During their Fall Special Event, CD Projekt RED, the developer of critically acclaimed role-playing games, presented a beta version of their development kit, called REDkit. This modding toolset uses the studio’s in-house REDengine game engine, which was specially designed to create The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings and the studio’s upcoming RPG titles.
The REDkit toolset will be available in the first half of 2013 for free and to everyone who owns a copy of The Witcher 2. Currently, the REDkit is in the Closed Beta phase. During the conference, over 100 modding teams selected from a pool of over 600 squads were given access to it. These modders will assist in the development and perfection of the tools and the game engine itself.
REDkit is a unique development tool that allows any player to create a “living world” with the use of advanced landscape design tools, 24-hour day-and-night-cycle simulations and thousands of ready-made assets used in The Witcher 2. It also makes it possible to modify the original game, a great opportunity for the modding community.
CD Projekt RED is known for their non-linear RPGs, and that’s the strength of Redkit. From the very beginning, it was designed to support the creation of complex, non-linear adventures. The creation process is further facilitated by tools for community generation or dialogue editing, which allow for the creation of impressive, movie-style dialogue scenes.
“REDkit is a fresh approach to RPG creation. No other tool makes it so easy to create adventures where the player’s choices actually matter,” said Paweł Panasiuk, developer on the REDkit team.
CD Projekt RED also announced the official title of its upcoming release, the futuristic RPG – Cyberpunk 2077. Alongside Mike Pondsmith, the creator of the original Cyberpunk 2020 pen-and-paper RPG, the devs presented the vision for their adaptation of his world. The game will be a multi-thread, robust RPG, taking place in the sandbox environment of Night City. The game’s designers are preparing a detailed world full of futuristic gadgets, weapons and bio-implants. Furthermore, the studio announced that The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition, the winner of more than 80 awards, is now also available on Apple’s OS X through both GOG.com and Steam. The final great surprise of the conference came from GOG.com who expanded their services to include Apple’s platform as well.