CD Projekt tackles The Witcher 3 downgrade issue head on

"If the consoles are not involved there is no Witcher 3 as it is," answers Marcin Iwinski, definitively. "We can lay it out that simply. We just cannot afford it, because consoles allow us to go higher in terms of the possible or achievable sales; have a higher budget for the game, and invest it all into developing this huge, gigantic world.

"Developing only for the PC: yes, probably we could get more [in terms of graphics] as there would be nothing else - they would be so focused, like if we would develop only on Xbox One or PlayStation 4. But then we cannot afford such a game."

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mic_cala1156d ago

I dont understand peoples complaint about downgrades, the witcher 3 is seriously beautiful !! One of the best looking games iv ever played not to mention the size and detail of the world.

The devs should be praised for the game and how they treat there fans, not have to explain themselves to cry baby self entitled whingers.

Summons751156d ago

entitled brats being spoiled....all it comes down too when someone cries downgrade. This "downgrade" is hardly noticeable and you you said the game looks fantastic.

Vegamyster1156d ago

Well i wouldn't say its hardly noticeable compared to the earlier trailers and they did say high end PC's could replicate those early visuals, i still think it looks great (obviously) and i kinda laugh when people say they cancelled their pre-orders over it.

Erik73571156d ago (Edited 1156d ago )'s just people who don't like being knowingly lied too.

Game is beautiful indeed but does not give you a excuse to show touched up demo's LATE in it's development cycle.

If this game was not a near master piece everyone one would be ripping on it for the downgrade like they did on watch dogs and Alien Colonial Marines. But if the game is good a lot of people turn a blind eye to showing deceptive footage.

If CDPR would of been open about it months before the launch of the game HARDLY ANYONE would of complained at launch....but instead they don't show the true footage of this game until last minute. Don't care how you feel about this game or how good it is, does not take a genius to figure out that was not a good thing to do.

buttclown1156d ago

Lol, this is the internet and the internet not complain and be happy during the launch of a game? Sure...

Maul_T_Pass1156d ago

Ugh the graphics are perfect and the art style is great. Whats the big problem here? Can't wait to see you all complain when SW Battlefront graphics look nothing like the teaser 'game play' we saw last month. Quit counting pixels and enjoy the game you buncha nerds...

Erik73571156d ago (Edited 1156d ago )

Yea....putting up with stuff like this basically says

"hey developers and can get away with showing false footage of your game and you won't get sued for it! We will just call it "pre alpha" footage even though we know the final version won't look like this! "

Maybe if publisher's that downgraded their games in the past like Ubisoft with Watch dogs got in trouble for doing it we may have never had the witcher 3 downgraded. But nah lets put up with it so the next master piece gets a downgrade too.

Yea EA and DICE will downgrade battlefront 3 because they knew gamers like you seem to put up with lowers are with your wallet I guess is the only solution to avoiding a battlefront 3 downgrade.

And btw I sympathize with CDPR and understand that what they had to do with the game.....but honestly no one would of been pissed if they would of learned something called HONESTY and showed the non-touched up footage of their game shown near the end of its development cycle instead of letting people know last minute.

Allsystemgamer1156d ago

It was a target render. That's what they wanted to achieve. They couldn't and admitted that. They said they were trying as hard as possible to get that level but with the consoles and pc in mind they couldn't using their small team so they had to make compromises. That's not lying. That is being honest. It's people like you that just look at screen shots and not read into the development cycle that are a problem. They said before it came out there would be compromises.

Maul_T_Pass1156d ago (Edited 1156d ago )

I'm not putting up with anything, but I understand the difference between pre-alpha builds and final releases. Look, whether you want to accept it or not CDPR made a wise decision to scale back graphics a bit so that they could deliver a stable product on multiple platforms. They are not a big gun studio. They have finite resources. What they were able to achieve is remarkable.

The game looks fantastic and plays great. Even with its minor issues, its much more solid than any other release as of late. So if CDPR left the graphics they way they were and as a result the game could only get a max 20fps on PC using a Titan X, would you still be complaining? most likely yes.

Curious as to who you plan on suing for down graded graphics as test footage always says 'not final build'. How exactly is a studio going to be punished? Are you suggesting the formation of some sort of Graphics Police to keep devs in line :D ?

Wii_nes_0071156d ago

Resolution and graphics are two completely different things silly.

Koopdogg1156d ago

What are you talking about ,SW Battlefront!!!

That teaser trailer was NOT gameplay footage, it was in engine footage,big difference !!!!!

There's going to be nothing to complain about!!!

buttclown1156d ago

Honestly, you think that people still aren't going to complain about it? Lol

TwoForce1156d ago

I'm console gamer. It will look great on my PS4. I don't care about downgrade.

Ch1d0r11156d ago

Yeah games look great at home, comparing them to a youtube video doesn't do them justice. Youtube has it's limitations. When you play at home it's pumping out raw video to your screen as intended, nothing compressed. Im sure The Witcher 3 look great on the big screen.

Speak_da_Truth1156d ago

All I have to say is developers shouldn't show us something in an early trailer when they don't if they're going to match it come release.

Fireseed1156d ago

Then don't expect see anything for a games release 2 months before launch.

Speak_da_Truth1156d ago (Edited 1156d ago )

All of you defending CDPR are probably the same people who were ripping Ubisoft for Watchdogs. So when CDPR does it, they get a pass huh??

Yes, I'd rather see a game only a couple of months/days before it releases rather than seeing it months/years before the game releases only to find out on release day that it's been downgraded. That's just my opinion and No company should get a pass no matter how big or small the downgrade is.

Well said man.

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k3rn3ll1156d ago

Im pretty sure they are being about as honest as they could be. Sure we would all love to not see anythign about a game until right before launch. But it doesn't work that way, won't work that way, and can't work that way. You can't expect a company to put $20+ million into to a game and release it with no build up, or promotion. That's a failure waiting to happen. The promotion for this game is what got them 1.5 million presales for this game. That right there can pretty much guarantee the game to be a success, depending on game and company. This isn't the mid 90's were major publishers are putting games together with a small team and in less then a year.

I don't understand why it took you till release day to find out it was downgraded. This has been being brought up for months. But if that is going to ruin a game for anyone, than stop watching trailers of games when you know they are years away.

I don't even own the game yet, but from what i have played i dont get all the complaints. Someone please show me a AAA $30million game with one of the largest open worlds we have seen a game, that was able to nail down every bit of what was shown in a trailer 2+ years before hand. There's a reason why it's a vertical slice. Because thats all of the game they have done so far. Multiply that by 50x and see if it its easy to nail that down on your final cut

DaleCooper1156d ago

I'd be okay with this. Games are announced way too early as it is.

starchild1155d ago


Exactly. Games go through changes all the way up until they go gold.

I don't know why some people are making a big deal about this all of a sudden. It has always been common knowledge in the gaming community that games in development are only works in progress and some things can change. I thought we all knew to take early trailers with a grain of salt and that they are only vertical slices or targets that the developers are aiming for.

I prefer it this way. We're all big boys and girls and we're smart enough to know what early trailers really represent. I would rather see 'something' about what my favorite developers are working on and simply keep in mind that it's subject to change than to not see anything about my most anticipated games until right before they release.

And as k3rn3ll points out, it's not really economically feasible to show nothing of your game until right before release. A few massively successful and firmly established franchises might get away with it, but it would be suicide for many games.

Most games, like the Witcher 3, end up looking close enough to their early trailers anyway. It doesn't bother me in the slightest. Especially since we nearly always get other trailers later in development that show how the game is coming along.

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