Former BioWare CEO Reflects on Witcher 3’s Biggest Advantage Over Dragon Age: Inquisition
Fair or not, Dragon Age: Inquisition is often compared to The Witcher 3. Released a few months prior, Dragon Age: Inquisition won Game of the Year awards and generally acclaimed critics, but ended up establishing unfavorable comparisons with CD Projekt Red. Seminal RPG.
But The Witcher 3 had at least one major advantage over its competitors. Talk with GLHF for an article on USA Todayformer BioWare GM Aaryn Flynn pointed out that CDPR’s decision to focus on PS4, Xbox One and PC benefited the project immensely compared to Dragon Age: Inquisition, which was also meant to run on Xbox 360 and PS3.
“I would say the biggest compromise came from the fact that we had to ship [Dragon Age: Inquisition] on Xbox 360 and PS3 at the same time we did on PS4 and Xbox One,” Flynn recalled.
“It crushed so much ambition because we didn’t have the size of the team or the time to differentiate those things, really. So you kind of had to develop the lowest common denominator. And as you go as that has happened it’s certainly exceeded some of the expectations and ambitions we had for some fun gameplay features, but CD Projekt didn’t do that with The Witcher 3, a few months later, and I think that their game was better for it.