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The Witcher to be made free to play this Thursday?

CD Projekt RED is to release a free RPG this Thursday that people speculate will be 2007's The Witcher.

Polish video game developer CD Projekt RED revealed to Eurogamer that it will be giving away a game from its back catalogue completely free this Thursday.

The company hasn't revealed what game it will be, the only clue is that it will be "legenadary". However, the money is on 2007's The Witcher, the title that made the company famous.

The giveaway will coincide with the firm's spring conference, which takes place at 17:00 GMT and can be streamed live.

"There will be no announcement of a new game," said CD Projekt RED's head of marketing Michal Platkow-Gilewski to Eurogamer.

"But to give you some hints and not to spoil the surprise, CD Projekt RED and have prepared something very special for all the PC fans of The Witcher 2 Assassins of Kings, who already have the game, as well as for all those who will buy one any time in the future."

The Witcher 2 was a bit of a sleeper hit for the Polish developer, so the firm may be thinking that giving gamers the opportunity to play the original at no cost will spur people on to buying the sequel.

CD Projekt RED assures fans that the game giveaway has nothing to do with the other major announcement that they will be making.

The Witcher follows the story of Geralt of Rivia, a witcher who travels throughout a medieval fantasy world as a monster hunter for hire. It featured a unique morality system where the player could make decisions that had an impact on the course of the game.

A sequel entitled The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings was released last May and has sold around one million copies and received positive reviews.

The games are based on the eponymous book series by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski.

CD Projekt was founded in Warsaw, Poland in 1994 and became the first company to publish software on compact discs. It went on to publish games with Polish translations including Icewind Dale and Planescape: Torment.

The game development arm of the company, CD Projekt RED, was started in 2002.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801332094-ADNFCR