Witcher dev CD Projekt Red hiring for “new and different” role-playing game

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The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

Hmm…Bullet Witch? Geralt Gunner, maybe? Perhaps Witcherstein: The Third Witching? Huh? Oh, I didn’t notice you there. I’m figuring out possible names for CD Projekt Red’s latest, er, project.

See, the Polish developer posted a blog entry on its official website requesting aspiring code-monkeys and brush-baboons to apply for a new role-playing-game venture. Good news so far — CD Projekt Red’s previous product, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, earned the adoration of gamers and critics alike for its broodingly dark fantasy setting and enthralling combat. The company’s stance on digital rights management systems also pleasingly goes against the industry’s grain, with co-founder Marcin Iwinski calling DRM “a pain” for honest consumers.

Here’s the bullet-shaped icing: The yet-unannounced title apparently trades steel for lead…and lots of guns. How can we tell? Call it our fathomless intuition, but we’re sure the gun icon threatening the “RPG in a brand new setting” header of the company’s open positions listing has something to do with it.

“If you can’t stomach dwarves, elves, or sorceresses who put their ample charms on display in Playboy magazine, we’ve got something special that might be right up your alley,” CD Projekt Red said on its blog. “We’re looking for people who would rather work on an entirely new and different IP [intellectual property] — a vast RPG for which we want to assemble the best possible staff.”

A perfunctory glance at a sample opening shows a possible push for a simultaneous PC and console release. “Experience in the production of AAA game titles for the PC” and “experience in creating AAA titles for consoles” both appear under the Senior Gameplay Programmer position.

No comment from CD Projekt Red yet, but we’ll pass along further information once we get it.