The Witcher 3 has been drawing some attention onto itself lately, despite still being far from that February 2015 launch date. Recent leaks and rumors have stated that The Witcher 3 will run at 900 p on the PS 4 and 720 p on the Xbox One, further fueling the eternal console war. Not only that, but more accurate and reliable sources have showed that at its current state, The Witcher 3 requires nothing short from a nuclear submarine to run properly, with a GeForce GTX 780 managing around 40 FPS at the absolute highest settings.
CD Projekt Red officials have responded in light of these rumors and allegations, dismissing them as nothing more than rumors. “It’s just a rumor and we are not commenting on rumors. As soon as we will be ready to announce Spec we will let you know.” came the statement, promptly shutting down all discussions, at least in theory. The truth is, the rumors do have some credibility. If visual proof from how good The Witcher 3 really looks like is not enough, remember that last year, CD Projekt Red head Marcin Iwinski already declared that The Wild Hunt will be squeezing all the resources available in the Xbox One and PS4. Mind you, the game won’t be coming to the Xbox 360 or PS3 at all, because the last generation console simply can’t handle them. No down-scaling to be done in the case of The Witcher 3 it seems, whereas other titles releasing this year (such as Watch Dogs or Dragon Age: Inquisition) will be providing last-generation console support.
That being said, it’s clear that there’s still a lot of work to do in terms of optimizing the game’s engine. This is one of the likely reasons why The Witcher 3 had been delayed to a next year release instead of the initially planned release for summer/fall this year. Still, a GTX 780 struggling with the game at the moment is cause for serious concern. Even if the rumors are not entirely accurate, there’s no doubt you’ll need powerful hardware to enjoy the impressive visuals The Witcher 3 has showed us so far. Just think about the level of detail seen in released screenshots, and imagine how much rendering power you need to get that in large, open-world spaces, which The Wild Hunt will have no shortage of.
Here’s hoping CD Projekt Red manages to optimize the game enough to make it perfectly playable at the highest of qualities on both consoles and the PC, without compromising too much when it comes to graphical fidelity. If needed, will you go for a hardware upgrade for The Witcher 3?