The Witcher 2 tries so hard, but just can’t seem to catch a break. The whole situation reminds me of going on a date with a beautiful woman, only to find out on the ride to the restaurant that she doesn’t talk, and when she finally decides to, it’s about her ten cats and royal wedding commemorative plate collection. Oh, and when you pick her up for a second date, she’s completely forgotten about the first date, but at least she talks to you this time.
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The first hurdle for The Witcher 2 was that the game launched with crippling DRM, which according to users, caused a performance decrease of anywhere between 5-30%. Admittedly, after ten days of users ranting and raving about such stifling DRM, Atari did the right thing and removed the DRM entirely. This news of the gaming public triumphing over the publisher greatly pleased the majority of the Witcher 2 community. Notice I said “the majority,” as in, not the people suffering from the other crippling launch issue, which just so happened to be that they couldn’t even launch the game.
Next, in comes the game’s developer, CD Projekt, to save the day with the long-awaited patch 1.1. In a perfect world, this is where the story would end happily ever after, with much monster slaying and lady wooing to be had by all. However, in the real world, the first patch inevitably fixes some of the main problems, but almost always adds in at least one more major issue. Well, CD Projekt didn’t disappoint. When users rushed to patch their slightly crippled installs, they were treated to a 9GB update, which basically meant an entire reinstall. This just added insult to injury for the users who had been reinstalling since last Tuesday in an effort to alleviate the failure to launch problem.
The good news is that bugs have been fixed, such as the aforementioned DRM, problems with DLC – and most importantly to southpaws like me – enabling more keys to be remapped. The bad news is there has been no word on whether patch 1.2, due next week, will again require a complete redownload.
CD Projekt is aware of the issue, and is working with Steam to rollout a solution, but either they make users wait for another much-needed patch, or they make users download the entire game again. It’s a good thing you’re so pretty and smart, The Witcher 2, because you’re making this relationship damn difficult.