The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been officially announced by Polish developer CD Projekt RED. The game will be released in 2014. The main source of inspiration for The Witcher 3 seems to be The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, with Geralt’s third adventure taking on a more open-world role without acts and chapters.
According to the GameInformer reveal (promptly posted via NeoGAF), the world will be 20% bigger than Skyrim’s and will take up to 40 minutes to traverse from one end to the other on horseback. The game will run on the new version of the proprietary RED engine, with better texture rendering and a new streaming technology designed to minimize load times.
Right now The Witcher 3’s visuals are still running on an old renderer that will be upgraded before the game is released next year. “It’s going to be taken to a truly next level”, says gameplay producer Marek Ziemak.
The structure of the game’s quests and narratives will gravitate around Geralt’s personal plot, featuring the invasion of Nilfgaardian with the possibility of taking on typical quests like monster hunting and crafting.
Monster hunting promises to be enhanced compared to the previous game, with redesigned enemy AI and a much larger focus on gathering clues and information before engaging enemies. Factors like the time of day also affect where monsters will appear and their abilities.
With CD Projekt RED admitting that many found The Witcher 2’s inventory frustrating and the reputation of being well aware of the community feedback comes the announcement that the game’s skill trees, magic signs and inventory will also be tweaked; with the possibility of modify and develop specific spells.
The Witcher games are based on a famous series of novels by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski and revolve around Geralt of Rivia, a member of the socially maligned but powerful monster-hunting Witchers. In The Witcher 3, Geralt’s memories have been revived. The game suggests a confrontation with the band of spectres known as The Wild Hunt, which are presumably responsible for Geralt’s amnesia and are also considered an omen of death.
CD Projekt Red has been teasing The Witcher 3 since 2011, including the announcement of its announcement in the teaser trailer of Cyberpunk 2077, the other game the company is developing, a new role-playing game set in a dark future where advanced technologies have become both the salvation and the curse of humanity.