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A DRM-free, AAA, new title on GOG.com? Yes! We decided to promote this highly-anticipated RPG by our sister company CD Projekt RED as a one time special.

We just couldn't resist the opportunity to offer you the best pre-order offer for The Witcher 2 you'll find in the world. First of all, you don't have to pay upfront for the pre-order. Pre-order The Wicher 2 on GOG.com now and pay for it at the release. If you make the pre-order on GOG.com you'll get loads of free bonuses: instant access to some exclusive bonus content from The Witcher 2, a 10% discount, a free copy of one of five classic RPG's from GOG.com and much more. Check out the full pre-order offer and make your pre-order for The Witcher 2 here.
I don't like this... I hope CDP only doing this with his games.
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TheCheese33: OH CRAP, I ACCIDENTALLY PRESSED THE BUTTON. Is there any way I can duck out? I don't want to be forced to pay once it releases.
They can't charge you without consent/credit card, I think you're fairly safe in the regards of if you can't pay for it when it comes up they won't hunt you down like deer.
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Kyojinmaru: I don't like this... I hope CDP only doing this with his games.
Curious... why don't you like this? What is the negative aspect of this besides it being a new game?
Post edited November 18, 2010 by ilves
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dreadcog: I thought this site was about old games?
It's a one time only thing to support their sister site and such. Excepting this, it's business as usual


GOG, this is beautiful and you guys are truly the best. I told myself Starcraft 2 would be the last game i'd buy full price, but I'll buckle for this one. I'll need to check what the minimum specs for the Witcher 2 will be before I buy something I can't run, but even then, I've still got 6 months if I need to update anything.

edit: By the way, you could add the minimum system requirements on the pre-order page to avoid some people the hassle of finding those out elsewhere.
Post edited November 18, 2010 by El_Caz
Pre-ordered from here and collectors edition from play.com for the physical stuff. It is nice to see CDProjekt on my personal list of good game companies, it's been so empty lately.
Very nice idea, but considering that Polish CE absolutely rocks, I'll have to go with the retail version ;)
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ilves: Curious... why don't you like this? What is the negative aspect of this besides it being a new game?
This opens the door to a Steam like idea.
Om nom nom... I loved the first game insanely much, so imagine my surprise when I learn it's up for preorder on the best online store :D Instant preorder in my case. This is seriously epic.
I'm not going to lie, I prefer boxed copies, but if the price of this is going to be so low and the deal sweetened with a free game, plus no DRM... well, I'm not sure how I can refuse.

Can I ask, is it possible for GOG.com to offer a lossless (FLAC?) version of the soundtrack? I imagine the CD version will be higher quality than MP3, and I'm a bit of an audiophile.
Hey, how can you call AAA something that hasn't been released yet!? I see fanboysm I tell you, fanboysm! :P :D

This is great news :D I would probably buy the retail version, but still, GOG stepping into new games distribution is great. :)
This will be a very interesting experiment (and maybe costly for CD Project, but I hope not). As a consumer you now can choose between the following:

-A physical copy with lots of physical goodies (not sure about DRM status here)
-Steam release with Achievements and Steam Cloud for savegames in exchange for Steam DRM
-GOG release with no DRM and price compensation (for Europeans)

The most interesting thing is that the DRM-free GOG release makes DRM on all the other releases completely redundant. A very ballsy move, CD project really put their money where their mouth is when it comes to DRM. I really hopes this works out for them.
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sear: Can I ask, is it possible for GOG.com to offer a lossless (FLAC?) version of the soundtrack? I imagine the CD version will be higher quality than MP3, and I'm a bit of an audiophile.
Seconded! I'd love to get FLAC versions of the files instead of MP3s.
Ok guys, guess what.

I will buy this (already preordered) and I will also buy CE.

Why?

Because I LOVE THIS COMPANY.

This company has balls of steel, as Duke would say.
Post edited November 18, 2010 by Paul_cz
Mind .... Blowing !

Awesome guys. Since TW1 was awesomely great, I truly hope people won't just fool around and be total jerks with a DRM free version, it would be insanely unfair.
Unfortunately I rarely (never) pre-order. You never know if the game is good or bad and bug-free or how much content will be added later. I usually buy not before three months after release. That probably means that I am not an A customer. But then I like to play a polished product and not take part in the worldwide testing process. And I also want to have the finished, full product. So, although I am really looking forward to Witcher 2, pre-ordering is not my thing. For those who do it: the deal sounds good. 16$ GOG voucher means two games for free and 45€ is a common initial price for a good game.
Post edited November 18, 2010 by Trilarion
I think i'll pass on this GOG preorder, not willing to pay £31.49 for a digital copy of a game, regardless of any extras that may come with it or lack of DRM. Especially when play,com has the premium edition for £24.99, and i'm very much a fan of having something in meatspace.

That, and i'm also eyeing up the Collector's edition.