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Initial post: Feb 5, 2013 3:25:20 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 5, 2013 3:47:29 AM PST
NeoTristan says:
""This standalone sequel takes the fascinating stories and characters, non-linear plotlines, and difficult decisions that the franchise is known for and puts them all in an open world 30 times larger than the previous game - an enormous setting even larger than Skyrim's vast expanse, made possible with the new REDengine 3 technology that developer CD Projekt RED is debuting with the game.""

""Coming in 2014 on PC and "all high-end platforms available" (CD Projekt RED isn't saying flat-out that it's a next-gen game, but it's a safe bet that new console announcements in the coming months will define the term "high-end platform"), The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt stretches from stormy islands to war-torn forests and a sprawling dark fantasy metropolis without a loading screen anywhere to be found.""

http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2013/02/04/march-cover-reveal-witcher-3-wild-hunt.aspx%5C

Is this the Goodbye, Bethesda, Hello CDProjekt???

The ambition of CDProjekt knows no bound in the world of CRPG, and this is definitely the great thing for CRPG and PC gamers.

As they claim "We are rebels, we are CDProjekt", they are trying to prove that PC games can be quality multi-million sellers without DRM and the obscene amount of marketing budget, and they've aleady succeeded twice.

With Cyberpunk 2077 also on the horizon from CDProjekt and the continuous popularity of GoG, I'm not giving up video games just yet, even if I've decided not to pursue any further consoles in the future whatsoever.

What is your take on this news and what Bethesda and Bioware, yes, Bioware could and might possibly be thinking right about now?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 5, 2013 4:54:52 AM PST
Very excited for this. Definitely going to be a day one purchase when it hits. CDPR are my favorite new devs. Not only because of the great games they release, but because they do a lot for the fans as well.

Offering a DRM free option on GoG.com if you had purchased the game elsewhere was a great move, as was removing the DRM from their original release. Free content updates and continuing support for their games is also the sign of a great dev. Can't wait!

Posted on Feb 5, 2013 1:38:50 PM PST
NeoTristan says:
""The 2014 open-world game will represent the conclusion of Geralt of Rivia's story""

http://www.gamespot.com/news/witcher-3-the-final-witcher-game-6403436

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 5, 2013 1:41:58 PM PST
NeoTristan says:
Capt K

I'm on the same boat.

CDProjekt is the only company I know that offers free DLCs and free 'Enhanced Edition' upgrades.

What a developers!

Posted on Feb 6, 2013 12:11:36 AM PST
NeoTristan says:
Check out the first dozen of pictures for W3.

http://www.cinemablend.com/games/Witcher-3-Screenshots-Whales-Horseback-Riding-Ships-52250.html

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2013 4:17:34 AM PST
Looks to be roughly on par with The Witcher 2.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2013 11:46:27 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 6, 2013 11:50:21 AM PST
Thalamus says:
The currently released screenshots are from an in-house build that is using the renderer and assets from TW2. The renderer and presumably art assets are going to be completely redone before release.

Also I am super-pumped for this, since The Witcher 1 and 2 are two of my favourite RPGs ever. I just hope that the plans to release it on PC and consoles simultaneously doesn't screw the PC release, but I have faith in CDPR giving us a solid PC version rather than a crappy port.

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 7:00:00 AM PDT
Eric DiPier says:
I guess this means I need to finally play the first 2 games. Got the first one on GOG.com and then the 2nd one during a Steam sale. Haven't played either one, though. Been too busy with Skyrim, Euro Truck Simulator 2 and now SimCity. I've heard really good things about both games, and about the developer too.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2013 2:29:36 PM PDT
Cool, will get it on the PS4

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 18, 2013 7:00:02 PM PDT
O. Tousi says:
What? I thought the 360 version of TW2 didnt come out until the Enhanced Edition. How can it be a port if it was originally on PC?

Posted on Jun 6, 2013 12:47:34 PM PDT
J. Maines says:
I still cannot play Witcher 2 with a decent framerate, so I probably will not get Witcher 3 for a long time.

Posted on Jun 7, 2013 1:55:03 PM PDT
NeoTristan says:
More news about TW3

http://www.dsogaming.com/news/the-witcher-3-wild-hunt-new-details-emerge-from-edges-cover/

http://www.gamespot.com/news/witcher-3-has-100-hours-of-total-playtime-dev-says-6404678?

http://www.gamespot.com/news/witcher-3-drm-free-6406393

http://www.gamespot.com//news/witcher-dev-drm-is-worst-thing-in-the-gaming-industry-6407588?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2013/04/24/talking-the-witcher-3-with-cd-projekt-red-single-player-only-drm-worst-thing-in-video-game-industry/

http://n4g.com/news/1237520/witcher-3-interview-sex-sim-and-the-final-epilogue-is-based-on-three-way-choice

Posted on Jun 7, 2013 4:21:00 PM PDT
Shanghaied says:
Sounds like CDPR is making a lot of really good decisions.

I'm looking forward to their new cyberpunk title.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2013 12:08:24 PM PDT
H. Le says:
Thanks for the links. Looks like TW3 is shaping up nicely, but I do have one concern though.

Combining a tightly woven and narrated story of the Witcher universe with an open world free roaming TES universe is a monumental task. I am confident that CDPR can do it, but since it will be a day-1 purchase for me, I am also hoping that they can do it without introducing game breaking bugs.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2013 2:55:38 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 8, 2013 2:56:23 PM PDT
NeoTristan says:
H. Le

I can see your concern too.

There are fundamental difference in game design philosophy between TES and TW series; TES focuses on freedom, nonlinearity and open-ended interactive world first and foremost, TW focuses on detailed story and characters.

All intents and purposes, those two design philosophy cannot be mixed in my opinion.

From what I can gather from various interviews done by Gameinformer, CDP just want to implement open world environment into the world of TW, not open-endedness and nonlinearity of Skyrim. They already thought about it during the production of TW2 but they concluded the setting for TW2 is just too small for open world environment.

Here are the interviews.

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=the+witcher+3+gameinformer&oq=the+witcher+3+gamein&gs_l=youtube.1.1.33i21l2.1783.5880.0.7347.7.5.0.2.2.0.143.459.4j1.5.0...0.0...1ac.1.11.youtube.sdpO-5-5dU8

As much as I love TES series, I would be quite upset if TW3 plays like a Skyrim clone. CDP has succeeded where Bioware has failed by trying to appeal to the mature hardcore (why does this sound so dirty?) PC RPG fans, and not worrying about copying someone else's success and trying to create nonsensical commercial magic formula.

I would assume TW3 will play just like the first two installments but without being restricted in one area at a time divided by different chapters, and it will have one massive overworld that you can freely roam around and engage in combat and sidequests when not directly engaged in MQ (something I desperately wanted in Dragon Age Origins, remember that dreadful overworld map?)

Since TW3 will consider all the different choices you have made in the first two games and choices you will make in the thrid, the results will directly and permanently have to affect the gameworld. So TES-like be anyone, go anywhere, do anything anytime anyway open-endedness won't be found in TW3.

By the way, TW3 will feature combat mechanics that feature the best of both 1 and 2. I think the 3 different combat stances from the first one will be implemented back to the combat mechanics from the second one.

Geralt looks really old, tired and weathered and the relationship between Geralt and Triss is no longer :(

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2013 10:28:55 PM PDT
Lol. You mean the PSBore!

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 1:34:07 PM PDT
NeoTristan says:
A new trailer from E3.

It looks like the game plays pretty much like the second one, except it now sets in a multi-regional open world.

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2013-06-11-staunchly-anti-drm-witcher-3-dev-cd-projekt-responds-to-xbox-one-policy-concerns

Posted on Jun 22, 2013 9:45:05 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 23, 2013 6:24:08 AM PDT
NeoTristan says:
1) CDP has just released an internally developed semi-official mod for TW2 that rebalances combat mechanics.

http://www.thegamersdrop.com/2013/06/20/the-witcher-2-full-combat-rebalance-2-mod-released-by-cd-projekt-red/

Download it here --> http://witcher.nexusmods.com/mods/635/?tab=2&navtag=%2Fajax%2Fmodfiles%2F%3Fid%3D635&pUp=1

2) All the DLCs for TW3 will be free on PC, just as for the first two entries.

http://www.thegamersdrop.com/2013/06/19/the-witcher-3-dlc-will-be-free-on-pc-and-maybe-on-consoles/

3) Here's a TW3 preview from a 45 minutes demo session.

http://canadianonlinegamers.com/preview/e3-2013-the-witcher-3-preview/

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2013 2:28:36 PM PDT
J. Maines says:
You gotta be kidding. The PS4 looks very exciting. Mind you, I am more interested in the Xbox One exclusive Project Spark.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 10:22:00 PM PDT
NeoTristan says:
A pretty in-depth preview of TW3

http://www.siliconera.com/2013/06/24/the-witcher-3-hands-on-everything-matters-everything/

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 2, 2013 1:20:40 PM PDT
H. Le says:
More updates on TW3:

http://tech2.in.com/news/gaming/the-witcher-3-wild-hunt-to-have-animated-storybooks-and-flash-backs-to-help-players/916244

"The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to have animated storybooks and flash backs to help players

In case you were worried that you would get lost in the vastness of the world of upcoming RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, developer CDProjekt has your back. According to Polygon, the company revealed at Eurogamer Expo that The Witcher 3 will have an animated and narrated storybook and flashback sequences to help players keep up with the game's confusing main storyline and side-plots.

The developers are aiming to solve pacing issues and problems faced by over-complexity and repetitiveness through flashbacks. The animated storybook, found in the game's menus, will also help in this regard. This has been done because the developers claim that The Witcher 3 will be approximately 35 times the size of 2011's The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings, which had a complex plotline itself.

To help with pacing, The Witcher 3's regions will have "event clusters" which will break up the rhythm of missions by giving simple objectives. Pacing will also be improved by use of quests, which include monster hunting and minigames. These will be divided into different types across the various in-game regions. These missions will also help break up the monotony that is generally found in open-world games.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be available on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. As is usual for CDProjekt, the PC version will be getting special treatment, the highlights of which include the complete lack of any DRM (unless you pick it up from digital distribution service Steam, which will have the Steamworks DRM) and free DLC."

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2013 11:18:43 AM PDT
H. Le says:
TW3 is now listed: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Windows (select) Standard Edition

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 6:46:19 AM PDT
NeoTristan says:
http://www.gamespot.com/articles/witcher-series-sales-climb-to-six-million/1100-6415778/

With simultaneous release on multiple platforms, the upcoming TW3 might hit 5-6 million sales figure, exceeding the total of the first two combined.

Posted on Oct 30, 2013 3:26:07 PM PDT
NeoTristan says:
http://www.gamespot.com/articles/the-witcher-3-on-pc-has-no-drm-whatsoever-dev-insists/1100-6415868/

No DRM Whatsoever :)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2013 4:20:46 PM PDT
H. Le says:
In the past, CDPR has always said that TW3 will be DRM-free, but sometimes added a note that they can only guarantee the GOG version to be DRM-free since they don't have total control over the agreement with the publisher. Therefore, it's great to get confirmation that the disc version is also DRM-free.

It goes without saying that CDPR is awesome; but WB also deserves my gratitude in this particular case.
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