During his tour of Europe, President Obama visited Poland and received a somewhat unusual gift from that country's Prime Minister: A copy of Warsaw-based CD Projekt's latest title, the excellent Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. Sure, he also got an iPad loaded with Polish movies and some translated novels by Andrzej Sapkowski, the author of The Witcher, but knowing the President's fondness for interactive witchering, it seems clear to us what the most notable gift was.
There's only one problem ... everyone knows President Obama uses a Mac.
[Update: CD Projekt, fulfilling its role as proud papa, issued a press release dedicated to the gift. "This is an extraordinary acknowledgement of our hard work here at CD Projekt RED," game director Adam Badowski said. "The Witcher 2 is a game we created for players around the world by drawing from various sources including our national heritage. We are truly pleased to promote our culture in this manner. And we aren't resting on our laurels. We are continuing to improve the game post-release, and will reveal more during our conference on June 2nd." You can find the full press release after the break.]
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The Witcher 2 Presented to President Barack Obama
During US President Barack Obama's recent visit to Poland, Prime Minister Donald Tusk presented him an official diplomatic gift including The Witcher 2 and two of the books that inspired the critically acclaimed computer game. This is the first recognition of this nature for the entertainment software industry in Poland, and perhaps the entire world.
"We are very proud to know that Prime Minister Tusk felt the Witcher 2 was the most suitable gift for the US President. It is a further indication that our game is a quality product. This recognition boosts the strong enthusiasm we are already feeling due to our game's high scores from the media and its very healthy sales to date. It also sends a clear message to the entire new media industry in Poland that our government sees great potential in game development," stated Adam Kiciński, CEO of Optimus S.A.
"This is an extraordinary acknowledgement of our hard work here at CD Projekt RED. The Witcher 2 is a game we created for players around the world by drawing from various sources including our national heritage. We are truly pleased to promote our culture in this manner. And we aren't resting on our laurels. We are continuing to improve the game post-release, and will reveal more during our conference on June 2nd," said Adam Badowski, Game Director.
"The success of Polish games makes us proud. It is one of the reasons Poland is regarded as an innovative, progressive country. The success of The Witcher 2, and its status as a top-selling title, should be made known around the world. That is why the Prime Minister chose it to give to President Obama. We would like to congratulate the entire Polish game industry including the creators of The Witcher 2 and of all the other Polish games appreciated worldwide. We're looking for the Polish game market to continue growing, and to exceed a billion PLN soon," stated Paweł Graś, Polish government spokesman.
The Witcher gift set consisted of the English version of The Witcher 2 Collector's Edition signed by members of the development team, plus the English editions of Andrzej Sapkowski's books, signed by the author.
Further information about The Witcher 2 is available on the official site, http://www.thewitcher.com/