Train2Game news: Witcher 2 developer diary discusses additions for Enhanced Edition

Train2Game students can get an insight behind the scenes of The Witcher 2: Assassin’s of Kings in a newly released developer diary from CD Projekt. The game took top spot in the UK Charts this week.

The video sees the team discuss how they added new content to the enhanced edition based on fan feedback, before moving onto talking about the new characters, quests and locations they’ve added. Watch The Witcher 2 developer diary below.

For more about the development of The Witcher 2, read The Train2Game Blog interview with CD Projekt Environment Artist Marek Ziemak. There’s more news about The Witcher 2 here.

What are your thoughts on the new developer diary from CD Projekt? Have you been playing The Witcher 2?

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Train2Game news: UK Charts – The Witcher 2 takes No.1

Train2Game Blog readers see The Witcher 2: Assassin’s of Kings take top spot in the UK Charts in its first week on sale for Xbox 360. 98% of this weeks’ sales of the RPG from CD Projeckt and Namco Bandai were for Xbox 360, with 2% of copies sold being last year’s PC version.

CD Projekt has called The Witcher 2 “The most complex and non-linear story ever told on Xbox 360,″ and you can find out much more about the game and its development in The Train2Game Blog interview with  CD Projekt Environment Artist Marek Ziemak.

The Witcher 2 knocks last weeks’ chart topper FIFA Street down to No.2, with FIFA 12 and Kinect Star Wars non-movers at No.3 and No.4.Mass Effect 3 drops to No.5, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 slips one to No.6, ahead of EA’s FPS Battlefield 3 which also drops one spot to No.7.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, follows those above it by slipping one place to No.8, Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games is a non-mover at No.9, while Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 drops four to complete the top ten.

The UKIE Gfk Chart-Track All Formats Top 10 for the week ending 21st April 2012 is therefore as follows:

1. The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition (Namco Bandai)
2. FIFA Street (EA)
3. FIFA 12 (EA)
4. Kinect Star Wars (Microsoft)
5. Mass Effect 3 (EA)
6. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 (EA)
7. Battlefield 3 (EA)
8. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda)
9. Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Sega)
10. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision)

New releases this week include Prototype 2 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

What are your thoughts on The Witcher 2 taking top spot? Are you playing it? Is it well deserved?

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Train2Game news: The Witcher 2 dev diary on writing “The most complex and non-linear story ever told on Xbox 360”

Train2Game students interested in story writing in games, RPGs in particular are likely to find this The Witcher 2 Xbox 360 developer diary rather fascinating.

CD Projekt diary provide some great insights into how The Witcher 2 was written, and they make the bold claim that it’ll offer “The most complex and non-linear story ever told on Xbox 360,” a statement backed up by four possible game openings and sixteen endings.

The Witcher 2 Xbox 360 developer diary also explains how the CD Projekt  game designers plan and write such an open narrative.

“We had to produce complicated flowcharts illustrating all the possible connections between different events and different characters, as well as the links between different questions in various circumstances.” said game designer Arkadiusz Borowik.

“Because before sitting down to work on the game itself, we had to know just how complex its structure would be and how much effort it would take.”  he added

Watch The Witcher 2 Xbox 360 developer diary below, right here on The Train2Game Blog.

For more about the development of The Witcher 2, read The Train2Game Blog interview with CD Projekt Environment Artist Marek Ziemak, in which he also reveals he started his career in the games industry as a QA Tester.

The Witcher 2 Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition is released April 17th for Xbox 360. The PC version is available now.

What are your thoughts on the claim that The Witcher 2 being the most complex story ever told for Xbox 360? And what insights did you get from the developer diary?

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Train2Game at Gamescom: Interview with The Witcher 2 Environment Artist Marek Ziemak

 

Train2Game was at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany from 17th August to 21st August. In this interview, we caught up with The Witcher 2 Environment Artist Marek Zeimak to talk about new features in The Witcher 2 version 2.0 and the Xbox 360 release. Zeimak also revealed how he started in the games industry and gave Train2Game students advice on how to get in. Read the full interview below, or listen to it on Train2Game Radio. Leave your comments here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.