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The Witcher could have been very, very different

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The Witcher 3 is the current industry RPG darling, and for good reason – it’s excellent. The third and final game in Geralt’s digital adventures is the natural progression of the series, and the first game that started it all. Though it had frankly pants combat, The Witcher was great game – especially once it had been rejigged enhanced edition in 2008. It could have been very, very different.

According to former Witcher project lead Ryszard Chojnowski (Via PC Gamer), the game was originally set to be an isometric RPG adventure in the same vein as Baldur’s Gate, with a bit of Diablo thrown in. It wouldn’t even have starred Geralt, instead focusing on a player-created character – though everyone’s favourite white-haired wolfy witcher would have been an NPC.

The game is it was then had no RPG progression systems and seemed to be a bit of a confused mess, to be honest.

“There was no communication between the story writers and the team, and everyone had their own vision of the game,” Chojnowski says. “The programmer wanted it to be a short and simple action title, whereas me, and the art team, and the writers, yearned for a fully fledged RPG to give justice to the novels we all loved.”

“Even though the art team was extremely talented, we realised that the engine shortcomings and the lack of direction and supervision was really holding the project back. So in may 2003 the board of directors made the decision to abandon the project.”

I think we’re all thankful for that.

Last Updated: May 26, 2015

39 Comments

  1. Admiral Chief's Adventure

    May 26, 2015 at 10:02

    Oh thank goodness it changed!

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    • b1nd3r

      May 26, 2015 at 10:08

      u need twitter or fb or something you have alot of thoughts to right down to no one 😛

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief's Adventure

        May 26, 2015 at 10:09

        Say what now?

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      • Kensei Seraph - Terran Ghost

        May 26, 2015 at 10:09

        Hi, I’m no one and I don’t use twitter or fb for anything other than the occasional competition.

        Reply

      • RinceTheElfRoot

        May 26, 2015 at 10:11

        His thoughts are what fill my lungs, I need them!

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        • Ranting Raptor

          May 26, 2015 at 12:47

          I’m not going to ask HOW he fills your lungs man…

          Reply

      • Trevor Matrix

        May 26, 2015 at 10:20

        Sweet Lord above help this man to spell!

        Reply

        • b1nd3r

          May 26, 2015 at 10:36

          I respect Trevors views 😛 he`s also just misunderstood

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          • Trevor Matrix

            May 26, 2015 at 10:37

            So… how’s about you not troll my friends here on Lazygamer huh?

      • Johann

        May 26, 2015 at 10:31

        I have no idea what you just said… Likes to speaks english very deliciously?

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        • b1nd3r

          May 26, 2015 at 10:35

          Dont worry you`ll learn to read properly in grade 6 of boksburg high >.< boet

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          • Hammersteyn

            May 26, 2015 at 10:37

            It goes to 6? My parents pulled me in grade 5. They even gave me a diploma XD

          • b1nd3r

            May 26, 2015 at 10:39

            Still think that is more legit, than getting a matric these days (o.0)

          • Hammersteyn

            May 26, 2015 at 10:44

            hahahaha

  2. Admiral Chief's Adventure

    May 26, 2015 at 10:05

    Although the water ripple effect is quite good for its time

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  3. Admiral Chief's Adventure

    May 26, 2015 at 10:05

    WTF IS GOING ON WITH THE COMBAT?

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    • Hammersteyn

      May 26, 2015 at 10:11

      Much better than the third one 😛

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      • Admiral Chief's Adventure

        May 26, 2015 at 10:11

        Then play it on a proper platform!

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        • Hammersteyn

          May 26, 2015 at 10:11

          bah!

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          • Corrie

            May 26, 2015 at 10:32

            Seriously man, your missing out on not playing it on the correct platform and besides at least then you could experience 60fps witchery

            Pretty much everything is max out on my end, minus hair works and set distance foliage to high, actually now have screen tearing it’s going so fast

          • Hammersteyn

            May 26, 2015 at 10:36

            One day when I’m mature 😛

          • Trevor Matrix

            May 26, 2015 at 10:39

            Soooooo never then?

          • Hammersteyn

            May 26, 2015 at 10:43

            ding ding ding!

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 26, 2015 at 10:44

            So you need to lie outside in the sun for a few weeks?

    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      May 26, 2015 at 10:20

      What are we!?
      RPG Combat systems!
      What do we want!?
      Fast fighting!
      When do we want it!?
      RPG Combat systems!

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      • Trevor Matrix

        May 26, 2015 at 10:29

        There was a time that RPG meant horrible combat that only the Science Officer on the Starship Enterprise could comprehend…

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        • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

          May 26, 2015 at 10:35

          Even with that said, can you imagine how people would rant over the input delay in a game like this? You would have to break out the Popcorn…

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  4. RinceTheElfRoot

    May 26, 2015 at 10:10

    Thank the Witcher this never came to be.

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    • Trevor Matrix

      May 26, 2015 at 10:30

      Aren’t you supposed to be playing with your ElfRoot?

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      • Matthew Holliday

        May 26, 2015 at 10:49

        time for a change to rincetherawmeat

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  5. Hammersteyn

    May 26, 2015 at 10:13

    R.I.P Legacy of Kain

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    • kuuu(UMAR)rrrr

      May 26, 2015 at 10:16

      LOL Vae Victis!!!

      Reply

  6. Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    May 26, 2015 at 10:22

    It’s very interesting to see where the game came from, I read an article where the team actually explained everything, this demo was one of them and they felt it was a complete flop…Though look at what they’ve become…

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  7. Sageville

    May 26, 2015 at 10:25

    There are novels?

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    • Trevor Matrix

      May 26, 2015 at 10:26

      Yup. Fifty Shades of Geralt!

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      • Sageville

        May 26, 2015 at 11:20

        Move over Mills and Boons

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    • Matthew Holliday

      May 26, 2015 at 10:50

      first two books are a… difficult read.

      Reply

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