I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of The Witcher by now. Two successful games have catapulted developer CD Projekt RED into consideration to be in the same league as traditional Western RPG giants BioWare and Bethesda, and the franchise is set to dominate 2015 with its third entry, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
However, this massive RPG is not the only game being released using the franchise name this year. Available today is the free-to-play MOBA The Witcher: Battle Arena. Using similar mechanics to other MOBA games, this free-to-play experience will take place within The Witcher’s universe and will star many familiar faces from the main game.
It will be available on iOS and Android.
Of course, with all the fame and prosperity of making such great RPGs, some are wondering if this is a sign of CD Projekt RED heading in the microtransaction focused direction of other big developers. In response, Project Manager Tadek Zielinski points to the company’s excellent reputation among gamers for respecting its audience when speaking to Eurogamer.
“You know we are fair with gamers. We are known for giving away stuff for free. We believe free is fair. So we wanted to realise our philosophy also with the MOBA game.
You will mostly pay for saving time. If you don’t want to farm for your hero you can buy him. And also there are vanity items you pay for. But there will be absolutely no pay to win elements in our game.”
Seeing that CD Projekt RED does have that genuine history it points towards and how it slaps its name all over this MOBA, this is clearly a product that it is proud of. How it unfolds and what new ideas it brings to the genre will be uncovered in due time, but you needn’t worry that it is after a swift stab at your money with its first attempt at free-to-play.
And like Zielinski says, you don’t even have to pay for it! Give The Witcher: Battle Arena a shot for free on iOS and Android and let us know what you think, especially if you are a fan of The Witcher.