Former BioWare GM on Witcher 3’s biggest advantage over Dragon Age: Inquisition

Fair or not, Dragon Age: Inquisition is often compared to The Witcher 3. Released just months earlier, Dragon Age: Inquisition received Game of the Year awards and universal critical acclaim, but ended up drawing unfavorable comparisons to CD Projekt Red’s seminal RPG.

But The Witcher 3 had at least one major advantage over its competition. Speaking to GLHF for an article on USA Today, former BioWare GM Aaryn Flynn pointed out that CDPR’s decision to focus on PS4, Xbox One and PC helped the project versus Dragon Age: Inquisition, which also Had to work on Xbox 360, benefited immensely and PS3.

“I would say the biggest compromise came from the fact that we had to ship [Dragon Age: Inquisition] on Xbox 360 and PS3 at the same time as PS4 and Xbox One,” recalls Flynn.

“That killed so much ambition because we didn’t have the team size or the time to really differentiate those things. So you had to somehow come up with the lowest common denominator. And when that came in, it certainly surpassed some of the expectations and ambitions we had for certain fun gameplay features. In contrast, CD Projekt didn’t do that with The Witcher 3 a few months later, and I think their game was better for that.”

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