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The Witcher 3 Dev on DualShock 4 Touchpad: “Not Going to Waste Our Time” if it Doesn’t Suit the Game

"We recently spoke to Peter Gelencser, Senior Level Designer over at CD Projekt RED about the upcoming next-generation open world RPG, namely The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt." (PS4, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt)

ZBlacktt  +   560d ago | Well said
Another misleading title just to get traffic....

“I think a lot of things like that are being considered. I can’t really say anything specific on that. I mean, we’re experimenting a lot of things, because with the new hardware, the next gen consoles are offering a lot of things which we are very happy about because of the possibilities. So let’s use them if we can. But again, story first, game first. We’re not going to waste our time into something that does not serve the purpose of the story and your experience.”
wishingW3L  +   560d ago
maybe you missed this part: "IF" it Doesn’t Suit the Game.
mewhy32  +   560d ago
They've got the right idea. If it doesn't make sense then don't force it. Not like micro$oft forcing a kinect spy camera with every purchase of the bone whether the gamers like it or not. Hey that sounds a lot like the Don Mattrick attitude of E3.
assdan  +   560d ago
No surprise here.
Blacktric  +   560d ago
Exactly. If people who visit the site have extremely short attention spans and can't read a 20 word long title properly before clicking the link, that's their problem.

And I do agree with what they said. There's no need to waste time to implement extra control options if it doesn't fit the game and possibly going to end up being gimmicky.
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Rashid Sayed  +   560d ago
"We’re not going to waste our time into something that does not serve the purpose of the story and your experience."

I think you missed the 'if' in the title.
ZBlacktt  +   560d ago
Think about it. Does the Dev really come off as harsh as the title leads everyone to believe? Of course not....
dantesparda  +   560d ago
Im with ZBlacktt, the title does make it seem harsher, therefore more flamebait-ish. Its obvious as hell.

And to Blaze, what are you yapping about, Kinect isnt mandatory either. If they (devs) use it they use it, i honestly dont care either way, cuz i could care less for either (touchpad or Kinect).
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Hicken  +   560d ago
Nobody missed the "if" in the title. But the title makes it sound as if it's speaking ONLY about the touchpad, as opposed to them talking about ANYTHING pertaining to BOTH consoles. It's a misleading, hit-seeking title and everybody commenting here knows it.

Still, the trolls like Blaze929, LaChance, Belking, and Dan_scruggs take what they want out of it and start spewing BS, which is exactly what the author wanted.
Blaze929  +   560d ago
See this is the problem we faced with Sony "features" this gen on PS3 - they leave it up to developers to make things work or not with the hardware they provide.

Of course you can't really make them support the touchpad but at the same time, i don't see anyone jumping for joy about the idea of using it....like the sixaxis.

So no doubt the most we might see from this feature come from exclusives and/or first-party games.

EDIT:

@Idba - ahh Ubisoft. Watch Dogs and Assassins Cred 4 Cool, who else?

@Volkama - "Doesn't mean it will suit every game, but that's not a fault."

i mean technically, every developer could say "it didnt suit our game." We've seen this happen, on PS3.
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Idba  +   560d ago
were already seeing the touchpad being used by Ubisoft for example. And Sony isnt pushing the developers to use all the features with the PS4 because they want the developers to make their own game
Volkama  +   560d ago
I'm sure the touchpad thing is fully integrated and supported in the dev tools. Doesn't mean it will suit every game, but that's not a fault.
Xsilver  +   560d ago
lets get one thing straight a touchpad is way more useful than the sixaxis so i'm pretty u will see a lot of uses in games since every new device has a touchpad example like tablets, phones and smart tv remotes and laptops so don't count it out yet.
http://www.pushsquare.com/n... the benefits of a touchpad.
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ShwankyShpanky  +   560d ago
"they leave it up to developers to make things work or not with the hardware they provide"

So does MS have a stipulation that a dev MUST use Kinect? Nope... just a stipulation that the customer MUST BUY the Kinect.

Unlike Kinect, the dev does have a guarantee that the touchpad will be connected at all times.
devwan  +   560d ago
@Blaze929 Read the article and not just the title next time.

People have been saying really good things about the touchpad if only you took the time to read articles and not just sensationalist headlines.

The touchpad is just like a laptop's trackpad and it's also clickable - why do you assume that's not going to be useful when games are ported from PC? It readily gives more UI possibilities there right out of the box.

Many devs are, quite obviously, using it to make UIs more intuitive such as Blizzard for Diablo III inventory and Dice with BF4 battlelog UI. Away from UIs, there's more creative use of it in-game with titles such as Assassin's Creed 4, Watch Dogs, Infamous SS and Warframe to name a few.

The touchpad might not make sense in every game, but in some it will. It's not just a gimmick Sony are pushing devs to use like tilt, a 2nd screen , a camera you talk and wave at or a wand you flail around with - it's a technology that has already been included in billions of devices for user interaction in a multitude of different ways and it's right there at your fingertips along with all the buttons where gamers can easily make use of it.
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ShwankyShpanky  +   560d ago
Seriously... title could just as easily been

"The Witcher 3 Dev on Kinect: “Not Going to Waste Our Time” if it Doesn’t Suit the Game"

Yes, they *asked* about the DS4, but the response covered both consoles.

"with the new hardware, the *next gen consoleS* are offering a lot of things"

Hell, could have just as easily been

"The Witcher 3 Dev on DualShock 4 Touchpad (or Kinect): “we are very happy about [it] because of the possibilities”
Dlacy13g  +   560d ago
I think the problem with the title of this story is that the author / editor of the site doesn't understand how to properly use quotes ("...") when using a quote but that seems to be par for the course these days.
devwan  +   560d ago
@Dlacy13g Doesn't know how or purposefully created a title that he knew would get 10x the clicks and debate.
StoutBEER  +   560d ago
Mew you are one biased dude. The damn thing doebnt need to be plugged in anymore. People bitched (rightfully so) they changed it. And now people bitch about them changing it?! That's some bullshit. And don't give me that 'It's too late' bullshit.If you don't want an X1 fine. Just shut the fuck up about it already. The console wars are tired.
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Xsilver  +   560d ago
“I think a lot of things like that are being considered. I can’t really say anything specific on that. I mean, we're experimenting a lot of things, because with the new hardware, the next gen consoles are offering a lot of things which we are very happy about because of the possibilities. So let’s use them if we can. But again, story first, game first. We’re not going to waste our time into something that does not serve the purpose of the story and your experience.”
This is very understandable, Gameplay and story should be the main focus but hey if the touchpad can be put to good use to benefit the gameplay then use it don't just make it tacked on.
LaChance  +   560d ago
They just arent interested in gimmicks. This is a no joke studio and not a 1st party Sony studio so they dont have to give a damn if they dont feel like it.
Xsilver  +   560d ago
same goes for kinect
dantesparda  +   560d ago
And Kinect is even more a gimmick, but i could care less about either one.
DoctorJones  +   560d ago
I doubt it will be used much by many devs really. It's a feature , like the six-axis, that will barely be touched on, quite literally. It will be involved in some games, but mostly as an afterthought.
kizzle32  +   560d ago
I think the touchpad would make sense in a lot of titles, including the Witcher 3. I liked the idea of casting spells or even for inventory purposes, maybe be able to use it like a mouse or scroll wheel to easily navigate the menus.
DoctorJones  +   560d ago
Doesn't pressing up or down, or left or right, in quick succession in a menu work better for you? It would be quicker for me.

If it was a proper mouse then it would certainly be faster, but from personal experience with laptop touch pads I prefer pressing buttons.

If a dev makes good use of it I suppose it could be a good tool, but I'm skeptical myself. I see it being mostly used for aiming purposes. And for gimmicky motion controls.
WeAreLegion  +   560d ago
It would, but maybe hitting the touch pad at the top, bottom, left, or right would cast certain spells. Maybe swiping down could cast a spell. There are possibilities with essentially just making it extra buttons.
yellowgerbil  +   560d ago
I want to know how accurate it is. I could see some uses for it. Like if a new Jet Grind Radio ever got mad using it for the graffiti
Mostly I think it will just get ignored. Like 6axis controls on the PS3
Belking  +   560d ago
Touch pad is a waste. Sony knows that.
xKugo  +   560d ago
If it doesn't bring anything new to the table, then don't use it. Simple as that; not every developer needs to use the touchpad. It's nice if they do, but only when it improves on the overall experience itself. Otherwise, ignore it completely and focus on the game instead because story and gameplay are much more important to me than add-on features such as Kinect, touchpad or even the Move(which surprisingly hasn't seen any light at all this summer)
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Dan_scruggs  +   560d ago
Headlines from the Future

The Controller Touchscreen. The forgotten feature of the PS4.
The_Truth_24_7  +   560d ago
But it will. Elite devs will do great things with it.
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