The Witcher 3 Will Not Be ‘Generic’ Like Skyrim

Since the announcement of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt last week, more information about the game has begun to trickle out from sporadic interviews across the web with its developers.

The latest information about the game comes from an interview with GameInformer, in which its developers at CD Projekt RED talked at length about the vastness of the world, drawing comparisons to the likes of Skyrim and Fallout: New Vegas. Konrad Tomaszkiewicz, Game Director, and Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz, Lead Quest Designer were on hand to talk about the game.

According to the designers, everyone at the studio is a fan of Skyrim and its open world and as such recognize the shortcomings of Bethesda’s setting, which they described as “generic.” They described how they disliked the way Skyrim handled its quests, which made the player feel detached from the events that played out. They stated that with The Witcher 3, they intend for the player to feel like he or she belongs to the world, with NPCs that acknowledge deeds accomplished by the player. Real choices and consequences are essential, they say, to provide a sense of immersion.

They added that Skyrim’s lack of memorable personalities detracted from the setting, which in and of itself was a joy to explore. To that end, the studio is learning from Skyrim’s strengths and weaknesses in order to better create a setting that feels alive, while rewarding players for exploration.

Finally, the developers said that The Witcher 3 isn’t the only open world game they’re building, and that their other RPG, Cyberpunk 2077, will also feature an open world and incorporate the same structure.

You can listen to the rest of the interview at GameInformer, in which the developers share their views on Fallout: New Vegas and Assassin’s Creed 3.

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6 Comments on The Witcher 3 Will Not Be ‘Generic’ Like Skyrim

tunewyzard

On February 17, 2013 at 2:39 pm

YYYYEEESSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I feel REAL GOOD about this! There are games I get excited about. There are developers I favor because they’re not the ‘big time’ publisher looking only for the dollar while compromising quality game development. But IMO to have an awesome developer AND two promising games ‘together’!!!!!…..this for me is AWESOME! I CAN NOT WAIT! CD Project Red FTW! :D

Michael

On February 17, 2013 at 3:32 pm

I loved Withcher 1. It was great. However, I was not as much of a fan of Withcher 2. But I would certainly not say it was bad.

This open World idea, similar to Skyrim sounds incredible. I played hundreds of hours of Skyrim. So if is trying to surpass it, I am moving this up to the top of my list of games to watch for.

sep

On February 17, 2013 at 10:29 pm

Hell yeah CDprojekt.

Screw those other idiot devs who neither confirm nor deny PC versions for their games.

anthemize

On February 18, 2013 at 1:29 am

Valve+CdProject > everything else

Freedonad

On February 18, 2013 at 7:49 am

No wonder, then, that we won’t see this until 2014/2015. I’m all for it though, take as much time as you need to nail this perfectly!!!

TheDog

On February 18, 2013 at 10:39 am

This game is looking soooo sweet. Even the early pics are amazing. Must have game of it’s year.