June 10, 2013
The witcher 3 debut e3
Today unveiled a trailer for a new installment for one of my favorite series of all time, The Witcher 3. The Witcher is and has been a no holds barred RPG that doesn’t tone itself down for the masses. It has some of the best story telling I’ve ever seen in a game and it has one of the most likeable characters I’ve ever played. Furthermore I think it is arguably one of the most beautiful game worlds ever created.
The Witcher 3 looks to be no exception and they aren’t pulling any punches. According to CD Projekt RED the Witcher 3 should be 20% bigger than Skyrim, will include the new RED Engine 3, and unlike the previous installments of The Witcher this will be a much more “open environment with a complex, multi-thread story.” Furthermore, and thankfully for those of us who remember the first edition of The Witcher, there will be no more loading environments. The setting will be “30 times larger” than previous installments of the game and will allow the player to ride sailboats and horses to varying locations.
There is some bittersweet news however; The Witcher 3 will be the final installment of the series and the closing chapter of the series protagonist Geralt. But I suspect that if it’s wildly successful a prequel might be in the making.
The Witcher 3 will be available on PC, Xbox One and PS3 and will be Kinect and Smart Glass enabled for the Xbox One version. Currently there is no release date set but it is expected to be released in 2014. If I had to guess it will be out sometime in May.
What do we expect from The Witcher 3? I’ve always that due to several technological constraints of the time The Witcher was scaled down because of the inability of modern hardware to tell the story the way the developers wanted to. I think this is evidenced in the fact that they release free upgrades to the game after its released improving its graphics and gameplay. I expect the Witcher 3 to be nothing like it’s predecessors and to be obviously much more open and expansive. I would also expect that your decisions and choices in The Witcher 2 to have a much more profound impact than they did from The Witcher 1 to 2. What do you guys think? Are you as excited as we are?