It seems that the next gen consoles are already being pushed to their limits, even if it has only been a few short months since their release.
CD Projekt Red CEO Marcin Iwinski has stated that the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will "leverage nearly every ounce of power from the Xbox One and PlayStation 4." While it may seem hard to be maxing out a brand new console, CD Project Red was ahead of most next gen developers from the get-go. After deciding to skip the Xbox 360 and PS3 almost two years ago to take the leap into next gen, Projekt Red is coming close to reaching the full potential of these new consoles. Iwinski also stated that if they had developed this game for Xbox 360 and PS3 "we probably would have had to sacrifice nearly half of our vision." As you can expect, this game will also require some impressive PC specs.
Some of the earlier next gen games stated that they were only "scratching the surface" of the capabilities of the new consoles. Either they were selling themselves short, or Project Red is way ahead of the game. It is hard for me to believe that such a new consoles are already being pushed to their brinks, especially when they have received such high praise for their hardware.
Iwinski also revealed in his interview that there are 36 different possible endings for the game, and also upwards of 100 hours of game play. A game of this magnitude will surely be a challenge for some completionists, but it is surely set to offer some impressive game play, graphics, and engine.
The Witcher 3 has no official release date as of now, but speculation points towards a Q2 2014 release at the earliest. It is a action-role playing game and has won over 55 awards. The setting is also 30 times larger than the previous Witcher games and 20% larger than Skyrim.
Is it a good or bad thing that new consoles are already being pushed to their limits? Will this limit next gen gaming or progress it?
Here is a trailer for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Impressive graphics, right?):