At a panel at last weekend’s PAX East conference, CD Projekt RED quashed a fan’s hopes that The Witcher 1 and 2 would get a re-release in conjunction with the release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
Company staffers said a re-release was considered but they decided the resources could be better used on The Witcher 3 and other projects. A re-release isn’t ruled out entirely but for now you might want to hold on to your old copies.
Devs also revealed that The Witcher 3 won’t have a dedicated “photo mode” like the ones that are all the rage in PS4 games such as Infamous: Second Son and Driveclub. They won’t lock out taking screenshots with the PS4 and Xbox One’s built-in screenshot features, though.
And in the unlikeliest tidbit, Game designer Damien Monnier said the team had actually prototyped an ice-skating mechanic that would have Geralt tearing across frozen lakes like Bob Probert with a sword.
“You could slice heads and the blood goes on the ice and it’s beautiful, and you’re so fast as well. I really liked it,” he said.
But unfortunately, the feature was cut from the game and probably won’t be added as DLC. Maybe they can make it a standalone game in the future, we’d play it.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, sans ice-skating, will be out May 19 on PS4, Xbox One and PC.