In case you didn't know, one of the greatest RPGs in recent memory came out this day last week - and yes, it's genuinely incredible. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been labelled as one of the greatest games of all time by the likes of Gamespot and it seems destined to take this year's Game of the Year award. Unless of course Bethesda come along and give Fallout 4 a 2015 release date - that could be incredible.
But naturally, even with a fantastic game like The Witcher 3, some players aren't happy. The issue? Downgrading. If you check out this link here, you'll see where the controversy is originating from. It's astounding to see this aspect of the game getting so much press, when in fact The Witcher 3 itself is so remarkably well designed. But apparently we can't all be happy with CD Projekt RED delivering a modern masterpiece due to the fact that grass isn't as nice as it was previously demonstrated.
The Witcher 3 Controversy
Okay, I'm exaggerating (not really though), but the idea that players feel mislead by a composed trailer at an E3 demonstration from two years ago is confusing to me. Every publisher and developer want to make their product seem appealing and at a certain time in development they show off what they feel it will look like. We'd all do it too if we were making a game and wanted players to get excited about it, as well as finding potential backers for the product.
But suddenly, you're coming close to the end of production, you have over 200 hours of content, an insanely massive open world, hours upon hours of dialogue and rather then cutting out great missions, reducing the size of the world or having the game be plagued with bugs, the developer decides that in order for the game to run well, they have to scale back on certain aspects.
The Witcher 3 is a very beautiful game, there's no doubt about that. I understand that there have been graphical downgrades but I believe CD Projekt RED when they say that they simply had to amend things along the way so that they could give players a great experience and that the game could actually run on modern hardware. Graphics can only satisfy you for so long and The Witcher 3's missions and open world are something that will keep you coming back for years to come. Projekt RED even include a thank you note in their box, along with a map of the game and so much more! What other Triple A developer does this aside from Rockstar? And now suddenly they're being attacked?
Tom Clancy's The Division & Downgrading for Release Date
I know I'm going on a bit of a rant about The Witcher 3, but I can definitely see this happening with Tom Clancy's The Division. The Division's release date has been pushed to 2016 - clearly this game is far more difficult to develop then Ubisoft had ever imagined. They've had to push this game forward again and again and to be honest, due to the fact that The Division looks so great in its E3 demonstration, I can't see the graphical quality maintaining its power.
Things happen during development! A game transforms over the years that people work on it. Look at Uncharted 4, which was supposed to be ready in a few months but has now also been delayed till 2016. Naughty Dog decided that the product was far more ambitious then they had previously anticipated, and in order to fulfil their dreams for Nathan Drake's final adventure, they decided to delay it for quite some time.
Let's not forget that CD Projekt RED delayed The Witcher 3 also - there are massive teams working on these games. But naturally things change, you've only got so much of a budget and seeing as The WItcher 3 only made 5% of its profits from the PC version so far, it can't survive without the presence of the XBOX OneXBOX One and PS4. Consoles allow for a lot developers to make bigger games that wouldn't sell as well were they PC exclusives - so they obviously have to be able to run on these consoles. And of course, more sales for CD Projekt RED means more games from them in the future - can't wait for Cybepunk 2077. It was imperative that it worked on the Xbox One and PS4.
The Division is undoubtedly going to be hit with this controversy before its release date in 2016. Ubisoft have done it before and I've no doubt that they'll do it again. But how much does that matter to you? E3 is an untrustworthy place. Aside from the fact that we'll occasionally hear about the release of a game we all want, it's mostly just publishers hyping up their products. They create carefully crafted trailers, which are never indicative of actual gameplay, where the light isn't always as controlled or beautiful.
Where Do You Stand on The Division?
The amount of attention this issue with The Witcher 3 has received is unjust in terms of the final product that CD Projekt RED delivered. They have given us an RPG of enormous scale and have gone against the practices of regular big publishers. They feel closer to their fans in so many ways and seriously hope that people stop complaining about downgrading and enjoy the game for what it is.
But what do you think gamers? Is [Tom Clancy's The Division](tag:2684169) going to be hit with downgrading controversies on its release date? Can The Division give us what was shown off at E3 conferences in the past? I'm not going to keep my hopes up for it, but I seriously think people need to stop attacking publishers in this way, particularly ones who are clearly on the side of the gamers. But what do you guys think about all of this? Be sure to let us know in the comments?