The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was confirmed on February 5, and now the guys from CD Projekt RED seem to be working on the new game. We have already seen the first trailer of the new Witcher, and there were a couple of screenshots and other details, too. Besides, we heard that this is going to be the final game of the trilogy. But is this all we know about The Witcher 3 so far?
Some new details have appeared during the past two weeks, and now we’ll try to put all the pieces together.
If you’ve played The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, you already know that no matter what choices you made throughout the game, in the end you found out that Nilfgaard’s army was approaching, and a new war was right round the corner (oops, if you haven’t played TW2 yet, sorry for the spoiler!). Besides, Geralt remembered new details about his past and understood that Yennifer, his former girlfriend, might still be alive. So it will be logical enough to assume that the third game in the trilogy will be about the war with Nilfgaard and Geralt’s search for the people from his past.
The writers behind The Witcher 3 promise that the new game will have the most satisfying story yet. They also mentioned it’s going to be more personal: though the war and other things will be an important part of the story, Geralt’s personal life and personal quests will be more important. You can watch Gameinformer’s video interview below for more info:
Perhaps the fact that the new Witcher is going to be open world will make things a bit more complicated, but The Witcher 3 game director Konrad Tomaszkiewicz says it won’t have all the weaknesses of other open world games like Skyrim. Can you remember any five characters from Skyrim? Nobody can. But can you remember five characters from The Witcher 2? I can remember much more than five: Iorveth, Triss Merigold, Vernon Roche, Zoltan, Saskia, Stennis and many others. I guess that’s the point. The writers behind The Witcher 3 will have to work hard to create interesting, memorable characters so that they don’t get lost in an open world. But there’s no need to worry – judging by what they did in the first two games, they’re more than capable of making really good characters.
Besides, the developers of the game will have to make a bigger number of side quests, too, since that was what lacked in The Witcher 2. But those side quests won’t be generic like “bring me 5 coats” or something like that – they have to be interesting enough to make the player solve them.
“The lessons we learned from Skyrim is that you need to care about immersion in the game all of the time,” Konrad Tomaszkiewicz said in his interview with GameInformer.
The developers also promised to make three different endings in The Witcher 3; not just different versions of the same quest, but three DIFFERENT endings. This sounds very good to me.
One of the most challenging things for game designers is to create good monsters (creating good characters is even more challenging though). There are many monsters in Sapkovsky’s books about the Witcher, yet only few of them are well-described, so designers have to think how, for example, an ice giant should look and act. In the video below you’ll see how Pawel Mielniczuk from CD Projekt RED works on the monsters from The Witcher 3, what the early concepts looked like and many other interesting things.
And here are some new screenshots from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt:
I guess this is all for now. But we’ll update you as soon as we learn something new about The Witcher 3.