CD Projekt RED have struck a deal with publishing and development giants, Namco Bandai, who will be taking over with promotion and distribution of The Witcher 3 in Europe.
With titles like Dark Souls and the Soul Calibur series under their belt, who better to promote the RPG action fantasy franchise? Namco Bandai Games Europe’s Vice President of Third Parties, Alberto González Lorca states, “CD Projekt RED has well earned its marks as a premier, innovative studio and it is with extreme delight and pride that we are today confirming we will be adding the eagerly awaited Witcher 3 to our line-up next year.”
Although there has been a history of issues between the companies, referring to the distribution problems of The Witcher 2, it looks like both parties have settled their differences and hit a winning formula. Witnessing the success of The Wild Hunt’s forebear, it was inevitable that they work together again.
Adam Badowski, Head of Studio at CD Projekt Red had this to say. “We’ve worked with NAMCO BANDAI Games before, so our partners there know both The Witcher and the ideals that drive us as a studio. We’re convinced that they understand our vision for the game and that they will do a great job at letting gamers know how the game’s open world and great story are going to change the next-gen RPG landscape.”
We’ve seen quite a lot from the title so far and it’s shaping up to be a Game of the Year contender for 2014, already scooping 80 awards and almost a year until release if Amazon is to be believed. At E3, the game picked up 49 awards alone, including Best Game, Best RPG and Editor’s Choice. It was also winner of the Golden Joystick’s ‘Most Wanted’ award… Not bad, considering it still has long way to go in development.
The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt will be released in 2014 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.