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The Witcher game that never was

In all the hubbub at E3 surrounding The Witcher 3 - many people's game of the show - it was surprising for Eurogamer to discover that there was another Witcher game, a long time ago, that Eurogamer had no idea existed. It wasn't made by CD Projekt Red - in fact it didn't have anything to do with CD Projekt - but it was being made in Poland.

It was being made by Adrian Chmielarz, the developer best known for leading People Can Fly and Bulletstorm. Long before the PCF days he worked at another studio that he co-founded with a school friend - a studio called Metropolis. And it's here that in 1996 and 1997 - six years before developer CD Projekt Red was founded - a game called The Witcher was being made.

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FsterThnFTL1080d ago

I am glad this did not get made or we might not have a studio like CD Projekt RED founded to make the actual The Witcher series and GOG.com

poppinslops1080d ago (Edited 1080d ago )

Great article.

It's a shame the game wasn't completed... Mature RPG storytelling might have evolved even faster.

lashes2ashes1080d ago (Edited 1080d ago )

What makes you think a different dev would go the same mature route as cd projekt red did. Plus we are talking 1996 and even though there was mature games then. They were a far cry to anything we consider a quality adult experiance in gaming now A days.

cpayne931080d ago (Edited 1080d ago )

"It was going to be an action-adventure game, Chmielarz's Witcher, with moral choices, mature storytelling and psychologically complex characters. "The focus was on making it this 3D action-adventure that was, as we called it at the time - and again I hate to use this term because it sounds pretentious - for adults.

"I know it sounds a little cliché or funny in 2014, but in 1997 - 17 years ago - it wasn't really obvious. These things like moral choices or hard choices or slightly darker storytelling - it wasn't common. But that was the goal and it was all because of the quality of the source material - it inspired us to do something very special."

annoyedgamer1080d ago

And you made that conclusion how? I would argue that games in the past were more "mature" than what we have now. The word "mature" is very fluid and lately just means politically correct. By that definition Mario is immature because is has no gay characters in it..

The Witcher is the most mature game I have played in a long time. Metro 2033 is a close second. Their story-line is "mature" and shows the passion of creativity rather than a conforming to status quo. That's real maturity.

cpayne931080d ago

It could have, but honestly I'm happy with the way things are. I wouldn't have the witcher any other way.

poppinslops1080d ago (Edited 1080d ago )

Oh, I agree... Wild hunt is by far my most anticipated game.

This earlier effort appears to have been based on Sapkowski's novels - unlike CDPRs games, whose stories are set after the books.

At the very least, this Adrian fellow coined the term 'Witcher'...
That's pretty cool.