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Microsoft Apologizes Over Misleading The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Footage

| April 23, 2015

Microsoft Apologizes Over Misleading The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Footage News PC Gaming Xbox  The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Microsoft CD Projekt Red

Earlier, we wrote an article about the reveal of some gameplay footage for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Like others, we noticed that the footage was taken from the PC version, despite being uploaded to Microsoft’s Xbox channel. The video was originally uploaded with no indication that it wasn’t Xbox One footage, but keen-eyed commenters were quick to point out the discrepancy.

A Microsoft representative issued the following statement to Gamespot:

“This morning we posted a new trailer for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to our YouTube channels featuring footage provided by CD Projekt Red that was captured from the PC version of the game and may not be reflective of final Xbox One gameplay. This was in no way intended to misrepresent the title on Xbox One. We have updated the description of the asset to make clear the source and platform of this footage. We apologize for any confusion and look forward to the game arriving on both Xbox One and PC on May 19, 2015.”

The scale of the error is huge. Was this a deliberate move by Microsoft to pass off superior The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt footage as belonging to the Xbox One, or was it a simple mistake?

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be released on May 19 for PC, Xbox and Playstation 4, and will be followed by two major expansions.

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  • Allen

    “We apologize for any confusion and look forward to the game arriving on both Xbox One and PC on May 19, 2015.”

    Oh yeah and another system called the PS4 if you ever heard of it. Fking disgusting

    • ?????

      Yeah, a MS executive is going to talk about a product that they don’t own….
      You get angry so easily. :^)

      • Country Boy Lucifer

        They don’t own PC…..

        • ?????

          They have their own OS though. Windows.
          When was the last time Sony said “Yeah, we’re excited for this to release on PS4, AND Xbox AND PC.”?

          • Country Boy Lucifer

            They still don’t own PC what a ridiculous statement

          • ?????

            They have their own OS. I may have said they owned it, so misunderstanding.
            Let me rephrase:
            MS has their own OS on PC. They also own Xbox. They support both, not PS4.

            Better?

          • Country Boy Lucifer

            Who on earth mentioned ps4? I was just saying that you saying that they owns PC was wrong.

            Nice edit by the way little xbot

          • ?????

            Allen mentioned PS4, Captain Clown Shoes.

          • Country Boy Lucifer

            Yes but he’s not part of this conversation is he little xbot

        • A Bitter Grapefruit

          but they own 99.9% of the operating systems used to run the game on pc! what does sony contribute to the pc world? fuk all!

          • Country Boy Lucifer

            Other than actual hardware? Lol idiot.

            Operating system does not a PC make…..

          • A Bitter Grapefruit

            wow you really are stupid!

          • Country Boy Lucifer

            Why? Because I made a sensible comment?

            Your name says it all…..

          • A Bitter Grapefruit

            sensible LOL sony has fuk all with pc’s why do you get so up tight when a company who has worked with the pc OS its entire life mentions they are happy a game is releasing on pc and you and allen the king of butthurt fanboys have a problem wellllll what a shocker you idiots! grow up

          • Country Boy Lucifer

            I don’t have a problem with the article I had a problem with the original commenter saying ms owned PC….

          • A Bitter Grapefruit

            atleast i can be honest with my name!! when will you change yours to opinionated douche bag?

          • A Bitter Grapefruit

            they never said they owned pc! wow your off the chart in the retarded department kid!

          • Country Boy Lucifer

            Yeah the original commenter did then edited his comment, calm down little xbot.

          • A Bitter Grapefruit

            its ok little pony

        • A Bitter Grapefruit

          wow all these butthurt ponies in here over this LOL its like herding cattle

    • The PC Master Race

      The POS4 is shit so it doesn’t need to be mentioned

      The Witcher 3 exclusively 60FPS on PC :^)

      • Country Boy Lucifer

        NO ONE CARES HA HA HA

        • Big Johnson

          funny! the one person no one cares about acts like they are cared for HAHAhaha so cute little pony

          • Country Boy Lucifer

            Over compensating with your name there buddy? Ha ha bet its really micro johnson ;)

        • Piper Johnson

          Apparently you, me, and Big Johnson cares.

  • Guester

    “May not be final Xbox one gameplay” ….. How about absolutely in no way will it ever even resemble that. What a scumbag move.

  • N-Shifter

    “It’ll be fine” he said,
    “Nobody will notice” he said.

  • Guest

    To the hypocrite PS fanboys who are easy to forget what their masters did… WatchDogs and Killzone both said to be 1080p 60fps unly for it not to be true.

  • Fozymandias

    I call bs! Xbox One is the weakest system available when it comes to graphical capabilities so obviously they tried to pass this off as X1 footage so people would say OMG it looks amazing on Xbox. In reality the Xbox One version won’t come close to looking that good.

    • Toomuchhypeforthis

      Even PS4 won’t even look that good, we all know PC will be better when it comes to graphics if that’s all you care about

      • Scooby Doo

        The PS4 version is sometimes confused as being the PC version by CDPR developers at times. Its that close…PS4 version will look amazing but I’ll be playing on PC.

    • Steven Hiller

      Yes and the ps4 is 5% faster in terms of graphical performance than the weakest console. So what’s your point?

  • NathGamer

    They’re only sorry because they got caught. Sneaky Microsoft.

    • ?????

      Like when Sony does the same thing for PC footage? I’m expecting an apology for them to lying about Watchdogs, where they said 1080p 60 FPS on their website.

  • Country Boy Lucifer

    Such a shame dishonesty follows desperation

    • ?????

      I remember Watchdogs on how they advertised it as 1080p 60 FPS on their website.
      Fact is, Sony has also done this but never gets called on it.

      • Country Boy Lucifer

        They didn’t get called on it? ha ha ha are you high?

        • Naberios

          Guess he doesn’t remember the whole Killzone debacle from E3 several years ago…

    • Steven Hiller

      Wow you’ve changed. I thought you supported Sony.

      • Country Boy Lucifer

        I don’t follow your logic……

        Were you trying to be amusing?

        If so you failed ;)

  • TheManWithABigToe

    What about Battlefront and Sony having there little video in the beginning. Pretty sure that was not PS4 footage.

    • Naberios

      Pretty sure I heard/read an EA/DICE rep say that it was in fact captured on a PS4. Don’t know if it’s true, but it’s not likely that a publisher or dev would back them up if it wasn’t.

      • TheManWithABigToe

        I can almost guarantee you that there is no way that was captured on the PS4, pc for sure.

        • Naberios

          You can look it up yourself. Besides, it was almost all cutscenes. Pretty sure the PS4 could handle what we saw.

  • Naberios

    “The scale of the error is huge.”
    No it wasn’t. Anyone that doesn’t look at anything that either console company says or releases with at lest a little skepticism is foolish. And this is by far not in line with some of their biggest marketing ploys.

  • Dragonrider

    Is anyone really surprised? This is isn’t the first time microsoft has played pc video claiming xbox was playing it. This is the first time microsoft had to apologize though. Just so you know, microsoft is sorry for getting caught, not for doing it. After all the crap microsoft tried to pull, im shocked there are xbone fanboys still.