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CD Projekt Red Releases Free Development Tools
CD Projekt Red, the studio behind the Witcher series, has released a “free” version of the development tools used to create The Witcher 2 available for download here. CD Projekt is not the first company to do this, however, as Epic Games has made their Unreal Engine SDK available for years. Also, one should note that unlike the Unreal Engine SDK, the user is required to have an installed PC copy of The Witcher 2 if they wish to use the REDkit. The REDkit boasts “intuitive tools” that will allow people to create mods for The Witcher 2, as well as their own experiences.
The concept of mods for The Witcher 2 is infinitely intriguing. The game was an absolute hit when it released in 2011 for PC’s and last year for the Xbox 360. The game’s graphics were a huge talking point, and the REDkit seems to aim to deliver that in all of its mods. The REDkit is still in an open beta, so for all those modders out there who jump in right away, do not be shocked if there are a few bugs to work out here and there. The site also includes a tutorial if you are new to the modding scene, or if you just want to know more about the REDkit.
As of this writing, there is only one mod available on REDkit’s site. However, the given images for the mod are definitely a sight to behold, and I suggest heading over there to look at them now. The mods that are created with the REDkit will supposedly be able to seamlessly add extra quests into one of the most critically acclaimed games of last year (and the year before).
The release of the REDkit is perfectly timed, as it gives fans of The Witcher series something meaningful to do while waiting for The Witcher 3, which is not coming for a while. Luckily, there we be plenty of replay value to be seen on The Witcher 2 for those who have completed everything, but only on the PC version, unfortunately. Either way, I cannot wait to see what the talented modding community has in store for The Witcher 2.
Do you have a knack for modding, and if so, are you interested in the REDkit? Let us know in the comments below, and good luck with your mods!