Daily news, dev blogs, and stories from Game Developer straight to your inbox
Exploits spur Witcher 3 dev to sic in-game tax collector on players
The devs at CDPR appear to be having some fun with players of The Witcher 3 by adding an auditor NPC who will grill them about whether or not they've been making money using in-game exploits.
October 15, 2015
1 Min Read
The developers at CD Projekt Red appear to be having some fun with players of The Witcher 3 by adding an auditor NPC who will grill them about whether or not they've been making money using in-game exploits.
It's the latest in a series of tongue-in-cheek Witcher 3 updates that showcase how a developer can approach game updates as both a technical process and a sort of dialogue between themselves and their fans.
As Kotaku notes, a Witcher 3 player who purchases the game's latest expansion and encounters the newly-added taxman won't automatically be punished for exploiting the game; they can choose whether or not to be truthful in answering the NPC's questions, and the character will take them at their word.
Thus the developers at CD Projekt Red have poured time and resources into an update that acknowledges people are playing their game in unexpected ways without appearing to restrict them from doing so.
They did something very similar this summer, addressing one of these known exploits (which involves rapidly slaughtering cows in-game and selling their hides) by patching in an incredibly hard-to-kill supercow referred to as the "Bovine Defense Force Initiative."
You May Also Like
Accessibility and fancy footwork with GLYDR's John Warren - Game Developer Podcast ep. 40Feb 28, 2024
Exploring the 2024 State of the Game Industry report - Game Developer Podcast ep. 39Feb 2, 2024
Phantom inspiration and the ethical auteur with Xalavier Nelson Jr.Dec 8, 2023
Designing Killer Queen: from playground experiment to modern arcade sensationOct 18, 2023
Get daily news, dev blogs, and stories from Game Developer straight to your inbox
Subscribe to Game Developer Newsletters to stay caught up with the latest news, design insights, marketing tips, and more