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The Witcher 3 formally announced

The Witcher 3 formally announced

The final episode of CD Projekt RED's Witcher trilogy has been officially announced today. The game targets a 2014 release on PC and "high-end platforms" (read next-gen). The world of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is "30 times bigger than The Witcher 2" and will offer open-world, free-roaming exploration, choices that have epic consequences and more. Get the full press release inside.

CD Projekt RED Announces The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt

Designed to be the crowning achievement from the renowned RPG developers; for the first time will combine mature, nonlinear story with a vast, fully open world.

CD Projekt RED has officially announced the title of their next upcoming game: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Further, they've announced that this, the ultimate game in the series, will also be the final Witcher game from the studio. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt combines CD Projekt RED’s trademark decision-based storytelling flair with a living open world larger than any other in modern RPG history.

“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," said Adam Badowski, head of the studio.

“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!” adds Badowski.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the final episode of the award-winning RPG series and the last part of the legend of Geralt of Rivia. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the most robust and breathtaking game ever created by CD Projekt RED. Open-world, free-roaming exploration is an adventure in itself as the player will gallop through war-ravaged lands, sail misty waters and track down dangerous beasts for money. An improved combat system will allow players to feel like a real monster-hunter, a witcher who uses his superior senses and fighting skills to survive in a dark fantasy world--while he embarks on a quest to save his loved ones. The new core mechanics of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt immerse the player in the experience completely, with no Quick Time Events, only intuitive RPG gameplay.

Badowski continued, "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."

The game will be released in 2014 simultaneously on all high-end platforms. Making use of the same remarkable art direction from The Witcher 2 combined with the support of in-house technology--the recently-announced RPG-oriented REDengine 3--The Witcher 3 will take full advantage of the technical capabilities of modern hardware and will set a new standard for RPG visuals.

CD Projekt RED has added a whole new section to their website. If you want to find more information, please go to

For more details check out the latest issue of Game Informer, available for online subscribers starting from today. There you will find exclusive materials in a 14-page cover story, including early screenshots and concept artwork.

To celebrate this momentous announcement, the developers of the award-winning Witcher franchise are putting The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director's Cut and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition on a 50% off sale on and Steam for the next 72 hours. And for console gamers, the price of The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition on Microsoft's Xbox 360 is permanently decreased to only USD/EUR 29.99 USD/EUR or GBP 19,99.

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Commented on 2013-02-05 20:43:59
Nice...looking 4ward to it. :)
Commented on 2013-02-05 20:48:51
Very cool logo and nice music, had that Batman vibe.
Commented on 2013-02-05 20:50:35
I just hope they keep da sex and hot womenz in baby!!"
Commented on 2013-02-05 20:54:48
Oh my God!!!! I love CD Projekt RED! Fascinating game! masterpiece!
Commented on 2013-02-05 21:04:18
Wow, that trailer had some mind blowing visuals. Everything about that trailer made me want to look forward to the next gen............................................
Commented on 2013-02-05 21:05:43
Sath! Sath! Where are thou? Come n' see. This is even better than Cyberpunk 2077! Hooray!
Commented on 2013-02-05 21:18:44
Cyberpunk 2077 seems to be more interesting to me.
Commented on 2013-02-05 21:59:03
wow,cant wait,I love withcer series
Commented on 2013-02-06 00:05:18
Interested to know which platforms this is releasing on.
Commented on 2013-02-06 00:43:06
"PC and Next Gen"
Commented on 2013-02-06 03:47:00
No hype from me, the hit detection is gonna ruin the WHOLE G41M!
Commented on 2013-02-06 07:39:40 In reply to asdfg
Posted by asdfg
No hype from me, the hit detection is gonna ruin the WHOLE G41M!
Maybe you should work on your "sword accuracy" lol
Commented on 2013-02-06 09:45:14
Pretty stoked about this. Love the first game and 2 isn't bad either. Took a bit getting used to, but it's a great game. Glad i didn't sell my huge ass collectors box while i was feeling disappointed by it, close to launch.

As for this, the open world aspect might go either way. I trust them as a team though, i think they'll make good content.

As for a norse feel to it, i wouldn't expect too much. I mean the game is set in the northern kingdoms but i suspect the game overall will still be dominated by baltic and eastern european lore and mythology.
Commented on 2013-02-06 09:51:30
Hopefully they improve the combat system and add some bosses there! Witcher 2 was decent but lack of bosses and interesting skills was huge turn off for me. Made the game too boring, just running through without much effort is not my kind of thing.
Commented on 2013-02-06 09:54:16 In reply to Megido
Posted by Megido
As for a norse feel to it, i wouldn't expect too much. I mean the game is set in the northern kingdoms but i suspect the game overall will still be dominated by baltic and eastern european lore and mythology.
I understand, but its still there which is nice, so having variety is never wrong since Skyrim gets boring when everywhere you go it looks exactly the same.
Commented on 2013-02-06 11:10:45 In reply to Sath
:/ :/ This is better! Believe it.
Commented on 2013-02-06 11:15:23
Commented on 2013-02-06 17:58:18
Is The Witcher 2 any good? Have it sitting on my hard drive. Haven't touched it yet.

Oh, and you don't need to have played the first to play the second, do you?
Commented on 2013-02-06 18:27:17
It's a good game, yeah. The combat system takes a bit of getting used to and even after the patch some stuff is still by far better than other. But overall i'd say it's probably the best RPG this generation. And no, you don't need to play the original Witcher to enjoy the second. Though i'd still suggest you play it, it's a good game, and on the cheap now :)
Commented on 2013-02-06 23:38:28
I need to play 1 and 2 now that those prices have been announced. No excuse any longer
Commented on 2013-02-07 00:26:40
both are on sale on steam for next to nothing right now.
Commented on 2013-02-07 19:16:53
Awww yeah will have my new PC for this shit! :D
Commented on 2013-02-16 18:38:41
just perfect like second one!
Commented on 2013-02-16 20:41:36 In reply to kenogava
Posted by kenogava
just perfect like second one!
I dont want tanks in my witcher!
Commented on 2013-02-16 21:01:37 In reply to asdfg
Posted by asdfg
I dont want tanks in my witcher!
Maybe if it's like a dwarven steam-tank or something? :P

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