Namco Bandai is apparently none too thrilled about the upcoming Xbox 360 release of CD Projekt RED’s Witcher 2, as the developers have chosen THQ to distribute the title. According to a translation from Polish site CD-Action, Namco Bandai, which published the PC version of the game, has thus decided to take their grievance to court.
In addition to the dispute over console distribution rights, the suit also alleges that CD Projekt RED broke an agreement between the two companies by removing DRM copyright protection from the game after public outcry. Namco Bandai has halted all payments from retail sales of the PC version of Witcher 2 to the developers pending the litigation.
Adam Kicinski, CEO of CD Projekt RED commented on news of the lawsuit, claiming that attempts were made to “end the dispute amicably.” He maintained that the deal struck with Namco Bandai “concerned only the distribution of The Witcher 2 version on the PC” and, should no pre-litigation settlement be achieved, he is “convinced we will win the case and the loser will pay for our lawyers.” Kicinski did not comment on the allegation that the removal of The Witcher 2′s DRM constituted a breach of contract.
As of the time of this report, no statement from Namco Bandai has been released.