“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.

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2 Comments on “PC is a Non-Stop Next-Gen” Says The Witcher 3 Dev


On April 8, 2013 at 7:12 am

That sounds reasonable to me. The more versions of a game they make, the more work and resources they have to use. By the time this game comes out, at least the PS4, and presumably the next Xbox, will be out, so I see no reason for CDPR to waste resources downgrading the Witcher 3. Sooner or later, companies stop making their games for the previous generation of consoles, so I don’t see a problem with a company moving forward as soon as it can.


On April 8, 2013 at 1:44 pm

I love cdpr. Just scratch the plans for Witcher 3 multiplayer and I’ll be ecstatic.