The Witcher 2 has been one of the most overlooked RPGs all year. Even with Bioware games doing all they can to hog the limelight, The Witcher 2 manages to hold its own with a mature storyline, sophisticated gameplay, and an RPG system that would put Dragon Age to shame.
Despite the fact that the game's been out for awhile, its developers at CD Projekt Red intend to keep pouring their effort into the game through the release of a Version 2.0 of The Witcher 2.
The upcoming Version 2.0, which is planned for release in Q1 2012, will mainly consist of 3 completely new features that the developers have been working on since the launch of the game earlier this year. These include:
- New introductory tutorials, to guide the player through the game's extensive RPG system, combat mechanics, alchemy, and magic.
- A new "dark" difficulty mode for hardcore players who want a challenge beyond anything the game has had to offer so far. In addition to the ramped up difficulty, the new mode will reward players with new "dark" items and all new quests.
- Arena Mode—in which Geralt must battle endless waves of monsters. This challenge mode will be integrated with the game's online forums and Facebook.
Additionally, version 2.0 will contain 40 planned bug fixes, and 9 new DLC missions. According to the developers, who spoke with Polish website Polygamia.pl, the patch will contain dozens of new lines of dialogue, new music, character models, locations, and more.
Despite their work on porting The Witcher 2 to the Xbox 360, the developers will continue to polish the PC version of the game, which they maintain plays best on the PC, and will remain so for the foreseeable future.