The Witcher 3 Dev on DualShock 4 Touchpad: “Not Going to Waste Our Time” if it Doesn’t Suit the Game

Peter Gelencser clarifies their stance on the DualShock 4’s touchpad.

Posted By | On 18th, Sep. 2013 Under News

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We recently spoke to Peter Gelencser, Senior Level Designer over at CD Projekt RED about the upcoming next-generation open world RPG, namely The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The game will be heading straight to the PS4, Xbox One and PC, and while we’ve heard about the SmartGlass and Kinect integration the game offers, we were curious about whether the PS4 version would support features such as the touchpad on the DualShock 4 controller.

“I think a lot of things like that are being considered. I can’t really say anything specific on that. I mean, we’re experimenting a lot of things, because with the new hardware, the next gen consoles are offering a lot of things which we are very happy about because of the possibilities. So let’s use them if we can. But again, story first, game first. We’re not going to waste our time into something that does not serve the purpose of the story and your experience.”

Such a response sounds similar to DICE, which stated that it wouldn’t add any motion controller support to Battlefield 4 if it was just a gimmick before announcing Kinect support later. Will it be the same with The Witcher 3, which launches in Spring 2014? Stay tuned.

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  • Dameon Percival

    I have been saying the touch pad makes no sence!

    • KuchikiSentou

      Read the article for context, then comment.

  • devwalar

    Nice click-bait title there. Scummy.

  • ZappyKins

    My friends who have used the PS4 controller think the touch pad could be cool for web browsing or navigation, but that it’s awkward to use in a game. It doesn’t feel natural and you have to move your hands off your sticks and buttons to use it.

  • Truth kills paupers

    Yeah, the DS4 is a pauper’s gamepad. It’s useless features are laughable!

  • Awesome

    I’m not a fan, but I’m becoming one. Been keeping an eye on this game, it’s lookin good. I don’t mean good as in just graphics for which all games seem to be of predisposition these days. I mean good as quality, attention to detail and a strong connection with their fan base.

    Their policy is from what I have noticed so far is, the fans are our support so we support them by making them a quality game. It goes hand in hand, a development fan base relationship that seems to be passed by allot of other developers out there.

    Goodjob CD Project Red for sticking to your guns and not going the online route cause it’s true, you can’t get the same feel for a game/story as you can offline.

    I have Pre-Ordered for the PS4, thanks again.


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