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February 8th, 2007, 22:47
CD Projekt's Michal Kicinski has penned the third part of their "Making of…" blog entry for The Witcher at IGN. In this installment, the decision to license BioWare's Aurora engine has just been made…
After E3 2003 we chose engines we were potentially interested in. Apart from Aurora we tested engines for Unreal, Far Cry and another one, slightly less known. After the first tests it was obvious Aurora offered the most modest graphic potential. Additionally, it had never been licensed before (and no other company apart from CD Projekt RED has licenced it so far). Its adaptation by third parties wasnít that well prepared. The engines of Epic and CryTech were beautifully prepared for licensing (especially the former, work on the latter was in progress) and they dazzled with graphic potential and state-of-the-art gadgetry. It may seem strange why we chose Aurora. One very simple thing prevailed. Aurora was the only complete system for creating role-play games whereas the other engines were universal but they did not take into account the specificity of this type of games where a complicated structure of the game is a real challenge for creators. As for the graphic side, we reached a decision that the renderer would be created from scratch, bearing the latest technologies in mind. The replacement of the renderer was the first serious change in the Auroraís subsystem, but as it turned out later, not the only one. As the work progressed, our programmers gradually added more and more elements, including the replacement of the whole NWN toolset with a state-of-the-art tool functioning in real-time (an afore-mentioned Díjini). But this is not the topic of this episode…
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February 8th, 2007, 22:47
They are already working 4 years on it?
well that should mean no bugs
and itsounded interesting from the start, so i can't wait untill it comes out
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February 9th, 2007, 05:14
I believe they pretty much finished the game last year but were looking for a publisher - which they did recently, with Atari (I'm a bit uncomfortable with this).

So I believe most of the bugs have been squished/squashed (depends on size of bug, I guess ) and they are into the polishing stage.
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