The Witcher 3 Takes Dev's Speedrunners 25 Hours to Complete

CD Projekt Red's open-world RPG is a long game no matter how you slice it.

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If you choose to do everything possible, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be a very long game. And as it turns out, even if you know how to minimize the time it takes to get through the core, you're still looking at a 25-hour experience just to complete the game's story.

That's according to CD Projekt Red, which revealed to Gamereactor that the quickest any of its testers could run through the RPG's story was 25 hours. If that causes you to worry about how quickly you'll be able to complete it, keep in mind that not only omits side quests, but also skips right through dialogue and takes the fastest-possible path, which you likely won't know when initially playing through the game.

As for a closer indication of how long you can expect a playthrough to last, the developer previously offered an estimate of about 100 hours, with half of that accounting for the main narrative, and the other half spent on side content. More recently, senior designer Damien Monnier said that it could take upwards of 200 hours to do absolutely everything.

Should you find yourself having completed everything in the main game, two DLC packs will be released that, combined, add roughly 30 hours of additional gameplay. The first of these, Hearts of Stone, launches in October, and will be followed by the second, Blood and Wine, in the first quarter of 2016.

The Witcher 3 launches on May 19 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Check out the latest trailer above.

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