Approaching sequels in the any industry is always a tough task. Balancing the needs of the many that sunk many hours into the previous titles with those who pick up the latest installment having no idea what's going on is one of the biggest challenges out there. In our exclusive interview with Andrzej Kwiatkowski, Gameplay Designer at CD Projekt Red, he comments on this matter, sharing his belief that fans will enjoy The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt regardless of how familiar they are with the franchise.
"I can assure you that old-time fans will see a lot of winks in their direction," Kwiatkowski says. "That obviously doesn't mean that you won’t have fun if you decide to hop in and play The Witcher 3 without playing the previous parts.
"We've managed to drive the plot in such a way that first-time gamers will see The Witcher 3 as a standalone story and veterans will treat it as a natural continuation of what happened before."
Kwiatkowski declined to comment on any specifics for fear of spoilers but he knows the team has learned a lot since the last game released. "Each day you learn something new that allows you to be better at what you do."
Undoubtedly the team at CD Projekt Red learned a lot between the first two titles and that knowledge has only increased as it has prepares to release The Witcher 3.
"We create something, then we look at it, then we optimize and think: 'Damn, I could have done it like that from the start.'"