Designing for a particular rating is a "wrong way of doing it", says CDPR.
By Tim Colwill on July 9, 2013 at 12:24 pm
CDProjekt RED have confirmed to games.on.net their hope that the R18+ rating will mean they don’t need to edit the game for Australian audiences, but have said that they won’t be taking it into account when designing the content.
“We don’t create the game with any specific rating in mind,” said CDPR’s Agnieszka Szostak to games.on.net. “We implement in it things we believe will create the best gaming experience. Whether those are meaningful choices, deep relationships between characters, sex scenes, bloody combat or curses.”
“If we think they are needed there to make the game world living, breathing and believable they will be there. Rating of the game is a secondary thing really.”
Szostak said that the only time they’ll know whether or not The Witcher 3 fits into the new R18+ category will be when they actually submit it.
“The fact that there’s a higher rating now available in Australia might potentially mean we won’t be forced to do any changes to the game to release it there and that’s a good news of course for both us and Australian gamers. But we’ll know that for sure once the game will be sent for rating.”
“If the game is good and gamers will enjoy it money will follow,” Szostak concluded.
“Putting money, wide audience, ratings, sales charts on the first place is a wrong way of doing it.”