The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Nvidia HairWorks trailer shows Witcher 3 fur tech, promotes glossy coats

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Sometimes I worry about the endless arms race into increasingly realistic visual technology. Games are expensive and the economy is unstable—it's increasingly more difficult to justify the risk of an untested idea. Meanwhile, as studios are becoming better at realising the grizzled face of Heroman MacStubble, it feels like we should be praising advancements in AI, writing, and, more than anything, truly innovative and enjoyable systems.

Other times, though, I see a video like this, and I think, "wow, that is some dynamic wolf fur."


Witcher 3 design documents leaked, revealing quests, monsters and ending spoilers

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NB: while the leaked files do contain spoilers, this article will not.

The Witcher 3's release was recently pushed back into early next year, drastically reducing 2014's tally of mammoth RPGs. Perhaps it's that unbearable delay that has led to this: the leaking of design documents covering many aspects of the game. The files were taken from a CD Projekt Red employee's hacked Google Drive account, and now various details are being shared among sites such as Reddit.

PC Gamer Podcast #378 - E3 Potpourri

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Evan and Wes are back from E3, joining Tyler and Cory to discuss the best games they saw. The list goes Far Cry 4, No Man's Sky, Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age, Dragon Age Inquisition, Assassin's Creed Unity, Evolve, Batman: Arkham Knight, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Oculus Rift DK2, and a game designed just for Evan, Rainbow Six Siege. Read up on all of them in our Best of E3 Awards.

The PC Gamer E3 Awards - The 10 Best PC Games of E3 2014

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We made it. E3 2014 is over, and we survived the onslaught of Mario and Nathan Drake and Master Chief, pushing our way past the console exclusives to find the best PC games hidden within the massive LA convention center. Surprisingly, the search wasn't too hard. We saw and played more amazing PC games than we expected, from promising indies to big-budget stunners. It wasn't easy to narrow down our best-in-show, but here it is: our list of the 10 best PC games of E3 2014.


The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt unleashes new screens for E3

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CD Projekt released a pile of new screens from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt today, serving up some very fine-looking action and cinematic stills taken from the game. The conclusion of Geralt's trilogy comes at a dark time for the Northern Kingdoms, as they struggle to fend off the Nilfgaardian invasion while the Wild Hunt rampages across the land. The studio claims The Witcher 3 will be even bigger than Bethesda's sprawling, open-world Skyrim, and going by these screens it'll be prettier, too.


E3 2014 predictions from the PC Gamer team

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The Electronic Three is nigh. Next week, the entire gaming industry will descend on E3 2014, eager for big announcements at flashy press conferences and as many video games as can fit in LA's massive convention center. There will be new PC games and new PC hardware. That's all expected. But what about the unexpected? What E3 announcements will blow our minds? Is this the year Gabe Newell finally walks onto a stage and says "Half-Life 3 is done, and you can play it right now," and we all leave E3 early?

Probably not. As we psyche ourselves up for E3, the PC Gamer staff have made some wild and not-so-wild predictions about Oculus and Steam Machines and the biggest surprises we'll see at this year's show.


The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt details - launch date, collector's edition, and spectacular new trailer

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CD Projekt's Summer Conference has revealed some exciting new details about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, including a release date, a massive collector's edition, and a very impressive gameplay trailer.

No more Witcher 3 delays coming, this one unrelated to Dragon Age: Inquisition release date

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It was originally scheduled for this fall, but we won't see Geralt stonily stare down his next monstrous foe in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt until next February. According to CD Projekt Red co-founder Marcin Iwinski, the extra development time is a commitment to quality, not a reaction to the October 7 release of BioWare's Dragon Age: Inquisition.


The week's highs and lows in PC Gaming

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Welcome to a new weekly feature in which we cup the week that was and ask it to cough gently. Here you’ll find the PC Gamer team reflecting on the best and worst moments of the past seven days.


Cyberpunk 2077 "will be a true RPG game," says CD Projekt RED

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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.


The Witcher 3 trailer shows a world in which everything is on fire

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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 publishes a release date for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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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.


The Witcher 3 story writer reveals unseen areas: "at any point you can go to a different location"

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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.


New Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt screenshots arrive with combat, hideous creatures

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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.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt trailer shows carefully choreographed combat

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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 opens up a new studio

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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 screenshots show monsters and burning - look pretty anyway

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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.

Witcher 3 set to update combat, seeks voice actor continuity, dev says

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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.


Every game at E3 2013 and its PC release outlook

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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.


The Witcher 3 developer lays out DRM and DLC strategy

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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.