Exclusive Interview: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

The Witcher is not just one of the best games of 2007, it is also one of the most memorable RPG in video game history. Adapted from Andrzej Sapkowski’s series of short stories and five novels by Polish developer CD Projekt, this delicious game presents a gritty world filled with a fascinating storyline, interesting and deep characters, moral choices and beautiful places to explore. If you haven’t joined the mysterious journey of Geralt, it’s obvious that you are not late. Because there are still four months until The Witcher 2:  Assassins of Kings’ cuddling the game shelves up (hopefully in May 2011).

The Witcher 2 Screenshot

The Witcher 2 already became one of the most anticipated games of 2011, so we had to carry this sequel to our pages by making an interview with CD Projekt RED. At this point we owe a great thank to our Polish friends (especially Tomasz Gop and Marcin Marzecki). Because nowadays they are very busy to give us a perfect game, as you would appreciate. Nevertheless they did not refuse our request and despite the intensity of the project they accepted to make a “monster” interview with us.

So yes, Tomasz Gop, the Senior Producer of CD Projekt RED, is answering our questions. And in our menu, there isn’t only The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. Do they have any new project except The Witcher 2? What do they think about current state of RPGs? What’s their opinions on DRM and censorship in games? You’ll find some answers in this exclusive interview.

Tomasz Gop CD Projekt RED Senior Producer

Tomasz Gop

THGTR: Our interview will focus on The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, but I would like to ask a question that our readers and I are really curious about. European developers are staying close to old fashioned RPGs more than American colleagues these days. What would be the reason of this? Or am I just making this up? :p

Tomasz Gop: Hard to judge for me, I should say. Dragon Age is said to be quite hardcore RPG… maybe not like The Witcher, but still. Oh well, I think I’ve never thought about it this way.

THGTR: Ok. Let’s jump to The Witcher 2. As far as we know, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is direct sequel to the first game, and will narrate the events after Kingslayer’s attack to King Foltest. This means we’ll be sucked in to a new adventure which has a larger scale storywise, I guess. So can you tell us more about this new storyline?

Tomasz Gop: I don’t want to sound like a grumpy prima ballerina, but the storyline is our main feature. I wouldn’t like to give it away. All I can say right now is that pursuing the trail of Kings’ assassinations is the main plot here. Geralt will visit many kingdoms and meet really influential people. Depending on how the player chooses to progress throughout the game, the places he visits and friends he meets will be different.

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