDPR won’t fuck PC gamers, their boys so to speak, with GFWL just because Warner MIGHT think it’s a good idea, trust them. They are in charge, it’s CDP Ltd. that finances those games, not Warner, and they make the decision in such matters. And we already know what that decision is, since they’re against any form of DRM.
    The only real copy protection will come from STEAM copies of the game.
    Cheers from Poland.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. TheBlackHole

    @4

    I have, and their distribution network is fantastic. This is a good move from CDP.

    #11 1 year ago

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