Tuesday, May 14th 2019

Free Game Alert: GOG Offering The Witcher

The grander the stories, usually, the humbler the beginnings. And so it was for CD Projekt Red with its first adaptation of The Witcher, Wiedźmin, based on Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski's work. The original The Witcher game was built by a CD Projekt Red that had no internal engine, and thus, had to license (then free from EA) developer Bioware's proprietary Aurora engine (used on that company's original neverwinter Nights and expansion packs).

Now, you can have this piece of CD Projekt Red's history for free. Just head on to GOG and you can snag yourself a free, DRM-less copy of the game, including some digital goodies (You'll have to download GWENT, CD Projekt Red's card game, then click on the "Get GWENT card + The Witcher for free" banner. The original game was far, far simpler - and, at the same time, more complex - than its sequels. The version on offer is the definitive one, in the form of the Enhanced Edition: CD Projekt dedicated even more time to polishing the game over the original: it includes over 200 new animations, additional NPC models and recoloring of generic NPC models as well as monsters; vastly expanded and corrected dialogues in translated versions, improved stability, redesigned inventory system and load times reduced by roughly 80%. And if that's not enough, the protagonist has white hair! And if you didn't already know: there's a Netflix series incoming.
Source: GOG
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17 Comments on Free Game Alert: GOG Offering The Witcher

#1
HD64G
A really nice game for patient players: for a few hours you need to insist on learning the battle system. Once you get passed that difficulty you will have a great time. Story, NPCs, settings, humour are there to make a good time.
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#2
pnkiller78
No free game. Still $9.99 for me on gog.com.
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#3
XL-R8R
A link to the site for the lazy because the original article didnt include one:

https://www.gog.com/game/the_witcher



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pnkiller78 said:

No free game. Still $9.99 for me on gog.com.
I have the same issue.
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#4
NdMk2o1o
No free game here in the UK either 6.99 for standard and 7.49 for enhanced
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#5
cucker tarlson
don't you need gwent in your library to get this free?
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#6
64K
I can't log on to GOG from work but I saw this on another site.

"If you have a GOG.com account, follow this link and click on the big ‘Subscribe and Claim’ orange button to secure your free copy. Once you have downloaded the site’s client, GOG Galaxy, you can then proceed to subscribe to their official newsletter. As part of the promotion, you will also need to add the game Gwent to your GOG.com games library (an installation is not required). This game is also free. "

https://www.dsogaming.com/news/gog-com-is-offering-the-first-witcher-game-for-free/
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#7
64Power
Go to GOG Galaxy. Start installing GWENT than click "get GWENT card + The Witcher for free"
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#8
pnkiller78
64Power said:

Go to GOG Galaxy. Start installing GWENT than click "get GWENT card + The Witcher for free"
That did the trick, thank you.
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#10
sparkyar
yep... I just did it.
You have to install GOG Galaxy and Gwent, then you open GOG Galaxy and the link to claim Witcher and some stuff for gwent will appear
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#11
Easo
Going to be honest - they have given it away for so many times that I almost wonder why it wasn't free before.
That said - still a good game, if rough around the edges.
P.S.
You can import the save games to Witcher 2 and then to Witcher 3.
W3 was really light on the changes, but there are some neat things in W2 when you did it, and of course - depending on what you did or did not in W1.
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rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
Raevenlord said:

The version on offer is the definitive one, in the form of the Enhanced Edition: CD Projekt dedicated even more time to polishing the game over the original: it includes over 200 new animations, additional NPC models and recoloring of generic NPC models as well as monsters; vastly expanded and corrected dialogues in translated versions, improved stability, redesigned inventory system and load times reduced by roughly 80%
That’s a supremely nice way of saying the original was one of the buggiest, most broken games ever. It was the commitment to fix it and make it better that cemented CDPR as one of the good devs.
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#13
lexluthermiester
So the catch is you have to use Galaxy to get Gwent and you have to have Gwent to get The Witcher for free.. Um, pass. I love GOG, however I'm not doing the launcher.
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rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
lexluthermiester said:

So the catch is you have to use Galaxy to get Gwent and you have to have Gwent to get The Witcher for free.. Um, pass. I love GOG, however I'm not doing the launcher.
I’m with you there. My GOG games are all installed the old fashioned way. I prefer to make sure GOG stays honest with the no drm and making sure they are always my games by making sure they are not given an easy way to call home to the mother ship.
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#15
OSdevr
I know this is an older game but Geralt seriously looks like a stoned alien.
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#17
Apocalypsee
They did the same last year. Witcher feels like an entirely different games from the latest Witcher 3. Played around 9 hours on it, still can't get used to. It feels...different.
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