There was a wave of excitement around the video game world yesterday as some information about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt made its way into the wilds of the internet. Today we mix that excitement with a little bit of sadness. In its official press release, CD Projekt RED have said that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be the final Witcher game the studio will produce.
“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,”said Adam Badowski, head of the studio.
As the last game in the series, CD Prokekt is realling pulling out all the stops to make The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt the ultimate game in the series. It is set to take place in a truly open-world setting with non-linear exploration and progression. Players will be free to explore all of the forests and villages which are full of quests to complete and unique monsters to slay. Each region of the game will be populated with people who have their own local customs, legends, and problems. The world will be 30 times bigger than The Witcher 2. The developers are trying to put it all out there and want to create one of the defining RPG experiences of this generation.
“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. 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. A world where your choices have truly epic consequences. From the development side, this goal is extremely demanding. Our team had to make significant design changes and our tech had to be rebuilt. But we believe that this will lead to a completely new level of nonlinearity and a whole new, richer gaming experience. As a gamer, I would love to play this kind of RPG and I think this is what many players are waiting for. This is our dream come true at CD Projekt RED, and we hope it will be the same for you!” Badowski said.
The devs are also promising an improved combat system which will allow players to feel like a true monster-hunter as they use their finely honed skills to take down their enemies and save those fine damsels in distress. New players should not be afraid to jump into The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt thanks to what Badowski refers to as “an introduction designed to smoothly introduce all those who visit the world of the Witcher for the first time”.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is set to release simultaneously on all major platforms sometime in 2014, and will combine the great art style of The Witcher 2 with the recently announced RPG-oriented REDengine 3 game engine. The official Witcher website has been updated for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt announcement, so head on over and check it out, and of course we’ll be keeping you up-to-date as new information comes out here at Gamebreaker.