Published on April 27th, 2013 | by Fraser Brown1
The world and The Witcher 3 finally make sense again
A while back, CD Projekt Red discussed the possibility of having multiplayer in The Witcher 3. Narrative driven single-player experiences don’t traditionally have multiplayer extras that fare well, and — unsurprisingly — people were less than chuffed at the prospect. Geralt vs. Trish deathmatches? Multiplayer sex mini-games? Beard growing competitions? Actually, that all sounds like a lark.
If this was something you were inexplicably excited about, prepare to have your dreams dashed. CDPR’s Head of Marketing Michal Platkow-Gilewski revealed that there will be no multiplayer aspect to The Witcher 3 in a statement to Eurogamer. Bugger.
“There’s no place for multiplayer in so strongly a story-driven game as The Witcher 3. We want to focus on the single-player experience, delivering more than 100 hours of truly immersive gameplay,” clarified Platkow-Gilewski. Like the Highlander, there can only be one (Geralt).
To be fair, if CDPR had decided to work on a multiplayer element, it could very well have been wonderful. Focussing completely on the single-player campaign only ensures that it will better, however, and I’m not one to get caught up in lamenting the absence of something that may have, possibly, not been completely atrocious.
Too many titles get multiplayer modes shoved in just because publishers seem to think that’s the only way a game will sell. From Spec Ops: The Line, to Tomb Raider, these additions add little to the overall experience, but ultimately cost money and development time that could have seen better use in perfecting the single-player campaign — the thing people are actually buying these games for.