Is The Witcher 3 coming to Xbox One?

CD Projekt Red declines to confirm RPG for next-gen platform, says it will "shed more light" on 2014 game at E3 next month.

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When Microsoft officially announced the Xbox One on Tuesday, a stream of multiplatfom games were confirmed for the next-generation platform. These included Ubisoft games Watch Dogs and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, as well as Bungie's Destiny, the Thief reboot, and Battlefield 4.

Notably absent from the list was CD Projekt Red's 2014 role-playing game The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Asked about this absence, the Polish studio declined to confirm the game for Xbox One, but said more information about the title will be shared next month at the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo.

"We will shed more light on [The Witcher 3] during E3," CD Projekt Red managing director Adam Badowski told GameSpot. "I'm sorry but I can't give you any details right now."

Confirmed platforms thus far for The Witcher 3 are PC and PlayStation 4. The game is not in development for current-generation platforms.

CD Projekt Red CEO Marcin Iwinski said last month that cross-generation development means developers must make compromises that can negatively impact gamers.

"We'd have to put a couple of years of development into [360 and PS3 versions], and then the experience would be so-so," Iwinski said at the time. "We'd never do that."

For more on The Witcher 3, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

479 comments
steelmouth
steelmouth

never played any of The Witcher games are they any good? let check out the reviews and trailers to see if I should try them

griver_heart
griver_heart

Didn't they anounce the game was coming for ps4 hours after the reveal? It really makes you wonder why they are not saying the same for the xbo...

microsoft: *opens wallet*

cdpr: "nope"

Nightrain50
Nightrain50

I hope CDPR refuses to conform to microsofts demands, great studio who has always stood up for the gamers.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I think either the game will show up at MS's E3 Conference or maybe an Xbox One version isn't in the works due to the DRM-like "must connect every 24 hours" feature or even the fact that only 5GB of the Xbox One's 8GB will be used for gaming (while the remaining 3GB will be used strictly for the OS) while the PS4 is allowing full access to their 8GB of GDDR5 RAM. This will be interesting.

Icepick_Trotter
Icepick_Trotter

I don't think current gen is a so-so experience.

I love CDPR but if they have one flaw it's that they're graphics whores.

b10nutz
b10nutz

We just have to wait and see if it will come to Xbox One, although XONE DRM policy is at the opposite end with CDRP policy, not that I care to much about it. 

 Anyway TW3 is a PC must play since they will probably release the Development Kit for it and mods will be a nice addition, or how knows maybe the new consoles are also mod friendly :).......

Justforvisit
Justforvisit

Nope, TV didn't exist in Geralt's Universe :D

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

This will depend on the gaphics requirements for me. If the PC version is more than Witcher 2 I will properly pissed off because I can't run it properly and I'm sure not going to upgrade my computer for it.

I will most likely buy it on PC regardless but if it demands stupid power to play I might just have to go PS4 or whatever it comes out on. At least then it is guaranteed to play.

Jonno621
Jonno621

I imagine if they made an exclusivity deal with Sony (in regards to consoles) it'd do well for them both. By the sounds of it, it'll appeal to a broader base - the past players and the gamers more inclined to play Skryrim. Unless Sony fucks up in the next few months then they're on track to be the major player here, anyway. I look forward to it on my PC, however!

Accuracy158
Accuracy158

I could care less about xbox one.  I just clicked on this because it said Witcher 3 and CD Project... I want everything this developer makes.

TigusVidiks
TigusVidiks

"We'd have to put a couple of years of development into [360 and PS3 versions], and then the experience would be so-so," Iwinski said at the time. "We'd never do that."

Guess what we will get with CoD Ghosts.

AlphaWolF_J
AlphaWolF_J

No point making a game for a platform that will sell in small numbers , and those numbers will not be interested in awesome games like the witcher ,if it means turning COD off.

so the way i see it PS4 and PC its just about spot on

mattress805
mattress805

It is ironic that Microsoft singlehandly united Sony and Microsoft fans within a 24 hr period. I've enjoyed my 360, but I want great games and this is #1 on my next gen list. I'm grateful I got to play the Witcher 2 on xbox because I didn't have a powerful enough pc.  I'll be playing the Witcher 3 on my ps4 when it releases.

liam82517
liam82517

If I was was them and wanted to avoid the drm of xbox one, I would be having talks with sony right now about an exclusivity deal to off set the lost profits from boycotting xbox one.

At this rate I dont think those profits will be that large as the world seems to have united in its hatred of the course microsoft has taken. Will the outrage last? Will it be strong enough to make people jump ship to sony? Time will tell, but I for one hope they do boycott the xbox one. They wont, but I can hope. 

CyrenII
CyrenII

We have to remember that even if CDPR don't support DRM, they still need to try and reach as big an audience as possible. Not everyone can afford a gaming PC like some of us, especially the type that CDPR's games demand. If they skipped Xbox One or PS4, they might just be doing themselves in.

I applaud their efforts to take a strong stance against DRM (and I stand with them), but remember, they're still a business, and skipping an entire platform just as a form of protest isn't going to help them at all.

I'd like them to skip the Xbox One (because, well, f*ck Microsoft), but we need to be realistic. I wouldn't be angry for them if they did develop for the platform, as long as they minimize the damage to consumers and leave DRM out of the PC port (which I know they will).

That being said, amongst the greatest developers ever.

MajahretDiviera
MajahretDiviera

If they do decide to not release on Xbone, then that would be pretty major. Not just because they will be cutting their profit margins, but because a studio as good and well known as CDPR would be standing up against the DRM that MS is trying to spout out from the Xbone. Not only that, CDPR already has a mountain of brownie points from the gaming community, from all the various stances they have against DRM and content that they have continuously provided for the gamers. especially after releasing Witcher 2 for 360, all PC owners got a free patch with all the new content that they had done for the 360. Anywho, whatever they chose ill be behind to support them in it, they have yet to fail me nor have given me any reason to doubt their decision making. For sure i will be buying Witcher 3 for both the PC and PS4 just to show them my support. good day.

Cloud_imperium
Cloud_imperium

The only reason they will release Witcher 3 on Xbox One will be to prove that their Engine supports all platforms so they can license it later . They said it themselves in their report that "Release of the Witcher 3 on alt least 3 high end platforms including PC , PS4 to prove the Engine is playable on all platforms so it can be licensed later . By this we won't have to worry about game sales "

Cloud_imperium
Cloud_imperium

You want to play their games .? Get PC , you never know which of their game will appear on which console .

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

I expect a lot more games in the next gen to be on PC, PS4, and XOne. With them using x86 it is easier than ever to make the game work on all three. Both consoles will be close enough in power to not make it worth it to do tons exclusively with how much easier ports can be.

popegtr
popegtr

If they decide not to release Witcher 3, forget about Cyberpunk 2077 on Xbox Zero.(zero fracking friends)

Legend002
Legend002

It's debuting at MS's press conference. Silence probably means that MS doesn't allow them to speak under a certain deal. If it wasn't coming they would clearly state so like with the possibility of TW2 on the PS3.

Sky_Stifler
Sky_Stifler

@steelmouth Probably my favourite franchise, like people above said, I highly recommend it, also CD Project Red is just too epic not to support :D

Subaru1980
Subaru1980

@steelmouth They are great. Solid storyline, charming chatchters, very adult and demanding gameplay. I personally prefered The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings more

griver_heart
griver_heart

@SavoyPrime some tech reports say ps4 is around 50% more powerfull than the xbo, if they couldnt make the witcher 2 for the ps3 work when the diference wasn't so large I guess the same is possible this time around.

Either that or the company big stand against drm, we'll see at e3.

Solid_Azeus
Solid_Azeus

@Icepick_Trotter CD Projekt CEO did not say current gen is a so-so experience. He said in order words that if you make a game for PS3 and PS2, the PS2 version will have to lose features (due to its less advanced architecture) and will be so-so compared to the PS3 version. Savvy?

Cloud_imperium
Cloud_imperium

@Jonno621 No they haven't . They had plans for Xbox One release and were waiting for the reveal then after that they went silent as were shocked like a lot of us . Whole M$ conference was a big fat joke .

samanoskay
samanoskay

@liam82517 keeping in mind MS has said it will introduce a fixed fee for unlocking used games, and sony will let the developer charge what they want to let u unlock ur game, EA game? why thats 14151235135trillion please kthnksbye.

i think both consoles will use DRM in a BIG way every single company and developer in games atm is obsesed with piracy

Cloud_imperium
Cloud_imperium

@CyrenII "PC Port" .?

Sorry but they make games for PC and ported them to Consoles . No PC port .

TigusVidiks
TigusVidiks

@CyrenII CPD Projekt has always been on the frontline of the  devs against DRM's and online passes. Not saying witcher 3 won't be there, but I actually wouldn't be suprised if they decided not to release it for the XB1.

TigusVidiks
TigusVidiks

@MajahretDiviera there are several studios that are against it. Saying that MS did this because of devs preassure is an excuse, nothing else. They didn't announce they were giving devs the chance to charge for used. They announced they would be charging it themselves despite the devs opinion.
So CDProjeckt may be truly against it and decide not to go there.

kik4444
kik4444

@xhawk27 Where the hell did you hear that???? If you don't have a connection at the moment and you start steam, it will offer you to retry to connect or to start in offline mode. Even if you're online you can go to the settings and click "Restart in offline mode".

Cloud_imperium
Cloud_imperium

@xhawk27 Steam doesn't force you to go online once a day . Even origin don't , just right click on network connection on taskbar , select repair , the connection will go offline for 15 seconds to refresh . Launch origin , play game offline . Internet connection will be online in the background once the game is launched and your downloads will not be interrupted .

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

@xhawk27 

Optional DRM, and the game will be released on GOG DRM free.

stanknuggetz12
stanknuggetz12

Cdproject red said they were gonna release witcher 2 on ps3. Hmmm how'd that work out for ps fans. Not only is it gonna be on Xbox one but its gonna have something special about it hence the wait to e3 to tell us about it.

Icepick_Trotter
Icepick_Trotter

@Solid_Azeus @Icepick_Trotter 
Ture.
But would you feel it a so-so experience if you only got to play the PS2 version? So much so that it would be preferable that a PS2 version didn't exist even if that's the only one you can get?

Vojtass
Vojtass

@TigusVidiks @CyrenII I think the most important is TW3 without DRM on their own platform (GOG.com) and PC retail version. I was sick of SecuROM Online. It fucked up an entire PC release.

NeOmeGamer
NeOmeGamer

@stanknuggetz12 That wasn't because of exclusive deal idiot but because PS3 was lot harder to develop for. Which they said was the reason. Now that PS4 is more dev friendly than ever, and allows self-publishing of indie devs that means it's a go2 next-gen console for all serious studios.


Icepick_Trotter
Icepick_Trotter

@Solid_Azeus 
Never looked at it that way, although the generation gap is going to be nowhere near as large as it was back when PS2 vs PS3 for anyone to have to compromise that much.
Still i guess everyone will have to go next gen eventually so now is as good a time as any.
I'll start saving up for a new PC ... :(

Solid_Azeus
Solid_Azeus

@Icepick_Trotter @Solid_Azeus You make an understandable point and I agree. But I also understand that CD projekt wants to make an optimal quality product and would prefer not to make a similar product of lesser quality.

Personally, I want a Bugatti Veyron. It's the best possible car that has been made to be optimized for the highest speed. Thing is I don't have one because I can't afford one yet but I would never want Volkswagen to make a less faster car so I can afford it. Why? because it would not really be THE Bugatti Veyron anymore that I luv; manufactured to the highest engineering standards currently known to man to attain the highest speed possible of a car. :)

NeOmeGamer
NeOmeGamer

@Sardinar @Cloud_imperium @Jonno621 Im Polish, and I know Polish homies, when we dodge obvious question is because we don't want to hurt your feelings, in that case it's hard to tell you. Xbox, go home ;P