CD Projekt RED Boss Says No ‘The Witcher 3’ Beta; Talks Delay, Open-World, Game of Thrones and More

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At the pre-E3 Witcher 3 event, I spoke very briefly with CD Projekt RED co-founder Marcin Iwinski on the studio’s upcoming Witcher installment, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, about the game’s delay, its open-world setting, a potential beta, Game of Thrones, and a few other things. See what he had to say below.

First off, we asked about The Witcher 3‘s delay since the game was originally supposed to release this Fall (I know its Autumn, but I’m an American. We say Fall.):

“You know, the reason in our case is always the same – we want to make the game better. We want to make the game perfect; but that’s never possible because if you tell developers to make a perfect game they’ll never release it. So, we thought we could release it this Fall, but we would like to polish, we would like to work on it longer.

“I think the motivation is simple – we want to make the game better. And we are a publicly traded company, so believe me–I’m actually one of the owners–so from the investor-side there’s always a push, but as we control the company, we are gamers, we say, ‘Hey guys, sorry, but the game has to be great,’ and that’s what people are waiting for.”

Then, on the topic of open-world settings in games, especially in regards to new-gen consoles, Iwinski says for them its more of a setting than being a primary factor:

“For some games open-world is really all they have, and for us it’s just a setting to tell a story – It’s not linear by far, but it’s story-driven, so the story is pushing it forward. You can keep on doing side quests, but you are there really for the story. So, hunting monsters is a very important part of the game and you do a lot of it in the game, but I think you’ll really want to find out about Geralt’s true motivation is history and whatever is haunting him inside.”

The Witcher 3 has a lot to it, but Iwinski says that his favorite part of the game is the freedom – queue Mel Gibson “FREEEDDDOOOMMM”:

“You know, it’s still in development so I see bits and pieces, but I really like the freedom. I really like the freedom, because coming from Witcher 1, which I really loved for the story and the twists, and there’s no clear distinction  between good and evil. We’re not talking that much about it because of Witcher 3, but I like games, I like TV series and movies, which are surprising to me and that’s what I get from the Witcher.

“There is a story and nothing of itself is like real life, that’s why I’m a huge fan of Game of Thrones; which I read before so the TV series is nothing new. I read all the books before and I still enjoy the show very much. With The Witcher 3 I really see that there are no limitations, I can go wherever I want – there may be for some time I will not progress with the main story, but that’s the freedom and that’s great.

Iwinski confirmed that the game is not playable at E3, but said that they would like to have it playable in the future.

“It’s not playable. We think at a certain point we’ll have playable sessions, but it’ll have to be in a quite and isolated environment – you’ll have to have more time, because if you’re talking about a story-driven RPG with character development, keeping people 15-20 minutes on a stage it’s not giving the game justice.”

Then, I quickly asked if they have any sort of plan for a beta or something along those lines:

“No, no. We want to release the final game. I mean, we wouldn’t want to spoil the story. Some people will go like ‘Hey! I did this, I did that’ and other people will be unexcited.”

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt releases for Xbox One, PS4, and PC on February 24, 2015. Be sure to enter our giveaway for a chance to win a free pre-order code for The Witcher 3!