It appears someone in the Xbox department of Microsoft flipped a switch accidentally, or maybe on purpose, as the prequel to last year’s overall Game of the Year The Witcher 3 is free to download on the Xbox .Marketplace.
News of the reveal first appeared on Reddit, which you can find here, and here is a link directly to the game on the storefront. On CD Projekt RED’s Reddit page, it was confirmed to be free deliberately, although no official announcement has been made. Our best advice is to download The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings right now while it’s going free.
Releasing in 2012 on PS3 and Xbox 360, The Witcher 2 received some positive reviews, with a Metacritic average of 88%. “The second installment in the RPG saga about the Witcher, Geralt of Rivia, features a thoroughly engrossing, mature storyline defining new standards for thought-provoking, non-linear game narration. In addition to an epic story, the game features an original, brutal combat system that uniquely combines tactical elements with dynamic action. A new, modern game engine, responsible for beautiful visuals and sophisticated game mechanics puts players in the most lively and believable world ever created in an RPG game. A captivating story, dynamic combat system, beautiful graphics, and everything else that made the original Witcher such a great game are now executed in a much more advanced and sophisticated way.”
Whether this means it is being made backwards compatible in the near future is unknown, but a free game is a free game, and this is a good one!