The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — Everything you need to know

Witcher 3

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt completes a trilogy of action RPGs from CD Projekt Red. The series has been praised for its writing and characters, branching plots, and gorgeous world—we were certainly fond of all that in The Witcher 2 (until the end, at least)—and there's more to like in the finale. Read our Witcher 3 review to see what's changed—most notably the scale of the world—and why we love being distracted.

Also check out our screens of the PC graphics settings, a 60 fps, max settings video, and a performance guide to get a sense of how it looks and how it's running. It doesn't quite look like some of those older trailers—CD Projekt has acknowledged that the graphics changed during development—so look to newer videos for a sense of how the final product shaped up.

What's the release date?

The Witcher 3 is out now. After being delayed a couple times, it hit its May 19, 2015 release date. Read our review to see what we thought.

What's it about?

The Witcher 3 follows the story of Geralt, a supernaturally powerful monster hunter. According to the official site, our quest in this one is "to find the child of prophecy, an ashen-haired girl, a living and highly volatile weapon everyone wants to control." Meanwhile, mysterious specters—The Wild Hunt—are in town, war rages as the Empire of Nilfgaard attacks the Northern Kingdoms, and Geralt has romancing to do, like he always does. Wes put together a nice story primer for anyone who needs to brush up on The Witcher and The Witcher 2.

As for what you'll be doing, The Witcher 3 will feature a large open world (with a day/night cycle and dynamic weather), real-time combat with melee weapons, ranged weapons, and magic ('Signs'), and all kinds of distractions off the main questline: taverns to drink in, a card game to play, and other people's problems to solve (for money).

Did you like it?

We sure did! Shaun scored it a 92, calling it "a big, beautiful, sprawling action RPG full of rich stories, and suffused with an oppressive darkness." We also took a look at the PC graphics options as soon as we had a copy, captured 60 fps video, and we're working on our review now.

What’s happened recently?

What are the best trailers?

The lastest gameplay trailer—and there have been a lot—involves. a lot of dismemberment. Another recent trailer (below) more gently walks us through the game’s ambition and story. Also check out the gameplay footage from PAX East 2015 and the footage from Nvidia’s Twitch stream during GDC. For something more cinematic, you can watch the intro, which was revealed at the Golden Joystick Awards last year or the new TV spot.

What else do we know?

What are the system requirements?

The Witcher 3’s system requirements were announced earlier this year. You certainly need a decent PC—a GTX 660 is becoming the standard minimum GPU requirement for new big-budget games—but the requirements don’t seem unreasonable given the scope and complexity we’ve seen so far.

Minimum System Requirements

  • Intel CPU Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz
  • AMD CPU Phenom II X4 940
  • Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 660
  • AMD GPU Radeon HD 7870
  • RAM 6GB
  • OS 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)
  • DirectX 11
  • HDD Space 40 GB

Recommended System Requirements

  • Intel CPU Core i7 3770 3,4 GHz
  • AMD CPU AMD FX-8350 4 GHz
  • Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 770
  • AMD GPU Radeon R9 290
  • RAM 8GB
  • OS 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)
  • DirectX 11
  • HDD Space 40 GB

Where can I find out more?

We’ve had a lot of coverage of The Witcher 3 since it was announced, and you can browse all of it here. The official site has some story details, and hey, you could always check out the first and second games now if you missed them—they're available on Steam and GOG.

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