The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt announced for 2014

Third game in the Witcher series sees Geralt go open world for all "high-end platforms" in 2014.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been officially announced by Polish developer CD Projekt Red. The game will be released in 2014 and will be coming to PCs as well as all other "high-end platforms."

The main source of inspiration for The Witcher 3 seems to be The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, with Geralt's third adventure taking on a more open-world role without acts and chapters.

According to the GameInformer reveal (digested via NeoGAF), the world will be 20 percent bigger than Skyrim's and will take up to 40 minutes to traverse from one end to the other on horseback. The new version of the proprietary Red engine features new streaming technology designed to minimize load times.

Right now The Witcher 3's visuals are running on an old renderer that will be upgraded before the game is released next year. "Right now you see the game in the old renderer, but it's going to be taken to a truly next level," says gameplay producer Marek Ziemak.

The game's quests and narratives are being designed around an interwoven three-tier structure, with Geralt's personal plot sitting at the top and feeding into the invasion of Nilfgaardian and then into typical quests like monster hunting and crafting.

Monster hunting promises to be far more in-depth this time around, with redesigned enemy AI and a much larger focus on gathering clues and information from townsfolk and books before engaging enemies. Factors like the time of day also affect where monsters will appear and their abilities. You can learn that it is possible to kill a vampire in one hit by stabbing both its hearts simultaneously, for instance.

The game's skill trees, magic signs, and inventory will also be tweaked, with CD Projekt Red admitting that many found The Witcher 2's inventory frustrating. Spells can be modified and developed, with Igni now having a new flamethrower effect and also the ability to be transformed into a 360-degree blast.

The Witcher games are based on a famous series of novels by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski and revolve around Geralt of Rivia, a member of the socially maligned but powerful monster-hunting Witchers.

In The Witcher 3, Geralt's memories (he had been suffering amnesia in the first two games) have been resorted. The game's subtitle suggests a confrontation with the band of spectres known as The Wild Hunt, which are presumably responsible for Geralt's amnesia and are also considered an omen of death.

CD Projekt Red also says Geralt's barber will be available from the get-go, but there will be absolutely no chance of dyeing his distinctive silver locks.

The Witcher series has sold more than 4 million copies as of last summer. CD Projekt Red has been teasing The Witcher 3 since 2011, with the latest barrage of speculation coming last month, when the company showed off a teaser image depicting Geralt's sword. For more on the series, check out GameSpot's review of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.

The Witcher 3 is not the only new game CD Projekt Red is at work on. The company is also developing Cyberpunk 2077, a new role-playing game set in a "dark future" where advanced technologies have become "both the salvation and the curse of humanity."

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donalbane
donalbane

It's GERalt, not JERalt.  Exciting news, though. 

InvadingKnight
InvadingKnight

20% bigger then Skyrims (please!!) - IDK just PLEASE take that Whitehair guy out and allow me to make my own characters to kill him and point him down then take over his womens... It's so dam boring having to play the idiots over and over again!!! i'm hoping to have online entrys like a/place/door/path where we can be invaded/summon into others players world and be friends with them or kill them during a quest vs boss fight!!

Ancient-Hunter
Ancient-Hunter

I think this is a bad idea, sandbox RPG's are successful because of the flexibility  of character design, for example in skyrim I can make a mage/thief, or a ranger/barbarian and i can give he/she any personality (and is thus reflected on the quest I take or the manner in how I respond to NPC). This is the power of sandbox RPG's and it's what all the best ones (Skyrim) do right.

The problem with making The Witcher a sandbox RPG is that Geralt is already a pre-defined character, he is opened to some diversity yes but he's still rooted in some concrete character definitions.

Just to give  you an example of this, many moons ago when i was playing Marrowind  I one time made a character who was a "wheeler dealer" I literally dumped everything into the personal skills and merchant skills and just went town to town building up a fortune. Was it the optimal way to play the game? of course not, but I was able to do it none the less and have an enjoyable time doing it.

Can you imagine Geralt walking around pawning off items, looking all bad ass lol. It really wouldnt work. 

I'm all for another Witcher, it's probably one of my favorite series but its a narrative RPG, not a sandbox. 

TotalWarHero
TotalWarHero

As much as I used to love big games, the more they keep expanding the less that simple fact interests me.  These days I am more interested in focused, UNIQUE locals.  Real estate doesn't mean much if there is nothing in it.  That said, cdprojectred and the witcher 2 are both incredible.  So I have high hopes for this one.  I just don't see why it has to be bigger than skyrim.  Skyrim is already ABSURDLY large.  Concerns me it might not be 'full' enough; might not match the way the witcher 2 lived and breathed, particularly the city of flotsam and the forest.

GameFan1983
GameFan1983

TW1 is not a bad game so I gave second one a chance, and it turned out to be one dullest experience I ever had in years, 40 hours gameplay in TW2= the character is playing me.  how can one find this enjoyable?

isahunt
isahunt

It doesn't have to be 20 percent bigger than Skyrim, as long as it's not filled with soulless one-dimensional characters like Skyrim.

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

Anything cd projekt makes is an immediate preorder by me.

Sardinar
Sardinar

I want for this game to be as delayed as possible, for the sake of CDProjekt's passion and talent.

sigmact
sigmact

im wondering if those "high end plattfors" will keep up the stress with that witcher game, if the witcher is keeping its nature, and be that huge, its going to hurt even some average PC´s 

muchakachaka
muchakachaka

Thats Geralt's son in the background >:O

penpusher
penpusher

YES!!!! YES YES YES!!!! OH GOD YES!!!!!!!!!!!

petez34
petez34

12+ months to go....yay

commander1122
commander1122

i tot 9999% bigger than skyrim in final game -.-

Skaloman
Skaloman

Honestly, one of the greatest game sin recent history, is coming.....'Nuff said.

(Yeah I noticed the typo, but I'm so excited right now, I dont care ^^ )

isshiah
isshiah

i can't stop smiling. it has been some time since i played, so any issues or compliments i had have left my mind.

may this developer never change.

haedrianz
haedrianz

well i love this company so i guess i ll wait and see .... witcher 2 was brilliant !   but i m pretty pissed that they go skyrim-like ... f skyrim ( it was a cool game but damn f it anyway) .. i want a witcher , witcher 2 >>>> skyrim , so why the hell trying to copy them... now a world that big looks interesting , but i hope they dont mess up this open world thing ... I have yet to really enjoy a sandbox game, it is tricky , it ends up being boring and unimmersive, with a lot of useless and unpolish things around, the pace is slower and it feels less like a movie/story but more like a mmorpg full of NPCs....... I was hoping for something more like a hybrid .... but anyway that said , we will see i still think they can pull this off really well cause until now they have proven their skill but..but i m a little disappointed  for the moment.

Rocket2Uranus
Rocket2Uranus

I like how games will now compare themselves to SKYRIM. LOL
Never played Witcher 2.  Is it worth it ? 

yoda101280
yoda101280

One thing I hope they change about this game is the itemization.  Gear and weapons in this series is always pretty lack luster as they want to keep Geralt looking a certain way so all the swords generally look the same all the clothing is basically just color or pattern changes, etc.  One of the big things about RPG's is getting new skills and gear as you go along and in the Witcher that's kind of a non-starter.

yoda101280
yoda101280

While I like this franchise I'd be a little more excited if this was Dragon's Dogma they were talkinga bout. :)  I just picked that game up like a week ago and man it really was a refreshing game.  Would be so great if they brought the sequel to the PC and expanded the scope.  What they have is pretty great but it's obvious it wasn't a big budget project.  Far as an RPG goes though Dogma is one of the most enjoyable I've played in a long time, counting skyrim. 

Aside from the graphics though the main advantage Skyrim has over it is simply the scope and scale.  Skyrim is a monster of a game that you can easily sink 100 hours into and still not do everything.  Update the graphics on Dogma, expand the world and quest pallet and build on what they already have as a foundation and you'd easily have a triple contender.

That said as far as witcher 3 goes, I'm looking forward to seeing how they do the open world.  Having a big open game world is great but it's only great if there are great things to do there.  I loved Skryim, in comparison to Dragon's Dogma it's super huge but I actually had more fun in Dragon's Dogma mainly b/c the monsters and combat are just much more engaging.

Ligz06
Ligz06

EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Andrak_Vol
Andrak_Vol

If I buy a new hihg-end PC rig this year (2013), what.s the chances that a high-end game such as the Witcher 3 will still work fine on my computer?

I imagine so, but I don't have a feel for how fast the requirements for these games are going up.

Looking forward to the Witcher 3


TigusVidiks
TigusVidiks

witcher 2 is one of the most briliant games of this generation. I have high hopes for W3. Hope i'm  not disapointed.

dmdavenport
dmdavenport

Witcher 2 had the best opening cinematics of any game in this gen of consoles I've ever seen. Plus, the writing was hilarious! Looking forward to finding out if W3 does the same.

Slash_out
Slash_out

People saying that graphically it isn't next gen.

They say in the news that the game is using the old rendered, explaining why it looks so much like TW2.

Don't underestimate the effect it will have on the end result. What we need is some more screenshot with all the bells on (even though it is still WIP). But thanks CDprojekt for taking the risk of publishing an early footage of the game, even though they know a lot of people will just look at a picture or two and start complaining.

sev2010
sev2010

i saw the pictures on eurogamer, really honestly i couldnt call it a next-gen game, no element of next-gen i observed

Navardo95
Navardo95

Witcher 2 was extremely demanding and now they are using a new engine....which means $6000 for a new gaming rig :/....

666NightsInHell
666NightsInHell

First parts looks like console ports(always crap) with unplayable controls.

666NightsInHell
666NightsInHell

I Dont like any witcher part, very bad optimized, very bad controls in combats, in everything, 2nd reason kill game for me, if they make standard rpg controls this game will be more popular then now , alchemy is crap and super boring with so crap controls takes forever to do something, devs dont make same craps like first parts!

jesuschristmonk
jesuschristmonk

Hopefully I'll have a god-tier gaming PC by the time this comes out!

simon1812
simon1812

Im still pissed off that there was no PS3 release of the Witcher 2, played the first one on the PC awesome game. so yeah there would have to be an awful lack of options for me to give it a chance, yeah I can hold a grudge that bad.

Cataclysmm
Cataclysmm

I am looking forward to it,i am a big fan of the series.

CKeenan07
CKeenan07

I've never played any of the games bc I don't have an XBox or gaming PC, but I have always wanted to play this series. Looking forward to a PS4 release!

PcGamer4Ever1
PcGamer4Ever1

Hy Gamespot . They are not taking inspiration from Skyrim at all . They mentioned that just because of the size .

Herrick
Herrick

Open World Witcher? Sounds good to Herrick.

naomha1
naomha1

Seriously. Great. News. Just take my money now. CDPR is, and has been, one of THE best dev houses ever. Amazing games, fantastic policies on DRM through GOG, and pushing the envelope in what is considered "mature". Thank God they don't belong to EA. 

oldschoolvandal
oldschoolvandal

Looks like I will be giving CD Projekt Red some money in the near future. They do have my respect.

Hope they keep their high quality standards and (if I remember it right) no DLC policy.

Wastlander3000
Wastlander3000

I analyzed the picture and came with a small conclusion: The war is still on, Geralt is traveling with another witcher((might be some one else but that person on the white horse has a silver blade and the gloves look similar to an armor piece that Geralt used in the first game)). And plus I can bet my last gold coin that Geralt named his horse * roach*.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

'high-end platforms' which basically equates to the 720 and PS4 right?

I've always wanted to play the Witcher games but with me being a PS3 gamer i've missed out on the first two.  Hopefully they'll do something similar to Mass Effect and make the first installments available, otherwise I doubt i'll be buying it.  Won't have a clue what's going on!

toddx77
toddx77

You know a game is a day 1 purchase when CDPR is behind it :). Can't wait.

02050muh
02050muh

Op...Opp..Opp...opp.....OpppP...oooPP...OOOpppp....Open World!

PcGamer4Ever1
PcGamer4Ever1

For newbies , The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt is a perfect title name . Wild Hunt is not a verb here , it doesn't mean going out in open world and hunt wild animals (LOL) . Wild Hunt is noun , it is the name of spectral riders that come from another world and abduct young humans and only few people believe this . Most of the people in The Witcher universe believes it to be myth . Geralt had encountered Wild Hunt many times in the past but it's all mystery for him because of his Amnesia . According to Enhanced Edition of TW 2 (Chapter 3 , Iorveth's path , Cynthia the nilfgaardian sorceress) Geralt was one of the riders of the Wild Hunt . The title Wild Hunt means that everything will be revealed about The Wild Hunt in The Witcher 3 .