CD Projekt Red Thinks Sex Should Be Subtle and Tasteful in Mature-Themed Video Games

While CD Projekt Red has not been afraid to include sexual content in its The Witcher series of action role-playing games, the Poland-based developer says that sex scenes in general should be tactful. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will contain sex scenes, according to level designer Miles Tost, but they will not be overdone or be tacky. These scenes will not be interactive either.

"We make mature games for mature players (every Witcher game is for adults only), and sex is, well, a part of adult life," Tost said in an interview with PlayStation Lifestyle. "The key thing is not to overdo it, not to sell your game with sex. As long as you remain tactful in what you do, as long as you have a legitimate reason to put sex in your game, I think it's quite safe to do so."

On another front, when asked about the difficulties of developing Wild Hunt for new consoles, Tost said that CD Projekt Red has been challenged by budgeting and the hoops you have to jump through in order to get a console game made these days.

"A locked performance budget is one [challenge]–PCs, although I'm not saying this is a best practice, allow you to raise the bar in terms of visuals because you can always upgrade the hardware."

"It's different on consoles, as you have a fixed performance budget, you need to stick to. Also, there's a lot of [technical certification requirements] you need to meet to pass the certification process. We had to learn all that," he added.

Wild Hunt is set for a February 2015 release on PC, Xbox One and PS4. This will be the first The Witcher game for PlayStation.

Source: GameSpot

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    Monte says:

    Sounds good. Sex in media seems like one of those "less is more" kind of things. The less explicit you are and the more subtlety you use, the more intimate and significant the moment will feel for the viewer.

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    DorthLous says:

    How about people depict sex based on what their art and gameplay requires? There's such a vast gradient between its absence (fine for quite a lot of games), to full out sex games (which are also fine), and anywhere in-between (suggesting it, casually showing some, having one intense scene to build the narrative, raunchy humor, and so much more).

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    Neo_DrKefka says:

    Exactly and this is what has caused Bioware to lose face. To be sexually harassed constantly in game by gay NPCs and in Bioware games if you choose not to be gay you get red points.

    The way Bioware went about same sex romance in let’s say Jade Empire is completely different with gay developer at the helm David Gaidor who thinks everyone should bend over and take it and if you don’t like it you get bad points which leads to the old stereotype that gays are all perverts who can’t help themselves. Which was why many gay gamers protested Dragon Age 2 but the majority of gay gamers and video game journalists felt its better to push the stereotype to put gay relationships in your face.

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