Earlier today Game Informer revealed to the world that the cover story for their March issue would be none other than The Witcher 3. Now, a few hours later CDProjekt RED have revealed a few more little details along with a teaser trailer, and announced that this is going to be the final game in series.
But before we get to that sad news, this is what CD Projekt RED’s official press release had to say about The Witcher 3
“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 CDProjekt RED.
“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!” he continued.
The Witcher set in an open-world is an idea that excites me immensely. For all the beauty of The Witcher 2 is did feel a little constrained at points, but then that was presumably the sacrifice made for having a deep, focused storyline that handled the concept of morality and choice so well. Yet it was rather ironic that in a game where choices were important we were held to such a strict path. Now with new technology on their side CD Projekt RED seem to believe that they’ll be able to achieve the same quality of storyline while creating a world bigger than Skyrim. Can they do it? Let’s hope so.
But now on to the sadder news:
“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,” said Badowski.
As sad as the news is it’s still good to see a developer willing to end a series before things start to drag, rather than continuing to milk the franchise because it sells well.
And as for the trailer they’ve released, well it doesn’t show a whole lot. Doesn’t show anything, really.
Finally, to celebrate the announcement of the third and final Witcher game, CD Projekt RED have announced that both the previous Witcher games have had their prices slashed by 50% on Steam and GOG.com for the next 72-hours. Meanwhile the price of the Xbox 360 edition of the game has been permanently dropped to £19.99.