A while ago, Namco Bandai sued CD Projekt, creator of The Witcher 2, as both companies were disputing European publishing rights. The former, claimed that they had priority on that territory even though CD Projekt had given the rights to THQ for publishing the Xbox 360 version of the game. Recently, many sources state that Namco Bandai has won this lawsuit.
According to Edge, the final verdict of the French court says that Namco Bandai has, from now on, the rights to publish the game in Western Europe, Central and South America and certain parts of Asia, starting next year and if CD Projekt refuses to do so, they will have to face a fine of €15,000 ($20,000) per day.
For all of you who aren’t familiar with the title or its publisher here’s some basic information about them:
The Witcher 2 is a third-person fantasy role-playing game developed by CD Projekt that was released for the PC and the Xbox 360 on May 17, 2011. Like its prequel, the game was based on a book franchise of the same name. Since its release, the game has received really good reviews and is considered a success, surpassing the million units sold. Some of the most praised aspects of the title were its graphics, basic mechanics, customization, environments and story. Additionally, the game was criticized for having some minor issues and fortunately, most of they have been addressed in subsequent patches.
Its publisher (CD Projekt,) is a Polish company that was founded in May 1994 and has worked on both The Witcher and The Witcher 2, and is currently developing two other projects: They (a first-person shooter) and the third iteration of The Witcher. The company was also quite well-known for publishing translated versions of huge titles such as The Baldur’s Gate saga, Planescape; Torment and the Icewind Dale series, among many others. All these translations showed the passion that the company had for these games and many professional Polish actors were involved in them. After the success of the translated versions of those popular titles, the company started focusing on developing games and they founded CD Projekt RED that is now in charge of The Witcher.
In 2008, CD Projekt launched one of their most ambitious projects ever: GOG (Good Old Games,) a digital service that sold DRM-free copies of some old classics. The service quickly became massive and even though they compete directly with Steam, their DRM-free approach make their titles more appealing as users don’t have to have an internet connection to check that they have the original version of the game and they can download all the copies they want, along with interesting extras such as wallpapers, avatars, soundtracks and digital versions of manuals. The service also offers many promotions that usually happen during weekends, and users can get discounted versions of their favorite games.
Although the company currently offers less than 400 games, the service is expected to expand soon and it’s said that they are going to release newer classics instead of just focusing on old games. As somebody who has bought a couple of titles on the service, I must admit that the DRM-free strategy works extremely well and I highly recommend it. Additionally, most of the games in GOG are not very hardware demanding so they are perfect to play on a netbook or an old computer. If you have the chance at least try it as there are a couple of free games to download.
For more information visit Good Old Games’ official website.