CD Projekt RED: The Witcher 3 Isn't Just Another Elder Scrolls
You'll probably never hear anyone call The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim "casual." In fact, to most, it's the epitome of a hardcore title.
But that didn't stop developer CD Projekt RED from using the term when describing Bethesda's acclaimed RPG. In speaking to Gameranx, CD Projekt environmental designer Jonas Mattsson said their new game, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, isn't as similar to Skyrim as one might think. Wild Hunt is more "story-driven:"
"I am a fan of Skyim, a lot of us love Skyim. But while they are doing their thing, like open world, jumping and playing around quite casually, we are doing it a little bit differently. We are heavily story driven and open world. This hasn’t really been done before and we want to prove that it can be done."
The biggest issue facing the team was their decision to make The Witcher 3 open-world. After all, the second title was more linear, and they didn't want to lose "the intensity and quality" of that game. Added Mattsson:
"How do you bring the intensity and quality of The Witcher 2 into an open world? For us, it was not about making compromises; it was about having better tools. So for instance, say we create a mountain… now if we want to make a forest, we have a forest tool that calculates procedurally where it would rain, where the water would gather, and where the forest would grow out of that."
There's no doubt that role-playing fans everywhere are anxiously anticipating Wild Hunt, but it's interesting to hear about the inherent differences between CD Projekt RED's game and the popular Elder Scrolls franchise. We have yet to hear about a new entry in the latter series, by the way. It could be a ways off.
Related Game(s): The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
7/8/2013 1:20:26 PM Ben Dutka