The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was unveiled today via an exclusive look in the latest issue of Game Informer. Now, though, CD Projekt RED (CDPR) has released even more details on the upcoming sequel to its acclaimed series.
First, the melancholy news: The Witcher 3 will be the final Witcher game. That may be distressing for fans of the series, but it also means that CDPR will be focusing on bringing new titles to market, rather than allowing their successful series to jump the shark.
"People may ask if this is really going to be the last Witcher game. Yes, it is," said Adam Badowski, managing director of CDPR. "Why? Because we believe that we should end the series on a high note. 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."
As announced this morning, The Witcher 3 will be an open-world-style RPG, similar to the Elder Scrolls games.
“The captivating and non-linear story of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt takes place in a rich, truly open-world environment," said Badowski "A world which is thrilling to explore, full of daring adventures, momentous quests, memorable characters, and unique monsters. Players will freely travel through woods, lakes, mountains, cities and villages. Each region is inhabited by distinct populations with their own customs, legends and problems. The world of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is 30 times bigger than The Witcher 2,"
The Witcher 3 will be released sometime in 2014 on "all high-end platforms," which is code for PC and next-generation consoles. The game will be created using the recently announced REDengine 3, a game engine designed by CDPR specifically for open-world RPGs.
The new teaser trailer for The Witcher 3 isn't much more than a title reveal. It took around three months after the announcement of Cyberpunk 2077 for that game's sexy trailer to show up, so a real teaser trailer for The Witcher 3 sometime this spring isn't out of the realm of possibility.