Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Gaikai Signs with CD Projekt RED to Stream The Witcher 2 Demo

As reported, Gaikai scooped up the cloud demo of The Witcher 2. Here's their full press release.

LOS ANGELES, CA - Aug. 22, 2011 - Gaikai Inc., the innovative cloud game streaming service, today announces the signing of an agreement with top Polish publisher CD Projekt RED to begin streaming a demo of its award-winning, hit game The Witcher 2 beginning in August 2011 via selected Affiliate sites.

“The Witcher franchise is an excellent example of the high quality games we are adding to the Gaikai portfolio,” said Robert Stevenson, SVP of Interactive Entertainment, Gaikai. “Utilizing the Gaikai cloud, innovative publishers like CD Projekt can instantly reach a global audience of gamers without special plugins or modifications to their games.”

“Gaikai’s streaming service will allow us to bring The Witcher 2 to an impatient and increasingly connected audience,” said Michal Nowakowski - VP of Business Development and Member of the Board at CD PROJEKT RED Sp. Zo.o. “Gaikai's Affiliate Network of game industry sites will allow millions of gamers all over the world to play and share the game like never before.”

The Witcher 2 has won numerous accolades, including Gamespot’s ‘Reader’s Choice - Best RPG of E3 2011’. The game combines spectacular and visually stunning action with a deep and intriguing storyline. Set in a world created by best-selling Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski the player assumes the role of a "Witcher", a warrior who has been trained to fight since childhood, subjected to mutations and trials that transformed him. The RPG features a nonlinear story where players’ choices profoundly impact what happens next. A brutal, highly dynamic revamped combat system includes numerous tactical options, new weapons and combat elements, and advanced monster fighting techniques.

Gaikai’s innovative cloud streaming service will be utilized to power The Witcher 2 along with games from announced publishers such as Electronic Arts and Capcom. Gaikai's interactive platform is the only cloud gaming service that provides its partners with the ability to instantaneously deliver state-of-the-art video game experiences directly inside any web browser. The recently launched Gaikai Affiliate Network includes The Escapist, Eurogamer, Get Games, Rock, Paper, Shotgun and VG247, whose websites are enabled to stream games to many millions of gamers. Selected titles are also available to play on www.gaikai.com.

About CD Projekt

CD Projekt was established in 1994 by Marcin Iwinski and Michal Kicinski who continue to run the company. They were the first to import entertainment software on CD-ROMs onto the Polish Market.

Since 1999 CD Projekt has been the leading distributor of games and multimedia software in Poland supplying directly all major retail chains and independents.

About Gaikai Inc

Gaikai is the world’s first interactive cloud streaming platform that provides its partners with the ability to instantly stream state-of-the-art video game and software experiences through the Internet to any web browser, running on any operating system. Headquartered in Southern California, Gaikai is backed by Benchmark Capital, Rustic Canyon, NEA, Intel Capital, Qualcomm and Limelight Networks.

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