Surprised there's so little talk about the upcoming changes to what already is the best game--any genre--I played in 2011.
For starters, give it up to CDPR. If there's a better developer out there, I'm not sure who they'd be. These folks just seem to "get it".
And so ok, the first thing about all this stuff is that it's in conjunction with the April 17 release on the 360. So. What do we have here?
1. New intro cinematic created by the guy who did the amazing intro for the first game, and who I guess got nominated for an animation Academy Award. The new cinematic is amazing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwTl2YojJ0I
(What you'll also notice is that the 360 is published in North America by WB Games and not Atari. Hopefully that means some marketing flex for a deserving franchise.)
2. The 360 version is being billed as the "Enhanced Edition", and will contain new quests, characters, and locations. CDPR is giving that content to PC owners for free. The new content adds 3-5 hours of gameplay. There are also new bug and balance fixes (they finally nerfed Quen!) to the game. Finally, the "Enhanced Edition" will contain a bunch of new cinematics
to help flesh out the somewhat convoluted story a bit more for players.
3. If you own a copy of The Witcher 2 in any format--physical disks, Amazon, D2D, Steam, whatever--you can punch in your code in a week or so and CDPR will be giving you a backup copy of the game (a DRM-free GOG.com copy)--actually a download code--to either keep or give to a friend. Really. They're doing that.
4. As part of the marketing run-up to this, they've been cranking out cinematics:
4a. (SPOILERS!) Want to know what happens in The first game? Here's the five-minute video summary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPHgWfWFr9k
4b. Still don't get what a Witcher is or does? Here you go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzfFPONyjSw
4c. Just something kind of neat here. The cinematics guys made a little story piece (that doesn't take place in either game) that sort of details a day in the life of Geralt called "52 And A Half". It's good. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMc1ySC6Qao
5. Want to review The Witcher 2? Convince CDPR that you've got the writing and creativity chops to do it, and they'll have you review it. They're sending out 1,000 review copies to folks to review if they're fan enough. I mean...that's just brilliant marketing right there. Presumably none of these free reviews are metacritic or gamerankings aggregated sites, so they've got no worries about "integrity" here; this is all about fan service.
"It's my manner, sir. It looks insubordinate, but it isn't, really."