Game development studio CD Projekt RED has officially revealed The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the final entry in their popular RPG series.
This time around, the studio is aiming to give players more freedom to explore the world of The Witcher. Previous games in the series have featured non-linear story progression that can change based on the player’s decision, and CD Projekt RED have decided to give its fans the ultimate open-world experience. According to the statement made by studio head Adam Badowski in the official press release:
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 Witcher 3 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.
Badowski promises that the game isn’t just for long-time fans of the series, and the newcomers will get just as much enjoyment during Geralt’s final adventure.
CD Projekt RED has also mentioned that The Witcher 3 will be released on all “high-end” platforms simultaneously in 2014, stating that the game will most-likely be available on the next Sony and Microsoft consoles, as well as PC. Check out the gallery of screenshots below: