CD Projekt Red have today announced The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, the latest in the series of games based on Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski’s best selling books. With a open world that’s 20% larger than Skyrim, CDPR aim to make this the Ultimate game in the series, with trademark decision making and the strong storytelling we have come to know and love over the past two games. They have also revealed this will be the last time the studio is to make a Witcher game.
Adam Badowski head of the CDPR studio had this to say in a statement taken from the official website:
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.
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!
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.
CD Projekt RED have updated the Witcher website to contain new information and a news feed surrounding the announcement. They have also reduced the price of The Witcher 1 and 2 Enchanced Editions by 50% on Steam and GOG.com.