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CD Projekt Red Addresses Witcher 3 Graphical Downgrade

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has released to critical acclaim across the board. It’s hard to throw a rock without hitting a rave review for CD Projekt Red’s RPG, including a 10 out of 10 from Gamespot, becoming only the 9th game in history the site has given a perfect score. Despite the game’s success, however, The Witcher 3 has also been subject to complaints about a downgrade in graphical quality.

The complaints revolve around a PC gameplay trailer that aired two years ago at VGX. A comparison of that trailer to the finished game shows a marked difference in graphical quality, with the VGX trailer appearing to be much more detailed. The assumption here was that the graphics had to be downgraded so the game would run on the Xbox One and Playstation 4, but some people were still disappointed that the higher quality graphics couldn’t be preserved for the PC version. As time wore on, questions over this continued to arise, with people starting to accuse CD Projekt Red of deliberately misleading their fans.

In an interview with Eurogamer, CD Projekt Red’s co-founder Marcin Iwinski confirmed that there was indeed a change in the game’s graphical quality. The reason for the change basically boils down to the fact that, two years ago, the game was still fairly early in development. It’s a fact of game development that changes like this are made several times, so a gameplay trailer that early on was never likely to be representative of the final game. “We do a certain build for a tradeshow and you pack it, it works, it looks amazing,” Iwinski said. “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.”

Console limitations were also a factor, however. “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,” Iwinski said. But developing the game only for PC was not an option. “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.”

So there it is. CD Projekt Red didn’t want to downgrade The Witcher 3‘s graphics, but it wasn’t feasible to develop at that level for consoles. And don’t be mad at consoles. Like it or not, they make up a huge portion of the gaming market and without them, CD Projekt Red wouldn’t have had the funds to create The Witcher 3 at all. It’s also worth remembering that there’s a huge patch coming to the PC version in a week or so, which will apparently include 600 changes, so that should improve the graphics quite a bit. There’s also a patch coming that will allow PC users to change the .ini files, so savvy users can further tweak their settings.

Rhiannon likes video games and she likes writing, so she decided to combine them. As well as writing about video games, she also belts out the occasional science fiction or fantasy story, edits videos, and eats strawberry oreos. In that order.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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