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The Witcher 3 will be a true next generation videogame as releasing the title on PS3 or 360 would compromise its ambition, CD Projekt has told us.

Several blockbuster titles including Destiny, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Watch Dogs have been confirmed as cross-gen releases, set to arrive on 360, PS3, PS4 and, presumably, the next Xbox. Not so The Witcher 3, which will be released on PS4, PC and – potentially – the next Xbox in 2014.

“We’ve clearly said we’ll be next-gen only,” CD Projekt’s co-founder and joint CEO Marcin Iwinski told us. “PC is a non-stop next-gen, that’s the cool thing about it. So I think a lot of people with big franchises and massive reach plans, they’ll have this dilemma, and I think there’ll be a lot of comprises made in the industry that might not necessarily be good for gamers.”

“We’re looking for triple-A experiences from the next-gen,” added Iwinski. “The Witcher 3 is so large… with a world bigger than Skyrim, and everything that we wanted to put inside it, there’s just no way that it would run on current-gen. We’d have to put a couple of years of development into [360 and PS3 versions], and then the experience would be so-so… we’d never do that.”

CD Projekt revealed The Witcher 3 earlier this year.