Update: Assassins of Kings will also be released on the Xbox 360 and PS3.
Original: Following the leaked alpha video that was glimpsed back in September 2009, Polish developers CD Projekt RED have just unveiled an official trailer for Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.
The original Witcher was released on PC in 2007, and has gained widespread popularity among RPG fans for its high-fantasy storytelling, combat mechanics, and… notorious sex scenes.
Foppy says: Judging from the trailer, Geralt appears to have lost his gruffy badass demeanor. He looks like a sissy pretty-boy now. Where is Shani? Screw Triss.
Here is the full press release for Assassins of Kings (taken from the official Witcher website):
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Officially Announced
March 24, 2010 – Warsaw, Poland. Today, CD Projekt RED officially announced The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, the sequel to the award-winning The Witcher, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide on PC alone.
The second entry in the Witcher saga is characterized by an incredibly gripping, mature and challenging non-linear plot. In addition, the new combat system is even smoother and guarantees a greater variety of tactical possibilities.
The game is built upon completely new technology, designed from scratch by CD Projekt RED to develop role-playing games with non-linear plot. The new technology also delivers beautiful visuals, transporting players to one of the most vivid RPG universes ever.
“I am really glad that we can officially present what we’ve been working on for the past two-and-a-half years.” – said Adam Kiciński, CEO of CD Projekt RED studio. “We learned a lot during The Witcher’s development process, and we are using all of that knowledge to ensure the sequel is one of the best RPGs people have ever played. We’ve concentrated on improving the most successful parts of the Witcher, and I strongly believe that The Witcher 2 will be loved both by fans of the original and newcomers. We know that we aimed very high while producing The WItcher 1. Now we are aiming even higher with The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.”
The company also announced distribution agreements for various territories, Atari Inc. (North America), 1C-SoftClub/Snowball Studios (Russia) and CD Projekt (Poland and Central Europe); negotiations for Western European distribution are in progress. Moreover, CD Projekt RED signed a contract with Agora S.A., which makes Agora the co-producer of the game in Poland. Thanks to this contract, CD Projekt RED will receive financial and promotional support, and the know-how of one of Poland’s biggest media corporations.
Tomorrow the game will be presented publicly for the first time, during the CD Projekt Spring 2010 conference. The event will be transmitted on www.cdprojekt.pl/konferencje. Additionally, new video materials related to The Witcher 2 will be posted at TheWitcher.com , and on April 7th the brand new official website will be launched.