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The Witcher 3 Dev Not Comfortable With "Cross-Generation" Games

We already know of several big-name games that will release for both current-generation and next-gen consoles. But one developer doesn't want to make that kind of compromise.

CD Projekt Red CEO Marcin Iwinski told Edge that cross-generational projects force designers to make compromises, which gamers might not like. Iwinski first clarified that they'll be going "next-gen only" with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which is in contrast to what studios like Ubisoft (Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Watch Dogs) and Bungie (Destiny) are doing.

The problem is that CD Projekt Red just didn't feel comfortable down-scaling their new game for the sake of current machines. In other words, they're not interested in delivering a "so-so" game that wouldn't be as good as it could possibly be. Said Iwinski:

"We're looking for AAA experiences from the next-gen. The Witcher 3 is so large… with a world bigger than Skyrim, and everything that we wanted to put inside it, there's just no way that it would run on current-gen. We'd have to put a couple of years of development into [360 and PS3 versions], and then the experience would be so-so… we'd never do that."

Of course, this also means that those who don't immediately spring into the new generation won't be able to play The Witcher 3. But then again, you have to pay for the best quality, right?

Related Game(s): The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Tags: the witcher 3 wild hunt, the witcher 3 ps4, cd projekt red

4/4/2013 10:31:33 PM Ben Dutka

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Thursday, April 04, 2013 @ 10:54:55 PM

It's probably just a cost issue.

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Thursday, April 04, 2013 @ 10:56:16 PM

I completely understand their view. Far Cry 3 on PS3 lacked severely due to load times, frame rate and really bad anti aliasing.

That is why The Last of Us and Beyond are most likely PS3 only.

I do beleive that they can make the next gen games on current consoles but they may have to restrict a lot of scale or quality.

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Friday, April 05, 2013 @ 12:41:31 AM

I was asking myself this before. I would think twice before buying a game that was originally planned for the current gen and THEN include the next gen on the list... I could be buying a game on the PS4 designed for the PS3. It would just look a little better, I think. But it could've been much, much more on the PS4...

The same goes the other way around. So many restrictions would pop up on PS4 games that would hamper the creativity and extension of what a game could become just because you want to tap on the many people that still grasps the current gen consoles with a deadly grip, like myself (so many games that could be left unplayed if I straddled to the next-gen early... so many!).

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Friday, April 05, 2013 @ 1:40:19 AM

I completely understand their situation. It's almost like doing twice the work: creating a character/prop for one platform, then trying to downgrade it for the next is time-consuming and a big workaround. They aren't a big company housing multiple studios as Ubisoft or EA, so I believe it's a smarter practice to stick towards a single platform.

There will be many games in the future only available for next-generation platforms, so at some point or another you'll have to buy the new consoles. Just depends whether or not you'll wait...

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Friday, April 05, 2013 @ 1:44:47 AM

Good! I wish they all were thinking like this instead of going cross-generation to maximise profit.

I don't want my PS4 games to be held back because of another machine in the first place, and even less so because of a former generation!

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Friday, April 05, 2013 @ 9:01:31 AM

exactly why they are one of the best developers out there!
they will not compromise on quality for anything!
isent it funny how most developers who are willing to take risks, and refuse to compromise on quality, are EU studios.
wonder why............

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Friday, April 05, 2013 @ 10:00:08 AM

Love these guys and agree with their decisions 100%

They make quality games and they don't want to compromise anything even if it meant potentially making more money in the end.

I can't wait to get my hands on this game :)

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Friday, April 05, 2013 @ 5:11:35 PM

I'm with these guys. Sure, keep supporting the PS3 but if you're planning on making the best game possible and the tech is there to run the best game possible, forget about the old tech, don't port your game, it's time people moved on. If there's plenty of support for the old console that's well and good, don't ruin your vision of a next gen title just because some people don't want to move it along.

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Friday, April 05, 2013 @ 5:11:45 PM

I need to get The Witcher 1 and 2. I'm not sure if my computer would be able to run The Witcher 3 so i might need to upgrade it sometime.

But, it's going to be awesome!

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