Witcher 3 Dev Promises No Platform-Exclusive Content

Witcher 3 Dev Promises No Platform-Exclusive Content

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CD Projekt Red doesn't want Witcher 3 players to have anything less than the complete experience.

The PS4 and Xbox One already have near-identical hardware, so having exclusive game content is a big priority for Sony and Microsoft. As such, both companies would love to have The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt as an exclusive title on their console, or at least include some console-specific bonus content. Unfortunately for them, CD Projekt Red isn't interested in holding back content from some of their customers. The Witcher developers have promised not to reserve any of the game for one platform or another.

"We are treating all gamers equally," says CD Projekt Red co-founder Marcin Iwinski. "We'll not deliver exclusive content to any of the platforms, nor will we artificially delay release of the game on any of the platforms because somebody's paying us money for that. It's definitely against our values. We are not doing that."

Console gamers will certainly be happy with this news, assuming they've migrated to next-gen consoles already. CD Projekt Red is building The Witcher 3 to use all the power of the PS4 and Xbox One, which means last-gen consoles won't be supported. The game will also be available on PC, and despite the dedication to "treating all gamers equally," Iwinski has mentioned that players who pre-order from CD Projekt's own storefront at GOG will receive an "amazing" bonus.

Source: Eurogamer

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(Edit: It's been fixed).

Anyway, this is just another example of CDPR being the kind of company we've come to expect at this point. I don't think I've ever seen any completely negative press about them. Marcin Iwinski needs all the internet cookies that ever will be.

(Edit 2: Some people have mentioned a few iffy things they've done, and I agree. I don't claim that they're the messiah of the gaming industry, just that they're very very nice especially compared to some companies).

Yet another reason why CD Projekt is basically one of my favorite companies. There's a reason I always try to buy off of GoG whenever I can. I want to give them my money because they're just so damn awesome to their customers. Hell, I'm not even terribly interested in The Witcher 3, and I still will probably end up getting it just because I want CD Projekt to succeed.

Happy to hear it. This is coming from a company who refused to put DRM in their past games. I almost want to bite my tongue, but at actually trust them to stick to their word with this one.

I would like to point out that, despite the fact that this behavior is great, the only reason it is being praised is because CD Projekt is competing against an industry led mostly by greedy retarded chimps.

CardinalPiggles:
I think you should have previewed your post before posting.

Anyway, this is just another example of CDPR being the kind of company we've come to expect at this point. I don't think I've ever seen any completely negative press about them. Marcin Iwinski needs all the internet cookies that ever will be.

They did have some issue with the release of Witcher 2 I remember having a hard time just playing the game. And tech support was more or less useless for the first month and a half. The only other issue I've heard of was there canceling or was it just the lack of release of Witcher 2 for the ps3. Beyond that there seem to be a rather good company and having the Witcher as the source material for the games is great. Now if they would only translate the rest of the books to English. -_-

Cognimancer:
CD Projekt Red is building The Witcher 3 to use all the power of the PS4 and Xbox One, which means last-gen consoles won't be supported. The game will also be available on PC,

This should read: the Witcher 3 is coming out for PC and it will also be able to run on Xbox One and PS4. They developed it for PC first and they were always upfront about it.

Brian Bohnett:

They did have some issue with the release of Witcher 2 I remember having a hard time just playing the game. And tech support was more or less useless for the first month and a half. The only other issue I've heard of was there canceling or was it just the lack of release of Witcher 2 for the ps3. Beyond that there seem to be a rather good company and having the Witcher as the source material for the games is great. Now if they would only translate the rest of the books to English. -_-

Witcher 2 had DRM at release that prevented people from playing. CDP have realized this error and removed the DRM and as a compensation gave everyone a free expansion (that supposedly gives 20 hours of content).

I guess Poland has different values about what it means to be a company, customer satisfaction over profits. Sure they'll never make as much as Call of Duty, but they get to make the game they love, and the fans of their games get no stupid hassles other than game bugs and such. They always fix their games once they release, and in fact sell and updated version of the game after the fact, which is normal except they give the content and fixes to everyone, even those who purchased the game before the enhanced edition came out. They are a company fueled by passion and I hope they never give in to the need to take profits over people.

I really want to play The Witcher 3...but I got bored really early of 1, and I had a few issues with my copy of 2 which I never bothered to restart the game (Especially considering I was twenty or so hours into it). Is the series as continuous as Mass Effect, or are each of the games their own separate stories with some references to the previous ones (A la CoD Black Ops trilogy, or Indiana Jones movies).

For fuck sake, why can't every developer do this? It's just common sense.
CD Project +1
Ubisoft -100

DLC for the previous Witcher games have been free on the PC all this time so this is no news at all.

With that said, I don't know how the consoles will get these DLC's free since I read a while ago that they had been forced by MS to monetize their DLC because they wouldn't let them put free stuff on their service.

Adam Jensen:
For fuck sake, why can't every developer do this? It's just common sense.
CD Project +1
Ubisoft -100

Not just common sense - this kinda stuff is the reason I will be pre-ordering Witcher 3 and I why I didn't pre-order Watchdogs.

I know that CDPR (for the time being at least) is one of the few companies out there that can be trusted and is genuinely doing their utmost to provide the best experience for the customer. That trust and faith is such an incredibly undervalued commodity to the likes of EA and UBI.

Of course though EA and Ubisoft are simply the corporate fronts to the games dev industry. In fact I DO have faith (for the most part - im not an idiot) in game devs all over - but the need to provide both a product in often a very tight time schedule and ridiculous levels of profit are the killing blows.

Sorry to be that guy who has a dig at "the man" but it is imo simply corporate greed that's killing so many game devs. Fortunately CDPR are not in that bracket - yet at least.

DarkhoIlow:
DLC for the previous Witcher games have been free on the PC all this time so this is no news at all.

With that said, I don't know how the consoles will get these DLC's free since I read a while ago that they had been forced by MS to monetize their DLC because they wouldn't let them put free stuff on their service.

well they must have changed their mind about that sort of thing because valve released free dlc for portal 2 on xbl.

Well this is them all over. I hope that console DLC polices allow them to support 'enhanced edition' content for all users and not lock them into the old Microsoft "No free stuff" model. The updates are basically part of the core Wticher ethos; their games get better and better after launch free of charge. Hell they even removed DRM the publisher had put on there and said "See you fuckers in court". I've never seen a developer risk getting sued over their dedication to their user's experience.

CD Projekt RED also make great PC lead platform games. They did say there would have to be some graphical compromise made in terms of consoles but thankfully said that it would be limited as the base version can be better on the more powerful consoles leading to an even better PC experience. As much as i like they pandering to the PC crowd i know that making a game on multiple platforms means you have to make SOME concessions in your base game.

After the closure of GSC gameworld and all the trauma 4A games is going through it's nice to see some of the eastern heroes are still fighting the good fight. Eastern Europe has so much potential in gaming. When countries like Ukraine get kicked down and set back so much it's disheartening.

CrossLOPER:
I would like to point out that, despite the fact that this behavior is great, the only reason it is being praised is because CD Projekt is competing against an industry led mostly by greedy retarded chimps.

What? Weird way to write a whole bunch of nothing.

Kudos to cd projekt, i might even buy the witcher games once i get some money

Does that include modding and a frame rate higher than 30?

Haaaa... it's funny because I invested in the correct platform.

BanicRhys:
Does that include modding and a frame rate higher than 30?

Haaaa... it's funny because I invested in the correct platform.

I really doubt the console versions will manage to get 60 even if they downscale/downgrade the graphics to 720p to be perfectly honest.

The game truly looks next gen that I will need to invest in a new graphics card by the end of the year specifically for this game.

Oh CDR, its a shame that your brand of awesome is only considered awesome because everyone else around you is to greedy and/or stupid to do the same. Regardless, I love you guys. Witcher 3 is a day 1 buy for me.

CardinalPiggles:
I think you should have previewed your post before posting.

Anyway, this is just another example of CDPR being the kind of company we've come to expect at this point. I don't think I've ever seen any completely negative press about them. Marcin Iwinski needs all the internet cookies that ever will be.

People had mixed thoughts about $1000 demand letters sent to pirates but that's all I can think of.

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-12-15-cd-projekt-responds-to-demanding-nearly-and-8364-1000-from-alleged-pirates

Nintendo need to hire tthe staff from CO Reds PR dept

MrSchmeiser:

CrossLOPER:
I would like to point out that, despite the fact that this behavior is great, the only reason it is being praised is because CD Projekt is competing against an industry led mostly by greedy retarded chimps.

What? Weird way to write a whole bunch of nothing.

Do you not understand what they were saying, or are you just trying to be mean? Their point seems fairly clear to me.

CD Projekt Red ftw. I'd actually be comfortable with pre-ordering their games, as opposed to say, Watch Dogs, which I had so much excitement for, all of which has died down due to BS that Ubisoft keeps pulling.

Reaper195:
I really want to play The Witcher 3...but I got bored really early of 1, and I had a few issues with my copy of 2 which I never bothered to restart the game (Especially considering I was twenty or so hours into it). Is the series as continuous as Mass Effect, or are each of the games their own separate stories with some references to the previous ones (A la CoD Black Ops trilogy, or Indiana Jones movies).

Yeah the continuity of the games is pretty tight for every decision you make. I played each game differently multiple times and it seems that every decision I made in Witcher 1 had consequences in Witcher 2. And then with those decision and the decision made in Witcher 2 had consequences for Witcher 2's ending. I really believe in Witcher 3 you will see the culmination of those choices through out the game.

saito82:

Reaper195:
I really want to play The Witcher 3...but I got bored really early of 1, and I had a few issues with my copy of 2 which I never bothered to restart the game (Especially considering I was twenty or so hours into it). Is the series as continuous as Mass Effect, or are each of the games their own separate stories with some references to the previous ones (A la CoD Black Ops trilogy, or Indiana Jones movies).

Yeah the continuity of the games is pretty tight for every decision you make. I played each game differently multiple times and it seems that every decision I made in Witcher 1 had consequences in Witcher 2. And then with those decision and the decision made in Witcher 2 had consequences for Witcher 2's ending. I really believe in Witcher 3 you will see the culmination of those choices through out the game.

The Witcher2 2 doesn't actually change that much based on the choices you made in The Witcher 1. Some of your actions get mentioned sure, but nothing major. The consequences of your choices tend to play out within the game you made them. That is the great advantage The Witcher has over Mass Effect, wich is the only other franchise that comes to mind with heavy emphasis of player agency and choices and consequences etc. In ME you make a few big choices at the end of some quests or at the end of the game and then we were promised: "oh yeah all that will be sooooo important in the next installment" and in the end a few numbers changed on some boring screen in the third game. While in the Witcher you mace dozends of bigger and smaller choices and almost all of them play out within the game, show you what you have done, reward or punish you or sometimes both.

I mean, It makes sense its much easier from a devs point of view to let your actions play out in the same game then in the next.

 

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