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Witcher 3 dev says cross-gen releases lead to “compromise”

Friday, 5th April 2013 03:42 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Releasing games simultaneously on current and next-generation hardware is a bad idea, according to CD Projket Red CEO and founder Marcin Iwinski.

“We’re looking for triple-A 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,” he told Edge.

“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.”

CD Projekt’s next game is The Witcher 3: Wild Hint, which is expected in 2014 on PC and next-generation consoles.

“We’ve clearly said we’ll be next-gen only,” Iwinski said.

“PC is a non-stop next-gen, that’s the cool thing about it. So I think a lot of people with big franchises and massive reach plans, they’ll have this dilemma, and I think there’ll be a lot of comprises made in the industry that might not necessarily be good for gamers.”

Thanks, Gamespot.

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  1. Mike W

    Damn I still have to beat witcher 2

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Nath_gamer

    I agree with this Witcher dude, We see a lot of quality lost when games go multiplatform. That’s why exclusives are so good.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. GwynbleiddiuM

    Because it’s a waste of time and resources for a game that is mostly singleplayer experience. They either have to go with next-gen or current gen, especially since they aren’t a mega publisher like Activision or EA.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Tavarish

    @4 I think you also need to think about games like Bf 4 doing multiple-generation release. How it affects and gimps e.g. map sizes and player amounts because they will be aiming for some BS “platform equality”?

    #4 1 year ago