Today in gaming: for those of you who have had a hankering to build your very own open-world RPG, the guys at CD Projekt S.A. -- the development house responsible for the Witcher games -- have a brand new development software package that combines with their game Witcher 2.
The development kit is free, but since you need to have Witcher 2 if you don't then that's going to run you about $19.99US.
Now, REDKit is a flavor of the same development tools used to create the games. The kit allows modders of all kinds to play around with the game assets and create your own RPG. You can also -- assuming you have enough skill -- import your own assets and manipulate the environments, so it's not absolutely necessary that your game look like a new Witcher if you don't want it to.
Of course, if you want your game to look like the product of an affair between Transylvania and medieval London, then stick with what you're given.
Adam Badowski, head of CD Projekt RED, said in part, "REDkit is part of embracing our community as a partner in game development." It's not uncommon for games to be modded and for development houses to accept the results; it is quite rare for a company to openly embrace and assist it's modders. We'll see what comes of it.
I contacted the developers about whether or not the software will allow you to publish your game as it's own executable file or if you need Witcher 2 to play the games you create. No word, yet, but I'll keep this post up-to-date if they get back to me.