CD Projekt RED have now made it official; their next game is indeed the next chapter in The Witcher franchise tentatively titled - The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
GD had earlier hinted about this when CD Projekt announced their new technology, RED Engine 3, for Cyberpunk 2077 and another 'dark RPG game'; Looks like we were right...
Details are starting to emerge from the developers themselves (via Game Informer) and more is expected to hit us in the coming days.
Now to break down what you will be seeing in the much anticipated The Witcher 3; well, it's a lot. It is not only trying to evolve itself from the past iterations but also borrow the best bits from other great games to an extent, which is always a good thing.
The game will be the final chapter in the Witcher series. The end of the trilogy. This will could well be the last Witcher game ever, so CDP are readying themselves to send off The White Wolf with a bang!
The game is said to be a true open-world; it will not be 'closed' into chapters like it's predecessors and will be one huge world for you to explore and do what needs to be done without a single load screen. No loading whatsoever! (Thanks to RED Engine 3).
What we mean by huge is a game world 30 times the size of The Witcher 2. Is it bigger than Skyrim, that huge game where you probably lost hundreds of hours? Absolutely.
Story wise [CDP's forte], it's going to be personal for Geralt. Wild Hunt, the horde of specters who bring misfortune and death, is going to feature heavily in this game. The same group who abducted Geralt's first love - Yennifer, and that's whats going to make them cross paths with Geralt again. All his questions might finally be answered... or maybe not. We'll just have to wait and see now won't we.
Speaking of Geralt of Rivia, the change is there for you to see. Our hero now sports a white beard clearly indicating that age is catching up to him. That isn't going to slow him down however. He is going to be the same badass, but a little meaner and grittier. CDP is building upon the rather solid combat mechanics of The Witcher 2 and taking it a notch higher. You can now dodge and block (depleting your stamina) yet still maintaining your flow of attack to seamlessly dispose of your enemies, if you're skilled enough.
The size of the world is something that lowered The Witcher 2's overall scores. Our community loved it though. The small area (or Acts) confined you in one city, but that showed in the games crisp design and tighter focus on gorgeous environments. It will be interesting to see if their huge open world attempt can hold the gamer's interest and glue their behinds onto their chairs to play the game with as much... awe. The main locations that you will mostly delve around are Novigard, No Man's Land, and Skellige among others. Personal vengeance aside, you will have side missions to justify the huge scope of the game and all of them will tie into the main plot in way or another. Your actions will make an impact - positively or negatively. This is something every gamer wants and CD Projekt RED is obliging.
A game that boasts of a world bigger than Skyrim is also going to accommodate fast travel; but we're pretty sure you'll make minimal use of it. Also, there are horses. Great, right? Geralt can mount horses and use them as a means of transportation or in combat. We're up for that!
Familiar characters are also going to make a return. More on that in the coming days.
Platforms? CD Projekt RED is known for their love for PC gamers, and in that same sense, it is slated to release on the PC. Knowing them, you can be assured of a highly optimized game, albeit one with some small bugs. As for consoles, it was clear that the RED Engine 3 is one of the most powerful technologies in the industry and developed specially for the next-generation of games, and so it will no doubt land on Sony and Microsoft's "top-of-the line" consoles. Their might be a chance for the Wii U here but certainly not the Ouya.
Release Period? CD Projekt RED has announced that it will release the final chapter of the trilogy in early 2014. You might be playing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in roughly a year from now. It will be followed by Cyberpunk 2077 that is estimated to come in 2015, at best.
There is still alot more The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to come. Stay tuned and share your thoughts on things so far in the comment section below! We won't slay you for speaking your mind.