Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Announced
By Joseph Christ on February 5th, 2013 (11 comments)
It seems like just a few short weeks ago that we found ourselves drooling like rabid animals at the CGI trailer for CD Projekt Red's Cyberpunk 2077, and now -just as the last vestiges of drool have wormed their way back into our mouthes- they have gone and announced The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
The final in The Witcher series, The Wild Hunt seems to be continuing Projekt Red's track record of creating a deep and mature RPG experience, but this time with a completely open world. “Imagine playing a dark fantasy game with the same great nonlinear story as in the previous Witcher titles, but now told in a world you can explore freely with no artificial boundaries.” said Adam Badowski , head of the studio. “The war-ravaged world is so huge that to reach further places you will need to ride a horse or sail a boat to get there.”
So sailing is in. CONFIRMED.
Badowski is also promising the Witcher 3 to feature enhanced controls, a completely explorable open world, beast tracking/hunting and more of those core RPG mechanics we have grown to love -and now appropriately expect- in the series.
And if you think that perhaps, just maybe, this whole 'last game' talk is just nonsense in order to fuel the hype-train, according to Badowski this is really the final story of Geralt. "People may ask if this is really going to be the last Witcher game. Yes, it is. Why? Because we believe that we should end the series on a high note. Technology has progressed to where we can finally tell the story the way we want, with the visuals we want, in the world we imagined. This will be the ultimate fantasy RPG experience, and while we're hardly out of stories to tell, we believe it's time for us to look to new worlds and new horizons to keep pushing the boundaries of what we can create."
The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt will be released in 2014 on “all all high-end platforms.” Which is the closest anyone will ever get to saying 'next-gen systems' for now.
A video teaser was also released and is available below.
Joseph Christ is the Reviews Editor and a Podcast Personality at 4Player. Specializing in reviews, editorials, drinking, and saying inappropriate things about gaming franchises that are beloved by millions, his satirical and sometimes edgy style offsets a more serious and penetrating substance lurking below the surface. He is also the host of the Cocktail Time Podcast. You'll follow his Twitter if you know what's good for you.
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