The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt Red has responded to a recent report that quoted a developer as saying the ambitious RPG may not run in 1080p on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. CD Projekt Red marketing manager Tomasz Tinc tells GameSpot today that the studio is constantly optimizing the game, and explains that a final resolution has not been determined.
"As [The Witcher 3 visual effects artist Jose Teixeira] said, we are working hard on optimizing the game and nothing is set in stone," Tinc explained. "Our engine team remains optimistic and we will surely squeeze the most we can out of each console. I know you might be expecting concrete info like the final frame rate and resolution, but it's simply impossible to give you that sort of thing before the optimization process is complete."
In an interview from Gamescom, Teixeria told World's Factory that CD Projekt Red is aiming for the highest possible resolution on PS4 and Xbox One, but he acknowledged that the game might not reach full HD. "I don't know if it's going to make it. To be honest, I really don't know. Probably not," he said. He did assure console players, however, that frame rate for The Witcher 3 should be at least 30fps.
This is not the first time the matter of resolution for The Witcher 3's PS4 and Xbox One versions has come up. In April, a Russian website claimed that the PS4 version of the game would run in 900p, while the Xbox One iteration would output in 720p--CD Projekt Red said this was just a rumor. And in May, CD Projekt Red CEO Marcin Iwinski said "there's a chance" the PS4 version will run slightly better than the Xbox One version.
Resolution for current-generation consoles has been a hot-button issue of late, as many multiplatform titles often perform better on PS4 than Xbox One. Most recently, we learned that Microsoft pushed Blizzard to make Diablo III run in 1080p on Xbox One, bringing the game's resolution on par with the PS4 version.
The Witcher 3 was originally scheduled to launch this year, but was delayed in March and is now slated to launch for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on February 24, 2015. CD Projekt Red recently published a 37-minute gameplay walkthrough, which you can watch right here.
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Nintendo's Wii U may not have gotten off to a hot start, but you shouldn't bet against the platform, according to GameStop president Tony Bartel. Speaking with investors today during an earnings call, Bartel laid out the reasons why he thinks the Wii U can be a hit.
"We've been very consistent every time we're asked about the Wii U," he said. "Really what they needed was two things: they needed strong first-party titles, which we think that they are getting; and they also needed to do a better job of explaining exactly what the connected tablet--as we like to call it--how you actually use that. I think they are going to do a great job on both of those."
Some major first-party Wii U games on the way include Super Smash Bros. (fall 2014), Hyrule Warriors (September), and a brand new, open-world Legend of Zelda game for 2015.
GameStop executive vice president Mike Hogan also chimed in, saying Mario Kart 8's record-setting release in May helped drive Wii U sales substantially. The game has sold nearly 3 million copies worldwide to date. In addition, GameStop management referenced the data released this week from Amazon (via MCV) that showed Wii U game preorders spiked by a major margin after Gamescom last week. "So we're very excited about that," Bartel said.
Finally, Bartel teased that Nintendo's upcoming toy line, amiibo, could be a big hit. "I would also not sell amiibo short, either," he said. Amiibo launches this fall with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and will also work with Mario Kart 8, Yoshi's Woolly World, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, and Mario Party 10. Nintendo will also sell an adapter that will allow the toys to work with the 3DS.
GameStop today reported earnings for its latest quarter, and the results were strong across the board. The company posted year-over-year gains for revenue and profit, and also saw hardware and software post positive growth compared to last year.