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  1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Opening Cinematic!

    #626112013-08-14 08:51:53 *DarkChaplain said:

    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.

    Official Website - Youtube Channel - Twitter

    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,"[5] 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:

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    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...?

    First, however, we'll be getting Cyberpunk 2077 by CDPR in 2015!

  2. #627382013-08-16 21:14:30Teru said:

    When I heard about The Witcher 3, did not care much, but after seeing this thread, I can't wait to buy it.

  3. #627672013-08-18 07:37:30Xyopq said:

    Really looking forward to this on the PS4.I got the first one a while back in a steam sale, but haven't had much chance to play it.

  4. #627692013-08-18 14:35:00DarkChaplain said:

    First and Second/Third are vastly different in style. The first drags out quite a bit with walking from A to B to A to C to A etc, and has a lot of gameplay flaws, so don't be discouraged. The second's not the same

  5. #627712013-08-18 15:08:47DarkChaplain said:

    As of the Enhanced Edition of the second, I think you could come by just fine without the 1st game - the second now comes with some background explanation videos on Witchers, the plot of the first game etc. If you want the detailed experience, you should still play the first game, but the second game does a fine enough job at (re)introducing the player to the world and characters to get by with it as your first game.

    The Enhanced Edition of The Witcher 2 comes with this video summary of the first game, specifically:

    It does not include the sidequests or anything, but does very well in summarizing the main storyline. As I said, if you want the full depth, read the journals etc, you'll still have to play the first, but there have been little complaints about not understanding the story from just playing the second.

    And, for good measure, here's another included video about Witchers in general:

  6. #711632014-03-11 17:55:43DarkChaplain said:

    DELAYED til February 2015!

    Open Letter below:

    Ever since we started working on the third installment in The Witcher franchise, it has been our aim to produce a title that would take our 11 years of experience in creating RPGS and distill them into a quintessence, into a game that would effectively crown those years. At the same time, we have wanted The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to expand creative boundaries, set new benchmarks, develop the genre as a whole. Ultimately, you, the players, must get an unforgettable adventure to experience in a vast, open world – and that’s most important. We’ve created a story that flows naturally, cinematically, rendered it in amazing sound and visuals, while preserving full freedom of choice – all for you. We knew this to be an ambitious plan, but believed we could achieve it by bringing together our team with its creative energies and current gaming platforms with their technical capabilities. A project this vast and complex would inevitably require special care in its final stages, manual fine-tuning of many details, thorough testing time and again.

    We recently reexamined what we had achieved thus far, and faced a choice about the game’s final release date. The decision we made was difficult, thoroughly considered, and ultimately clear and obvious. We could have released the game towards the end of this year as we had initially planned. Yet we concluded that a few additional months will let us achieve the quality that will satisfy us, the quality gamers expect from us. Consequently, we have set the release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for February 2015.

    Dear gamers - we know many of you would have liked to play The Witcher 3 sooner, as soon as possible, even. We’re sorry to make you wait longer than you, or we, initially assumed you would. At the same time, we believe the game will prove to be worth the wait and meet the expectations you have of us. We believe The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be an exceptional RPG, one of the best, providing many hours of wonderful entertainment.

    Dear shareholders – we are aware of the responsibility that rests with us and thank you for the trust you have granted us thus far. We firmly believe that quality – more than any other factor – determines a game’s success, and that the decision we have made is thus equally valid in business terms.

    The Board of CD PROJEKT SA

    I'll wait as long as it takes, and trust CDProjekt RED to deliver an excellent experience. Especially loving the way they addressed their shareholders <3 These are the good guys!

  7. #711742014-03-11 22:47:45Xyopq said:

    Well, I've only played half an hour or so on the first game, but I've seen gameplay of the second and been following the third closely. Its a shame that Its being pushed back, although I'm sure its in the games best interests. Bring on 2015!

  8. #711822014-03-12 06:31:16DarkChaplain said:

    If you aren't so keen on the first game's gameplay, you can jump straight to the second. They did a good job with the introduction videos, telling you the basics and plot from the first game. A lot of people I know felt the first game was a bit too tedious in places, so its great to not be required to finish it to understand what's going on in the sequel.

    Oh, and they just released Time of Contempt, the third book they translated to english. The next one, Baptism of Fire, is coming shortly as well. So even though the games don't require reading the books (due to amnesia and such), if you want to dive deeper into the world and enjoy some of the nice cameos and references, you now have the option. Kinda sad that the novel series' translations were delayed so often....

  9. #776122014-06-05 22:57:11DarkChaplain said:

    Today's GOG conference has revealed a LOT of excellent stuff. First, the Sword of Destiny trailer (which is a reference to a story collection):

    Orgasmic, yep.

    Preorder? Yes!

    Owning the Witcher 1+2 on GOG (if you own them retail, you can redeem their CD Keys on it and get the DRM free versions as well), you get the price down to €43.79 or whatever it is in dollars, instead of €59,99

    On top of that,

    • You get access to the Witcher Adventure Game's Multiplayer Beta, with two invites.
    • A copy of Neverwinter Nights: Diamond Edition on GOG
    • The Witcher: House of Glass Digital Comic
    • The Witcher 3 Soundtrack
    • The Digital Artbook, with over 200 pages
    • Artworks, Wallpapers, Trailers, Avatars and a nice and shiny map
    • With more to come

    But that's not all!

    Retail Collector's Edition Unboxing!


    Also, here's the Adventure Game's Beta trailer:

  10. #776342014-06-06 08:04:25 *DarkChaplain said:

    Now that I've probably dealt with my first few trailer-gasms, let's talk details.
    If you haven't read The Witcher novels or played at least The Witcher 2, skip this post.

    • Triss is back. Yay for Triss!
    • Yennefer appears in the trailer and looks EXACTLY like I thought she would based on the books. We'll finally get to meet Yennefer of Vengerberg in the final part of the trilogy, wooo.

    • Ciri is in! She's the white-haired girl in the trailer! Sounds like the Wild Hunt is after her, however...

    • Letho seems to be in it. One of the Witchers in the trailer, before the White Wolf gets presented, looks suspiciously like him, in terms of build and arm. This may mean that one of the endings in The Witcher 2 is either canon, or this scene varies based on your choices in game 2.

    • Lambert, Eskel and Vesemir are in it. Hurray for recurring Witchers from the first game!

    • Dandelion appears, obviously!

    • Emperor Emhyr of Nilfgaard is in!

    • No wonder we'd find a brothel...


    • Suck it, Skyrim, this is so much more beautiful than you'll ever be

    • And it looks like we're going back to Kaer Morhen!

    • I heard you like horse combat and riding in general~

    • Swimming and Diving is in!

    • Hunting, wooo!

    • Romance~

    • ... and the King of the Wild Hunt

  11. #776382014-06-06 09:29:15 *Ecstasy said:

    I wonder if there'll be any Iorveth cameos.

    But seriously, these series never disappoint. I'm also really happy that the colors are the real fantasy colors and not some grayscale BS (I'm looking at you, skyrim).

  12. #776392014-06-06 09:52:35 *Jacek said:

    The King of the Wild Hunt looks so badass. Very impressed with his design. The design of the entire game, really. So far out of all the games that are coming out this is the one I'm most hyped for. I hope they keep some of the challenge alive, though. One of the better things about The Witcher 2, at least, is that there was a hint of danger in some of the fights later on in the game.

  13. #776412014-06-06 11:27:00DarkChaplain said:

    Even more so with the Combat Rebalance Mod a few from the dev team worked on. Especially on higher difficulties you NEED to use all the game has to offer, including Alchemy, to really succeed. The Witcher 2 combat really is as challenging as the player dares it to be, which I love.

    I bet there will be, though obviously, that may depend on savegames. We've got no real confirmation on either Iorveth or Vernon Roche yet, though.

    I'm hyped for Ciri, personally. The Lion Cub of Cintra's looking great in the trailer, and I can't wait to see her skill with that blade. She underwent partial Witcher training, without the mutagens, y'know.
    Her story is quite interesting, and especially her bond with Geralt. Should definitely read the books for that!

    When a witcher saves a man's life and the man says, "In gratitude, I will give whatever you desire," the witcher then answers, "You will grant me whatever unexpected thing you encounter when you return home." In rare instances, the surprise proves to be an infant, born during its father's absence. Based on the Law of Surprise, the child belongs to the witcher, becoming the Unexpected Child to whom the witcher is bound by Destiny. Many Unexpected Children were brought to Kaer Morhen, where they were then raised and trained to be witchers.

    Ciri is alluded to a few times throughout the games (most notably during flashbacks), but even an innkeeper in The Witcher 1 tells of her story to Geralt, who has amnesia.

  14. #777372014-06-07 22:19:07Xyopq said:

    Just pre-ordered it for PS4 - as tempting as it is for the Artbook and necklace, I don't think I'll spring out for the collectors edition.