The Witcher 2 Enhanced Edition

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Official Overview

The second installment in the RPG saga about the Witcher, Geralt of Rivia. A new, modern game engine, responsible both for beautiful visuals and sophisticated game mechanics puts players in the most lively and believable world ever created in an RPG game. A captivating story, dynamic combat system, beautiful graphics, and everything else that made the original Witcher such a great game are now executed in a much more advanced and sophisticated way.

Release Information

The Witcher 2 was originally released on GOG through a special pre-order offer in May 2011. It was then the first 'new' game to be released on GOG.com. On April 17th 2012 it was replaced with The Witcher 2 Enhanced Edition, and all previous owners of The Witcher 2 were given the Enhanced Edition as a free update. In early 2013 the game was updated yet again with the REDKit Mod Tools becoming available as an extra download.

Note that this game, and its bonus downloads, contain mature content.

Languages

Text and Audio languages can be set independently.

Extras

  • Manual
  • 19 Wallpapers
  • Exclusive Game Guide (97 pages)
  • High Quality Artbook (232 pages)
  • Soundtrack (320 kb/s 50 tracks)
  • 14 Bonus Videos (46 min)
  • 6 Making of Videos (48 min)
  • 14 Avatars
  • 41 HQ Artworks
  • Triss Playboy Session
  • Comic Book (50 pages)
  • Map of The Northen Kingdom
  • 7 Papercraft Dolls with Game's Characters
  • Pamphlet & Envelope
  • Localized Extras (HU, PL)
  • Localized Extras (ZH, CZ, DE, EN, ES)
  • Localized Extras (FR, IT, JP)
  • REDkit Modding Tools

Pre-Order Extras

Pre-order extras were available to users who ordered the game prior to its release May 17, 2011 and paid for the game before May 31, 2011.

Bonus Game

People who pre-ordered the game were given access to one of five different RPG games from the GOG catalogue:

Pre-Order Bonus Pack

Unlike other pre-order extras, users were given access to the Pre-order bonus pack instantly after pre-ordering and no payment was necessary to access it. GOG did minor changes to the Pre-order bonus pack each time they updated their pre-order page layout.

Updating to The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition

Note: These instructions are no longer applicable as the non-Enhanced Edition of The Witcher 2 is not available.
However if you still do have the original version of The Witcher 2 installed (such as from retail) you may still run the patcher as described here.

All owners of The Witcher 2 receive a free upgrade to The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition. The update is now available weighing in at 12GB. To access the download, click here. Or run The Witcher 2 launcher and follow the prompts.

For the download to begin, you must have The Witcher 2 already fully installed. Be aware that the downloader will not resume downloads of in-progress files. If you wish to stop the download, you should wait for a single file to completely download. Simply click 'cancel' to stop the download, and launch Downloader.exe again to resume it. Also be aware that there is no confirmation for a completed download, the preloader will simply quit when the download finishes.

Additionally, The Witcher 2 has been removed from your GOG shelf and replaced with the Enhanced Edition.

Activating your backup copy

All owners of The Witcher 2 from other services or stores, such as Steam, are eligible for a free backup copy of the game from GOG.com.

Retail

Owners of the retail version of The Witcher 2 should find a serial key in their box, simply enter that at the backup copy registration page and the game will be automatically added to your GOG account.

Steam

Steam owners can either visit the instructions at thewitcher.com by clicking on Digital Copy and following the prompts. It will take some time to process your request.

Some Steam owners of the game have discovered that they can view their serial key by right clicking on The Witcher 2 in the Steam client, others have reported it is not there.

Xbox 360

See your game case and manual for more information.

Patches and Modifications

Official Patches

Version 3.4.1 is available here. This patch adds an option to User Content Manager where you can choose the location where you want to keep the mods for The Witcher 2.

Modifications

Game modifications can be found at The Witcher Nexus.

Known Issues

Poor Performance

More a feature than a bug; be sure you meet the system requirements of The Witcher 2 before attempting to play it. It is a very resource intensive game and playing it even on the lowest quality settings requires a powerful computer with a modern graphics card and high clock-speed CPU. You should not attempt to play The Witcher 2 without at least 2GB of RAM, a 1GB video card and a 3GHz or faster dual (quad is preferred) core processor.

GOG Trivia

  • The first new game released on GOG with a pre-order offer.
  • Users could pre-order The Witcher 2 some months before its release on GOG.com, but were not charged immediately and could pay the pre-order price until the end of May 2011.
  • The news that The Witcher 2 would be censored in Australia led GOG.com to change its privacy policy and remove the automatic IP-based geolocation from the site essentially giving Australians access to the full, uncensored game.
  • Users buying this game in Europe (the UK not included) are awarded coupons equal to $15 as store credit because legal issues mean the Euro price cannot be adjusted to match the price in USD and so European customers are charged around $15 extra for the game.
  • The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition is the only game in the GOG catalogue that has three pages of screenshots.
  • The Witcher 2 is the only GOG with more than one gigabyte of bonus content, and currently has more bonuses than any other GOG.

Sale History

Price Discount Promo Date(s) [Y/M/D] Notes
$9.99 50% Gem Promo 2012/07/18 - 2012/07/20 60% discount bundled with The Witcher Enhanced Edition: Director's Cut
$9.99 50% Announcement of The Witcher 3 2013/02/05 - 2013/02/08
$5.99 70% NoDRM Summer Day 2 2013/06/19 - 2013/06/20
$4.99 75% Special Promo 2013/08/22 - 2013/08/27
$3.99 80% Weekend Promo 2014/08/15 - 2014/08/29

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Notes

  1. The Witcher 2 is censored only for customers who set their GOG profile country to Australia.
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