CDPR Quest Designer Talks The Witcher 3 Graphical Downgrade, Modding And More

Written by Neil Soutter on Tue, May 19, 2015 12:50 PM
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Over the past few weeks there’s been a lot of talk of a visual downgrade for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and it’s hard to argue it doesn’t look quite as fantastic as it did during its E3 2013 showing. We’ve seen this before, and we’ll no-doubt see it again, but a member of the CD Projekt RED team doesn’t reckon it’ll be long until this isn’t an issue on PC.

Quest Designer Philipp Weber talked about the possibilities of PC modding, revealing users will be able to use the RedKit modding tools for more demanding visuals, or edit The Witcher 3’s XML and INI files to tweak various settings and graphics options.

The day one patch for The Witcher 3 gives a boost to AI population density, but Weber reckons we’ll be able to go one step further with a bit of tweaking, claiming "you can actually change a whole lot in that regard." Everything from density to weather patterns can be altered in the settings files, and the right combination can bring appearances more in line with its original showing.

There’s a sharpening filter at work that’s toggleable in The Witcher 3’s system settings, but its strength has been toned down considerably. Weber reckons its original settings to preview videos was too strong, saying “Sharpening only looks good on screenshots and short videos. If you stare at the game like that for a long time, the eyes really start to hurt.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out now, and it’ll certainly be interesting to see the various graphics mods coming its way. Despite the downgrade it still looks incredible, but with a few nips and tucks The Witcher 3 on PC could go to a whole new level.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt PC Graphics Options And Post Processing Settings

Keep an eye out for benchmark videos today, and Stuart's busy ploughing through this huge adventure in preparation for a review!

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07:52 May-20-2015

Its a shame that hardware to run this game ultra is so expensive for many people. Its also a shame that both Microsoft and Sony rushed their console war and developed a machine that struggles to run games like this and forces a downgrade on graphics. Anyhow, there are modders out there who will make up for it.

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03:36 May-20-2015

Just like watch dogs...

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03:38 May-20-2015

No matter what people say IMO, it counts as false advertising. Sure, the rigs can't run it or not much of them can. But what about in the future when we can? Even if we can't run it we can turn down the settings, not everyone has to play on ultra.

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14:13 May-19-2015

In my opinion what they should do is to have also some kind of a downloadable file that can make the graphics look like how it was in the first trailer and you can activate it or not. So if you have the rig to support it would be nice to have :)

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14:22 May-19-2015

Exactly, maybe it's demanding but at least give us the choice to enable it or not :)

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15:46 May-19-2015

Remember The Worse Mod for Watch_Dogs? Well Im expecting quite a humongous modding scene for this game, so unless the gameplay is sheit I wouldn't worry about the graphics if I were you.

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15:50 May-19-2015

True but why not having both? :D

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16:01 May-19-2015

The Witcher series have always had fantastic stories and gameplay... If modding tools are friendly, then expect some eye popping stuff...

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19:26 May-19-2015

Couldn't have said it better!

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11:31 May-20-2015

I have a question. Would this cost time and money for developers? Because if it does, then I can understand why this is not being provided.
The watchdogs controversy is a whole different matter though accdg to rumours. In there, the work has already been done but they disabled the graphics willfully for some reason.

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14:38 May-20-2015

well that's an interesting question. I believe that they have the tech and it won't be difficult to deliver it. I mean we can see that the first trailers were amazing so the files are there. So I don't think it will cost more time and more money to developers for something that they have already done. It's just what I think though :)

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13:12 May-19-2015

As much as I would want the game to look like what we saw earlier, but how could I ask for this if most of our rigs can't handle this?! I hope that editing that XML file won't be demanding in all respects.

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13:50 May-19-2015

+1 from me. For me this game is running exactly like assassins creed unity. Mostly in the 30s with dips in the high 20s at med settings. Its like playing the witcher 2, but open world with the same stuttering and lower performance.

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13:56 May-19-2015

I wasn't specifically talking about how the game fares right now. I see it fares better than AC Unity but not much better. I am mainly talking about people who curse companies for downgrading their graphics whereas they don't have what it takes to run that graphics. There is no such conspiracy of showing them amazing graphics then downgrade because we are lazy after they pre-order. It's all about what we have and what we can run!

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14:17 May-19-2015

Or what the Xbone n ps4 can 'handle'

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15:22 May-19-2015

personally, The Witcher 3 actually runs easier on my system does than The Witcher 2 does, admittedly i have TW2 on ultra and TW3 on tweaked ultra, butin regards to temps and everything, TW2 pushes my computer more. Oh, i also have a solid 60fps as long as i leave hairworks completely off.

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15:47 May-19-2015

Hairworks looks gorgeous in screenshots, but bloody hell does it demand a lot.

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16:02 May-19-2015

Yes it is crazy demanding... Cuts fps by a third...

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