CD Projekt RED has revealed the other project it’s working on, unveiling The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the “ultimate” game in the series (in more ways than one). Set in a living open world larger than any other we’ve seen in modern RPGs, Wild Hunt is also due to be the final Witcher game from CD Projekt RED.
Adam Badowski, head of CD Projekt RED, explains what’s going on:
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!
Promising no Quick Time Events, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt aims to reach new levels of player immersion and intuitive gameplay. That, says Badowski, is part of the reason why this is “really going to be the last Witcher game”, the end of the saga of Geralt of Rivia. CD Projekt RED wants to end the series on a high note, and believes quite firmly that this is it.
Technology has progressed to where we can finally tell the story the way we want, with the visuals we want, in the world we imagined. This will be the ultimate fantasy RPG experience, and while we’re hardly out of stories to tell, we believe it’s time for us to look to new worlds and new horizons to keep pushing the boundaries of what we can create.
There’s a particularly interesting tidbit tucked away in this announcement, too. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is promising a 2014 release “on all high-end platforms”. Whatever could that mean?