Coming In 2014
Although we got a whole bunch of details earlier today thanks to the Game Informer subscribers, we now have official confirmation from the developers themselves that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is definitely a thing. We have the brief announcement trailer for you, and a few words from CD Projekt, after the jump.
In a press release issued this evening, studio head Adam Badowski spoke of the grand scale that CD Projekt RED aim to capture with the third instalment in the Witcher franchise.
The captivating and non-linear story of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt takes place in a rich, truly open-world environment. A world which is thrilling to explore, full of daring adventures, momentous quests, memorable characters, and unique monsters. Players will freely travel through woods, lakes, mountains, cities and villages. Each region is inhabited by distinct populations with their own customs, legends and problems. The world of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is 30 times bigger than The Witcher 2.
Imagine playing a dark fantasy game with the same great non-linear 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 farther 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 non-linearity 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!
It has been confirmed that The Witcher 3 will be the last Witcher game CD Projekt will release, stating that they intend to end the series "on a high note." There's still time to catch up on the rest of the series though, as we only have a vague release date of "sometime in 2014" right now. Should you wish to see what all the fuss is about, GOG.com and Steam have slashed the prices for the previous instalments to celebrate the news. As it stands, GOG have the best price for The Witcher: Enhanced Edition, while Steam hold the best price for The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition.
If you missed it earlier, we have a round-up of what to expect from Geralt's last hurrah here.