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zima
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I know very, VERY few Indie-studios that can manage anything similar; really, the only one that comes to mind is CD Projekt Red with The Witcher. I don't know if The Witcher 2 would count as indie any longer as the studio grew so much after the success of the first game in the series.

I would hardly ever call CD Projekt "indie" ...they are one of the biggest (quite possibly the biggest) local game distributors of the past decade+ in their home country, PL - and yes, that includes largely AA titles. Also big localisation projects (think RPGs like Baldur's Gate or Planescape Torment), that's how their own game development studio got really started.

Witcher was a game that took almost a decade to make, on & off (I saw some first screenshots in 98 or so, in a gaming magazine; looking a bit like Die by the Sword back then) - hardly any real indie would have a chance to do a game for that long. Also, its story & world aren't original - the game is based on locally quite popular book series; there was even a (horrible, don't even try) Witcher/Wiedźmin TV series.

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