“PC is a Non-Stop Next-Gen” Says The Witcher 3 Dev
The Witcher 3 is slated for release on the PC and next-generation console platforms, and chances of it being released on existing consoles like the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 are slim to none.
Speaking to Edge magazine, CD Projekt RED co-founder Marcin Iwinski said that developing the game across generations requires compromises that the studio simply isn’t willing to make. Developing the game for existing consoles, says Iwinski, would require an additional two years of development.
“We’ve clearly said that we’ll be next-gen only,” said Iwinski to Edge, in response to a question about whether the game would be released on existing consoles.
“PC is a non-stop next-gen, that’s the cool thing about it,” he continued. “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.”
“We’re looking for triple-A experiences from the next-gen,” he said. “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 them, and then the experience would be so-so… we’d never do that.”
The Witcher 3 was previously revealed to boast 36 different endings with over 300 minor variations.