The Witcher 2 Xbox 360 delayed until Q1 2012

CD Projekt RED announced today that the Xbox 360 "adaptation" of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings will arrive in the first quarter for 2012. The developers stated that the extra time will allow them to improve the game -- which they are saying is not a "typical port" -- and resolve the legal dispute with Namco Bandai in which it's currently involved.

The Witcher 2 for Xbox 360 will be playable at the upcoming Gamescom 2011 show in Germany in Hall 6 (Stand C021). CD Projekt will also reveal upcoming DLC for the PC version, following an "as-yet-unannounced update". An update that was, by definition, just announced... but apparently doesn't have a name or any details to share yet.
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The Witcher 2 for Xbox 360 Release Moved to Q1 2012

August 1 – Warsaw, Poland. CD Projekt RED announces that the release of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings for Xbox 360 – previously planned for the end of 2011 – has been shifted to calendar first quarter of 2012.

As was previously announced, The Xbox 360 version of The Witcher 2 is an adaptation of the game to the new platform. This means that the process involves significant changes and improvements for the Xbox 360 console version – not a typical port of the game, which is usually much simpler and faster. The move of the release date allows the team to spend more time expanding and polishing certain elements of the gameplay.

Another argument for the move to Q1 2012 is an ongoing legal debate with Namco Bandai Partners concerning distribution of the Xbox 360 version of the game in Western Europe, Asia-Pacific, as well as Central and South America.

"We have decided not to withhold information and to tell our fans immediately of the Xbox 360 launch moving to Q1 2012. As we have stated many times before, The Witcher 2 for Xbox 360 will be an adaptation and not regular port. The extra time will allow us to polish the title to perfection, so that the game offers an ideally balanced, fantastic experience to gamers. As the launch of the game approaches, we will be sharing more details how it will be released on Xbox 360. I trust that despite the release date shift, players will be satisfied with what we are planning for them," stated Adam Kicinski, President of CD PROJEKT RED S.A. (formerly Optimus S.A.).

The Witcher 2 for Xbox 360 shall be presented at the upcoming Gamescom 2011 tradeshow in Cologne, Germany. CD Projekt RED would like to invite all attending gamers to their cinema booth in Hall 6 (Stand C021), where everyone will be able to see CG video content from the Xbox 360 version of the game by Oscar-nominated director Tomasz Baginski, plus a movie about major DLC that will be part of the upcoming, as-yet-unannounced update to the PC version of the game.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.