Is The Witcher 3 going to be be a disappointment?

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As I’ve been saying for just about ever, The Witcher 3 is sitting pretty, right at the very top of the increasingly large pile of game’s I’m terribly excited for. It’s been delayed once or twice now, and will finally be upon us in February next year, a week or so before my Birthday, if you had any gifts in mind. According to a random person on the internet though, those of us eagerly awaiting the second coming in RPG form might be setting ourselves up for disappointment.

According to Anaxymenes on neoGAF an apparent CD Projekt Red Insider, the game has been in a bit of a development nightmare for ages now – mostly a result of PR promising the moon, when the developers are able to deliver just a slice of cheese.

In a thread about the new screenshots we showed last week, user Anaxymenes said this:

it looks like many gaffers are painting CDP as some magical dev studio with only the best of interests of the gamers in mind. Trust me they are not. The bullshitting with the Witcher 3 started from day 1. 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. There’s some bad shit going on that if GAF knew GAF would not like.

He went on to say

Well in the end it’s my words vs CDP PR. I mean why should You belive my if I have no solid evidence to show? But that’s kind of my point, CDP build a very good realationship with gamers and now it’s paying off as oppose 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. EDIT: Just to some up my messy line of thinking – don’t preorder tha game (especially on consols) 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.

Now usually, this sort of insane rambling is the sort of stuff it would be best to ignore. It’s all usually some sort of posturing for attention-grabbing’s sake, which is exactly what the famed forums’ users said. neoGAF doesn’t take too kindly to people coming about and spreading unfounded “tales from their ass,” but his authenticity was verified by an admin.

Good morning. Anaxymenes has been vetted and cleared. Thanks.

That means that the user in question has been confirmed to possess inside knowledge of some sort regarding CD Projekt RED or The Witcher 3 in some capacity.

I’ve seen the game running with my own eyeballs a number of times, and it looks incredible. Personally, I have every faith that it’ll deliver upon most, if not all of its promises.

That said, all of my viewings have been in a controlled environment. The Witcher 3 is also far more ambitious than anything CDPR has put out to date – let’s just hope that its ambition doesn’t get the better of them.

Last Updated: October 6, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • JJ of Meridian

    Give us an immense world with lots to do without compromising story and action, and we’ll be happy.

  • CAE9872

    Where is Ryanza – he is not going to be happy 🙂

    Personally the Witcher games don’t seem to be doing anything massively different. I am sure they are great games, but to pretend it is 2nd coming – well that doesn’t make much sense. I expect 3 to be good, but probably just like the last 2.

    Or was there something they announced that makes this super-duper?

    • Viking Of Divinity

      It can’t be just like the last 2, if those were wildly different from one another. o_O

    • Ryanza

      I posted this news in the comments section of the last Witcher 3 article about the new pics released and commented on it in, 2 days ago. So this article is not news to me.

      And I’m getting the PC version. So I’m going to be happy. It’s the console version that needs to watch out.

    • Jimbob

      The way the Witcher series handles choices and consequences in the story is different from other RPGs, including BioWare’s games. The Witcher also has a very well-thought-out fantasy world some people have described as “Lord Of The Rings X Game Of Thrones” –that alone makes it unique.

      The Witcher 3 is “super duper” because it has an open-world bigger than Skyrim’s while retaining the deep story and meaningful choices and consequences from the previous games. Normally, the bigger a game’s world is the more repetitive the quests/missions are, but the Witcher 3 claims to fix this. On top of that it has good combat system and deep character customization like you expect from an RPG.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    One person only. Sounds more like someone who’s grapes are a bit sour for some reason. A no-DRM version plus the enhanced editions of Witcher 1 & 2, which were free btw, point to a dev that does care about their customers.

    I also remember the articles a while back about senior W3 devs leaving the company. So whether it’s a great game or not that lives up to every bit of hype – well, we’ll see when we play it. I hope it’s good because I loved the first two, and if it isn’t then I got a cool statue & medallion anyway. And I won’t preorder Cyberpunk 2077.

  • Cadis Etrama Di Umar

    Samuel L is on point!
    “I’m tired of these Mother F***kn insiders on these Mother F***kn forums!”

  • Sageville

    I hope they include DRM…..

    • Spaffy

      Why is the f-ing dislike button NOT WORKING!!!

    • Ryanza

      The DRM included in The Witcher 2 caused the game to take a massive frames hit.

      So if you like to play your games one frame at a time. Get the Steam DRM version.

      • Sageville

        You know, I post these just for you, so feel special goddamit!

        • Ryanza


      • Johan du Preez

        My steam version runs the same as my gog version ?

        Did you take your meds today ?

        • Ryanza

          I know. I was making a joke.

          No Need for Steam love on here.

  • Hammersteyn

    Well they aren’t enforcing DRM so yeah, best interest of the gamers indeed. This is what’s called a Player First practice. Take note EA.

    • JJ of Meridian

      You really think EA will read this? They’re too busy figuring out a new way to screw over their customers

      • Hammersteyn

        There is still good left in them, I can sense it.

        • JJ of Meridian

          That’s what Luke said about Darth Vader and he killed himself to prove it. I don’t think we’ll be that lucky with EA.

  • Because internet!

  • Guild

    Waiting for the next delay announcement and the back tracking on that was promised. And wait for it…..DRM

  • What a load of crud. I never believe anything that’s written in the style of a eight-year-old 4Chan user or Geoff and believe it.

    • JJ of Meridian

      Those aren’t mutually exclusive though 😉

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      I especially like the part where he says he can’t say anything because of an NDA.

      “Hey guys, random person here with “verified” id, it’s really bad & you shouldn’t preorder, but I can’t tell you why because of an NDA.” Uh huh. Okay.

  • JHN

    After playing 1 & 2 and loving both of them I will take the chance and let my pre order stand. That plus I wouldnt trust anyone on neoGAF anyway.

  • Xcalibersa

    Thanks cancelled my preorder …

  • Viking Of Divinity

    Wait a minute, what if this “insider” works for a rival company, trying to sow dissent and have pre-orders cancelled….

  • Ryanza

    Let me try not to make this long.

    The guy with the inside information said nothing of worth and value. Said that people love CD Projekt RED and he can’t understand why. Now I can go on forever about the why and I’m sure a lot of CD Projekt RED fans can do the same. Let me just mention NO DRM and when The Witcher 2 was released it looked amazing on PC.

    The insider guy said that CD Projekt RED doesn’t care about the gamers. I don’t care about that so long as they focused on the game. No video game development is smooth sailing. I would rather have CD Projekt RED aim for the stars and try to get close than aim for the same type of shit like Call of Duty every year or aim for milking a product for all it’s worth EA style.

    Expectations. What can you expect from a open world sand box type of game on consoles. You can expect a game that doesn’t look so good with lower resolutions, lower frames, lower textures. Don’t expect The Witcher 3 to melt your eyes from a sand-box type console game. It’s not going to happen. Ask Rockstar.

    What you should expect from The Witcher 3 is a good stories, beautiful world setting, riding horses, big open world map, 100+ hours of gameplay, some boobies. Don’t expect amazing graphics from a console game.

    I don’t even expect amazing graphics for the PC version. CD Projekt RED said long ago that the focus is not better graphics over The Witcher 2 but more detail.

    I don’t know why people are losing their shit over 2 of the 4 pics that was recently released. Calling downgrade.

    I don’t care about pictures. I care about gameplay demo’s. And CD Projekt RED has showed 40 minutes of gameplay. 40 minutes of gameplay trumps 4 pictures any day.

    CD Projekt RED is trying to make money with developing video games. Give them your money and just play The Witcher.

    Have your played The Witcher before:

  • Sk3tz0

    Fuck Witcher 3..!! I been playing Shadow of Mordor and I’m loving it.. Its the Talion is BATMAN of the Middle Earth LOL..

    • Sageville

      Am I the only one that feels that Shadow of Mordor is just a reskinning of AC?

      • Willem Swanepoel

        You are close with that..

        I think Shadow of Mordor just got a lot more SOUL 🙂

        • Sageville

          More batman….

          • Willem Swanepoel

            never played any of the batman games. It is installed on my steam, never even launched it… Batman Arkham City GOTY 😉

          • Sageville

            The combat system feels identical to the Batman games, with the Map/Goals/objective layout/unlocking ifeels similar to AC. I do love the nemesis system, but really the game feels soooo familiar.

            Bat Creedception

          • Willem Swanepoel

            With everything that makes it so familiar .. the main question is … Do you enjoy the game? if it is yes then they did a good job 😉

            I am loving it… it is awesome and fun

          • Sageville

            Sure, I love it a lot. I just thought it’s kinda cheeky that those original gameplay concepts are ninja’d from other games… guess that’s the case with most games these days.

            If it aint broke…..

      • Sk3tz0

        Its a still a better game than Ass Creep 3 or 4 or what ever the lastest one are..

  • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    Mere days after I pre-order it! I hope my luck doesn’t make this game terrible! PLZ NO!


  • Sk3tz0

    Just realised something and tell me who else realised it 😛 when LG advertises a game or talks alot about it.. its kind of disappointing come release 😛 Watch_Dogs, Destiny, Witcher 3 😛 (Some1 at LG offices is putting the mock on our games,)

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      COD Ghost GOTY! tee hee.

      • Sk3tz0

        Any1 Got FIFA 15 😛

  • Rags

    I have really tried getting into the games, but just could not force myself to enjoy. It seemed bland with a very demanding engine. Now so many people lose their shit over the new screenshots, while it looked pretty standard affair to me. Not even coming close to say Ryse level of fidelity. It’s though the fans will clap anything because the developers don’t care about DRM.

  • Ryanza

    Update but not sure if it’s true can’t find proof. But it’s logical response if true.

    “Please keep in mind that the game is still in production phase. Certain
    things are still being worked on. The final version of the game will
    look better than what can be seen in the latest screenshots – no matter
    the platform. As you probably know, when publishing screenshots, some of
    them can be subjectively less appealing than others (depending on one’s
    opinion), that’s perfectly normal. The most important thing here is
    that the game will come out looking gorgeous when we are done working on
    it. There will be no downgrade.”

  • Tgirgis

    as i responded to another site that published this article, we can’t be entirely sure that the game will be bad, even if anaxymenes is correct, he could be referring to a problem with long work hours (as he refers to crunch time a lot) but that wouldn’t necessarily be a problem for us (not to be heartless, but if that is the case then it’s more of an issue between employees and management)

  • Gareth L (That eXCheez Guy)

    How much EA pay you for this article? 😉

    • EAxactly nothing. 😛

      • Gareth L (That eXCheez Guy)


      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Ah hah! So you admit it was Ubisoft!

  • Ryanza

    The Witcher 3 downgraded.

  • Ryanza

    This whole Witcher insider downgrade story is so funny. Over at Neogaf forum 13 pages of craziness. The Witcher 3 forum over 40 pages of madness. And then Marcin Momot the community manager for CD Projekt RED responds by saying the game will come out looking gorgeous on release date and everyone calmed down.

    It seems that people just like drama. It’s amazing how people can take nothing and turn it into something big. I wonder how many people really thought the worse and canceled their pre-order.

    Don’t forget that The Witcher 3 is going to be an outstanding game and gorgeous looking.

    On PC that is.

    On consoles you will get what you saw in the 35min demo.

    So no worries. then.

    • jvolgarr

      What are you saying now asshole? Your level of “gut feeling” was truly shit. I saw this coming miles away, CDPR is the next Bioware.

  • echohaxorelite

    wow fairly to criticize CDPR much??, they are constantly at the forums updating news as soon as they can. too bad if it been delayed, maybe due to the “slice of cheese” you mentioned. now they are going for the full “Moon”

    Bet this games will be amazing once its released, dont be hard on them support them. they ARE the ones making it POSSIBLE.

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