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‘The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’ graphics element compared to ‘The Witcher 2’

‘The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’ location
‘The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’ location
Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, used with permission

Another element from “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” has been compared to “The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.” In an interview with Game Reactor on April 23, Balázs Török stated that the sequel will have a lot more animations when compared to the second installment of the “Witcher” series. The development team built several systems in order to compress the resources required for animations. As a result, they were able to add thousands more.

“The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings” was first released by Atari for the PC in 2011. The enhanced edition also came out in 2012 for the Xbox 360 console as well as the computer platform. Since the release of the previous game, CD Projket Red was able to update its internal REDengine. Furthermore, the extra hardware power provided by new PC systems as well as the recent launches of the PS4 and Xbox One also give more space for the development team to work with when adding more animations. You can find Balázs Török’s comments below:

We created our own animations systems this time and we wrote our own animation compression, which means we have even more animations than we had in The Witcher 2, which was a pretty amazing 7,000 animations already. But right now we are aiming at 12,000 animations in The Witcher 3.

Along with the improvements made to the animation system, CD Projket Red also decided to add an open-world element to “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.” In addition to providing more spaces to explore, the sequel also placed more emphasis on the consequences of the player’s actions. Therefore, some regions could change drastically as time goes on. You can check out a screen showing one of the locations from the official Facebook page of the series with the image on top of this article.

“The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” has an official release date window set for Feb. of next year. The sequel was previously confirmed to run at 30 frames per second on the PS4 and Xbox One while the PC version will feature a variable frame rate clip. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is going to publish the open-world action role-playing game in North America while Bandai Namco Games will be distributing the same product across the European territories.