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Academy Award-Nominated Studio to Create Breathtaking Cinematics for CD Projekt's The Witcher®

May 5, 2006 - CD Projekt RED announced today that it has contracted Academy Award-nominated post-production studio Platige Image to craft the cinematics for The Witcher®, the upcoming dramatic-fantasy role-playing game for the Windows® operating system. A sneak peek of Platige Image's work on The Witcher® will be seen at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, taking place in Los Angeles May 10-12.

Scheduled for release in Spring 2007, The Witcher® transports players to a unique fantasy world in the role of legendary monster-slayer Geralt of Rivia. The game blends a classic role-playing experience - with extensive character and story development - and unprecedented real-time combat that is both stunning and tactical. Based in the world created by celebrated author Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher® is poised to reinvigorate the role-playing genre with a fresh approach to traditional PC role-playing games.

Platige Image, the award-winning Polish post-production studio responsible for such animated short-films as the BAFTA-award-winning "Fallen Art" by Tomek Baginski and the Academy Award-nominated "The Cathedral," was chosen for its professionalism and impeccable track record to bring the mysterious and foreboding world of The Witcher® to life in a series of cinematic cutscenes, advancing the game's story and providing a deeper look into the complicated life of the enduring anti-hero, Geralt of Rivia.

"We are very excited to be working with Platige Image to create stunning cinematics for our first development project," said Michal Kicinski, Joint CEO of CD Projekt RED. "With their vast experience in producing features for the film and commercial industries, we are confident they will help us breathe life into the character and world we're fortunate to be working with."

"We are proud that our skills will be used for the first time in the production of game cinematics. It will open a new chapter in our Studio hitherto prevailing activity," said Jarek Sawko, CEO of Platige Image. "All the more we are happy to be able to cooperate with CD Projekt RED, which has long been bringing tremendous games to Eastern Europe through their publishing and localization services."

High - poly renders and screenshot from the first cinematic are available here:
http://www.thewitcher.com/gallery/press/The_Witcher_cinematic_screenshot.jpg
http://www.thewitcher.com/gallery/press/The_Witcher_cinematic_Ostrit_render.jpg
http://www.thewitcher.com/gallery/press/The_Witcher_cinematic_Geralt_render.jpg

For more information about The Witcher®, visit http://www.thewitcher.com.

Media contact:

CD Projekt RED - PR contact for North America:
Tom Ohle, Evolve PR
p: 780-433-3957
e: tom@evolve-pr.com

CD Projekt RED - PR contact for Europe:
Joanna Kobylecka
p: +48 607-346-480
e: joanna@thewitcher.com

Marcin Kobylecki, Platige Image
p: +48 607-346-480
e: mk@platige.com

About CD Projekt
Founded in 1994, CD Projekt is one of Eastern Europe's largest game distributors, with offices in Warsaw and Prague. The company specializes in localization and publishing role-playing games, having brought such hits as Baldur's Gate, Diablo, Neverwinter Nights and The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind to the Polish market. In September 2003, the company's development branch, CD Projekt RED, announced its first internally developed game, The Witcher®. More information about CD Projekt can be found online at http://www.cdprojekt.com.

About Platige Image
Platige Image is a multi award-winning computer animation studio with the technical, creative and production capabilities to provide post-production visual effects services to the entertainment industry. Specialized in complex and in-depth 3D animation and digital visual effects both for feature and commercial markets, Platige is also the producer of short animated films such as the Academy Award nominated "The Cathedral", and Tomek Baginski's latest project "Fallen Art" - 2006 winner of the Short Animation Film award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). Platige Image can be found online at www.platige.com.

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