CD Projekt Red Working on Importing ‘Witcher’ Saves from PC to PlayStation 4

by Joseph Leray

One of the grossest miscarriages of justice in all of games is that Wrex is dead by default in “Mass Effect 2″ if the player doesn’t import a “Mass Effect 1″ save that has him survive the events on Virmire. Not only is the gruff Krogan one of the best characters in the series, but he has major implications for some of “Mass Effect 3″’s biggest decisions.

The fact that he dies by default might explain why 64% of players never saw him in “Mass Effect 2″ or “3.” (Interestingly, that stat doesn’t seem to have affected Genophage cure rates — 92% opted to save the Krogan race from viral extinction. Maybe Grunt’s charms did the trick.)

Let that be a lesson to you! “Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt” will be the first in that series available on a Sony console, and developers CD Projekt RED hope to avoid the pitfalls that BioWare fell into, though the mechanisms for that aren’t clear right now.

Speaking with Polygon, managing director Adam Badowski explained that his team is “going to give you a possibility to use your save from ’The Witcher 2,’ but it will depend on the platform.”

“On the Sony platform, we are developing the game for the first time, so we invented a way to define your old actions and decisions,” he explained. “If you decide to play on the PS4 and played on PC previous, you probably want to have a continuation, you want to have a similar character.”

BioWare tends to handle this situation with a set of basic questions that determine the high-level decisions, but smaller things like, say, romance options tend to get whitewashed over in the process. However, given the revelation that “The Witcher 3″ will feature three different epilogues and 36 different ending states, players will want the fine details of their earlier playthroughs to be respected as much as possible.

Badowski couldn’t say exactly what they were planning, but the emphasis on switching platforms from PC to PlayStation could suggest some sort of cross-platform continuity. I’m no game developer, but a persistent CD Projekt account might do the trick, right? Just spit-balling here.

We’ll all find out soon enough, I reckon: “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” will be available on PC, PlayStation 4, and “something more maybe” (hah!) in 2014.


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Joseph Leray is a freelance writer from Nashville. Follow him on Twitter