Everyone knew that "The Witcher" developer CD Projek tRed was starting work on the next installment of the popular RPG series. Now, courtesy of Game Informer magazine that appears to be a reality.
The feature game for its upcoming issue, Game Informer has an inside look at the final game in the series, "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt". CD Projekt Red is aiming to make this game more massive and in-depth than the prior installment. The game will of course star Geralt who has restored his memory and will no be finding his own way through the world.
And the world is going to big. Utilizing the new next-generation in RedEngine 3 the world that Geralt will be in will be about 20% bigger than Skyrim and 40 times bigger than "The Witcher 2". Unlike either, however, Geralt will be able to traverse the world without any load times. For example, if Geralt enters or exits a cave the game will continue to play and will not cut to a loading screen.
Speaking of the world, according to the Game Informer website there will be a different worlds for Geralt to explore including "stormy islands, war-torn forests and a sprawling dark fantasy metropolis". Each world will feature its own storyline complete with individual tasks that Geralt can complete in any order. In fact, unlike its predecessor, "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt" will be completely non-linear broken into three different forms of play:
- Lowest Level: Free-form activities such as crafting, monster slaying (which seems to be more extensive in the third iteration), and going on quests. (There are over 100 hours of hand-scripted quests. These include helping villages and engineering the succession of the Skellige kings. Though, I think the latter would apply to the Next Level.)
Next Level: The political situation of the Nilfgaardian invasion is resolved through a core plot line for each area, including Skellige, Novigrad, and No Man’s Land.
- Final Level: Geralt’s main storyline, his search for his loved ones, and the chase of the Wild Hunt.
And since this is "The Witcher" choices that Geralt makes will have an impact on play and how characters treat him. Expect there to be a lot of political intrigue in this game.
Combat has also been refined. Geralt will have a total of 96 different animations when he enters combat as opposed to the 20 animations that were featured in "The Witcher 2". This promises to make battle less monotonous and will introduce different strategies such as cancels, dodges while performing magic and other tactics. CD Projekt Red is also working on the difficulty so that gamers are not immediately turned off by the difficulty of the game.
As for item management, well, the developer is working on that.
"The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt" is the final game that will feature Geralt and will be available on PC and all high-end platforms available" in 2014. While that is not a confirmation that it will be on next generation consoles it is highly likely that it will be on either Xbox 720, PS4 or both. The current generation only saw "The Witcher 2" released on Xbox 360.
A special thanks to All Games Beta for information that helped write this article.