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'The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt' plot, open-world gameplay and more discussed

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

Konrad Tomaszkiewicz has commented on the plot, open-world gameplay and other elements in the upcoming next-generation video game, "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt." According to a report from Gamerant on July 15, the game director revealed that the most important aspect for the development team is the story. Everything else will be connected to it.

Konrad Tomaszkiewicz went on to compare the main character, Geralt, to Batman. As a result, players will have to stick to the principles of the protagonist. He then stated that the open-world element was the "missing element" that was not added in the previous games of the series. The development team previously lacked the experience, knowledge and technology in crafting a huge open-ended environment. However, the creators seem confident in that they have the ability with the third game.

Finally, the game director disclosed that the open-world has to feel natural. He wants the fans to experience "freedom and immersion" when exploring the vast lands of "The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt." The players should be able to feel like Geralt and have a sense of urgency to complete the campaign.

The sequel is expected to feature over 100 hours of content. The main campaign missions should take around half of that amount, leaving the rest for hunts, side-quests and other objectives. The game world is confirmed to be exponentially bigger than the one found in "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim," a popular game from the same genre that came out in 2011.

"The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt" has a launch date scheduled for Feb. 24 of next year after initially being set to come out in 2014. The open-world role-playing game will be released for the PC, PS4 (the first time the series will be appearing on a Playstation platform) and Xbox One. You can find a gameplay screen featuring the latest "Witcher" game near the top of this article (via the series' official Facebook page).