Those of you who have read our extensive interview with CD Project Red will already know this, but for those you who haven't, here's what you need to know: when it comes to The Witcher 2, the engine is a pretty darned important part of the package. As the latest Developer Diary from CD Projekt Red explains, the specially-designed engine allows for an easier development process, and much larger variety in the game's overall narrative structure.
Described in the trailer as being the "ideal tool to make RPGs", the engine in The Witcher 2 looks pretty impressive. Designed by all the members of the development team at CD Projekt Red, the new tool seemingly allows for a more streamlined development process all round; from the implementation of the storyline to the design of the NPCs, every base is covered with the new technology.
The new developer diary is viewable below:
Personally, I'm incredibly intrigued by the tools being used to make The Witcher 2. When I met Tomasz Gop and Marek Ziemak at this year's Eurogamer Expo 2010, the two developers were keen to point out that the engine behind The Witcher 2 came first, and that made it easier to design the rest of the game.
Tomasz Gop: "You just spend a year implementing the engine that’s ready for it. That’s the way you can [make a believable branching narrative]. It’s like our engine has been sewn for this; it’s been made especially to implement non-linear stories. It’s the main feature of this engine."
Marek Ziemak: "It wasn’t very difficult [to implement the stories] but, of course, it takes much more testing; you know, you’ve got to test everything like sixteen times, at least! *Laughs* But, then again, we were ready for it. We had it in 'The Witcher', and it’s just extended in 'The Witcher 2', but it’s a progress, it’s not something that’s completely new.
The Witcher 2 is shaping up to be one of my most anticipated titles of early 2011. Although it's a PC-only title (at least, for the time being), the risks that it seems CD Projekt Red are willing to take are admirable to say the least. From the initial debut trailer back in March this year, to the seemingly monumental decisions the player will face, everything about this game screams 'ambition'. If CD Projekt Red can pull it off, then The Witcher 2 will be a strong contender Game of the Year -- and perhaps even Game of the Decade.
What did you think of the new developer diary? Are you excited for The Witcher 2? Let us know in the comments below.
The Witcher 2 is being released exclusively for the PC in Spring 2011.
Source: VG 24/7