If there’s one thing we can’t stand around here, it’s loading times. Just asked Jon, he attempted to play The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on PlayStation 3, the poor sod. This is a particularly egregious problem in role-playing games, where a heightened sense of imme - [Loading… Please Wait] - rsion is integral to the experience. See, distracting isn't it?
We had our worries about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s open world, particularly with CD Projekt RED claiming it would larger than even that of Skyrim, but the Polish developer has now confirmed there will be no loading waits whatsoever, unless you fast travel.
The only time you’ll see a loading screen is if you wish to fast travel, or when you first boot up the game, claims senior environment artists, Jonas Mattsson. “That fast travel loading time depends on how far you have to travel of course. If you just fast travel a little bit, it's a really short loading time", he explained.
Mattsson explained one of the early goals CDPR had for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was to have the experience work as seamlessly as possible. "When you play, you don't want to have the loading screen because it takes you out of the game a bit,” he continued. To that end there won’t be any loading during normal gameplay, even when heading in and out of buildings or dungeons.
It’s all sounding great so far, CD Projekt RED is barely putting a foot wrong ahead of launch. The only thing left to do now is count down the days and hours until May 19th, when The Witcher 3 arrives on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.