The Witcher 3 Will be Geralt’s Last Ride

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CD Projekt RED today announced that development is well underway on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, news that is both exciting and melancholy at the same time.

The exciting part, beyond the simple fact that we’re getting a third Witcher game, is that The Witcher 3 will for the first time in the series be a true open-world RPG promised to be “larger than any other in modern RPG history.” In fact, the game world will be a staggering 30 times larger than that of The Witcher 2. Craziness!

From CD Projekt RED studio head Adam Badowski:

“The captivating and non-linear story of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt takes place in a rich, truly open-world environment. 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.

Imagine playing a dark fantasy game with the same great non-linear story as in the previous Witcher titles, but now told in a world you can explore freely with no artificial boundaries. The war-ravaged world is so huge that to reach farther places you will need to ride a horse or sail a boat to get there. A world where your choices have truly epic consequences. From the development side, this goal is extremely demanding. Our team had to make significant design changes and our tech had to be rebuilt. But we believe that this will lead to a completely new level of non-linearity and a whole new, richer gaming experience. As a gamer, I would love to play this kind of RPG, and I think this is what many players are waiting for. This is our dream come true at CD Projekt RED, and we hope it will be the same for you!”

Another intriguing element to the announcement is the game’s multi-platform development. The Witcher 3 is of course coming to PC, in addition to “all high-end platforms.” That last part there seems to indicate we’ll be seeing the game on the next round of consoles Sony and Microsoft are preparing to unveil this year rather than PS3 and Xbox 360. The timing would make sense considering The Witcher 3 won’t be finished and ready to ship until 2014.

Now to the sad news: The Witcher 3 will be the final game in the series. Yep, Geralt of Rivia’s epic legend is coming to a close. According to Badowski, it’s all about ending the franchise on an ultimate high note and moving on to tell new stories:

“People may ask if this is really going to be the last Witcher game. Yes, it is. 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.

For all of those who have never experienced the adventures of Geralt before, this will be their last chance. The game will be accessible all players–those who are fans of the series and those who just love RPGs–thanks to availability on all major high-end platforms and an introduction designed to smoothly introduce all those who visit the world of the Witcher for the first time.”

If you haven’t played a Witcher game yet and would like to catch up before the third chapter closes the series out next year, hit up Steam or GOG.com within the next 72 hours to get The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director’s Cut and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition for 50% off. Or if you’re a console gamer, The Witcher 2 on Xbox 360 has been permanently price cut to just $29.99.

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