The Witcher 3 Dev Talks About Downgrade: “Very unfair to compare trailers and gameplay demos”

Posted May 14, 2015
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YouTube’s member ‘docm77′ has posted a new video in which CD Projekt’s visual artist, Jose Teixeira, shares his thoughts on The Witcher 3’s “downgrade-ation” subject.

“No we didn’t downgrade, it’s… no we didn’t downgrade. Because it’s impossible to downgrade a game that didn’t exist before or wasn’t playable before.

Actually there was a guy that commented like that, you can’t downgrade something that… there was no grade to downgrade. He was comparing final product to something that wasn’t playable.

There’s two things that people have to separate. Downgrade is… Optimization is necessary to make the game run. Downgrade is if you deliberately make the game worse, for whatever reason. That’s totally not what happened.

Also there’s another thing that people have to understand is that it’s very unfair to compare trailers and gameplay demos. Trailer is.. trailer is a beautiful shot. Trailer is prepared, you take one location, you put the perfect lights, and the perfect camera angle, and the perfect scene, and it looks absolutely beautiful. It’s captured in super high-definition and then you postprocess it. It’s a trailer.

But a gameplay demo, that’s when you see the real game. That’s when you see what the real game looks like.”

CD Projekt RED explains that the 2013 gameplay demo featured an old shader system, which wasn’t physically based. Some things appeared sharper. After implementing the whole shader system with the new PBR, the results were better.

“In 2013 we had a gameplay demo, shortly after that demo we completely… If you look graphics in that demo we used an old shader system, it wasn’t this physically based shader system. It was a little bit flatter. Some things were sharper, too sharp even. There was this sharpening filter that was too hard on the eyes. So we changed the whole shader system and put in this PBR system. And it just kept getting nicer and nicer.”

You can watch the interview with Jose Teixeira below:

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