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The Witcher 3 dev explains visual downgrade

CD Projekt Red on The Witcher 3 graphical downgrade

The Witcher 3 dev explains visual downgrade

The Witcher 3 dev explains visual downgrade

 

Just two days after its release, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is already the victim of relentless accusations regarding graphical downgrades they did. Recently a comparison between the final game and the gameplay trailer that was shown at the VGX game awards show two years about. The gameplay trailer looked a lot better with a more detailed world with better visual effects. In response to all the criticism, CD Projekt Red sat down with Eurogamer to talk about the graphical downgrade.

 

The Witcher 3 dev explains visual downgrade

 

In the interview, CD Projekt's co-founder Marcin Iwinski and studio head Adam Badowski both countered the claims that the console versions of the long-awaited open-world action-RPG dragged down the PC-version.


"If the consoles are not involved there is no Witcher 3 as it is. 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."


When Eurogamer asked why they changed the graphics, Iwinski explained that the builds shown during trade shows aren't final. These demo's look great because they're designed to look great. These small portions of the game run great on their own, but when the rest of the game is added to it, achieving these looks becomes a lot harder to do. Even though the VGX build looked better, the framerate is what makes the final version of the game superior. Adam Badowski states that people say the game is well optimised. "This is the first time for this company," he adds.

 

The Witcher 3 dev explains visual downgrade

 

Iwinski also states that the team didn't mean to mislead anyone. He adds that they didn't know it (the build) wasn't going to work at the time.

"Maybe we shouldn't have shown that [trailer], I don't know, but we didn't know that it wasn't going to work, so it's not a lie or a bad will - that's why we didn't comment actively. We don't agree there is a downgrade but it's our opinion, and gamers' feeling can be different. If they made their purchasing decision based on the 2013 materials, I'm deeply sorry for that, and we are discussing how we can make it up to them because that's not fair."

 

 

According to Eurogamer, a new patch has been sent to certification on the 20th of May. This patch will allegedly feature 600 changes, including visual improvements. We'll find out if this is true in the near future.

What do you think about The Witcher's visual downgrade? Let us know.

Thanks to forum member ShaunB-91 for bringing this news to our attention.

 

Join the discussion on The Witcher 3's visual downgrade on the OC3D Forums.

 

CD Projekt Red responds to the claims that the console versions of The Witcher 3 dragged down the PC-version.

Posted by OC3D on Thursday, 21 May 2015
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21-05-2015, 08:16:20

ShaunB-91
I think its very naughty and misleading, same stunt as Ubi pulled with Watch Dogs. If they bring out a patch then thats great, but will it look how it did two years ago? Probably not.Quote

21-05-2015, 08:47:41

Snortan
IMO people are blowing this out of proportion, just looking for any reason to argue about a product that wasn't finished in the first place.

Just played a few hours and the game looks absolutely gorgeous and runs smooth at 60fps with most settings on ultra without skipping a beat on a 290.
So for me they haven't done anything wrong, they released a polished game, that runs smoothly and doesn't crash, so far at least. As far as I'm concerned top job CDPR.

Maybe they shouldn't have hyped that first trailer so much but I'm not one to judge unfinished products.Quote

21-05-2015, 09:05:51

SPS
This is how it works - eventually people will realise.Quote

21-05-2015, 09:35:13

Warchild
Quote:
Originally Posted by Snortan View Post
IMO people are blowing this out of proportion, just looking for any reason to argue about a product that wasn't finished in the first place.

Just played a few hours and the game looks absolutely gorgeous and runs smooth at 60fps with most settings on ultra without skipping a beat on a 290.
So for me they haven't done anything wrong, they released a polished game, that runs smoothly and doesn't crash, so far at least. As far as I'm concerned top job CDPR.

Maybe they shouldn't have hyped that first trailer so much but I'm not one to judge unfinished products.
Agree. Nasty little trolls are everywhere ready to whine about anything they can. They game looks beautiful. A polished product from Poland. Most that whine are often running mainstream cards that cant cope with the high detailed they complain is missing anyway,

Watchdogs was a different case since gfx were downgraded but also features like wind were removed. CDPR has done a great job here. If only all AAA were released like this.Quote

21-05-2015, 10:39:22

Dicehunter
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Originally Posted by Warchild View Post
Agree. Nasty little trolls are everywhere ready to whine about anything they can. They game looks beautiful. A polished product from Poland. Most that whine are often running mainstream cards that cant cope with the high detailed they complain is missing anyway,

Watchdogs was a different case since gfx were downgraded but also features like wind were removed. CDPR has done a great job here. If only all AAA were released like this.
Agreed the game does look great and it performs great aswell, As long as you have an Nvidia card.

I would have liked there to be the same fidelity they showed in their original ingame demo but as CDPR have already said they can polish it further through patches.

Need to finish the first 2 before I play anymore though Quote
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