The Witcher 3 Dev Comments On PC vs PS4/XOne Port Differences: "Won't Be Huge, They're Brand New PCs"
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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the next installment in popular The Witcher franchise and the final chapter in Geralt saga is all set to launch on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2014. For the first time CD Projekt RED is working on a game across different platforms simultaneously.
With no past experience in simultaneous development on different platforms, The Witcher series fans were bit worried regarding how The Witcher 3 will FARE/Performed on PC, PS4 and Xbox One?.
CD Project Red Co-founder Marcin Iwinski, in a recent interview to MCV India cleared all doubts and said The Witcher 3 performance on PC will be the best, but gamers need to make an investment on their gaming
rig to achieve it. He also added that difference between PC and PS4/Xbox
One versions won't be HUGE because next-gen consoles are actually brand
"Well, The Witcher 1 was a very core PC game, and you could see the hardcore-ness in it. In The Witcher 2, we moved away from that a bit, but it still had those elements. The only issue was we didn’t have the resources to do two platforms at the same time, but if you look at how we did the Xbox 360 version, it was one of the best Xbox 360 games and it was really squeezing the machine to the limit. So what we’re looking to do with The Witcher 3 is to push each of the platforms to their limits. For PC, which in theory is infinitely scalable, you’ll be able to get more, but you have to invest. On the consoles, the difference will not be huge because they’re actually brand new PCs. So I think gamers on each platform will get an extremely good experience and they should be very satisfied with the quality."
MCV India further asked Marcin Iwinski whether "The Witcher 2" coming to PS3 rumors are TRUE, Is there any chance of that happening?
To this Marcin replied: "It’s mission impossible". Read below the full explanation provided by Marcin as to why PS3 version of The Witcher 2 is not possible.
"No. We definitely would have loved to, but The Witcher 2 on PC was so big that making it work on Xbox 360 took us a year. The Xbox 360 was a more powerful and easier-to-code-on platform than PS3, so that would have taken us another year or year-and-a-half. Would it be so exciting for people to wait so long? And also, this would delay The Witcher 3 because we would have to put most of the team on it. We’d already made some sacrifices in the graphics for the Xbox 360 version. If you look at the Xbox 360 version launch time and compare it to the PC specs of that time, the difference is big, but if you were to add a year-and-a-half to that and compare PS3 specs to the PC specs of that time, the difference is huge. It’s mission impossible."
"It’s similar in many ways to the other question we get asked – ‘why isn’t The Witcher 3 on PS3 and Xbox 360?’ It’s impossible. It would have to be a different game – a smaller game, not an open-world game, or with terrible loading times, with sacrifices in graphics."
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