CD Projekt Red has officially announced The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which it confirmed in a press release will be the final The Witcher game. According to Game Informer, whose March issue will cover the game extensively, The Witcher 3 is set in an open world 30 times bigger than the world in The Witcher 2, and even larger than Skyrim's. That's pretty fucking ambitious, and it seems it's all thanks to CD Projekt's REDengine 3, the next-gen RPG engine that was announced last week.
As usual, studio head Adam Badowski had some lengthy quotes for the press release:
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!
CD Projekt says The Witcher 3 will be available in 2014 for "PC and high-end platforms." You don't have to be a genius to figure out that that means Sony and Microsoft's next consoles, which could start getting announced as soon as this month.
So can The Witcher 3 trounce Skyrim as the most popular open-world RPG ever? Let us know what you think.