Polish game developer CD Projekt has teamed up with Atari, Inc. to publish The Witcher, an upcoming fantasy RPG due for release later this year. Atari will handle the marketing and distribution for the title throughout North America.
"The Witcher is a tremendous game that has been on everyone's radar since CD Projekt began development," said Jeremiah Cohn, Product Manager of Atari, Inc. "With this publishing deal, Atari continues its quest to bring highly impressive titles to North America and we have our sights set on making The Witcher one of the most anticipated RPGs of the year."
The game is based off best-selling Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski's novels. You play as Geralt, a warrior trained from childhood and a member of an ancient brotherhood of men sworn to protect the innocent from a host of fearsome beasts, including spooky undead baddies and terrifying werewolves. The Witcher is an expansive game, with many twisting plot-lines (the choices you make as Geralt affect later events in the game) and a fast-paced and brutal combat system.
"We are delighted to begin a mutually beneficial relationship with Atari, a publishing partner that shares our commitment to delivering a top-quality role-playing game," said Michal Kicinski, Joint CEO of CD Projekt. "We are very much looking forward to working with Atari to bring this distinctive fantasy world that we love to a broad audience."
The Witcher will hit shelves in fall of 2007 for Games for Windows, Microsoft's new brand optimized for the Windows XP and Windows Vista systems. Stay tuned to RPGamer for more information on this title as it is released.