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Old 02-04-2013, 11:55 PM   #1
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The Witcher 3

Some details:
  • World supposedly 20% bigger than Skyrim's
  • 30-40 minutes to cross world on Horseback
  • New streaming technology (CDRED Engine 3)
  • Geralt's memory is restored
  • No chapters/acts
  • Dude is DONE fighting for everyone else
  • Everything from solving MYSTERIES to slaying monsters
  • Coming out on "all top-of-the-line" consoles - I'd say that confirms next-gen is in. (the cover says as much)

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Old 02-05-2013, 12:08 AM   #2
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This is a must buy for me, but I do hope that they revamp or a least modify the combat. Although I got use to it, IMO, it lack intuitiveness and fluidity. This made it not fun at all. The story, characters, quests, and graphics, I'm not the slightest bit worried about.
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:45 AM   #3
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Re: The Witcher 3

More:
  • 2014 release, PC and next-gen
  • Design philosophy has changed due to the open world structure. So narrative comes in three forms:

    Lowest level: free form activities like crafting, monster slaying, and questing.

    Next level: Political situation of Nilfgaardian invasion is resolved through a core plot line for each area. These areas? Skellige, Novigrad and No Mans Land!

    Final level: Geralt's main plot line, his search for his loved ones, and the chase of the Wild Hunt.

Monster Hunting:
  • Clues build up information (like a Bestiary perhaps?)
  • Books garner information about monsters
  • Townsfolk provide information
  • Potions and such are important
  • Time of day and other conditions affect where monsters appear, and their abilities

  • Critical strikes in areas that matter depending on how much you learn about said monster.
  • You can disable a vampires poisoning attack by hitting its venom gland or skewer both its hearts with a thrust attack (instant kill).
  • Monsters drop loot like unobtainable alchemical and crafting ingredients for unique potion, mutagen and item crafting. Provides income as well.
  • Enemy AI completely rebuilt, scripted bosses out
  • Environmental combat 'contributions' (a dozen types of interactive objects) - Wasp hive irritated using Aard.
  • Magical signs retooled
    Igni = new flamethrower effect
    The magic tree advancement allows secondary sign forms ie. Igni and a 360-degree blast
    Yrden = small trap can be modified into a larger field that slows any enemy
  • Other trees, Swordsmanship and Alchemy
    New strikes under Swordsmanship, boosts like improved stamina and parrying
    Mutation mechanic under a different development path
    Not much information given about Alchemy path, other than it being based on potions
  • Horse could be used to access long term stash, as well as Inns
    Team aware of frustrations of inventory management in The Witcher
    Committed to a less tedious process
  • Crafting critical to maximize Geralts potential, but weapons and armor can be found in many ways.
    Players can customize their crafted weapons with some components, ie, monster scales for leather in armor.
  • Each armor piece has unique appearance, new cloth simulation tech.
    Barber is in from the get go. Dyeing hair is out of the question, White Wolf.

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CD Projekt RED has provided the screenshots you see here from its current in-game assets running on its Internal PC development hardware. However, the renderer - the part of the engine that translates the game files into what you ultimately see on screen - is still in development and will boast significant improvements by the time The Witcher 3 ships. "Right now you see the game in the old renderer, but it's going to be taken to a truly next level," says gameplay producer Marek ZSiemak. In particular, the developers tell us that skin shaders and the dynamic lighting model will be markedly more advanced in the final version.
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:00 AM   #4
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I just blew my mind and came in my pants.

CANNOT WAIT!
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http://www.pcgamer.com/2013/02/05/th...r-than-skyrim/

yikes Bigger than Skyrim and based on the Witcher universe? I'm down...but eh...I hope I don't end up playing it for a bit like I did with Skyrim and then not touch it for months...
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:19 PM   #6
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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be the last Witcher game

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CD Projekt RED has officially announced the title of their next upcoming game: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (VIDEO). Further, they've announced that this, the ultimate game in the series, will also be the final Witcher game from the studio. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt combines CD Projekt RED's trademark decision-based storytelling flair with a living open world larger than any other in modern RPG history.

"The captivating and nonlinear 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," said Adam Badowski, head of the studio.

"Imagine playing a dark fantasy game with the same great nonlinear 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 further 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 nonlinearity 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!" adds Badowski.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the final episode of the award-winning RPG series and the last part of the legend of Geralt of Rivia. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the most robust and breathtaking game ever created by CD Projekt RED. Open world free-roaming exploration is an adventure in itself as the player will gallop through war-ravaged lands, sail misty waters and track down dangerous beasts for money. An improved combat system will allow players to feel like a real monster-hunter, a witcher who uses his superior senses and fighting skills to survive in a dark fantasy world--while he embarks on a quest to save his loved ones. The new core mechanics of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt immerse the player in the experience completely, with no Quick Time Events, only intuitive RPG gameplay.

Badowski continued, "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."

For all of those who have never experienced the adventures of Geralt before, this will be their last chance. The game will be accessible all players--those who are fans of the series and those who just love RPGs--thanks to availability on all major high-end platforms and an introduction designed to smoothly introduce all those who visit the world of the Witcher for the first time."

The game will be released in 2014 simultaneously on all high-end platforms. Making use of the same remarkable art direction from The Witcher 2 combined with the support of in-house technology--the recently-announced RPG-oriented REDengine 3--The Witcher 3 will take full advantage of the technical capabilities of modern hardware and will set a new standard for RPG visuals.
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Re: The Witcher 3

They trynna make me buy a next gen console on release!

Must be patient.

But game sounds amazing and I can't wait to play it in like 2016.
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Very excited about this. One of the games that should showcase what the more updated hardware will be capable of. Personally I am taking a wait and see approach next gen, to see if I want to go the console or PC route. Specifically I want to see what next gen is capable of with games like this.
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