The Witcher, considered the "best PC RPG in recent years" by some, will be coming to both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 next year. Atari and CD Projekt RED (the development branch of CD Projekt, headquartered in Warsaw, Poland) announced this week that they would be rebuilding the PC RPG "pixel-by-pixel" for the current generation of consoles. The Witcher was CD Projekt RED's first release, and it has sold over one million copies worldwide.
Retitled The Witcher: Rise of the White Wolf, the console version of The Witcher will have a dynamic new combat system, a new engine, and a storyline based on the PC version's (which was written by renowned Polish fantasy writer Andrzej Sapkowsk). Phil Harrison, President of Infogrames Entertainment (the parent company of Atari) believes the console version of The Witcher to be a "breakthrough in the development of [the franchise]". Adam Kicinski, CEO of CD Projekt RED, says that they are taking the award winning story of The Witcher, which follows a reluctant-hero monster-slayer named Geralt who exists on the "fringes of a complex society" in a "world where there is no right and wrong, only decisions and consequences," and "building everything else from the ground up to [make The Witcher: Rise of the White Wolf] the definitive console RPG." Look for The Witcher: Rise of the White Wolf for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in Autumn 2009.