REDengine 3 To "Push The Graphical Limits"
CD Projekt have confirmed that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will grace the PlayStation 4 next year, and have thrown their support behind the "fresh and innovative" console.
“We were thrilled when asked, several months ago, to be one of the developers who were granted early access to the PlayStation 4," explained Adam Badowski, head of CD Projekt RED. "It was an exciting moment to be invited to be in the company of other legendary developers like Bethesda, EA, LucasArts, Ubisoft or Activision as one of the teams working on titles shipping early in the PlayStation 4's lifecycle. Of course, we couldn't reveal any specifics about this to our fans, even though many journalists and forum members asked about when and how The Witcher might show up on Sony's console."
"After yesterday's PlayStation Meeting we can finally promise: The Witcher 3 is coming to the PlayStation 4. The new hardware gives us the opportunity to create something great. We are able to work with the new console from its birth and this allows our in-house REDengine 3 to push the graphical limits of what the PlayStation hardware can display. The console is fresh and has some innovative solutions that we're looking forward to using in our game."
"With the capabilities of PlayStation 4 and the next-gen ready REDengine 3, The Witcher 3 will be a truly amazing RPG."
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is slated for a 2014 release on "all high-end platforms available," which presumably includes Microsoft's next-gen offering as well as the previously-confirmed PC. Expect an open world, retooled combat and a standalone storyline that won't alienate newcomers.
"We want to make it clear that this story is a standalone," continued Studio head Adam Badowski, "and we will be sure introduce newcomers fully to the world so that they don't miss a beat. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will start with an breathtaking opening, which will give many insights to the lore. The game design will allow smooth introduction to new characters and encourage players to discover the vast, living open world of this installment of Geralt’s tale."