The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to be revealed in Game Informer.

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#1 Edited by Phatmac (5726 posts) -

It seems that digital subscribers of the magazine got an early preview for the new March Issue of Game Informer. Here are some key notes that the issue describes:

World supposedly 20% bigger than Skyrim's

30-40 minutes to cross world on Horseback

New streaming technology (CDRED Engine 3)

Geralt's Memory is restored

No chapters/acts

Dude is fucking DONE fighting for everyone else

Everything from solving MYSTERIES to slaying monsters

Coming out on "all top-of-the-line" consoles - Next Gen?

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#2 Posted by Aegon (5643 posts) -

Beard

#3 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

But isn't this revealing it, though? Meta-announcements are dumb.

#4 Posted by JZ (2125 posts) -

tell us about what really matters, the boneing.

#5 Posted by vorpalparasite (290 posts) -

I should probably finish the first game before this comes out. SHIT

#6 Posted by dr_mantas (1887 posts) -

YES, the Wild Hunt! The most interesting story thread in the first game.

And it's completely open world? (not separate areas?) Sounds cool.

#7 Posted by Mento (2548 posts) -

More like Skyrim then? Can't wait to see what the constellation for upgrading Lesbomancy looks like.

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#8 Posted by Demoskinos (14840 posts) -

Now this is some fap material.

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#9 Edited by Encephalon (1262 posts) -

That's a beard!

#10 Posted by BoG (5191 posts) -

I guess I should probably finish the second game, then.

#11 Posted by Animasta (14692 posts) -

@dr_mantas said:

YES, the Wild Hunt! The most interesting story thread in the first game.

And it's completely open world? (not separate areas?) Sounds cool.

the wild hunt was in the books and shit too.

also game of the year 2014

#12 Posted by mrfluke (5160 posts) -

methinks the cd project guys are going to become the new "good bioware" for next gen.

also heres a screenshot of their new graphics engine so u can get an idea of how witcher 3 will look

wow

#13 Posted by dr_mantas (1887 posts) -

@Animasta said:

@dr_mantas said:

YES, the Wild Hunt! The most interesting story thread in the first game.

And it's completely open world? (not separate areas?) Sounds cool.

the wild hunt was in the books and shit too.

also game of the year 2014

And it's also part of actual European folklore. I just found it more fascinating in the first game than all the human/elf/dwarf civil war stuff.

You're right to call it GOTY 2014!

#14 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@Mento said:

Can't wait to see what the constellation for upgrading Lesbomancy looks like.

Because you know is gonna find a way to beat the game with just that, right?

#15 Posted by Phatmac (5726 posts) -

My favorite part is the beard. I didn't think Geralt could look more badass.

#16 Posted by YOU_DIED (703 posts) -

@Aegon said:

Beard

yes

#17 Posted by Animasta (14692 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

@Mento said:

Can't wait to see what the constellation for upgrading Lesbomancy looks like.

Because you know is gonna find a way to beat the game with just that, right?

unless you can play the girl (whom I assume to be Ciri, it doesn't look like Yennefer/Triss), upgrading the lesbomancy tree will be useless

#18 Posted by Brighty (251 posts) -
Update:

So it's saying that they had to change up their design philosophy when developing TW3, due to the open world structure. So NARRATIVE comes in three forms:

Lowest level = free form activities like crafting, monster slaying (seems to be much more extensive this time around) and questing.

Next level = Political situation of Nilfgaardian invastion is resolved through a core plotline for each area. These areas? -> Skellige, Novigrad and No Mans Land!

Final level = Geralt's main plot line, his search for his loved ones, and the chase of the Wild Hunt.

Sounds like a lot of interwoven plotlines, decision making. You can skip things if you really want, but there will be consequences to your actions if you do so.
#19 Posted by Oldirtybearon (4816 posts) -

@dr_mantas said:

YES, the Wild Hunt! The most interesting story thread in the first game.

And it's completely open world? (not separate areas?) Sounds cool.

They've clearly been saving the most interesting (and let's face it, Witcher-ending) story for last. The Wild Hunt should be a fucking awesome climax to what has been the most underrated (and yet best) RPG series. Here's hoping CDP Red delivers.

#20 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@Animasta:

So was punching in Skyrim until...

#21 Posted by awesomeusername (4187 posts) -

Looks like I'll have to YouTube a walkthrough of the first 2 games since they aren't on PS3 and this will obviously be on PS4 and I obviously will want to play it. *Sigh*

#22 Posted by TheHT (11292 posts) -

oh fucking hell.

i'm gonna go play the first game now.

#23 Edited by Animasta (14692 posts) -

@Brighty said:

Update:

So it's saying that they had to change up their design philosophy when developing TW3, due to the open world structure. So NARRATIVE comes in three forms:

Lowest level = free form activities like crafting, monster slaying (seems to be much more extensive this time around) and questing.

Next level = Political situation of Nilfgaardian invastion is resolved through a core plotline for each area. These areas? -> Skellige, Novigrad and No Mans Land!

Final level = Geralt's main plot line, his search for his loved ones, and the chase of the Wild Hunt.

Sounds like a lot of interwoven plotlines, decision making. You can skip things if you really want, but there will be consequences to your actions if you do so.

No Man's Land? I would assume that means Cintra, because then it's easily connectible to Skellige islands and Novigrad

also the horse thing is total bullshit since Skellige is an island chain

#24 Posted by Phatmac (5726 posts) -

Posted another image into the main post. Thanks Neogaf!

#25 Posted by ArtisanBreads (3858 posts) -

Jizzfest.

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#26 Posted by Animasta (14692 posts) -

@Phatmac: okay up close the beard is terrible I hope we get to shave it off.

Maybe he should ask SWERY on his beard growing tech

#27 Posted by YOU_DIED (703 posts) -

@Animasta said:

@Brighty said:

Update:

So it's saying that they had to change up their design philosophy when developing TW3, due to the open world structure. So NARRATIVE comes in three forms:

Lowest level = free form activities like crafting, monster slaying (seems to be much more extensive this time around) and questing.

Next level = Political situation of Nilfgaardian invastion is resolved through a core plotline for each area. These areas? -> Skellige, Novigrad and No Mans Land!

Final level = Geralt's main plot line, his search for his loved ones, and the chase of the Wild Hunt.

Sounds like a lot of interwoven plotlines, decision making. You can skip things if you really want, but there will be consequences to your actions if you do so.

No Man's Land? I would assume that means Cintra, because then it's easily connectible to Skellige islands and Novigrad

also the horse thing is total bullshit since Skellige is an island chain

Here's a map for reference:

#28 Posted by Phatmac (5726 posts) -

@Animasta said:

@Phatmac: okay up close the beard is terrible I hope we get to shave it off.

Maybe he should ask SWERY on his beard growing tech

I'm guessing that you'll be able to shave it or something. I'm a fan of it.

#29 Posted by mordukai (7150 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

But isn't this revealing it, though? Meta-announcements are dumb.

Sadly that's the world we live in. By the time the game comes out gamers have already gotten exposed to almost 50% of the game's content and story. A lot of moments from games I was interested at were ruined for me because of that trend. However there are many games I wouldn't have given a second thought if I didn't see some gameplay videos that grabbed me. Now I just learned to avoid every thing from games I am interested in.

#30 Posted by chainreaction01 (177 posts) -

@Phatmac: Funny how much that beard really changes his character alone. Still recognize Geralt but definitely has that "done with this bullshit" type of look as he gets himself into some serious business.

#31 Posted by Phatmac (5726 posts) -

@chainreaction01 said:

@Phatmac: Funny how much that beard really changes his character alone. Still recognize Geralt but definitely has that "done with this bullshit" type of look as he gets himself into some serious business.

After the events of the second game this is the natural progression of the character. He's done taking orders.

#32 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@mordukai said:

Now I just learned to avoid every thing from games I am interested in.

That's pretty much how I treat all games, really.

#33 Posted by mrfluke (5160 posts) -

@Oldirtybearon said:

@dr_mantas said:

YES, the Wild Hunt! The most interesting story thread in the first game.

And it's completely open world? (not separate areas?) Sounds cool.

They've clearly been saving the most interesting (and let's face it, Witcher-ending) story for last. The Wild Hunt should be a fucking awesome climax to what has been the most underrated (and yet best) RPG series. Here's hoping CDP Red delivers.

i thought theres like 5 books in the witcher series and each of these games are an adaptation of said books?

#34 Posted by Animasta (14692 posts) -

@YOU_DIED said:

@Animasta said:

@Brighty said:

Update:

So it's saying that they had to change up their design philosophy when developing TW3, due to the open world structure. So NARRATIVE comes in three forms:

Lowest level = free form activities like crafting, monster slaying (seems to be much more extensive this time around) and questing.

Next level = Political situation of Nilfgaardian invastion is resolved through a core plotline for each area. These areas? -> Skellige, Novigrad and No Mans Land!

Final level = Geralt's main plot line, his search for his loved ones, and the chase of the Wild Hunt.

Sounds like a lot of interwoven plotlines, decision making. You can skip things if you really want, but there will be consequences to your actions if you do so.

No Man's Land? I would assume that means Cintra, because then it's easily connectible to Skellige islands and Novigrad

also the horse thing is total bullshit since Skellige is an island chain

Here's a map for reference:

the map I was looking at had temeria and redania the other way around...

weird? who the fuck knows anyway

#35 Posted by Animasta (14692 posts) -

@mrfluke said:

@Oldirtybearon said:

@dr_mantas said:

YES, the Wild Hunt! The most interesting story thread in the first game.

And it's completely open world? (not separate areas?) Sounds cool.

They've clearly been saving the most interesting (and let's face it, Witcher-ending) story for last. The Wild Hunt should be a fucking awesome climax to what has been the most underrated (and yet best) RPG series. Here's hoping CDP Red delivers.

i thought theres like 5 books in the witcher series and each of these games are an adaptation of said books?

absolutely not, the first game takes place directly after the 5th book (geralt loses his memory in between you see)

#36 Edited by Tennmuerti (8108 posts) -

HOLYSHITFUCKYESWOOOOOGIMMEGIMMEGIMMEIMSOSTOCKEDGODDAMNIWANTTHISNOWOMFGTHISISSOGODDAMNINCREDIBLYAWESOME!!!!!!!

/passes out

#37 Posted by joshthebear (2700 posts) -

Man, I really need to finish the second game.

#38 Posted by ArtisanBreads (3858 posts) -

I know I'll never be able to, but the near certainty of an Enhanced Edition almost makes me want to wait.

I won't though. I wonder how that will work on consoles.

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#39 Posted by mrfluke (5160 posts) -

@Animasta said:

@mrfluke said:

@Oldirtybearon said:

@dr_mantas said:

YES, the Wild Hunt! The most interesting story thread in the first game.

And it's completely open world? (not separate areas?) Sounds cool.

They've clearly been saving the most interesting (and let's face it, Witcher-ending) story for last. The Wild Hunt should be a fucking awesome climax to what has been the most underrated (and yet best) RPG series. Here's hoping CDP Red delivers.

i thought theres like 5 books in the witcher series and each of these games are an adaptation of said books?

absolutely not, the first game takes place directly after the 5th book (geralt loses his memory in between you see)

really? huh, thats interesting.

#40 Posted by Aegon (5643 posts) -

@Animasta said:

@mrfluke said:

@Oldirtybearon said:

@dr_mantas said:

YES, the Wild Hunt! The most interesting story thread in the first game.

And it's completely open world? (not separate areas?) Sounds cool.

They've clearly been saving the most interesting (and let's face it, Witcher-ending) story for last. The Wild Hunt should be a fucking awesome climax to what has been the most underrated (and yet best) RPG series. Here's hoping CDP Red delivers.

i thought theres like 5 books in the witcher series and each of these games are an adaptation of said books?

absolutely not, the first game takes place directly after the 5th book (geralt loses his memory in between you see)

Only the first two have been translated right?

#41 Posted by golguin (3932 posts) -

@Animasta said:

@Video_Game_King said:

@Mento said:

Can't wait to see what the constellation for upgrading Lesbomancy looks like.

Because you know is gonna find a way to beat the game with just that, right?

unless you can play the girl (whom I assume to be Ciri, it doesn't look like Yennefer/Triss), upgrading the lesbomancy tree will be useless

Upgrading the Lesbomancy tree is NEVER useless.

I'm sad that I don't have a PC that could play these kinds of games. I played the Witcher 2 on my 360 and really enjoyed it. I played both paths months apart and couldn't believe the content I had missed with Saskia.

#42 Posted by Animasta (14692 posts) -

@Aegon said:

@Animasta said:

@mrfluke said:

@Oldirtybearon said:

@dr_mantas said:

YES, the Wild Hunt! The most interesting story thread in the first game.

And it's completely open world? (not separate areas?) Sounds cool.

They've clearly been saving the most interesting (and let's face it, Witcher-ending) story for last. The Wild Hunt should be a fucking awesome climax to what has been the most underrated (and yet best) RPG series. Here's hoping CDP Red delivers.

i thought theres like 5 books in the witcher series and each of these games are an adaptation of said books?

absolutely not, the first game takes place directly after the 5th book (geralt loses his memory in between you see)

Only the first two have been translated right?

well there's two short story collections and 4-5 books in the 'main' series. afaik only 1 of the short story collections and 1 of the main story books have been officially translated (I think there are unofficial translations out there tho)

#43 Posted by probablytuna (3667 posts) -

I am so pumped for this.

#44 Posted by Sackmanjones (4706 posts) -

I should really finish that second game. Crossed the fog in chapter 2 to,a different city. Anyone know how far along I am?

#45 Posted by buft (3317 posts) -

@Mento said:

More like Skyrim then? Can't wait to see what the constellation for upgrading Lesbomancy looks like.

my favourite magic

#46 Posted by ConfusedOwl (943 posts) -

Oh man this will be amazing. The Witcher 2 is one the best rpgs I've ever played so I seriously can't wait for this to be released. Here's hoping I can get a better computer before then.

#47 Posted by mrfluke (5160 posts) -

@Animasta said:

@Aegon said:

@Animasta said:

@mrfluke said:

@Oldirtybearon said:

@dr_mantas said:

YES, the Wild Hunt! The most interesting story thread in the first game.

And it's completely open world? (not separate areas?) Sounds cool.

They've clearly been saving the most interesting (and let's face it, Witcher-ending) story for last. The Wild Hunt should be a fucking awesome climax to what has been the most underrated (and yet best) RPG series. Here's hoping CDP Red delivers.

i thought theres like 5 books in the witcher series and each of these games are an adaptation of said books?

absolutely not, the first game takes place directly after the 5th book (geralt loses his memory in between you see)

Only the first two have been translated right?

well there's two short story collections and 4-5 books in the 'main' series. afaik only 1 of the short story collections and 1 of the main story books have been officially translated (I think there are unofficial translations out there tho)

forgive the newbish questions here as i have only played a few hours of the witcher 2 and really liked what i played and really liked that hard fantasy world.

but this wild hunt story? would i need to have played witcher 1 then since according to this quote chain, its a story thread from the first game?

#48 Edited by Animasta (14692 posts) -

@Sackmanjones said:

I should really finish that second game. Crossed the fog in chapter 2 to,a different city. Anyone know how far along I am?

who did you side with? if you sided with roche then you are mildly close to the end, if you sided with iorveth then you are not.

@mrfluke: no no, no need for that, witcher 2 explains it fine; the basis is that the wild hunt kidnap kids and shit and they're like elves from a different universe where the elves rule the world or something (it's been a long time since I played that game) and they also took someone important to Geralt so he wants to stop them

#49 Posted by xyzygy (9996 posts) -

The Wild Hunt is the main story arc?

That's it. I'm dead. RIP

#50 Edited by ArtisanBreads (3858 posts) -

- The team felt it missed the huge freedom of open-world games like Skyrim

- Proper mounted combat still being tested

- Currently not a definite part of the game

- Horses will be in, though, since they’re important for navigation

- Ships float on the water in true physics interactions

- Team has doubled in size

- No chapters, acts, or any artificial break-points

- Geralt can seamlessly cross from one end of the world to the other thanks to REDengine 3

- No loading screens while traveling in the open world

- Can explore on foot, by horseback, and via boat

- Pursue yor long-lost love, play the game of empires on behalf of the northern kingdoms that still claim independence, and thwart the nefarious Wild Hunt

- Fast travel: instantly revisit any discovered location

- Director Konrad Tomaszkiewicz: “A huge goal is to keep the high quality o four quests, with all the cinematics and impressive events and moments.”

- Point of interest will always be in sight

- Players will be beckoned to explore dank caves, embattled villages, decaying ruins, etc.

- Over 100 hours of hand-scripted quests

- Quests: help villagers, engineer the succession of the Skellige kings, etc.

- Use monster hunting for adventure, incoming, and unique rewards

- There are mini-games based on the area of the world

- Ex: Skellige has knife-throwing

- Gain exclusive rewards from mini-games

- Don’t have to complete mini-games to proceed in the story

- Monsters, bandits, traders, animals, and more will attack anyone they deem hostile

- Enemies don’t scale to the player’s level

- Slaying monsters, fighting hostile humans in the different forms they come in, collecting items, leveling up are in the game

- World 40 times larger than the last game

- Three different aspects to narration

- Lowest level: free-form activities like monster hunting, crafting, individual standalone quests

- Second step: political situation and Nilfgaardian invasion is resolved through the core plotline of the major areas (Skellige, Novigrad, No Man’s Land)

- Each land has its own storyline

- Can abandon the storyline, but will have repercussions later

- Not doing a plotline is a choice the player has

- Main narrative: search for Geralt’s loved ones and conflict with the Wild Hunt

- Multiple branches of narratives that feed into each other

- Don’t have to do anything outside the main storyline to beat the game

- Could have help in a main-line encounter from an ally you gained in the Skellige archipelago if you’ve completed certain quests in certain ways

- Major events in the main storyline are “gates” for the state of the world

- Ex: village threatened by bandits might be abandoned after certain events if the player doesn’t help

- Weather effects are dynamically generated and fully modeled as real volumetric clouds rather than being simply painted on the skybox

- In contrast to the last game, Geralt encounters communities and individuals with monster-related problems that need solving

- There aren’t contract-like assignments this time

- Press the left trigger to turn on Geralt’s witcher senses

- Can glean information from a crime scene upon discovering it

- Within range of a scene of interest, the mechanic conveys clues to the player through the witcher muttering to himself and/or visual depictions of past events that represent Geralt’s reasoning

- Time of day and other conditions determine where monsters appear and their abilities

- Can strike critical areas in combat based on how much you learn about monster anatomy and tactics

- The team is deciding between using a handful of in-combat special moves for particular attacks and a slow-motion quick-time event style

- Monsters you defeat leave otherwise unobtainable alchemical and crafting ingrediants needed for making of unique items, potions, mutagens

- These allow Geralt to gain special powers and upgrades in the new mutation development tree

- These kills serve as the witcher’s primary method of income

Also sounds like they are trying to fix a lot of the issues with the combat, like not requiring stamina to be able to block at all, fixing the difficulty curve so it's not hardest at the beginning, allowing some degree of cancelling and avoiding being locked into long animations, and sounds like the roll is either out or altered.

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