The Witcher 3 may not live up to its PR-fueled vision


The Witcher 3 is easily one of the most anticipated games of 2015. If you even remotely consider yourself a fan of RPGs, chances are that the game’s been on your radar for quite some time now. It’s disappointing, then, to hear of the possibility that it may not live up to CD Projekt Red’s vision and, ultimately, the expectations of fans.

The Witcher 3 is currently in development for the Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC. The game is set to release on February 24.

A random Neogaf member claiming to have inside knowledge, and whose credentials have been verified by an administrator, had some vague yet rather alarming things to share regarding the game’s progress.

PR is creating an overblown vision of a game that doesn’t exist while the team is in crazy crunch time for over a year now.

Well in the end it’s my words vs CDP PR. I mean why should you believe me if I have no solid evidence to show? But that’s kind of my point, CDP built a very good relationship with gamers and now it’s paying off as opposed to say EA. I do have inside knowledge, I did have contact with the game but again NDA and such plus I’m just a dude on the internet. My only point is that GAF should take everything CDP says with a grain of salt.

He went on to warn gamers, particularly those who play on the PS4 and Xbox One, to wait for the game’s critical reception before spending money on it.

Just to sum up my messy line of thinking – don’t pre-order the game (especially on consoles). Wait for the reviews, then decide or don’t pay attention to a random dude on the internet and do what you want with your money.

We usually disregard such information as baseless, but given that the individual has been verified as a legitimate source by a Neogaf administrator, it’s a little hard to ignore. Couple this with the recent batch of screenshots that looked a little underwhelming in comparison to previous footage, and it becomes easy to put two and two together.

 We certainly hope someone from CD Projekt Red’s PR issues a statement on the matter, if only to clear the air.

  • AvanStrike

    Hahahaha this was funny.

  • Colin

    I’m not sure where the new screenshots could be called underwhelming. Even in the one you posted: yes, draw distance is a bit shit, but look at close range flora density and textures. Look at distant landscape textures on that mountain.

    It comes down to whether or not you trust CD Projekt Red. I do. They haven’t disappointed me yet, and nothing I’ve seen from the demos shown since Witcher 3 was announced 18 months ago has indicated that Witcher 3 will be disappointing in the least. Skyrim with a compelling story, better combat, larger world, more oooh-shiny-pretty graphics?

    If they couldn’t make their release, they’d delay the release. Which they already did. If there’s anything at release they’re still not happy with, they’ll patch it for free (see Witcher 2 Enhanced Edition).

  • d0x360

    Gearnuke…please I beg of you to get rid of all the overlays. I generally browse this site on a mobile device and the overlays bring nothing but frustration. They randomly appear and block content and are often hard to close.

    • Guest

      …and they also pay GearNuke’s bills. They’re not going anywhere.

      • d0x360

        The overlays aren’t ads so no they don’t pay the bills.

        If they were ads and they are so intrusive people stop visiting the site that’s pretty bad for the bills too wouldn’t you say? There are better ways of getting ad revenue than annoying your viewers till they decided never to come back.

  • snake8989

    They took gaming bloodily seriously.

  • Naxemar

    I think you should see the E3 Microsoft stage video from Xbox One, for me grafiics on Xbox is amazing, than imagine how it would be on PC Ultra settings, witch we weren’t able to see it anywhere till now, maybe in the trailer but trailers are usually extra polished. Let’s hope that CDP Red will show us all versions PS4,XBOX,PC in time.

  • Guest

    “My only point is that GAF should take everything CDP says with a grain of salt.”
    I’d rather take ANYTHING that comes from NeoGAF, the ultimate loser at real life community, with a ton of salt. They’re full of BS “insiders” looking for clickfame. Verified by an admin means NOTHING over there as they enjoy the traffic. Pathetic paupers!

    • d0x360

      Yea gotta agree there. The whole site over the last 2 Years has become a circle jerk.

      There has also been tons of “insiders” discrediting various games and chances are these insiders are actually working on competing products.

      I wouldn’t be shocked if this guy was working on dragon age.

      Cdpr has done a ton of live demos of the game so we know what its about already. If the game is even half of what they say it’s going to be amazing

  • Jan Compaf

    Cant be worse than the latest overhyped flops aka Destiny and Alien

  • jean-Alexandre thibault

    I actually agree with this.

    After Destiny’s mediocre content coupled with immense hype, you have to watch out.

    Should be a great game though. The 2nd was awesome …

  • I thought the new screenshots looked amazing not underwhelming…

    • Sasha Mazendame

      It’s insane how gamer standards on graphics have become, with how much they scrutinize games their eyes must be able to see microscopic details.

      • EX+

        And then they bitch about gameplay over graphics when they get that microscopic detail.