The Witcher 3 is shaping up to be a very important game for CD Projekt Red, not only as the end of Geralt's story but as an incredible open world.
Understandably, there's a lot to be changed to make the game successful, but also a lot to keep...
In an interview recently, Head of Marketing Michal Platkow-Gilewski and senior Quest Designer Jakub Rokosz had a lot to say about what they were improving for the upcoming title.
To start with, they want to overhaul the combat; according to players, the fighting felt too much like an arcade fighter in the previous game. They want the combat to really feel like you are a master of the sword, with nearly 100 different attack animations that can be combined in any combination in a fight. Indeed, they want the fighting to look so realistic, they're hiring various skilled stuntmen to go through the motions, allowing them to make perfect animations.
The camera is another thing that they want to re-vamp in the combat system. "We’ll always show the fights from the right angle or perspective or distance so that you’ll be aware of all the enemies around you. If they communicate among themselves and decide that it’ll be a good idea to surround you, you’ll see everyone who’s going around behind you."
The quest system is going to be very wide ranging, but most importantly, it's set to give you real consequences for your actions - something the players as well as the developers feel very strongly about. Jakub Rokosz said: "You have to see the consequences of your choices". The developers are also relishing the chance to have a world big enough for all the content they want to add; "Sometimes, in Witcher 2 for example, the world was just too small to fit in more quests there. It would just feel too crowded in some places."
Finally, they comment on one of the more mature aspects of the game - Geralts relationships. Luckily, they approach the topic in a very mature way, allowing sex to be a possible end to something, rather than deciding "Okay, we need five more sex scenes. Write a quest where Geralt hooks up with five different women." In a rather brilliant quote, Michal Platkow-Gilewski said: "It’s not a Pokemon approach. It’s not a collectible."
It's impressive they have managed to be given how afraid the collective Western Market can be about nudity and sex, especially the US. But Michal points out that that's what the character development needs: "Geralt has needs and he’s fulfilling his needs along the way. He met women who were close to him, but they weren’t the one for him. It was never the ultimate goal for Geralt, to sleep with girls. That’s childish, and Geralt is far from being childish. He’s a very mature character. He has romances along his way, but he’s never going for sex specifically. That’s not what drives him."
Do we have faith that CD Projekt Red finish Geralt's storyline in a way that pleases the fans? Are they going to be able to deliver an Open World as well as other big titles have before them? Like Skyrim. Tell us below!