Train2Game news: Next-gen consoles will increase “creative freedom” says Witcher 2 developer

Train2Game students who think like The Witcher 2 lead level artist Marek Ziemak will probably support the CD Projekt developer in wanting much improved graphics and animation for next-gen consoles, in order to create better experiences.

“Sure, I’m a level artist so for me, it’s all about the visual quality, I want more creative freedom and more great graphics, that’s what really makes me want to create games.” CVG report the level artist saying at this week’s Witcher 2 developer Q&A at BAFTA.

“I’m looking for like real-life animations. It’s like pushing the limit again and again, creating bigger and greater stuff,” Ziemack continued. “I don’t know when it’s going to happen, but I want to see this, these great graphics being there on the screen.

“I hope its time comes soon and we won’t have to fight about pixels on the screen but worry more about delivering a true experience, the real emotion we can deliver through the game.” he added.

The Witcher 2 lead level artist has previously spoken to the Train2Game Blog, with our full interview with Marek Ziemak available to read here.

The Witcher 2: Assassin’s of Kings is released for Xbox 360 on Tuesday 17th April. For more news about The Witcher 2, keep reading The Train2Game Blog.

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Train2Game news: The Witcher 2 makes you “face the consequences of your actions”

Train2Game Blog readers who play The Witcher 2 will need to “face the consequences of your actions” whatever decisions you make when the RPG gets its Xbox 360 release.

That’s what lead level artist Marek Ziemak told CVG about the game that CD Projeckt have previously described as “The most complex and non-linear story ever told on Xbox 360″

“The spine of our whole game is the storyline and it’s a dark fantasy world where you have to make choices, then later on you have to face the consequences of your actions.” said Ziemak.

“We were looking for a way to make those consequences meaningful and really important for the players. To show that, we sometimes have to kill some characters, sometimes burn places and sometimes make huge changes in the game’s world.”

When asked if that meant CD Projeckt were making parts of the story that might only be seen by a handful of players, Ziemak responded that no matter what, players need to see what consequences their decisions have.

“It’s not always enough to tell you that someone died because of your choice, we want to show you those consequences, because you’re the man deciding, then we have to be prepared that you choose one option or the other.” he said.

“We may have to create twice as much content, but then, there’s twice as much fun!” The Witcher 2 developer added.

Find out more about the development of The Witcher 2: Assassin’s of Kings in The Train2Game Blog’s own interview with lead level artist Marek Ziemak from Gamescom last year.

Train2Game students have the opportunity to question The Witcher 2 developers CD Projekt during a special Q&A event at BAFTA next month. There’s more information about it here on The Train2Game Blog.

What are your thoughts on Ziemaks comments about consequences in The Witcher 2? Is it something that game developers need to put more focus on?

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Train2Game news: The Witcher 2 developers CD Projekt Red to host Q&A session at BAFTA next month

Train2Game students have the chance to question members of The Witcher 2’s development team at a special BAFTA event next month.

The CD Projekt Red staff, in association with Official Xbox 360 Magazine, will be giving a live presentation of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings -Enhanced Edition followed by a live Q&A session which you can ask them anything about the game or game development.

CD Projekt lead QA Tester Bartek Ocham and lead combat designer Mariej Ocham will be there to “take you through the game’s intricate design, its artistic vision, and the overall development process by showing key areas of the gameplay during live demos and trailers.”

The Witcher 2 Q&A takes place at BAFTA, central London on Tuesday 11th April from 19:00. For more information, or to buy a ticket for £5, visit the BAFTA website.

As previously reported by The Train2Game Blog, CD Projekt believe that The Witcher 2 offers “The most complex and non-linear story ever told on Xbox 360.” There’s much more about The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings in The Train2Game Blog interview with Environment Artist Marek Ziemak.

Will you attend the BAFTA event? What would you like to ask The Witcher 2 development team?

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