You read that right. On a recent diplomatic trip to Poland, President of the United States Barack Obama briefly mentioned the popular action RPG (from Polish developer CD Projekt RED) in his speech.
Amidst more serious discussions (the situation in Ukraine, global climate change, an economic partnership between the U.S. and Poland), President Obama took the time to bring up The Witcher, and how it represents Poland’s unique skill set and work ethic. According to Mr. President:
In fact, the last time I was here, Donald [Tusk] gave me a gift — the videogame developed here in Poland that’s won fans the world over, “The Witcher.” I confess, I’m not very good at videogames, but I’ve been told that it is a great example of Poland’s place in the new global economy and it’s a tribute to the talents and the work ethic of the Polish people, as well as the wise stewardship of Polish leaders, like Prime Minister Tusk.
Talk about good PR. CD Projekt RED is currently working on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which is scheduled for release sometime in 2015. The President’s remarks will no doubt add to its already considerable hype. And, more generally, it’s good PR for the videogame industry as a whole, which we desperately need. Thanks, Obama!
If you’re interested in reading the full speech, you can find it on the White House website.