In a recent video on Game Informer, The Witcher 3's game director gave the statement "Skyrim -- it was generic." He went on to explain how characters should react to what you are doing for a game to be truly immersive. He said he tried to think of five good characters from Skyrim and that he couldn't. Those are some bold swings at the current king of role-playing games.
While Skyrim is awesome, what Konrad Tomaszkiewicz said about the lack of characters is pretty accurate. This is a game about the world and the characters are just bland actors inhabiting said world.
When The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt was revealed, there was a lot of statements being made on how it would be bigger and better with an open world to explore. While this may sound great, it might just be an attempt to capture some of the market that loves games such as Skyrim.
Creating a massive open-world title can be a very difficult thing to do. Bethesda has been at the Elder Scrolls series for almost twenty years now. Even after all of this time, they are still rather buggy and lacking in story. The reason people overlook the bugs and lack of decent characters and plot in a game like Skyrim is because of how massive the world is. You can go anywhere and do anything, and there's hundreds of hours of gameplay to be had.
The Witcher series has always been very focused on the story and the characters involved. CD Projekt RED does an excellent job of creating characters and a story, and it feels like you are actually Geralt hanging out in a tavern with Dandelion and friends.
I don't want to get my peanuts mixed up in my chocolate. The Witcher is about characters and Skyrim is about the world. Sure, it would be terrific to have a game that can be both, but it's easier said than done to incorporate a deep story into an open world on the scale that's being talked about. If you're going to have a game that focuses on story, it's much easier to create small slices of an area then to create the entire area. I think it's going to be a technical miracle for a developer to make a game as big as Skyrim with the depth of The Witcher. It's not impossible, but I don't think we're quite there yet.
|2:30 PM on 06.17.2013|
DLC for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on PC will be free
As a development studio, CD Projekt RED is easy to look up to. That general sentiment continues following an interview with Rock, Paper, Shotgun discussing DRM and downloadable content for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on PC and c...more
|6:30 PM on 06.12.2013|
The Witcher 3 will use your Witcher 2 save file
I hope you backed up your save folder regularly, because CD Projeckt Red have confirmed that The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt will import your save game from The Witcher 2, making changes to the story accordingly. Right now, this...more
|1:22 PM on 06.12.2013|
The Witcher 3 impressed the hell out of me
Those of you who haven't really gotten into The Witcher series might not be too invested in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt yet despite how great it looks. That's something you'll want to change leading up to release acros...more
|8:45 PM on 06.11.2013|
Witcher 3 developer diary explains the story so far
Following the announcement that The Witcher 3 will be on Xbox One and Playstation 4, CD Projekt Red have released a developer diary showing off more of the game and talking about the story planned for the new game, as well a...more
|2:48 PM on 06.10.2013|
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt creeps onto Xbox One
I have been a big fan of The Witcher series ever since I tried out the first one back in 2007 at a friend's recommendation. Since then, I have been following Andrzej Sapkowski's work on The Witcher novels and closely followi...more
|12:42 PM on 06.10.2013|
Witcher 3 coming to Xbox One with SmartGlass support
CD Projekt Red showed up at the Xbox One announcement to declare that The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt will be coming to the Xbox One. The game will be fully open world, and carry on the dark storytelling that the The Witche...more
|2:30 PM on 04.26.2013|
There's 'no place' for multiplayer in The Witcher 3
While CD Projekt RED had previously mentioned its interest in experimenting with multiplayer as a possibility for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, plans to move forward with such a feature have been dropped. The studio "strongly [fe...more
|9:30 PM on 03.05.2013|
This Witcher 3 interview proves that beards are sexy
In an interview with Rock Paper Shotgun, CD Projekt revealed the reasoning behind the decision to give the previously beard-less Geralt a beard in The Witcher 3. Michał Platkow-Gilewski of CD Projekt said that ...more
|1:15 PM on 03.01.2013|
Have a bunch of Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots
Official screenshots for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have been released, allowing us to move away from looking at watermark-filled images and magazine scans. Some of this stuff will look familiar if you've been keeping track, bu...more
|4:15 PM on 02.28.2013|
More details on The Witcher 3's new influences
When Patrick compiled a list of things he wanted to see changed in The Witcher 3, the gameplay and mechanics were things he felt needed an overhaul. Official Xbox Magazine has gotten some details from some German PC sites tha...more
|8:30 AM on 06.19.2013|
Kingdom Hearts III will pick up after Kingdom Hearts 3D
It looks like more details are coming in for Kingdom Hearts III, and things are actually looking pretty good. Although it can be expected, through a Famitsu Weekly interview it is now confirmed that the game will continue aft...more
|3:15 PM on 06.18.2013|
Final Fantasy XII HD a possibility if X, X-2 HD succeed
RPG Site spoke with Final Fantasy X & X-2 HD producer Yoshinoro Kitase, who directed Final Fantasy X and other Square Enix staples, about the process behind remastering the well-loved title and the decision to include Fin...more
|11:30 AM on 06.18.2013|
I don't want to forget about Ys: Memories of Celceta
XSEED Games may have single-handedly championed the Sony Vita at this year's E3. Not one, but three offerings are slated from the niche publishing localization house. Japanese RPGs like Valhalla Knights 3 and Ragna...more