Part of the challenge in the making of modern video games is putting enough variety into them while staying on-task with the story, hitting all of the high-points, and at the same time creating a game that gamers will not simply put on the shelf when they finish it, returning only when new DLC is released, which starts that play cycle all over again.
In fact the goal to keep gamers playing is largely behind the move towards expanding the focus of online multi-player content, even in games that are not traditionally the sort that includes that type of content; the last BioShock game being a very good example of that trend. Sometimes it works, and sometimes -- like with the last BioShock game, it does not.
That must be especially important to the team that made Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings because of the intense work that went into it. With a project that massive and pleasing you don't want to think of it as having a finite attraction, right?
Developer CD Projekt RED today announced the release of version 2.0 of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, which is now available as a free automatic update via the in-game launcher and also via www.thewitcher.com.
The Version 2.0 update includes an improved tutorial guiding new players into the game; an Arena mode where players face foes, new and old, from the Witcher world; and a new Dark Mode that provides a higher level of difficulty and new challenges for existing players, all of which -- it is hoped -- will stimulate gamers to keep the title in their active game play rotation list.
The new update and patch has many features, including: -- A Completely new, extensive Tutorial System
The new tutorial helps players fully enjoy the game from the very beginning and systematically explains the depth of The Witcher 2's combat and gameplay mechanics. It allows gamers to gradually and smoothly immerse themselves in the game world and Geralt's adventures.-- A Special Dark difficulty setting
The new Dark Mode presents players with a new challenge, the highest level of difficulty where every foe is now a significant challenge requiring careful planning and consideration. Dark Mode also features several new sets of equipment and items all linked together through a dark legend in the game journal. These cursed items harm Geralt so long as the sets remain incomplete, but once the player collects all the components, the Blasphemer's, Oathbreaker's and Kinslayer's outfits provide great advantages in combat. Dark Mode offers dark-themed gear with very high stats such as:
- 18 new equippable items including
- 3 new sets of dark armor (light, medium, and heavy)
- 3 new sets of dark swords (3 silver, 3 steel)
- Other Dark themes/elements in the game-- A Completely new arcade-style Arena Mode
Infinitely replayable and progressively more challenging, Arena lets you hone your combat skills and techniques against all the different monster types from the game. Dispatch wave upon wave of progressively more difficult enemies, earning awards that you can use to upgrade abilities, experiment with new weapons and armor, and to test your alchemy skills. Hirelings can also assist you in battle—for a price. Combat waves will continue infinitely until your character is defeated, after which you’ll see a statistical summary of results. Players can share their results with their friends by uploading this summary to the official Witcher forums or to Facebook. Arena Mode includes:
- New location, with a dynamic, responsive audience reacting to the events
- A new monster type, Werewolf
- Waves of different opponents, looped with increasing levels of difficulty
- 3 different prizes to choose from in each wave
- 3 new characters (mage, knight, and dwarven fighter) that can serve as allies during clashes
- A shopkeeper offering gear and enhancements
- 3 new GUI panels designed specifically for the mode
- New dialogue
- New background music
- New Witcher Forum and Facebook integration-- Technical Bliss
Version 2.0 includes all previous and new technical and gameplay enhancements such as:
- 40+ new technical and gameplay enhancements
- 100+ previous technical and gameplay fixes
- All 9 previous DLC packs
- Troll Trouble
- Roche Commando Jacket
- Ultimate Alchemy Suit
- Ultimate Magical Suit
- Ultimate Swordsman Suit
- Finisher Pack
- Mysterious Merchant
- Barbers and Coiffeuses
- A Sackfull of Fluff
Version 2.0 also includes all the downloadable content packs and technical packs previously released, and provides a number of new technical fixes and game enhancements, such as improved game-control responsiveness and an improved targeting system.
Adam Badowski, Studio Director commented, "We called this new update 2.0, but while testing it we realized that this update is actually bigger than the well-received Enhanced Edition update from our first game! So this is a major update not only for us, but also for all those who want to start their adventure with the game and for those who would like to play it again."
For a complete list of changes, visit: http://en.thewitcher.com/patch2/
Will this massive new update cause you to return to the game? Please share your opinion by commenting below!
Posted: 30th Sep 2011 by CMBF
Tags: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, Xbox 360, PC,
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