Xbox 360 The Witcher 2 to prove "heavy RPGs aren't only" on PC
Posted: 24.08.2011 13:55 by Simon Priest Comments: 10
CD Projekt RED hope that The Witcher 2 for Xbox 360 will "gain interest of mature" gamers on Xbox 360, and help dispel the idea that heavy-RPGs are PC only.

It's maybe "tradition a little bit" that story-heavy RPGs only survive on PC, as that's where they began. The studio is unsure - it could be a "different group" issue.

"We hope to bring a really good RPG to consoles so we hope to gain interest of mature players who are looking for something story driven and story heavy, but we hope to prove heavy RPGs arenít only made on PCs but they can also be played on consoles and can be successful there," said developer Marek Ciemak of CD Projekt RED.

"I hope that we open a way for other big, strong, story heavy RPGs to find their own players on consoles, not only PC." The Witcher 2 will come up against Bethesda's Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, but they each offer something markedly different says Ciemak.

"Sure they will. But thatís our target, first of all, and we believe that itís hard to beat us in terms of story and storytelling," he said. Skyrim is open-world, where The Witcher 2 isn't.

"Theyíre focused on their huge open world exploration and weíre a little more into the intense storytelling with a lot of dialogue, focus on story... so weíre still RPG games, sure, but two sides of the same genre, you know?"

Are 'heavy-RPGs' PC only? "Hard to say. Maybe itís tradition a little bit. But a lot of games are dated back to when they were on PC like Baldurís Gate and Morrowind seriesÖ okay, Morrowind is now on consoles also, but the beginnings were on PC," he said.

"So maybe many players who used to play those story-heavy RPGs stick to it and still play them on PC. So thatís one thing."

"The other is probablyÖ ahhh. Itís hard to say. Itís an interesting question. Iíve thought about it a few times already but I donít know the right answer."

"I can only guess. Maybe itís tradition, maybe there are a different group of players playing PC games and console games but to be honest, nowadays, many people own many different machines. Not only consoles but also PCs," Ciemak noted.

"So itís all beginning to change and open to a bigger market." The Witcher 2 releases on Xbox 360 early in 2012. The PC version will update for free to 'version 2.0' as the CD Projekt RED studio promises numerous enhancements to the game.

Source: NowGamer
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By unsilviu (SI Core) on Aug 24, 2011
Best RPG I've ever played. Hell, best game I've ever played in terms of how satisfying it was. I don't see Skyrim as possibly competing with it ;)
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Aug 24, 2011
Scary part is that the games will be even more focused on the Xbox and PS3 crowd - Dragon Age 2 showed how that can be... But on the other hand - forcing the console huggers (no offence - I got two myself, consoles, not console huggers) to play like on the PC with more demanding games and tradition - and they get to see the good parts - then the RPG genre can become more vital which would be wonderful.
By K3Spice (SI Core) on Aug 24, 2011
Of course hard core story driven RPG's can be on consoles. But once you put them on consoles you begin to limit the possibilities dramatically...
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Aug 24, 2011
...and increase the profit margins for the Developers and Publishers. Once any Dev sets off down the console path, there will always be concessions, cuts and limitations on future releases restricted as any code is to console architecture. Shame for PC enthusiasts but the logical and inevitable result of the evolution of video games.
By VagabondSW (SI Newbie) on Aug 24, 2011
By unsilviu (SI Core) on Aug 24, 2011
Actually, consoles are strictly-speaking a devolution :P PC gaming came after many decades and generations of consoles. And I don't, I won't believe that CD Project will start making the Witcher games with a console audience in mind. I'm still high after finishing TW2 though, so I might not be completely logical ^^
@Vagabond Usually I think it's considered considerate to say more than "Nice" or "cool", otherwise it's kind of spam...
By junior_birdman (SI Newbie) on Aug 25, 2011
There will ALWAYS be PC-centric games - including RPGs. People complaining about "consolization" are ignoring the fact that PC gaming is more innovating and diverse than ever.
By xhanat (SI Newbie) on Aug 27, 2011
Really GREAT rpg
By bosnian_dragon (SI Core) on Aug 28, 2011
RPG game is a very broad term. I don't see a problem in console based RPGs, but however, I do think that PC RPGs should stay on PC. It's really sad to see an original PC title being downgraded to console style gaming.
By unsilviu (SI Core) on Aug 28, 2011
It's not downgraded, it was actually designed with accessibility for multiple platforms in mind.