CD Projekt RED Says 100 Hours on Witcher 3 is a Speedrun

June 14, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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We’ve seen enough of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to call it a beautiful game, and we’ve heard its world is huge. While we got to see a new trailer just before E3, Wild Hunt was also featured at Microsoft’s E3 press conference with a new gameplay video.

The same demo shown here was played through differently in a later Twitch stream, as well, so you may have seen a different version. Regardless of which version you watch, you might be wondering how long you’ll get to immerse yourself in the Witcher’s world. Well, according to CD Projekt RED, you’ll have 100 hours worth of gameplay…if you play really fast.

Senior Level Designer Peter Gelencser described 100 hours as a “speedrun.” We aren’t sure if he means that in the traditional sense of a speedrun, where you complete only the required tasks and attempt to get through the game as fast as possible, or if he’s imagining someone completing all the side content and just doing it very quickly. Either way, The Witcher 3 will have a lot of content.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt looks like it will be a stand-out RPG. Are you satisfied with what you’ve seen? What questions and concerns do you still have?

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Yesterday’s Witcher 3 Trailer Contained a Secret Message

June 6, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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We thought we’d be done talking about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt until E3 after CD Projekt RED revealed the Collector’s Edition and a new trailer yesterday, but something extra was revealed yesterday without us even realizing it.

A user on Reddit discovered that one of the final frames of the trailer contained a secret message, and quite a lengthy one at that. The transcript may not be 100% accurate, and the dashes near the end indicate words that the user couldn’t make out.

“We’ve missed you!

“Today you got a look at the third trailer for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. We hope you liked it!

“There’s so much more in this game that it’s just impossible to show everything within two and a half minutes. Still we tried 🙂

“More importantly we just showed you some of the main characters.

“Geralt’s close friends and some of the last Witchers remaining in the world – Vesemir, Eskel and Lambert – will play a big part in the game, as well their famous fortress Kaer Morhen.

“You also got a glimpse of the renowned bard Dandelion and the sorceress Triss Merigold.

“Emhyr var Emreis, Emperor of Nilfgaard, the most powerful man in the world of The Witcher, also made an appearance. Recognize his voice?

“And then there was Ciri!

“And Yennefer!

“By the way, if you’re new to the series, don’t worry, the game will introduce you into all you need to know, and you’ll start loving (and hating!) characters in no time!

“Also, you’ve been asking us many questions about gameplay features and we’re finally ready to answer some of them – so here it goes:

  • Yes, you will be able to fight while on horseback
  • The crossbow. Yup, Geralt can use ranged weapon. Because sometimes monsters fly and you can’t reach them.
  • Remember swimming and sailing. You’ll be able to dive and search for a lot of hidden stuff too. There’s a whole underwater world to discover.
  • Horse racing anyone?

“You also got to hear more music from the game. This particular track was composed by Marcin PrzybyĹ‚owicz & Percival. We’d love to hear your feedback. Fire away in the comments or on the game’s Facebook/Twitter/forums. Remember, we’re always listening, even if we’re not getting back to you.

“The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Team
CD PROJEKT RED

“PS. If you’re still waiting for more (you are, right?), please be patient. We’re just warming up.

“PPS. Have you seen the Collector’s Edition video? What do you think about the figure?

“PPPS. We’ve just announced a closed multiplayer beta of The Witcher Adventure Game ——– & let the GOG.com guys —— you.”

Several things stand out in this message. First, some of the returning characters are confirmed, so this should lay to rest the questions about whether or not that was Ciri in the trailer. And if none of that means anything to you, the message also suggests that Wild Hunt’s story will be accessible to players who aren’t familiar with the previous games or the novels. The gameplay elements mentioned here–horseback riding, crossbows, water sections–also provide interesting possibilities.

(By the way, if you’re wondering about the Witcher Adventure Game mentioned at the end, it is a board game coming to PC/Mac/iOS/Android.)

It’s pretty cool that CD Projekt RED went through the trouble of hiding this information in the trailer. Apparently they know that some fans will analyze trailers frame by frame. Are you excited for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt?

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The Witcher 3: Collector’s Edition, Gameplay, and Screenshots

June 5, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

This is not the collector's edition

This is not the collector’s edition

As promised, today was a big day for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. CD Projekt RED announced the release date, along with the contents of the Collector’s Edition. Wild Hunt will release on February 24, 2015 for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Now, you see the image pictured above? That’s the standard edition. Unlike most standard editions, which just contain the game, this one includes:

  • A Blu-ray game disc (PS4/Xbox One)
  • Exclusive official soundtrack
  • “Witcher Universe – The Compendium”
  • Map of the in-game world
  • A set of stickers
  • A protective sleeve

So, with all that in the standard edition, what does the Collector’s Edition contain?

  • Everything from the standard edition
  • 33x24x26 cm, 100% hand painted Polystone figure of Geralt fighting a griffin
  • Witcher medallion
  • Exclusive SteelBook™ box
  • 200-page artbook
  • Outer and inner Collector’s Boxes to hold the contents of the Collector’s Edition

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Check out this unboxing video.

But that’s not all that was shown today. We were told we’d see new in-game footage, and CD Projekt RED delivered. Watch the new E3 trailer, “The Sword of Destiny,” to see what awaits you in Wild Hunt.

Finally, six beautiful new screenshots were also revealed. Take a look, and let us know if you’re looking forward to playing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt this February.

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14 Designers Work to Make Witcher 3’s Sidequests Exciting

May 3, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is set to release on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC next February, and everything we’ve seen so far suggests it will be an awesome RPG experience. Unlike the previous Witcher games, Wild Hunt has an open world setting, but CD Projekt RED has promised that it will have just a strong a story and campaign as the others.

One concern fans have is that in RPGs, especially open world RPGs, the numerous sidequests often feel bland and uninspired after a while, or at least less important and interesting than the main story. However, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt may avoid that pitfall. Lead Quest Designer Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz told PC Gamer that 14 quest designers are hard at work on the game.

Wild Hunt’s sidequests won’t be a bunch of fetch quests, and they won’t be boring. CD Projekt RED’s goal is to make sure every quest has an interesting story that players will care about, and that they are “quests that you will notice and take part in.” Even monster-hunting sidequests will feature unique monsters with their own backstories and plots.

This sounds pretty exciting, and we hope The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will fulfill all of its goals. Interestingly, it’s hard not to think about a very different game–Rocksteady has mentioned that part of its goal with Batman: Arkham Knight is to make sure all of the quests feel as though they’re a part of the story, rather than sidequests alongside one main plotline. Although the two games are approaching the problem differently, both seem to be taking steps to make sidequests less like “extra” pieces of the game. We can’t wait to see how it works out.

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The Witcher 3: Griffins and Occlusion Culling

April 10, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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The official Facebook page for the Witcher series just shared an image of a griffin. Griffins will appear in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and the picture was accompanied by the following description:

“The griffin looks like a combination of a ferocious cat and a giant bird. It usually inhabits primeval highlands and builds its nests on unreachable mountain summits. The griffin preys on large mammals and, being a highly territorial creature, fiercely defends its hunting grounds.”

Sounds good to us!

Additionally, CD Projekt RED is using occlusion culling technology. Basically, at any given moment, only the pieces of the scene that are actually visible will be rendered. This way, the unseen pieces won’t use up memory and put added pressure on the video card.

This process was explained at GDC, so feel free to check out the slides from the presentation for technical details and examples of how the technology works.

The bottom line is that this should allow them to make the graphics even better. All in all, Wild Hunt promises to be pretty impressive.

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The Witcher 3 Is Huge, but Still Focused on Story/Content

April 4, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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Yesterday we told you about the surprising size of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Since CD Projekt RED originally predicted the game would be about 20% larger than Skyrim, fans were quite surprised to see that the combined sizes of two of the game’s areas are 3.5 times the size of Skyrim.

Today, CD Projekt RED responded, telling OnlySP that the world could be “even bigger.”

An lengthier statement from the company also made it clear that the size of the world is not as important as the content within it.

Characters in this world are real, you could believe they exist. The stories here stick with you and your choices are meaningful–this is what counts!

While it’s nice to have clarification on the game’s size, we’re even happier about that last statement. Whenever we hear about how large a game’s world is going to be, it’s hard not to feel some concern that it might sacrifice quality and content in exchange for size. If The Witcher 3 can bring strong stories and gameplay along with its massive world, we’re all for it.

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The Witcher 3 is 3.5 Times Bigger Than Skyrim

April 3, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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Unlike the previous two games in the Witcher series, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be set in an open world, although CD Projekt Red has assured fans that it will retain its strong narrative. With an open world setting, it’s no surprise to see it compared to other open world games, both in terms of size and content.

Well, when it comes to size, it looks as though this could be quite a huge game. A presentation on the game was held at GDC, and Reddit user fughp noticed that the presentation mentioned some interested sizes. Novigrad is 8.5 km x 8.5 km (72.25 square kilometers), and Skellige is 8 km x 8 km (64 square kilometers).

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Together, the two areas cover 136.25 square kilometers, or 52.606 square miles.

The world of Bethesda’s Skyrim, in comparison, is about 14.8 square miles. That would make Novigrad and Skellige alone just over three and a half times bigger than Skyrim, and we don’t even have figures for the rest of the world.

CD Projekt RED originally said The Witcher 3 would be about 20% bigger than Skyrim, but we aren’t sure if they were talking about the physical world or the amount of content. Either way, it sounds like we’ve got a huge open world coming our way.

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Cyberpunk 2077 On Schedule, More Witcher 3 Developers

March 16, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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CD Projekt RED has two major projects in the works right now—Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. As we previously reported, The Witcher 3’s release date has been pushed back to February 2015. However, this doesn’t mean their work on it is slowing down.

On the contrary, the company reports that it has in fact shifted some Cyberpunk 2077 developers to work on the Witcher 3, which suggest development might actually speed up. We don’t think this means a 2014 release after all, however—CD Projekt RED believes the delay is the best thing for the game, and this is probably in line with their plans.

Now, if you’re looking forward to Cyberpunk 2077, don’t worry. The company also made it clear that it hasn’t slowed the development of that project, either.

Are you looking forward to one or both of CD Projekt RED’s upcoming titles?

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