The Witcher 2 Devs Working on Two Titles for Next-Gen Consoles
Written Friday, February 17, 2012 By Lee BradleyView author's profile
CD Project RED are working on two new games for the next-generation of consoles, due to hit in 2014/15. Both AAA titles, one is a brand new IP and the other is believed to be The Witcher 3, the follow-up to their dark fantasy RPG hitting Xbox 360 later in the year.
"We are definitely starting for new consoles," said managing director Adam Badowski. Head of marketing Michal Platkow-Gilewski added, "The market is ready for something new, for something faster, more powerful."
Badowski continued, "I can tell you we are and we were focusing on powerful gaming rigs. We're going to do something amazing, so we need extra processors.
"It will be multi-platform game, so the multi-release at the same time. But if you are talking about leading platform, we will use most powerful, just because it can give us the freedom of creation.
Almost letting slip details about a next-gen console, Badowski revealed that his team had already begun building a new engine to take advantage of the increased power. "We've already started," he said. "We prepared a backlog for the new features quite a long time ago.
"You probably know that we've decided to develop our new engine that is called Red Engine, so we've prepared a long-term plan for that engine. So we are yes, yes we are developing some features just for the new..."
However, Platkow-Gilewski interrupted, "We are anticipating what the new generations of consoles may be."
The developers inferred, however, that they are not in possession of next-gen dev kits and are merely hoping for a “lucky guess” as to what specs the platforms may have. Badowski says they will be "quite powerful but nothing extraordinary.”
As for the new IP the developers are working on, it will be an RPG. But beyond that they remain tight-lipped. "We are staying in RPG," Badowski said. "The whole scenario is quite simple: we're going to create almost exactly the same kind of team, and our policy is to create RPG games for mature audiences.
“But of course the second title will be different than the first one,” he continued. “We need to change universe and gameplay mechanics, but the game will be based on a deep scenario as [are] The Witcher games."
Furthermore, CD Project RED are not ready to confirm that the other AAA title they have in development is The Witcher 3. They are hinting at it though.
"Frankly speaking, [we’re] not [ready] yet," said Platkow-Gilewski. "Give us some time; I'm sure we will announce it pretty fast in the following months, but we want to do everything in the proper order. And right now we are focused on polishing and bringing the Enhanced Edition to Xbox 360 and PC."
"Especially as on Xbox 360 we don't have the first instalment of The Witcher. So we want to slowly enter the market, educate our gamers/customers - we don't want to [talk] too much about our future projects for now."
The developers also hinted that they have another, smaller, project on the go that may have something to do with The Witcher 1, which has not been ported to consoles.
You are unpacking the gift, you know," Platkow-Gilewski said. "Really soon we will inform the community about our surprise. It will come pretty soon, in the following two months."
Platkow-Gilewski concluded, "Believe us, we want to do as much as possible."
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition for Xbox 360 on April 17th, 2012.