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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
While still just a hope and a whisper in the minds of genre fans, Cyberpunk 2077 is set to stay true to its RPG roots, according to a new interview with developer CD Projekt RED CEO Marcin Iwinski. He tells IGN the game's sci-fi setting takes its role-playing cues from the Polish studio's much-celebrated Witcher series.
Despite being expectedly awful, the VGX awards did at least herald a new stampeded of gaming trailers and announcements. At the head of that pack was No Man's Sky, which charged through the wilderness on the back of a procedurally generated spaceship. Telltale confidently filled out the herd with two new additions to their family: Game of Thrones and Tales from the Borderlands. But by far the prettiest beast on show was The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The prettiest, and the most on fire.
Amazon frequently lists unofficial release dates that are eventually proven false. But those release dates are typically the last day of a given calendar year to show up as a placeholder. No publisher would actually release its biggest game of the year on Dec 31, 2014. But when the retailer giant lists an upcoming game in a tender spot at the beginning of the fall rush, then it's time to get a little inquisitive. As is the case with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
What we've seen of The Witcher 3 looks breathtaking, but it's also only a tiny part of the game. The trailers and screenshots coming out of CD Projekt RED have all been taken from the Skellige Islands, just one of the many and varied locations Geralt will be witching through. Talking to us at Gamescom, story writer Jakub Szamalek revealed some of the massive RPG's other regions, as well as the stories to be found in them.
The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt screenshots have landed from Gamescom in Germany today, showing off some of the blood spouting combat we have to look forward to when The Witcher 3 arrives next year.
Set aside your disappointment that the new Witcher 3 trailer doesn't show any game footage. While I'm usually pretty ambivalent towards CGI trailers, this one is... well, to be honest, it's unintentionally hilarious. What can I say? I'm a sucker for a comedy quick zoom into the near-demented face of an attacking guard.
CD Projekt RED is taking over the world! Well—the world of Poland, anyway. Originally based in Warsaw, the The Witcher developer is now setting up another studio away from home in Krakow. The new studio will be working on in-development titles The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Cyberpunk 2077, meaning we'll hopefully get to find out what the deal is with that vaguely preying mantis-like cyborg-lady soon.
The Witcher 3 continues to look impressively pretty, as seen here in these new screenshots. Okay, so maybe "new" is a stretch of the definition. Many are similar to old shots, with Geralt in a slightly different pose, and all are based on scenes first seen in the game's E3 trailer. Still, it's hard to begrudge CD Projekt RED milking these moments when the results look so good.
Even as CD Projekt RED continues to flesh out the gameplay systems for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, some details always tend to stand out more than others. In a recent OnlySP interview with producer Marek Ziemak, we learn that monster taming is—unfortunately—off the table.
Now that the blinding glare of every major publisher simultaneously projecting marketing at us has dimmed, we have a clearer picture of what E3 2013 revealed, what's important to us, and what we expect to be playing on PC within the next couple years. And here it all is.
While speaking with the folks at Rock Paper Shotgun, a handful of people at CD Projekt RED addressed a few concerns people had over The Witcher 3’s DLC and DRM policies. CD Projekt’s CEO, Marcin Iwinski, assured that the PC platform would remain remain DRM free.
It seems a safe bet that exploring The Witcher 3's open world will involve more than a few hours of staring at the back end of a horse. That's the impression you'll get from these E3 screenshots, which were collected up by All Games Beta. In addition to the beastly backsides, we also get a look at the game's weird monsters and incredible environments.
The Witcher 3 may conclude the trilogy of main character Geralt, but it's probably not the last we'll ever see of him. Polish developer CD Projekt RED want to continue working in the fantasy universe created by novelist Andrzej Sapkowski, and are even considering having Geralt of Rivia appear in future games.
As we saw in its official E3 trailer the other day, The Witcher 3 is lookin' beautiful, thick with the same sort of tension-filled romance as meeting a former lover again. But will that former lover remember you now that you're older, wiser, and have played a thousand other games since you left it behind? That's what CD Projekt RED is aiming for, with the news that your Witcher 2 save file will carry over into The Witcher 3.
Even as CD Projekt RED works to bring The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to multiple gaming platforms, it's clear that the PC still gives some developers a freedom they can't find anywhere else, according to a new Eurogamer interview with CD Projekt's joint-CEO Marcin Iwiński. He said Monday that no matter what DRM policies end up attached—or not—to Sony's and Microsoft's new consoles, gamers are going to be able to make a choice.
Though we already saw some gameplay footage of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt yesterday, three daring developers from CD Projekt Red braved a landscape that's strikingly similar to The Witcher’s Temeria.
We used the only viable fuel source with the world's only time machine to visit E3 2014, and bring back the gaming news of the future for you, our loyal readers. The haters will say we could have done something more beneficial for humanity with this singular opportunity, but we usually just ban people like that. What new boxes will you be able to plug into your TV? Will everyone own a Rift? Do your emotional scars from Game of Thrones Season 3 ever heal? We have the 100 percent accurate, non-speculative answers to all this and more.
New screenshots from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have surfaced, giving us a closer look at CD Projekt RED's upcoming open-world RPG. Geralt of Rivia is back, of course, and we see in the new shots the beauty and dark violence that permeate the Witcher universe (hat tip Cvgworld, via EDGE). While the winged creatures are definitely reminiscent of the ubiquitous—but menacing—harpies from the Witcher 2, it's the incredible four-legged monster with giant antlers that caught my eye.
Yesterday morning, the site for the Witcher 2's official modding tools, REDKit, accidentally went live for a brief period of time. The domain was quickly put under password protection, but direct links to the files themselves were still available for some time afterward, and are currently circulating in peer-to-peer channels. CD Projekt RED has clarified that the files were not meant to be available until Monday, but those who have already downloaded them are free to start going to town.