“This is the nature of games development,” says CD Projekt RED boss
It's only been two days since The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt arrived on PC and consoles and CD Projekt RED are already fielding accusations that they downgraded the visuals for the release version.
Marcin Iwinski co-founder of the Polish studio explained that it isn't always possible to get the game running as well as the pre-release demos do especially with the a game as large and complex as The Witcher 3.
He stated, “We do a certain build for a tradeshow and you pack it, it works, it looks amazing. And you are extremely far away from completing the game. Then you put it in the open-world, regardless of the platform, and it's like 'oh shit, it doesn't really work'. We've already showed it, now we have to make it work. And then we try to make it work on a huge scale. This is the nature of games development."
"If the consoles are not involved there is no Witcher 3 as it is. 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,” Iwinski continued. “Developing only for the PC, we could probably get more, as there would be nothing else – like if we would develop only on Xbox One or PlayStation 4. But then we cannot afford such a game."
"Frankly speaking, we didn't see it as a problem,” he added. "In a way, because of us not seeing it as a problem, and working hard on the game until the very end, that's where we are today and that's why we have to explain. I hope it shows our intentions, because we are not hiding anything. Considering our values, hiding is the last thing we ever want to do. We don't agree there is a downgrade, but it's our opinion, and gamers' feelings 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.”
They do have a large patch on the way for The Witcher 3 on all platforms which includes 600 tweaks to the graphics and a function for the PC players to edit the .ini files which gives them much greater control over the graphical performance of the game.