CD Projekt RED almost immediately released a press release after Sony’s big Playstation Event announcing their upcoming RPG, The Witcher 3, will be on Playstation 4. Interestingly, this will be the first of The Witcher series to make it on a Playstation console as the series has previously been Xbox 360, PC and Mac only. CD Projekt RED emphasizes that their brand new tech REDengine 3 is next gen ready.
Sony directly invited then to develop for the PS4. Adam Badowski, CD Projekt RED Managing Director, talks about it, “We were thrilled when asked, several months ago, to be one of the developers who were granted early access to the PlayStation 4. It was an exciting moment to be invited to be in the company of other legendary developers like Bethesda, EA, LucasArts, Ubisoft or Activision as one of the teams working on titles shipping early in the PlayStation 4’s lifecycle. Of course, we couldn’t reveal any specifics about this to our fans, even though many journalists and forum members asked about when and how The Witcher might show up on Sony’s console. After yesterday’s PlayStation Meeting we can finally promise: The Witcher 3 is coming to the PlayStation 4. The new hardware gives us the opportunity to create something great. We are able to work with the new console from its birth and this allows our in-house REDengine 3 to push the graphical limits of what the PlayStation hardware can display. The console is fresh and has some innovative solutions that we’re looking forward to using in our game.”
He also explained that The Witcher 3 will be released on all high end platforms at the same time. Furthermore, The Witcher 3‘s plot will be standalone, acting as a introduction to the series for newcomers. CD Projekt RED is planning on setting a new standard for open world games, claiming The Witcher 3‘s world will be much larger than Skyrim’s.
The Witcher 3 doesn’t have a locked in release date, but it is scheduled for 2014.