Witcher 3 the final Witcher game

CD Projekt Red confirms 2014 open-world role-playing game its last outing with Geralt; game is 30 times bigger than Witcher 2.

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The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt will be the final Witcher game, developer CD Projekt Red announced today. The 2014 open-world game will represent the conclusion of Geralt of Rivia's story, and the timing is fitting, according to CD Projekt Red studio manager Adam Badowski.

"People may ask if this is really going to be the last Witcher game. Yes, it is. Why? Because we believe that we should end the series on a high note," Badowski said in a statement.

"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."

The Witcher 3 is due out for unspecified "high-end" platforms. Next-generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony are rumored to be released this fall, with the PlayStation 4 potentially being announced as early as February 20.

CD Projekt Red also revealed that The Witcher 3's gameworld will be 30 times bigger than The Witcher 2 and that the game will not feature any quick-time events.

"Imagine playing a dark fantasy game with the same great nonlinear 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 further places you will need to ride a horse or sail a boat to get there," Badowski said.

The Witcher 3 will prompt users to make choices with "truly epic consequences," Badowski said, noting this has presented a number of "demanding" development challenges for CD Projekt Red.

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."

Discussion

233 comments
u13mkaganovich
u13mkaganovich

Ok, I would much prefer him still being alive he is an awesome character, but u know what I want the developers to do is make the game a little more difficult because in the last game you have issues in the first mission when you have to go down and kill a bunch of guys however later on in the game it got alot easier and i found i dont need to use traps or anything just swing and hit. did u also feel this lack of difficulty further in 

BestJinjo
BestJinjo

Witcher 2 is one of the most epic RPGs ever made, especially among the top 3 since PS3, 360, Wii came out. Despite this Witcher 2 only sold 330K units in North America and just 600K globally on the Xbox 360, with its 75 million userbase!!!

http://www.vgchartz.com/gamedb/?name=witcher+2

Xbox 360 14-year old fans rather salivate over ugly looking rehashes after EA/Activision throw $100 million marketing campaign with celebrities at their faces (COD *cough* *cough*). I suppose the mature story line, sex scenes and actually some challenge in Witcher 2's enemies (looking at you Skyrim's dragons) are too complex for the console's mainstream audiences. 

CD Projekt RED should just launch Witcher 3 on the PS4. Maybe the game will find a real audience among adults!


nathangray
nathangray

Unfortunately unless they change the combat system, it's going to be 30 times the pain in the ass. I loved The Witcher's lore, it's style and it's characters, but that combat NEVER got good. 2 was an improvement over 1, but it was still a janky mess. About halfway through Witcher 2 I stopped playing, because there were other games equally interesting but with better combat that stole my attention away, and I never went back. I can't imagine trying to play through an open-world version, nevermind one that's 30 times the content.

monstertiki
monstertiki

can't wait for this and cyberpunk to come out.

UrbanTracker
UrbanTracker

"End the series on a high note". That's the sign of a good developer.

Suaron_x
Suaron_x

The end is never the end.  The world of the witcher can always be reopened at some point in the future, no matter what a company executive says.  For that matter, the creator of the witcher books may take his IP to another game company to continue making games.  I find it hard to believe, that when there's money to be made, that no one will just stop using of a popular IP for profit.  However, it does appear they aren't going to milk the Witcher the way say Activision milks COD.

I would like to see the Witcher 1 ported to consoles, or maybe included in a collectors edition disc for the console release of W3.

My only concerns with W3 are the travel times (40 minutes on horseback from one end to another).  I hate traveling espeically in previously cleared areas, so hopefully they put in teleports. Further, I hope they don't lose the story element of the W2 in favor of the meandering elements of the Elder Scrolls.

CreMax90
CreMax90

To those who thinks wild hunt is a stupid name, play the previous two games and understand the story then you'll know what it means. For a brief summary, read PcGamer4Ever1 comment below.

toddx77
toddx77

So our moral choices are actually going to have consequences? Sounds like The Witcher 3 is going to be what Mass Effect 3 should have been lol.

Arsyad00
Arsyad00

wild hunt??? can`t they think somthin awesome

Kane04
Kane04


30 times or 30%?

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 .

Hurvl
Hurvl

Even though I have just started playing The Witcher 1, I am a bit saddened that the next game is the last Witcher game. Although, that's merely a selfish sadness of wanting more of something I love. I understand that the series can't go on forever without the quality suffering and it's also good for CD Projekt Red (as well as any company, actually) to not be stuck with the same franchise indefinitely, like some companies are. The employees needs some variety too, it's not just something we gamers crave, and I do look forward to Cyberpunk 2077.

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

The most awesome news is that CDPR will keep on making games but won't keep on milking the Witcher brand.

PcGamingRig
PcGamingRig

I would actually be impressed if they made no witcher games after this one. It would show they're dedication to making games rather than selling out for the money like most companies do. The Witcher 3 will probably sell more than The Witcher 2 so the temptation is to keep making them.

lyncer777
lyncer777

Wild Hunt? Time to hunt some whores! LOL

stonhengehill
stonhengehill

why ?????????????

witcher is one of the best rpgs that i ever played

warragh
warragh

i can certainly see the reasons behind this decision but i can't help but feel sad to know that Witcher 3 will be the last Witcher game

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

the witcher is one of the last few great rpgs we have left. so let's appreciate it.  it's a great franchise.

Falru
Falru

A trilogy is an excellent length for a good story. You the prologue (first game) that establishes the setting and motivates the hero (also known as a "call to action"). The second installment brings back our beloved characters and more fully develops them, rather than having to establish the setting as much. Then you have the final, climactic third installment that wraps up the loose ends and delivers a satisfactory conclusion.


At least in an ideal world...anyway.


*waits patiently for someone to say Mass Effect*

tightwad34
tightwad34

Since it's the last one and you know it will sell well, why not put it on the PS3? Or does M$ have the rights to it? 

col2774
col2774

Good news is Witcher 3 is inspired from Skyrim ....:D

Sardinar
Sardinar

@u13mkaganovich As a hardcore gamer, I think I enjoyed the difficulty all throughout - even if it did get a bit easier by the end. There is always the Insane difficulty though ...

PcGamer4Ever1
PcGamer4Ever1

@BestJinjo Good joke bro . CD Projekt RED is PC developers . They own GOG which is second biggest digital platform for game sales on PC .

UrbanMessiah
UrbanMessiah

@nathangray  

I kind of share your opinion, but I'm making the effort to get back to it and finish it. But yeah, I agree with you, definitely hope they improve the combat.

MatrixGamer78
MatrixGamer78

@Suaron_x if Witcher would be the best seller every year of its launch then there willbe a new witcher every year instead of COD:P

laxsiber
laxsiber

@toddx77 If you played witcher 2 you would know how serious and drastic consequences can be in games developed by CD Projekt Red.

Altazen
Altazen

@Kane04 It's 30 times bigger than the world of the witcher 2, 20% bigger than the world of skyrim.

laxsiber
laxsiber

@PcGamer4Ever1 And if you read books you would know even more about Witcher Universe ^^. I am reading right now The Tower of the Swallow (fan translation since only Blood of Elves is officially translated to English), but Wild Hunt briefly appears in second book (if I remember correctly). Btw did you read books? You seem to be really informed.

sho4misho
sho4misho

@PcGamer4Ever1  which explains why this will be the last part of the series nice explanaition 100% true

PcGamer4Ever1
PcGamer4Ever1

@lyncer777 Wild Hunt is the name of spectral riders responsible for abducting young humans from age of 10 to 20 . They also abducted Geralt's love Yennifer . Geralt requested them to take his soul and in return free Yennifer , they agreed without hesitation . They starting scene of both The Witcher 1 and The Witcher 2 tells that Geralt is running away from the hunt wraths and they are chasing him . What Exactly happened no one knows , not even Geralt because he lost his memory and in The Witcher 3 everything will be revealed about the wild hunt and conjunction of spheres (The Paths that open the way to another world) .

lyncer777
lyncer777

@warragh maybe Geralt's last witcher. Then the next witcher has a nameless character that you will create like Skyrim, so maybe a possible women witcher because you can change the gender now in Witcher 4 lol...


and ofcourse i want to see a Witcher school!

Markko89
Markko89

@warraghIt won't be the last, it's just the end of this storyline. Eddie failed to report that.


MajahretDiviera
MajahretDiviera

@tightwad34 No, MS has no rights to the game. only reason why they didnt port over to the PS3, was due to their lack of knowledge on how to do it properly, and they didnt want to shell out a bad port. they made one for the 360 since it was easier to scale down and port over to the system, since they already had a PC version to work from. However, it makes sense since the PS4 will be easier to for developers to make games for it, since it no longer has the Cell processor that the PS3 has, and will be easier to port and develop for, given that it will be more PC like.

PcGamer4Ever1
PcGamer4Ever1

@col2774 It isn't inspired by that garbage . If it was then I would had killed myself . They just compared it with Skyrim because of it's size , nothing more . We have true Witcher game here . No place for pointless and dead world's exploration .

clsbis
clsbis

@Fowsed @clsbis :it's from the last issue of gameinformer

PcGamer4Ever1
PcGamer4Ever1

@laxsiber @PcGamer4Ever1 No I haven't read the books but I plan to read them before The Witcher 3 comes out but I did played both games several times and remembered every single word of second game . lol . I also read interview where the writer of witcher novels confirmed that Geralt is not dead and he is writing sequel to his last book about Geralt of Rivia . So in short I haven't read books but researched on it so much and yes I'll read them soon .

PcGamer4Ever1
PcGamer4Ever1

@sho4misho @PcGamer4Ever1 How it won't be 100% . I Played original witcher 4 times and played The Witcher 2 17 times . 12 times original version and 5 times Enhanced Edition in high settings on PC .

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Markko89 He says it himself, in a way that leaves no possibility for another game: "People may ask if this is really going to be the last Witcher game. Yes, it is." You can't get a more firm confirmation that that.