The Witcher 3 Could Possibly Have Multiplayer
Multiplayer components in games are slowly becoming the single thing I hate most about the gaming industry. That’s not because I don’t love getting my ass handed to me in a game of StarCraft II or getting screamed at by a 12 year old on Call of Duty, no. I don’t mind a good multiplayer; it’s the shit ones that really get to me because they’ve essentially stolen development time that could’ve gone towards developing a better single-player campaign.
If you’re looking for a recent example, check out Tomb Raider. Stellar single-player, lukewarm multiplayer. Imagine what else Crystal Dynamics could’ve done without needed to develop multiplayer? Now CD Projekt RED has come out saying that they’re “thinking about” adding multiplayer to the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
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CD Projekt Red managing director Adam Badowski spoke to Eurogamer about the possibility, but stressed that they we’re only dabbling with ideas at this stage.
“But I cannot explain it now. You can expect some information later on. Sorry for that!”
Considering CD Projekt RED have frequently stated that they let their creative integrity cave underneath publisher pressure, the developers could legitimately be thinking about a multiplayer component that compliments The Withcher’s core mechanics. I think this would be the last studio that would tack on multiplayer for the sake of it, but stranger things have happened.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be releasing near the end of 2014 for all high-end PC’s and the PlayStation 4, making the series’ debut on Sony hardware. When asked about the possibility of the game appearing on the next Xbox, Badowski said, “I cannot, er, I cannot…tell you.” So a resounding yes then, don’t you think?
I’m not entirely sold on the idea of multiplayer in an expertly rafted single-player franchise, but CD Projekt RED have yet to disappoint me. What are your thoughts?