CD Projekt is a Polish video game publisher and distributor. It is best known for The Witcher franchise of video games developed by its studio division, CD Projekt RED.
The company was founded in May 1994 by Marcin Iwiński and Michał Kiciński. From the beginning their goal was to publish software in the Polish market on compact discs. The company became the first Polish publisher to publish software on CDs and for a long time it was the only company in Poland specializing in publishing computer and video games and educational software.
CD Projekt is also known in the Polish gamer community for being the first to publish fully translated international hit games, such as the Baldur's Gate saga (one of the first games fully translated into Polish, an event which became a milestone of computer gaming and publishing in Poland), Planescape: Torment (considered by many gamers as the best Polish translation of all times), both Icewind Dale games and many more. A recent major translation, widely covered by the media, was Heroes of Might and Magic V. Most of CD Projekt's game translations feature well known professional Polish actors and celebrities, such as Piotr Fronczewski, Bogusław Linda, Małgorzata Foremniak, Daniel Olbrychski and many others.
In 2002, CD Projekt expanded to the Czech Republic and Slovakia, where it began to distribute games in Czech translation.
On October 6, 2005, CD Projekt launched a platform called gram.pl (English: i'm playing.pl). It is a portal created for players looking to sell or buy new games, where a life-time warranty is provided with new purchases.
In February 2008, CD Projekt purchased the development studio Metropolis Software. On July 10, 2008, CD Projekt launched Good Old Games (GOG.com), a distribution platform for purchasing classic, DRM-free computer games online.
CD Projekt RED Edit
CD Projekt RED is the development studio of CD Projekt, specializing in video games. Founded in 2002, it first produced The Witcher, based on Andrzej Sapkowski's books, for a 2007 release. It is headquartered in Warsaw.
In July 2013, CD Projekt Red opened a new studio in Kraków to develop "two new smaller games approximately 20-hours in length". In July 2015, it was revealed that they were the two expansions for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, first called Hearts of Stone expansion and second Blood and Wine expansion, both announced on April 7, 2015.
- ↑ CD Projekt Red opening new studio to make one of two smaller, roughly 20-hour games (17 June 2013)
- ↑ Two Witcher 3 expansions combine to equal roughly The Witcher 2 in length. (10 July 2015)
- ↑ Hearts of Stone & Blood and Wine - two massive expansions for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (7 Apr 2015)