The Witcher

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The Witcher
TheWitcherCover.jpg
Developers
Publishers
Engines
 
Release dates
Windows
October 26, 2007
OS X
April 5, 2012
The Witcher at WineHQ
The Witcher at SteamDB
 The Witcher at Wikipedia
The Witcher
The Witcher 2007
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings 2011
The Witcher Adventure Game 2014
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2015

Key points

Advantage Owning any version, including retail, entitles you to a DRM-free copy on GOG.com; see Witcher Backup.

General information

More information Official Website - contains download links and basic information about the patches
More information Official Forums
More information Official Witcher Wiki
More information GOG.com Community Discussions
More information GOG.com Support Page
More information Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys
Retail DRM-free DRM: TAGES SolidShield. DRM removed in the latest Patches. Availability Table Icons - GOGcom.svg
Direct2Drive DRM-free
GamersGate DRM-free
GOG.com DRM-free Offers various goodies including the soundtrack in MP3 and FLAC formats.
Humble Store Availability Table Icons - GOGcom.svg
Origin DRM-free Windows only.
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Availability Table Icons - GOGcom.svg
Uplay DRM-free
Advantage All versions can be registered on GOG.com even if a product key was not included; see Witcher Backup for details.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

There are two patches available for download on the official page:

  • Patch 1.4 will upgrade the Original Edition of the game to the Enhanced Edition.
  • Patch 1.5 will remove the DRM and correct bugs introduced by 1.4. It also contains five community-made adventures.

Modifications[edit]

Walking in OTS view[edit]

Fix Walking in OTS view

There is originally no way to walk (as opposed to run) in the OTS (over the shoulder) camera view. A small mod addressing this is available here. The archive it comes in contains installation instructions.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

  Location 
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\cd projekt red\witcher\settings
OS X

Save game data location[edit]

  Location 
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\The Witcher\saves\
OS X ~/Library/Application Support/com.cdprojektred.TheWitcher/GameDocuments/The Witcher/saves/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud No native support
GameSave Manager Native support

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Graphical settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native support WSGF WS Silver.svg
Multi-monitor Native support WSGF MM Silver.svg Use jackfuste's fix.
Field of view (FOV) No native support
Windowed Native support
Borderless fullscreen windowed No native support
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native support
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native support
Vertical sync (Vsync) Hackable See Force Vsync.
60 FPS Native support
120+ FPS Native support No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[1]

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native support
Mouse acceleration No native support
Mouse input in menus Native support
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native support
Controller
Controller support No native support

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
General settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native support Music, battle music, SFX and voice.
Surround sound Native support
Subtitles Native support
Closed captions No native support
Mute on focus lost Native support
EAX support Native support [2]

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native support Native support Native support
Traditional Chinese Native support No native support Native support
Czech Native support Native support Native support
French Native support Native support Native support
German Native support Native support Native support
Hungarian Native support Native support Native support
Italian Native support Native support Native support
Polish Native support Native support Native support
Russian Native support Native support Native support
Spanish Native support Native support Native support

Issues fixed[edit]

More information "Fixes to Common Problems" - A comprehensive list of known issues and potential fixes

Crash at launch[edit]

Information Steam Beta clients after May 29 seem to cause the game to crash.

Fix Opt out from Steam Beta client

  1. Open Steam settings and select "Account" tab
  2. In "Beta participation" click "Change..." and select "NONE"
  3. Steam should ask you to restart and start to download stable version of the client
Information Having Xfire In-Game enabled causes the game to crash on launch.

Fix Disable Xfire In-Game

  1. In Xfire client go to "Tools" and click on "Options..."
  2. Go to "Games" tab"
  3. Select Witcher from installed games and check the box "Disable Xfire In-Game"
Information Refer to "Fixes to Common Problems" for other solutions.

Minimum System Requirements Not Met[edit]

Fix Disable System Requirements Check[3]

Information This fix is know to cause other issues. You might be unable to change the game's resolution above a certain limit, and the texture quality and antialiasing settings might be locked to "Low." To avoid this try the optional step or the registry edit solution below this one.
  1. Create a shortcut to witcher.exe (the game itself, NOT the game's launcher).
  2. Right-click the shortcut and choose Properties.
  3. Add -dontforceminreqs to the end of the Target.
  4. (Optional) Download TexSettings.d2a and move the file to <path-to-game>\Data\Override. If the Override folder does not exist then create the folder first and then move the file to that folder.

Fix Disable DirectDraw Emulation Mode[4]

Information This fix is best applied by an experienced user. Incorrect registry edits can seriously disable your PC! Proceed at your own risk.
  1. Open up regedit (type the name into the Start Menu's search bar and press Enter)
  2. Export a backup of your registry, just in case.
  3. Nagivate to the following location:
  4. You should see the key EmulationOnly set to 1. Double click the key and change its value to 0.
  5. Close the registry editor, reboot your computer, and retry the game.
  6. When you do not plan on playing the game for a while, edit the registry entry back to 1 as it may interfere with games using DirectDraw heavily, such as older 2D games.

No mouse in main menu[edit]

Fix Press shift

Sometimes, if you skip the intro cinematic, the mouse is gone on the main menu. This can be fixed by pressing the key that releases the mouse in OTS view(shift by default)

Frequent game crashes[edit]

Fix Set the game to run in windowed mode

If the game is frequently crashing back to the desktop, running in windowed mode should solve this. A program such as Windowed Borderless Gaming will enable you to still run the game in full screen while in this mode.

Rendered cut-scenes don't display[edit]

Information On some systems rendered cut-scenes don't display correctly. Audio will still play, but what was on the screen previously will be displayed.

Fix Change lighting setting

  1. Go to Advanced Settings.
  2. Set Lighting to low. Cut-scenes will now display correctly.
Information You can change the lighting setting back afterwards but it will need to be repeated for the next cut-scene.

Lights visible through walls[edit]

Information On some systems with SLI enabled, light sources are sometimes visible through walls.

Fix Change SLI rendering mode

  1. In the nVidia control panel go to "Manage 3D settings."
  2. Hit the tab "Program settings" and add the witcher.exe file usually located in \Steam\steamapps\common\the witcher enhanced edition\System
  3. Scroll down through the settings to the one called "Multi-GPU rendering mode" and change it to Force Alternate frame rendering 2.
  4. Click Apply.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 2800+
Intel Pentium 4 3.0 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 3000+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
15 GB
Video card (GPU) nVidia GeForce 6600
ATI Radeon 9800
nVidia GeForce 7800 GTX
ATI Radeon X1950 XT
OS X
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
10.6.8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Core i5 or Core i7
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
10.5 GB
Video card (GPU) NVIDIA GeForce 320M
AMD Radeon HD 6750M
Intel HD Graphics 3000
256 MB of VRAM
NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX
AMD Radeon X1950 XT
512 MB of VRAM

References

  1. New 120Hz Games Report
  2. EAX DOES Work with Alchemy - Steam Users' Forums
  3. Fixes to Common Problems at GOG.com
  4. FIX: Minimum Requirements Not Met on Win7 x64 at GOG.com