Does "Next-Gen" Begin With The Witcher 3?
Throughout this generation, you hear the constant complaints: "I haven't seen anything yet that looks 'next-gen' to me."
Obviously, the definition of "next-gen" changes drastically from one person to the next. Some say it has more to do with gameplay innovations than graphical upgrades, while others say they'll simply "know it when they see it." I guess I fall into the latter category; I think I'll know the next step in this industry when I see it. Honestly, I'm not sure I've seen it in the PlayStation 4/Xbox One era yet.
But for almost a year now, I've been looking at The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with the belief that CD Projekt Red will produce the first true "next-gen" adventure. As we draw closer to the launch - May 19, if you've been living under a rock on Mars - RPG lovers everywhere are starting to salivate. However, I think that this game, even if it doesn't appeal to you, will be an indication of the future. Based on everything we're seeing and hearing, it seems like the developers have simply achieved on a higher plane. The size and scope of the game is only part of it; it's also the meticulous attention to detail that will make this a very special experience.
My only problem with it is that it might be too big...too overwhelming and too intimidating to those of us who have limited spare time. It would really suck to finally see the first title you'd officially call "next-gen" and just not have the time for it. But at least it proves that hardcore gaming is still a big deal in an increasingly mobile-dominated industry. ;)
4/3/2015 Ben Dutka