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The Trilogy Comes to an End
On 05 February CD Project Red announced officially the third and last part of "The Witcher" trilogy. It is called "The Wild Hunt". The news did not surprise anyone, because from the very beginning the series were known to be a trilogy. Besides, from the studio discussed openly that they were working on it. However, fans were happy with the announcement. Considering the huge success of the previous two parts, the expectations for "The Wild Hunt" are extremely high. Both the first and the second "witchers" set standards for the RPG genre and now players and critics ask themselves the same question: How the guys in CD Project Red are going to out-do themselves? What will they do, to make "The Witcher 3" not just a worthy successor to its predecessors but even a better game? The answers already start to emerge along with the first bits of official information about the game.
After two delays, the Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt is finally available in stores for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. You can download it from GoG.com or Steam, or get a hard copy from Amazon. If there is one single game you are going to play in the next 2 years, this must be the Witcher 3!
A Short Prelude
"The Witcher" first showed up at the end of 2007. This epic RPG quickly won the hearts of gamers. Technically the game was a real gem and took a well-deserved place among the best. Thanks to the original, specially created engine "Aurora", it looked beautiful and worked really well. For an RPG, that is. It is well known fact that games in this genre often suffer from plenty of bugs. Here they were at the very minimum. The setting was a brand new, unique fantasy world, taken from the books of Polish novelist Andrzej Sapkowski. It is a dark, medieval world, full with sin and corruption, bringing on the surface all the meanest in human nature. Violence, sex, poverty and racism, hard language - those were on every step in this world. And the strongest side of the game was undoubtedly the story. Original and intriguing, massive, combining complicated political games, on which the faith of whole nations depends, with very personal, very intimate stories of the main characters, where love, fear and greed were involved. The one thing which CD Project Red did better than anyone else was the implementation of a unique decision making system. The player was forced to take hard decisions and make very complex ethical choices, which strongly effected the surrounding world and had large consequences. All that caused the player to become truly involved with the characters and really care about their faith.
The game won several awards for best RPG of the year. As a reply to some criticism from fans, CD Project Red released an Enhanced edition which was better optimized, had almost all bugs cleared, the graphics were improved and had a handful of additional goodies included. Everyone who had bought the original version of the game could downloaded the enhanced edition for free. With this - as well as a lot of other similar goodwill gestures - CD Project Red gained the true love of fans.
The Witcher Intro
Watch the intro and you might get a slight idea of the greatness of this game. Keep in mind this was made more than 5 years ago.
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
The second part showed on the market on 17 May 2011 under the name Assassins of Kings. For everyone's surprise it turns out to be totally different from the first part. Yes, the dark medieval fantasy universe is still there with all the violence and sin we were presented to in the first Witcher. We meet the same characters as the story goes on and takes us through new intrigues, battles and adventures. But CD Project Red had changed the isometric point of view with a third person point of view. Which led to a completely new combat system. And in general, it changed completely the whole feeling of the game. Luckily for the developers, this proved to be a perfect decision. The Wither 2 is even better accepted from the public than its predecessor. With its brand new engine - RED Engine - players are brought into a world of breathtaking views and intense, fast-paced combats. The need to make decisions remained and was brought to a whole new level - depending on the choices made, there were 16 different endings! That is impressive! Assassins of Kings sold more than a million copies and won several awards including best graphics, best adaptation, best story, best PC game and game of the year. Once again, about one year after the release, the guys from CD Project Red presented the Enhanced Edition which fixed most of the known existing problems of the game and added a lot of new stuff. It is worth mentioning that two things made a lot of gamers unhappy with the game - too high level of difficulty (especially at the beginning), and too short. From the developing studio promise they have taken a lesson and in the upcoming game those issues are solved in a perfect way.
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Video Trailer
The drastic change in "The Witcher 2" left a lot of the fans with the feeling that they were betrayed. Something that they loved were taken from them and transformed into something else. Even though the second part of the trilogy attracted a lot of new fens, some of the old ones never quite begin to like the third person view and the new combat system.
If you have played both games, which one do you think is better?
In 2011 on one of their official meeting, Polish Prime Minister presented President Obama with a copy of "The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings"
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Perhaps the most impressive thing about the new "witcher" is the size of this game. It is simply HUGE! First, the story line takes place in an open world. This means that the player will be able to move around freely and go to any location in the world at any time. Whenever he wants to he can go back to the place where he started. The map is 30 times bigger than the world in "Witcher 2". It is also bigger than GTA 5 and bigger than Dragon Age. To help you travel faster, Geralt will be able to ride a horse this time and still it will take several hours to ride from one end of the world to the other. That's a good news for all fans, because in the books Geralt is always with his horse. To cross water, he could board a ship or a boat.
The freedom of the open world comes at a high price. It is extremely hard for game developers to combine this with a story driven gameplay. And for "The Witcher" the story is a major part of the game. There is no way to neglect it simply for the sake of giving the player an open world. From CD Project Red assure us they will handle this in a perfect way, but we have seen others fail before, so it is definitely something to worry about. The good news is that unlike "Skyrim" here the world won't be generic. You won't be able to go through the same quests again and again and it won't look like there is some massive sclerosis epidemic among the NPC's.
It seems that CD Project Red took into consideration most of the advices given by fans on what should be changed compared to the second part. There is a new fighting system with improved targeting. More optional side quests, to make the play time longer and let you take a rest from the main story if you want to. There is an implemented tutorial at the beginning of the game, which explains all the mechanics of fighting, casting spells, interacting with the surroundings. The difficulty is adjustable, so it doesn't drive away new players from the very start. At the same time, Geralt will not become godlike as the game goes on so that even in the late game it will still be challenging.
The story is a lot more personal this time. Not so much politics involved. Geralt finally has his memory back and is on his way to meet with people he hasn't seen after the amnesia. He is tired and wants to take care of his own life now, rather than be involved in the world's problems. Of course, that does not happen. Instead, a threat for his life and the life of those he loves arises. It turns out that somehow this is a threat for the whole world as well. Once again it is up to Geralt to set things right. We will meet the same characters we already know from the first two parts. They have changed during the years. The whole world has changed - there is no Scoia'tael any more, the kingdoms of the Nord are in chaos after they kings were slain in the second part and the Nilfgardian army is making its way to conquer their lands. Dandelion, Zoltan, Triss Merigold - they are all here. And there is a new companion, from the studio said. It is still a secret who is he or she.
Regarding characters, fans are most excited about meeting Yenneffer - a powerful sorceress and Gerlat's one true love. The other caracter everyone wants to meet is Ciri - the ashen haired girl adopted by Geralt; she is a powerful, living weapon of destruction which everyone wants to control; and she is the real reason for all of Geralt's adventures during the game trilogy.
"It’s hard not to mention Skyrim, but I believe that our approach to our game is totally different. What they created was an open-world RPG. What we’re doing is a story-driven RPG set in an open-world environment."
The Witcher 3 Launch Cinematic
Witcher 3: Monster Hunting
Monster hunting would still be here although it would be slightly different. The developers made the process a lot more complicated and a lot more "witchery". On his journey through the open world, Geralt will hear rumors about monsters, terrorizing the local folks. If he decides, he might take the job to deal with the problem. To do this, he will need to lead a real investigation. First he will need to go to a crime scene - the place where the monster was seen or where the last accident happened. There Geralt will look for clues - blood stains, wall scratches, hair or anything that might give him a clue what type of monster he is going to face. This will become clear after collecting all evidences. Geralt will have a book with information about all the monsters there are. Knowing what the monster means knowing how and where to find it. It also means knowing its weaknesses so that Geralt will be able to prepare before the battle by brewing the right potions and choosing the right gear. This information will also give valuable hints how to defeat it during the battle. Finally, when the monster is defeated, Geralt will collect a trophy. He will be able to sell it at the town where he took the task at the first place. Killing monsters will be the main source of gold for Geralt. It will also be a strong source of gaining experience and leveling up in the game. But perhaps the most important motivation for players to perform monster hunting would be the fact, that monsters will give the ingredients needed for potions, mutagens as well as crafting armor and weapons. It is said the best gear will be crafted by ingredients gathered from slain monsters.
All this seems to add to the whole feeling of the game and it will bring it closer to the books. It shows what it truly means to be a Witcher. Not a hero trying to save the world, but a man who kills to make a living.
Triss Merigold - one of "the Witcher" main characters - appeared in a photo shoot for a Polish men magazine in May 2011. This was part of the game's marketing campaign.
Witcher 3: Animations
We have the unique chance to glance in the CD Project Red’s motion studio and see how exactly the game animations are made. According to lead animator Tomasz Zawada, Witcher 3 will have a much larger library of movement animations. Movements in and out of battle will be more realistic than ever. Stunt performer and sword master Maciej Kwiatkowski is responsible for the unmatched, effective and spectacular fighting skills of Geralt. Watch the video for all the details.
Witcher 3 ScreenshotsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Witcher 3 Revealed a Bit More at E3 - The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Debut Trailer
E3 is the number one yearly gaming event where publishers and developers present their newest titles to the public. Fans and media were excited about CD Project Red's presentation of The Witcher 3 and they were not disappointed.
First, see the two brand new trailers bellow. In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Debut Trailer you will see in-game content. The graphics is absolutely next-gen! The animation, the way the character moves, rides or sails is simply amazing and stunningly realistic! The battles seems to be diverse and challenging! And the atmosphere is definitely on the expected high level.
The second video you will hear some of the CD Project's Red team speak about the game. Personally, I have never seen another presentation like this. It is so different and unexpected. What they say WILL make you want to play this game.
One of the top news about Witcher 3 coming from E3 is that the game will be available for the new Xbox One. Imagine casting spells with your Kinect! Cool stuff!
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - The Beginning
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
OS 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)
Direct X 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
OS 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)
Direct X 11
HDD Space 40 GB
You do understand that playing at the minimum is going to leave you without any visual pleasures to gaze upon. The frame rate will probably also drop quite low at times and perhaps it even will be a reason to get killed in some fights. Also, keep in mind that “recommended” is not enough to play the game at Ultra High details. You will need something a little bit better if you want to see the game in its full glory.