The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – CD Projekt RED Not Worried About Post-Launch Graphical Comparisons


It is quite common for games to be marketed at a higher visual quality, than the launch product. Either with target renders, that aim far too high for developers to achieve, or by using high-end PC hardware that current generation consoles fail to match, leading to potential downgrades. Regardless of the occasion there have been numerous instances of such practices. Watch Dogs can be considered as one of the most talked about examples, of over promising and under delivering. Not to say that it turned out looking bad, just not exactly the way it was initially presented, which was why it left such a huge impression in the first place.

CD Projekt RED, are not worried about post-launch graphical comparisons with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

 “If someone will be rewatching the trailer, he will notice that the in-game models look better, even Geralt, he is more polished – for one, he has better shaders,” said marketing director Adam Badowski in an interview with Game Pressure.

Badowski admitted that even though, The Witcher 3; Wild Hunt, might not look as good as it did in some trailers, he believes that it still looks jaw-dropping.

“We’ve made a mistake which was the fact that some shots were rendered in dark and greyish colors. To put it simply, that was the option picked by the engine. I think that there will be places that will look jaw-dropping, and no one will claim that they differ from what was seen in the trailer,” he continued.

“Unfortunately, there will also be fragments, where the game looks worse. It’s the same with GTA – when the wind picks up and it gets grey, especially in the forest, the graphics seem certainly worse than in the neon-filled and lively city.”

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt looks unquestionably gorgeous

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt definitely looks incredible. Considering the scope and immense size of its world, the number of NPCs in populated areas, and the amount of detail found in its environments, it is nothing short of an incredible achievement. Yes it might have looked better if it was specifically designed for high-end PC hardware, but unfortunately that could not be the case. For better or worse, the gaming industry is at a point where consoles govern most of game development, and platform parity, at least partially, plays a big role.

Developer CD Projekt RED, have clarified that the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has not been demonstrated on the PC's Ultra settings so far, and that they intend to leave that for when the game is actually experienced. Is it possible that PC gamers are in for a huge surprise, with Ultra settings looking that much better? We have to wait and see. It's certainly exciting though, that the developers feel so proud and certain of their accomplishment, and there is no doubt that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, will be one of the greatest gaming experiences of the year.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, is stated for a May 19, 2015 release for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC platforms. We will bring you more information on The Witcher 3, prior to its release as soon as it becomes available. You can read more on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in our previous coverage, here and here.