CD Projekt RED to Unveil Second AAA Project — The Witcher 3?

CD Projekt RED plans to unveil its second triple-A project during the first half of 2013. The unannounced dark fantasy title, which has not actually been confirmed to be The Witcher 3 yet, is further along in development than the dev’s other title, Cyberpunk 2077.

The news of the future unveiling comes via CD Projekt RED’s CEO in an interview with a Polish TVN CNBC, during which he also confirmed the rumors that this second project is further along in development than Cyberpunk 2077.

Again, it has not been confirmed that the dark fantasy RPG is The Witcher 3, but we do know that it will feature multiplayer support, which would be a first for the series.


via DSO Gaming

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5 Comments on CD Projekt RED to Unveil Second AAA Project — The Witcher 3?

JC

On January 7, 2013 at 1:33 pm

I have to say, although I didn’t initially like The Witcher 2, after giving it another go it stands out as one of the best games around. If one were to list the “top shelf” games it would no doubt deserve a place so a new Witcher game would be great.

Though I wouldn’t care for multiplayer in it, not only don’t I care for the thought of Witcher having multiplayer I don’t want time and resources spent on making it multiplayer because that would be better served on the game itself. Also multiplayer would mean affecting design decisions, it would limit some things while making other things mandatory, even just adding co-op would have an impact, so it’s not just about “if you don’t want to play multiplayer you don’t have to”, it’s about how it will inevitably affect the game regardless.

Beyond that the games theme is singleplayer, it’s all about a single person, Geralt of Rivia. Everything in the Witcher games and story is built around Geralt, a single protagonist, the design, theme and atmosphere all revolve around him. Changing that even with just co-op would lessen the immersion, which is very important for such games. If they had to compromise when designing the quests story or other aspects (there are to many to list or even make a comprehensive list at a whim) just to accommodate a potential co-op player or multiplayer it would not be doing the game itself any favours.

So as much as I would like to see The Witcher 3, I hope this isn’t it due to the multiplayer mentioned. Also it wouldn’t be a bad idea for CD Projekt (RED) to add more game franchises to their list, so here’s hoping for something new despite looking forward to The Witcher 3.

Mike

On January 7, 2013 at 2:28 pm

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R.J.

On January 7, 2013 at 3:07 pm

I don’t know what I’d do if the “dark fantasy RPG” didn’t turn out to be TW3. On the one hand, they have gone several months listing only Cyberpunk and a “dark fantasy RPG” as their current projects, but at the same time I can’t imagine that it would be anything else.

jlkawaii

On January 8, 2013 at 12:35 am

@JC : +1

CatmanStu

On January 8, 2013 at 6:00 am

To JC and anyone else worrying about the multiplayer support; don’t worry.

As a well respected and beloved RPG developer in the process of making the third installment in a highly praised and critically acclaimed single player series; rich in interesting characters and simmering tension; there is no way they would sacrifice the quality and integrity of their product in the service of trying to cater to the CoD/Halo crowd for a few more sales.

Whats that? BIoware did WHAT?

In all seriousness, although I have no interest in a multiplayer component in any game (let alone The Witcher) CDPR have never shown anything but complete respect for their customers and I believe that they would not put it in unless they were completely certain it would not impact the final product.

That said, I used to think the same about Bioware.