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The Witcher 2 patch 1.3 launches with free DLC

Patch 1.3 for the splendid RPG launched today, bringing a new free quest, along with support for 4:3, 5:4, and 16:10 aspect ratios, item storage at inns, and dozens more changes.

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A new free 'downloadable content' quest and heaps of changes have arrived for The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings in Patch 1.3, which launched today.

Along with the bug fixes and balance tweaks you'd expect, Patch 1.3 brings several much-requested features. These include support for 4:3, 5:4, and 16:10 aspect ratios, item storage at inns, a 'junk' panel in the inventory, creating multiple alchemy items, and a tweak to the initial difficulty curve, requiring players to complete the 'Dragon' section last. Check out the full patch notes for dozens more changes.

The new quest 'A Sackful of Fluff' is available in Chapter 2 from "the eccentric Elthon," who lives in a hut near the quarry outside Vergen. Developer CD Projekt RED says that it "will prove most rewarding to those who demonstrate patience," which all sounds very zen.

RED is currently working on an Xbox 360 edition of The Witcher 2, slated to launch at the end of the year. However, the PC edition's European distributor Namco Bandai is suing the developer for distributing the console version through THQ Partner. RED insists that it carefully ensured the Namco Bandai agreement only covered PC, and is confident of triumph.

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    July 20, 2011 6:15 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, The Witcher 2 patch 1.3 launches with free DLC.

    Patch 1.3 for the splendid RPG launched today, bringing a new free quest, along with support for 4:3, 5:4, and 16:10 aspect ratios, item storage at inns, and dozens more changes.

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      July 20, 2011 6:21 AM

      Sweeeet

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      July 20, 2011 6:35 AM

      can anyone with Witcher 2 on steam confirm if they fixed the patching process yet so that this update is not a 9GB download?

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        July 20, 2011 6:42 AM

        Since I finished the game, I quickly uninstalled for fears of this. Granted, I'm more angry at my current ISP than anything else...

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        July 20, 2011 7:37 AM

        As of 10:30 EST the patch is not up on Steam. They say it will be available "later".

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      July 20, 2011 6:36 AM

      Storage, fucking finally. Might go back and finish chapter 3 now...

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        July 20, 2011 8:25 AM

        Did this game not even have storage like the first one?? If so, no wonder people were complaining about the inventory management.

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          July 20, 2011 8:58 AM

          Kept waiting to find some, never ever did.

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      July 20, 2011 6:38 AM

      oh yea 16:10!!

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      July 20, 2011 7:39 AM

      How was this game? I loved the first even though the voice acting was wretched. I had it pre-ordered but had to cancel it because I'm broke.

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        July 20, 2011 7:53 AM

        You don't have an excuse not to play Witcher 2, even if you have to sell a kidney.

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        July 20, 2011 7:54 AM

        I'm past the prologue and in the first town of chapter one. It's been boring and nothing has really hooked me. It looks good, but it feels like they tried to keep it tedious for nerd cred.

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        July 20, 2011 8:02 AM

        if you have any remote interest in RPGs you will love it.

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        July 20, 2011 8:20 AM

        Like the original, it isn't perfect, but if you loved the first one, you'll probably love the second. Keep in mind a few changes, though: Potions now have to be used before you enter combat, so their role is more limited to major battles. Also, the mouse cursor no longer changes to show you the best time to swing your weapon- so you need to practice a bit to get the timing down for good combos (you'll have plenty of bad guys to practice on).

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          July 20, 2011 8:46 AM

          Do you have to watch the weapon swings to time it or something?

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            July 20, 2011 9:21 AM

            It's much less timing based. There are no more sword combos like in the first, but more based on how your enemy reacts. There are only two types of swings, strong and fast. So it's more about positioning and attacking weakpoints than timing your attacks.

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        July 20, 2011 9:19 AM

        TW2 is amazing. Easily the best RPG to come out in the last 5 years and that's not a hyperbole. It's two different games within the same game depending on your choices. Chapter 2 plays out in a completely different way and this is not hyperbole.

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        July 20, 2011 10:22 AM

        I am 2/3 in and still loving it.

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        July 20, 2011 11:10 AM

        I really enjoyed it. The combat could have been a bit deeper but was still quite fun.

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      July 20, 2011 7:54 AM

      ITEM STORAGE

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      July 20, 2011 8:02 AM

      My launcher doesn't seem to be updating anything.

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      July 20, 2011 8:04 AM

      sweet, thanks for the heads-up - I'll be back playing it tonight.

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      July 20, 2011 9:23 AM

      Omg, storage at inns. YES. I'm in chapter 2, loving it. Definite GOTY candidate for me right now.

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      July 20, 2011 9:33 AM

      Damn, no mention of the camera / control bug caused by throwing weapons. Bah.

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      July 20, 2011 9:37 AM

      I'm getting a "version invalid or incomplete" error trying to patch my retail 1.2 version :/

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      July 20, 2011 10:09 AM

      It didn't ship with support 4:3 and 16:10?

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        July 20, 2011 11:13 AM

        It letterboxed the image to 16:9 regardless of display aspect ratio.

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        July 20, 2011 11:13 AM

        I was just thinking the same thing, thats pretty sad.

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      July 20, 2011 10:58 AM

      Splendid! Time to start my second playthrough

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      July 20, 2011 11:13 AM

      I'm more relieved that they added a junk filter in the inventory... It was far too easy to weigh yourself down with useless crap you accrued over time, and you wouldn't even know it if you didn't scroll through the incredibly cumbersome "all item" list.

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      July 20, 2011 11:39 AM

      Uh.. what happened to my launcher? It up and disappeared...

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        July 20, 2011 11:46 AM

        Right. Fixed it. Norton ate it as a security measure.

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      July 20, 2011 12:06 PM

      Wooo! Maybe this will stop my controls randomly having no effect and crippling my savegames.

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      July 20, 2011 12:08 PM

      So, I picked up a physical copy on sale. Am I going to have to download 9GB of patches after I install?

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      July 20, 2011 4:52 PM

      Free content?

      CD Projekt RED the share holders will not be pleased.

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        July 21, 2011 11:20 AM

        That's just it, I don't think its a publicly traded company m8, much like Valve. If so, then there are NO shareholders, which means the company has 100% control and can do pretty much wtf it likes, which IMO is the way the greatest of games are created.

        90% of games developed with shareholder interests in mind turn out to be shit, save for Blizzard games, probably because the Activision shareholders are smart enough to just let Blizz do their thing, everything they bring out is golden anyway.