CD Projekt sent us over a press release this afternoon announcing plans to introduce premium content to their browser-based game The Witcher: Versus. At least they grace us with a little humor when adding pay-for content:
Exciting premium content coming to The Witcher: Versus
Warsaw, Poland September 17 Eager to drink from goblets of gold and eat from plates of platinum, one2tribe and CD Projekt RED are excited to announce plans to introduce premium content to the tremendously popular and incredibly addictive browser-based game, The Witcher: Versus. Oh, that's a joke. The reality is that operating and continually developing a game with more than 60,000 players tends to cost a bit of money.
Later this year, developer one2tribe will add premium content to further enrich the deep gameplay of The Witcher: Versus, based on the hit PC RPG from CD Projekt RED and the wildly popular fantasy books from Andrzej Sapkowski. To avoid riots and hate mail, one2tribe reassures cash-strapped gamers around the world that they will not be shafted by this new content, as those who indulge in premium content will not gain an advantage within the game. The core gameplay of The Witcher: Versus will remain free of charge, and will continue to evolve in parallel in the coming months.
Premium content will be added gradually; the first premium access package will contain new features intended to ease account and character management; they include a rucksack for items that are not currently equipped, a history of fights against a certain player (for ultimate bragging rights), as well as a private duels archive. The designers will reveal additional details over the next few months.
Future changes in The Witcher: Versus will not focus on premium content only, and will serve to make the free-to-play game even more enticing; leagues, tournaments, challenges, a full-featured RPG world and much more will begin to find their way into The Witcher: Versus in the later part of the year.
Gamers who wish to hack, slash, and uhh. magic their way to victory over friends and strangers on their lunch breaks (or anytime, really) can visit http://versus.thewitcher.com to get in on the action.
one2tribe is the company specializing in the mobile solutions creation designed for large communities. It was set up in 2003 in response to the market changes and arrival of the new wave of Internet and mobile solutions based on the community trends (so-called Web 2.0, i.e. weblogs, massive multiplayer games, instant messaging). The firm employs IT specialists, but also sociologists and psychologists. More information can be found at http://www.one2tribe.pl.
About CD Projekt RED
CD Projekt RED is the development branch of CD Projekt, headquartered in Warsaw, Poland. The studio's first release, the PC-exclusive role-playing game, The WitcherÂ®, has won over critics and gamers with its refreshing blend of engrossing story and action-based combat. The game has sold more than 800,000 copies worldwide and has garnered more than 90 awards since its release in October 2007, including PC RPG of the Year from such respected outlets as PC Gamer, GameSpy, IGN and GameStar. CD Projekt RED's 80+ employees are keeping busy with the impending release of The Witcher: Enhanced Edition in September 2008, as well as three unannounced projects. For more information about CD Projekt RED, visit http://www.thewitcher.com.