The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an upcoming open world action role-playing hack and slash video game currently being developed by CD Projekt RED and officially announced on February 5, 2013. The game will be the third in a series, preceded by The Witcher and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, based on books of the same name by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski.
The Witcher 3 will introduce "a living open world larger than any other in modern RPG history." The setting is more than "30 times larger" than previous Witcher games, requiring players to catch a sailboat for some locations and ride horseback to others. However, fast travelling for the area of known locations is also possible.
The Witcher 3 has been described as "20% bigger than The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim," and CD Projekt RED anticipates more than 100 hours for the completion of the main story and open-world quests. ....and you'll have to replay it to see all it has to offer anyway.
The Witcher 3 will feature the new REDengine 3 game engine, developed by CD Projekt RED and designed specifically for nonlinear RPGs set in vast open world environments.
REDengine helps to eliminate many of the game development trade-offs previous developers faced, allowing The Witcher 3 developers to create "an open environment with a complex, multi-thread story." As in the prior two Witcher games, players are presented with a complex story featuring multiple choices bearing associated consequences. But REDengine allows for a complex story line without sacrificing the design of the virtual world.
Consequently, The Witcher 3 features no loading screens, providing players a vast visual environment that allows players to freely explore and roam.
Here's the Debut Gameplay Trailer:
And here are some screenshots, concepts and Wallpapers released as a countdown to the above Cinematic Trailer:
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is scheduled for release in 2014, for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
But it does not end there - CDProjekt RED have hinted that they'd be interested in adapting more of Sapkowski's world, though outside of this trilogy. Who knows, maybe we'll be seeing Geralt in some novel adaptions at some point...?