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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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Sony Has a “Monopoly” on the High-End Japanese Gaming Market, According to a US Senator

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The never-ending saga surrounding Microsoft’s proposed $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard has a new participant.  Today, Senator Maria Cantwell, a Democrat from the state of Washington, said some things about the subject that were hard to understand.

The senator, whose remarks were reported on by ResetEra, spoke at a Senate finance committee hearing on “the president’s 2023 Trade Policy Plan,” which we are sure was quite interesting.

Senator Cantwell said that she had been told that Sony “controls a monopoly of 98% of the high-end game market” despite the fact that “Japan’s government has allowed Sony to engage in blatant anti-competitive conduct through exclusive deals and payments to game publishers, establishing games that are among the most popular in Japan.”

This 98% statistic is highly deceptive because it ignores PC, Nintendo, and mobile games and instead refers to Sony’s adoption rate over Microsoft in Sony’s native country of Japan, a fact that shouldn’t surprise anyone who is even somewhat familiar with the video game business.

What can we do to rectify these problems and create a level playing field, she said of US Trade Representative Katherine Tai after charging Japan’s Federal Trade Commission with improperly failing to look into this purported “exclusionary conduct”?

It is absurd to claim that Sony has a monopoly on the Japanese video game market, as Luke Plunkett of Kotaku correctly points out, “because Sony doesn’t even have a 98% share of the market for the God of War series, a title they own, as Steam is getting 30% of every sale on PC.”

It goes without saying that we can’t expect elected officials to be experts in every field, but this is a visible step at a time when the ongoing attempt to buy the company is at a very important point.

Is it significant that Microsoft, along with Nintendo, maintains its headquarters in Redmond, Washington—Senator Cantwell’s district—or that Microsoft has given Cantwell more than $500,000 over the past two decades?  Let us leave that up to you.

 

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Eating trash, Pizza Possum destroys the PS5

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Pizza Possum is an arcade action game in which you, a possum, attempt to consume as much trash as you can without being discovered.  It is a web-based sequel to the anarchy simulator Untitled Goose Game.It will eventually be available on the PS5.

We couldn’t help but notice that the possum in the title doesn’t look like the cute Australian possum that comes out at night to visit people.On the other hand, it looks like the horrible North American opossums are the ones that will attack trash cans and cause general chaos.Even though we think the second choice was better in terms of theme, we prefer the first one and are happy to explain why.

Your thoughts on Pizza Possum?  Does it possess the necessary mass appeal to successfully skitter along the back fenceline while setting the dog off in the process?

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The Mercenaries, a free piece of DLC for Resident Evil 4 Remake, launches on April 7

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Resident Evil 4 is now out, and the excellent remake can be bought right away.Even though you probably plan to play it all this weekend, you can take comfort in the fact that The Mercenaries, Resident Evil’s almost-required challenge mode, will be available as free DLC on April 7.

The mode’s exact details are still unknown, but if it’s anything like previous versions, you can expect some pretty hard tasks to test your skills.

You’re stumped about something? If you are still debating whether to purchase Resident Evil 4 Remake, be sure to look at our exhaustive guide for the answer or our in-depth review. Are you spending this weekend playing Resident Evil 4? Are you anticipating The Mercenaries?

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