CD Projekt Red’s was not the primary try and make a videogame of The Witcher novels. In 1997, one other Polish staff at Metropolis Software was engaged on their very own adaptation.
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The sport bought so far as a working prototype, with a scowling Geralt in a purple bodysuit. According to Eurogamer the prototype had been thought misplaced, however two Metropolis devs – Kacper Reutt and Jarek Sobierski – have managed to protect it.
They gave an interview with Arek Kaminski of Polish gaming website Arhn.eu, and mess around ten minutes of footage from the prototype alongside it. The interview is in Polish, however you possibly can swap on English subtitles through the button within the bottom-right of YouTube’s participant.
Metropolis’s Witcher was to be an action-adventure with some RPG mechanics and a linear story, with occasional branching storylines thrown in. It was additionally to be an grownup sport – coping with darker tales and arduous ethical decisions – in an period when that was a lot much less widespread. It bought so far as a playable first chapter and a publishing deal, earlier than it grew to become obvious that Metropolis’s ambition had overreached their capability. The venture languished till CD Projekt got here calling in regards to the licence in 2002, and the remainder.