Thursday, 7 July 2011

Witcher 3 might be published by OnLive's friend THQ

The switch of publishing duties for the Witcher 2 Xbox 360 version from Namco Bandai to THQ might point to THQ handling the next game in the series. I'm sure OnLive gamers would love this, since THQ is OnLive's most vocal supporter. It has already been confirmed by OnLive that Witcher 2 is coming to the service and there are hints that the first game might also come to OnLive.

In the meantime, it looks as though Namco Bandai doesn't like the switch of publishing duties and is taking legal action. The game must be raking in some money, as Namco Bandai ceased payments to CD Projekt RED for the game’s retail sales.

Here's a statement from Adam Kicinski, CEO of CD Projekt RED:
“As with most cases, we first tried to end the dispute peacefully. Attempts failed and because of this, we hoped that our partner would send the case to the court. The agreement that we signed last year, concerned only the distribution of “The Witcher 2″ for the PC. The records were carefully clarified to avoid any ambiguity.
Namco Bandai have options when choosing the priority of our distributor’s version of the Xbox 360. It could use, but not taken advantage of certain preferences. In this situation, we chose the offer that THQ made us.
Our financial situation is very good at the moment and the lack of a few million does not have any impact on current activities. Withholding of payments means only that after some time, our partner will have to give us the money.
I hope that the whole thing will end with a pre-litigation settlement. If it doesn’t, I am sure that we will win the case and then the loser will pay for our lawyers.”