The Witcher 3’s PS4/Xbox One Visuals “Will Blow You Away” Says CD Projekt RED


The Witcher series is known for being about as graphically demanding as possible. Somehow CD Projekt RED is able to squeeze an amazing amount of visual fidelity and performance out of their in-house developed REDengine 3. I had a chance to catch up with the dev team recently, and a few of my questions were in reference to how a smaller, independent studio is able to trump the visuals that 95% of other studios create. CDPR senior art producer, Michal  Krzemiński explained,

First of all, thank you for the complement. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is powered by our proprietary engine called REDengine 3. Currently we’re working on the third iteration of the tech and it proves a really potent tool in delivering both eyecandy and solid performance. But that’s only half of the story, even the best tech doesn’t mean anything when the people who use it don’t do it with passion. The team here at RED consists of some of the most talented and passionate people I’ve seen in the industry and I think that’s the special ingredient that makes our games stand out.

When I asked Krzemiński to describe the visuals of The Witcher 3 and which platform is currently performing the best, he replied,

Oh, I don’t like creating such dichotomies between platforms. Imagine we’re making an airplane instead of a game – we finished the left side of the plane, and we’re just starting work on the right side. A person comes by and asks which side has better aerodynamics at this point in time. Well, the obvious answer would be “the left one”. Is that the right answer, though? The process of developing a game is a complicated thing (more complicated than most gamers think), at this point in time differences in performance may stem from the fact that we haven’t finished a segment of code and not because a given platform has less potential. We treat both platforms equally and both the PS4 and Xbox One will blow you away in terms of visuals.

When I pressed further for the current resolution and frame-rate of The Witcher 3, I was told,

The (current) game does not represent the final quality and hasn’t been optimized yet, so answering this question is pretty much pointless.

Historically, the visuals of The Witcher have always managed to impress the gaming community, and I have no doubt they will continue to do so as the book closes on Geralt’s journey. Lastly, I wanted to know what the studio hopes will cement the legacy of The Witcher trilogy,

That’s a really tough one to answer. I think that we’ve already managed to set a trend for maturity in games. The way we tell stories, and what these stories are all about, seems to have hooked gamers and left them wanting more. All the shades of gray in The Witcher games, operating on the edge of morality, and meaningful choices and consequences – if we left a mark on the genre, I think these things are it. Having that said, I think, as a studio, we’re too humble to talk about legacies or heritage, we just try to make the best RPGs and gamers seem to resonate with what we do.

CD Projekt RED has undoubtedly set the standard for maturity in RPG’s. Moral gray areas are where compelling dramas lie. The inner conflict and alienation Geralt constantly struggles with define him as a believable character. Hopefully, this type of inspired storytelling follows the studio into the future with Cyberpunk 2077.

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Dylan Zellmer

Dylan splits time between games journalism, designing video games, and playing them. Outside of his deep involvement in the games industry, he enjoys It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Shameless, A Song of Ice and Fire, fitness, and family.
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  • dave

    The million dollar question is will PS4 be 1080p and XB1 less?

    • Mikeherp Derp

      Rumor is Xbox is 720p and PS4 is 900p, but they are aiming for 1080p.

    • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

      well given that Wolfenstein:The New Order will be 1080p@60fps on both, I think it’s safe to say the same will follow for most, if not possibly all mutli plats from here on out, which includes The Witcher 3. Be at peace, grasshopper.

      • Lemondish

        That’s not a safe assumption. Wolfenstein looks nothing like the eye candy of even cross gen titles we’re seeing released today. I expect 900p on PS4 and 720p on Xbox. Both at 30fps.

        • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

          yes but the quality is most likely not representative of the final build and the game releases within a few months. the final build usually gets done within the last month of development or a little more so I expect a minor improvement at this stage. Also, this game has most likely been in development for awhile and probably doesn’t even use the most recent tech so it’s sorta unsurprising it doesn’t look as polished as other cross gen titles, like an earlier version of id Tech 5 compared to the more modified version The Evil Within is using. the fps is 50/50 at this stage as it’s been all over the place with that. they’ll probably give that info at E3 or during the summer though. plus, Respawn did say they’re supposedly getting new builds that help improve performance so even though Titanfall won’t be 1080p, Witcher 3 might, especially since it’s next gen only, unlike Titanfall. If there is no parity, then Xbox One will be @900p with PS4 @1080p. 720p will be over, or close to it, if the info recently released is anything to go by. I doubt Wolfenstein’s parity is a fluke, but also take into account PS4 has more advantages, so parity is more likely than not but anything can happen so we’ll just have to wait to hear officially from CD Projekt RED since there’s little to no info on that. not saying you’re wrong at all, but given the pace of things, it seems Microsoft is closer to bridging that gap, and they’re much more serious about the resolution and frame rate gate than they’ve been letting on all this time.

    • d0x360

      No the million dollar question is how fun is the game. It is not what resolution it runs at.

  • Dave

    Well done Dylan, that was a great read.

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  • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

    Passion? A dev that actually mentions passion as a drive for their creativity. Proud of you CD Projekt RED ( I really wish I could pronounce that name in their original language).

  • Dennis Crosby

    I don’t care as long as the game play is great graphics could look like crap I’ll still play

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  • Angel Duarte

    Will this studio shut the f*ck up already? Constantly sucking their own
    dick about how good their game looks. Yeah fuckin right, we’ve all seen
    the game already and you’re delusional if you think it’s anything other
    titles haven’t already totally destroyed. SHUT UP. So sick of this game
    design team always complimenting themselves or pretending like they’re
    always creating visual masterpieces. GET A GRIP.

    When you’re good at something, you’ll tell everyone. When you’re great, they’ll tell you.

    • d0x360

      So you have seen an open world game look as good as witcher 3? Where? What? Is it the devs fault if someone gives them a compliment and asks how they achieve such results with a small team?

  • ImonadrugcalledCharlieSheen

    Just PS4 will blow you away more….