The Witcher 3 Sex & Violence Won’t Be Toned Down For Ratings

The Witcher series has always been developed for an adult audience in mind, and the upcoming game, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, is bound to be no different. The developers at CD Projekt RED state that the game is going to be as mature as it needs to be, and that they have absolutely no intention of toning down its sexual and violent content for the sake of ratings.

In an interview with Australian gaming website Games.on.net (via Gameranx), the developers revealed that they have no intention of keeping the Australian classification system in mind when developing content for the upcoming game. The team will simply include in the game what it “feels is right” without allowing outside forces to influence their creative vision.

“We don’t create the game with any specific rating in mind,” said CD Projekt RED’s Agnieszka Szostak. “We implement in it things we believe will create the best gaming experience. Whether those are meaningful choices, deep relationships between characters, sex scenes, bloody combat or curses.

“If we think they are needed there to make the game world living, breathing and believable they will be there. Rating of the game is a secondary thing really.”

Their stance is notable, given that the Australian classification board recently refused to classify both Saints Row 4 and State of Decay for reasons deemed “unfit” for an Australian audience. It remains to be seen whether The Witcher 3 will suffer the same restriction.

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12 Comments on The Witcher 3 Sex & Violence Won’t Be Toned Down For Ratings

Ebalosus

On July 9, 2013 at 7:42 am

I wish more devs did this…mainly because this is the ONLY time that ‘artistic integrity’ should really be applied.

matthew s

On July 9, 2013 at 9:04 am

CD projekt RED. once again proving that they’re a classy developer who make the games they want to make and wont bend to the will of some outside influence.

sep

On July 9, 2013 at 1:35 pm

screw the aussie board. I’ll legally buy it regardless.

Kevin

On July 9, 2013 at 5:31 pm

I don’t think they should tone down the sex for “ratings”, perhaps maybe portray females as something other than depositories for a mans c0ck. I love the dark grey world the Witcher creates. I just think at times a company who is unwilling to compromise on so much throws out sex and boobez just to show how it is “adult”.

I’ll still buy the game, and I’m sure I’ll still love it. But I do wish there would be far more focus on CDPR’s world in which everyone has an agenda, everyone will use someone else, then people making a stink about whether or not enough nudity is in game.

quicktooth

On July 10, 2013 at 3:48 am

No CD Projeckt, it’s not “mature” when you have porn. Any idiot can tell when someone’s in love- you have to be a special brand of stupid to need to see people in bed to know it (and people have sex all the time while feeling nothing for each other anyway- that’s juvenile, not mature). You guys are just using your characters bodies to take money from us through our instincts. It’s the same when a naked/near naked lady is draped over a car in an ad. We’re NOT buying the lady, and we only care about the car. What are it’s features? Why is it better than other cars? Your gratuitous sex is both pointless and demeaning to your audience and characters. Don’t even pretend you have some kind of integrity with sh!t like the intro to the Witcher 2. At least in the Witcher 1 you left the option to AVOID being a soulless sex adict. As for the violence; I’m so desensitised at this point through the news, movies and games that I can’t even tell when it’s sick and when it’s not anymore. Maybe someone else can chime in.

Enough Shite

On July 10, 2013 at 4:07 am

Too many hyper-sensitive PC bigots getting in the way of legitimate creations. Game of Thrones gets the sh!t ripped out of it for including sex and nudity but the constant violence and misery is ignored altogether. Priorities, please. CD Projekt are entirely correct to refuse to budge.

quicktooth

On July 10, 2013 at 4:59 am

Quick addition: CD Projekt’s claims to ‘integrity’ and making a ‘role playing game’ are rather shot down from simply *erasing* a major (potential) love interest of Geralt’s between The Witcher’s 1 and 2, don’t you think? What if I chose Shani? What then, CD Projekt? Ohwait guess that means (as she no longer exists) that either 1, Geralt is a sex addict with no soul and loyalties (rather changes that pornographic intro if you chose Shani, eh?), or 2, that you have to admit to not giving a toss about role playing. I must disclaim that I in fact intended to choose Triss in the Witcher 1 AND 2, and that while the Witcher 2 had possibly less rampant nymphomania than the Witcher 1, Geralt does in fact have the option to literally have sex with a succubus (and a bisexual prostitute/traitor who is somehow NOT that same succubus). Yep, CD Projeckt, you’ve made it pretty clear what “maturity” really means to you. As for me, I absolutely love the setting and characters (depending on how one play’s Geralt), but at this point even a GoG sale isn’t enough to make me want to buy the Witcher 3. And I had such hopes after the lead designer (I believe?) made that combat rebalance mod- it sounded like the rampant attacks on The Witcher’s audience would stop. *Man* I must love the setting and characters to have actually bought games 1 and 2. Starting to feel like an Xbone fanboy. Not a good feeling.

sahib

On July 10, 2013 at 7:06 am

@quicktooth

Wow, Witcher is considered “porn” by some people…?

I mean, really? Have you ever actually seen pornography?

thedog

On July 10, 2013 at 10:22 am

@quicktooth More power to you. I for one plan to enjoy the game for many, many hours. People (including me depending) will knock someone for there opinion. For the most part I try not to (honestly doesn’t always work), Most cases that persons opinion is going to hurt that person a lot more than me. They won’t get to enjoy a game that I find to be incredible, or even just good, because of usually just one small aspect of the game. To be honest, I feel more sorry for you because I feel Witcher3 is going to be an amazing game, and if you let this one small part of the game ruin it for you.
Well that would be a shame but I will respect your opinion, because in some degree I understand it. There are other games that I have yet to play because of similar objections on my part.

Ragnite

On July 10, 2013 at 10:56 am

@quicktooth Read a book. They are mostly staying true to the character and world of Witcher.

Anathemize

On July 11, 2013 at 1:35 am

Actually in the witcher 2 you could choose not to have sex with anyone except the opening scene where he is laying next to the chick. But in that scene they could of just been hot and laying naked next to each other.(lol)

The sex scene in the elven cave can be avoided if you didn’t allow the chick to come with you.

Why is sex such a taboo. One would think that violence would be more taboo than sex. At least till the recent test tube babies, sex is what keeps the human race around. Violence destroys the human race.

Lastly,what woman wouldn’t want to bang the Witcher. He’s built, has unending endurance, and most importantly sterile. In a time before condoms, they can have a good time without the repercussions of having a child they aren’t ready to raise.

Sounds like a WIn/Win to me.

Queef

On July 11, 2013 at 5:24 am

Isn’t it about time Australia grew up regarding censorship?