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Wednesday - August 26, 2015

Witcher 3 - Open Letter From Adam Badowski

by Myrthos, 22:34

Adam Badowski, head of the CD Project Red Studio has published an open letter about The Witcher 3.

Hey Gamers!

Time does fly! These few months since launch passed faster than you can say potestaquisitor. We've been hard at work delivering you new content, fixing what needed to be fixed, and secretly plotting how to rock this boat we call the RPG genre even more. We've just concluded our shareholder conference where we announced that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt family got a bit bigger -- we sold over 6 million copies of the game in six weeks since launch. Worry not, I won't discuss any financial stuff here. I would, however, like to give you some insight on what that means to us as game creators.

One could think we have six million reasons to be happy and that's it. We do, but that number is also a big responsibility and I want everyone to know that we, as a studio, realize that. For us, all your high praise, all the positive reviews, are also an obligation -- we've made a really good game but there's still a long road ahead of us. Everyone here in CD PROJEKT RED is really attached to their work and how you, the gamers, perceive it. RED is full of artists, wild dreamers and people crazy about what they do (and sometimes just plain crazy). We lose sleep over that particular color the sun has when it sets over Velen, and argue over arranging the furniture in a house the majority of gamers will probably never see. We're not the kind of people who are easily satisfied and we always strive for more. I'd like you to know that.

Yes, six million copies is a great achievement for a company making RPGs, but this business is not only about that. If our games are a gallery of sound, picture and text - you are the visitors of this gallery. To an artist, there's no sweeter sight than people enjoying their work. That's why, in the name of all the devs in the studio, I'd like to say thanks to each and every one of you.

Monday - August 17, 2015

Witcher 3 - Free Game+ DLC released

by Hiddenx, 18:27

Play it again Geralt - the Game+ DLC has been released.

Friday - August 14, 2015

Witcher 3 - Mod Tools: What Can We Expect? @ Gamespot

by Hiddenx, 21:36

Randolph Ramsay (Gamespot) interviewed CD Project Read about the upcoming mod-tools for The Witcher 3:

[...]

Let's go into some detail. What will players be able to do with the mod tools? Does it go beyond the cosmetic?

First of all, the modding tools we are releasing are not an editor. They’re meant for people who are somewhat experienced with modding software and are designed to make creating mods easier. They give access to game files and allow for easy extracting, compilation, and decompilation of resources. Beside visual changes, like modifying textures and models, they will allow to change UI assets and script files. The majority of gameplay-related mechanics are written in scripts. Having access to these scripts will allow to create even more ambitious and complex modifications. If you’re not a modder and you’re wondering about real life applications, in short, all this means that from now on, people will be able to put their own textures on models to make them feel more personal (or cool, or whatever they wish!), or, say, substitute Roach’s model with a unicorn (and ride it towards the setting sun). You will be able to use these mods when they get published. Also, we hope the community builds on these resources and, who knows, maybe some people who haven’t ever dreamt of modding will start doing so? There might be future devs among you!

Let's talk about how people will be able to share/access mods. How will they be able to do that? And why did you decide to do it in that way?

There are several places on the web gamers can access The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt mods. Nexus Mods is what we see as a very prolific community right now--you can download Wild Hunt mods from there already and we hope more will come after modders get to play with the tool.

[...]

Friday - August 07, 2015

Witcher 3 - Patch 1.08 out now!

by Hiddenx, 22:44

CD Project Red has released Patch 1.08 for The Witcher 3:

The patch is now available and can be downloaded across all platforms. The update introduces many quest fixes as well as improvements in the gameplay mechanics. You can find the full list of changes below:

PERFORMANCE:
  • Overall improvements to performance, including some issues that may have been caused by 1.07.

UI:
  • [Japanese Only][PS4 Only] Fixes an issue where the background text of certain books would flicker.
  • Fixes an issue where part of the Kaer Morhen map would not display properly.

GAMEPLAY:
  • Fixes a rare issue where items would disappear from the stash.
  • Fixes a very rare issue which would cause Geralt to get stuck when trying to run.
  • The interaction pop-up will no longer appear on lootable objects that are empty.
  • Fixes an occasional glitch in one of the dwarf combat animations.
  • Heads chopped off during finishers will no longer disappear.
  • "Players can perform a roll just before landing to significantly reduce the damage caused by falling.
  • We've added a tutorial pop-up window explaining this to make it clearer."
  • In patch 1.07, the level requirements for certain items were scaled up, leaving some players stuck with only unusable gear. With patch 1.08, we are introducing the Wolven Hour potion. This potion will be available in everyone's inventory once they install the patch. It will reduce level requirements on all gear for a period of one hour. This will give players time to level up or find alternative equipment using the gear that was available to them in patch 1.05 but became unusable after patch 1.07. After one hour, the potion's effects will cease and the requirements for all gear will revert to their original, pre-potion values.
  • Fixes an issue where players were unable to compare their items with ones sold by merchants.

ACHIEVEMENTS:
  • Players will now be able to complete the Card Collector achievement.
  • Achievements are now working properly again and will be unlocked if players meet their requirements after installing this patch (PC version).

GRAPHICS:
  • Fixes an issue where interiors would sometimes not display properly on the minimap.
  • Fixes an issue where certain world elements would sometimes be missing and noticeable visual glitches would be present while in Novigrad.

QUEST:
  • Fixes an issue where players were unable to finish the "It Takes Three to Tango" quest, even though they had obtained wine at the Kingfisher.
  • Fixes an issue where Geralt would sometimes die after traveling to Velen in the quest "Something Ends, Something Begins."
  • The entrance to the area where the Sunstone is obtained will no longer be blocked off if the player exits it prematurely during "The Sunstone" quest.
  • Fixes an issue where players were unable to complete the "Get Junior" quest on certain occasions.
  • Fixes an issue where players were unable to finish the "Scavenger Hunt: Viper School Gear" quest due to a closed gate.
  • Fixes an issue where some players were unable to investigate rooms during the "Family Matters" quest, effectively blocking their progression.
  • Fixes an issue where players were unable to finish the "Hey, You Wanna Look at my Stuff?" quest.
  • Fixes an issue where players were unable to talk to Roche during the "An Eye for an Eye" quest.
  • Fixes an issue where Roche would stay at his camp instead of going to the Oxenfurt Bridge in the "Get Junior" quest.
  • Fixes an issue where, under certain circumstances, Yennefer would not appear in Oxenfurt during the "The Great Escape" quest.
  • Drowners will have a harder time killing Nidas during the "Black Pearl" quest.
  • Fixes an issue which led to an infinite loading screen during the "To Bait a Forktail..." quest under certain circumstances.
  • Fixes a rare issue where the basement was locked during the "King's Gambit" quest.
  • Fixes an issue where players were unable to free the merchant during the Person in Distress event in the Claywich area.
  • The trolls at the Circle of Elements will no longer attack Geralt if he opts for a peaceful resolution.
  • Fixes an issue where players were unable to talk to Roche during the "Brothers in Arms" quest.
  • Fixes an issue where Zoltan's card was unobtainable.

GENERAL:
  • Preparatory features paving the way for the introduction of New Game + in the future.

 

Wednesday - August 05, 2015

Witcher 3 - Economy was saved by polynomial least squares @ Ars Technica

by Hiddenx, 07:40

Mark Walton (Ars Technica) reports how the the devs programmed the economy of The Witcher 3:

How The Witcher 3’s economy was saved by polynomial least squares

Amazingly, up until just a few months before release, the game didn't have an economy.

For a game as complex and as huge as The Witcher 3, it's hard to imagine one of its core gameplay elements—one that ties the entire game together—didn't actually exist until mere months before its release. And yet, according to senior gameplay designer Matthew Steinke speaking at GDC Europe, that's exactly what happened with The Witcher 3's economy, crafting, and inventory systems. These three core elements of the game were "fragmented and incomplete" to the point that "there was no time left in the project to accomplish everything by the deadline."

But as is so often the case, a complex task and a rapidly looming deadline can lead to some great innovations. For Steinke and The Witcher 3, that meant coming up with an entirely new way to create and maintain an in-game economy; one that was reactive to the player and the world around it. Steinke started with the basics, noting that The Witcher 3's economy is based around money, or rather the concept that money is simply anything in the game that can be traded for something else.

"I had specific goals for the economy," said Steinke. "I wanted players to need money for purchasing food, ingredients, and upgrades, to explore the world around them for new items, earning money from combat, and collecting loot along the way. I wanted them to buy better items to improve their stats. Additionally, I wanted these items to cost more, so that players felt like they were earning lots of money by the end of the game. To visualise these goals, I sketched out a higher-level state diagram to illustrate the system interactions. Defining system interactions in this way, it's easy to see what kind of relationships created between the player and the economy."

Steinke's simple diagram (pictured below), which outlined the flow of money from one area of the game to the other, proved useful for mapping out potential gameplay paths. For instance, one of Steinke's goals was to have the player explore the world for new items. The economy facilitates this by providing loot from fights and random containers scattered throughout The Witcher 3's open world. Players can then use those items as cash to buy other items like better swords and armour from merchants without having to go out and find them.

[...]

Saturday - August 01, 2015

Witcher 3 - Patch 1.08 Changelog

by Hiddenx, 07:25

CD Project Red released a list of changes coming with patch 1.08:

The next patch will be arriving quite soon. Please check the list of changes below.

PERFORMANCE:

  • Overall improvements to performance, including some issues that may have been caused by 1.07.
UI:
  • [Japanese Only][PS4 Only] Fixes an issue where the background text of certain books would flicker.
  • Fixes an issue where part of the Kaer Morhen map would not display properly.
GAMEPLAY:
  • Fixes a rare issue where items would disappear from the stash.
  • Fixes a very rare issue which would cause Geralt to get stuck when trying to run.
  • The interaction pop-up will no longer appear on lootable objects that are empty.
  • Fixes an occasional glitch in one of the dwarf combat animations.
  • Heads chopped off during finishers will no longer disappear.
  • "Players can perform a roll just before landing to significantly reduce the damage caused by falling.
  • We've added a tutorial pop-up window explaining this to make it clearer."
  • In patch 1.07, the level requirements for certain items were scaled up, leaving some players stuck with only unusable gear. With patch 1.08, we are introducing the Wolven Hour potion. This potion will be available in everyone's inventory once they install the patch. It will reduce level requirements on all gear for a period of one hour. This will give players time to level up or find alternative equipment using the gear that was available to them in patch 1.05 but became unusable after patch 1.07. After one hour, the potion's effects will cease and the requirements for all gear will revert to their original, pre-potion values.
  • Fixes an issue where players were unable to compare their items with ones sold by merchants.
ACHIEVEMENTS:
  • Players will now be able to complete the Card Collector achievement.
  • Achievements are now working properly again and will be unlocked if players meet their requirements after installing this patch (PC version).
GRAPHICS:
  • Fixes an issue where interiors would sometimes not display properly on the minimap.
  • Fixes an issue where certain world elements would sometimes be missing and noticeable visual glitches would be present while in Novigrad.
QUEST:
  • Fixes an issue where players were unable to finish the "It Takes Three to Tango" quest, even though they had obtained wine at the Kingfisher.
  • Fixes an issue where Geralt would sometimes die after traveling to Velen in the quest "Something Ends, Something Begins."
  • The entrance to the area where the Sunstone is obtained will no longer be blocked off if the player exits it prematurely during "The Sunstone" quest.
  • Fixes an issue where players were unable to complete the "Get Junior" quest on certain occasions.
  • Fixes an issue where players were unable to finish the "Scavenger Hunt: Viper School Gear" quest due to a closed gate.
  • Fixes an issue where some players were unable to investigate rooms during the "Family Matters" quest, effectively blocking their progression.
  • Fixes an issue where players were unable to finish the "Hey, You Wanna Look at my Stuff?" quest.
  • Fixes an issue where players were unable to talk to Roche during the "An Eye for an Eye" quest.
  • Fixes an issue where Roche would stay at his camp instead of going to the Oxenfurt Bridge in the "Get Junior" quest.
  • Fixes an issue where, under certain circumstances, Yennefer would not appear in Oxenfurt during the "The Great Escape" quest.
  • Drowners will have a harder time killing Nidas during the "Black Pearl" quest.
  • Fixes an issue which led to an infinite loading screen during the "To Bait a Forktail..." quest under certain circumstances.
  • Fixes a rare issue where the basement was locked during the "King's Gambit" quest.
  • Fixes an issue where players were unable to free the merchant during the Person in Distress event in the Claywich area.
  • The trolls at the Circle of Elements will no longer attack Geralt if he opts for a peaceful resolution.
  • Fixes an issue where players were unable to talk to Roche during the "Brothers in Arms" quest.
  • Fixes an issue where Zoltan's card was unobtainable.
GENERAL:
  • Preparatory features paving the way for the introduction of New Game + in the future.

Monday - July 27, 2015

Witcher 3 - Is Getting A New Game Plus Mode

by Hiddenx, 21:34

The last free DLC will be a 'New Game Plus Mode':

Already finished The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt multiple times?
We’ve got something coming up…
New Game+, the final DLC, is on the way and, of course, it’s completely FREE!
Stay tuned for more info regarding the release. It won’t happen this week though - we need a little bit more time to finish it.

Thursday - July 23, 2015

Witcher 3 - New Finisher Animations

by Hiddenx, 07:34

The free DLC #15 for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is released:

The double helix triple backspin stab to the face DLC.
With the just released, highly anticipated Patch 1.07 our hunt is more accessible, more convenient and all around better. But while business is business for professional Witchers, it's also high time for something with a bit more... pizzazz. Forget Wolf School, here comes the Cool School, and Geralt just picked up a few new tricks at Kewl Morhen. Today's DLC introduces a pack of all-new combat finishers to truly take your sword skills to the next level of badass. Blood, guts and gory… It's the White Wolf now with more bite, in this week episode of the FREE DLC Program! INSTALLING THE FREE CONTENT: Here is how you can grab and install your new DLC in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Add the 16 FREE DLC Program to your account from its product page. It's like buying a game, but free.

A) If you're using GOG Galaxy:
  • Select The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from the sidebar to open its game page.
  • Click on the drop-down labeled "More", (located next to the PLAY button) and choose "Configure".
  • The Configure page will feature all available DLCs listed towards the bottom.
  • Select each DLC that you want to install, and GOG Galaxy will do the rest. If you want to remove the DLC from your game, simply uncheck the selection box.
B) If you're using the website:
  • You can download installers for each DLC pack manually. Simply head to the Library section of My Account, locate The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and download the files you want.
  • Afterwards, run each one as if you were installing a game or patch.

Steam users find the DLC here.

Monday - July 20, 2015

Witcher 3 - Alternative Look for Ciri

by Hiddenx, 08:10

Another week - another free DLC: An alternative look for Ciri on GOG and Steam.

 

Sunday - July 19, 2015

Witcher 3 - Patch 1.07 released on GOG and Steam

by Hiddenx, 08:27

The big patch 1.07 is out now - but PS4 and XBOx one players get some performance hits according to Eurogamer.

The full changelog is listed here.

 

 

Friday - July 17, 2015

The Witcher Series - Developers Interview @ RPS

by Myrthos, 12:31

Rock, Paper, Shotgun have talked with long time developers at CD Project Red about the development of the three Witcher games.

Konrad Tomaszkiewicz, another CDP Game Director, explained, “It was our first title, a project we actually used to learn how to develop games. On top of that, we had huge ambitions that extended well beyond the capabilities of BioWare’s engine. Above all, we wanted to push the envelope graphically, so we rebuilt the renderer from scratch and created our own means for displaying visuals.”

One of the unique things about The Witcher, back in 2007, was the way it was brimming with life-like details. I remember being floored when the skies opened up over a tiny village center and everyone started running for shelter, clustering under eaves and awnings while waiting for the storm to pass.

“Since BioWare’s engine didn’t support large in-game communities, we had to create our own tools that would let us generate populations that would be satisfactory in size and follow a daily life cycle,” Tomaszkiewicz said. “It wasn’t easy, but ultimately we managed to produce something that truly resembled a living world, where folk had their jobs and lifestyles. They’d leave their homes in the morning, visit the local tavern after work to unwind, then go home to their families come evening. Merchants would hawk their wares, guardsmen would patrol Vizima’s back streets.”

Sunday - July 12, 2015

Witcher 3 - Best Detective Game Ever Made @ Extra Credits

by Hiddenx, 23:32

Extra Credits thinks The Witcher 3 is like Raymond Chandler's pulp fiction transferred into fantasy medieval times:

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Witcher 3 - Patch 1.07 - Full Detail Changelog

by Hiddenx, 08:21

CD PROJECT RED released a full detail changelog for the upcoming Witcher 3 patch 1.07:

  • Introduces an alternative movement style for Geralt. To enable, go to the Gameplay\Movement Response submenu.
  • Fixes a rare issue where the player's horse would not fall to the ground properly.
  • Fixes a rare issue where the player could be locked into the aiming animation if hit while throwing a bomb on horseback.
  • Fixes a rare issue with an infinite loading screen in the Ladies of the Wood quest.
  • Includes a variety of collision fixes.
  • Fixes an issue where Wild Hunt warriors would remain present even after the player completed the main storyline.
  • Fixes an issue where players could repeatedly buy foreign currency from a loan shark and sell it at the Vivaldi Bank.
  • Fixes an exploit whereby players could loot gold from a single chest more than once.
  • Fixes an issue whereby some skills were not properly removed after the player used the Potion of Clearance.
  • Fixes an issue with target locking, which should now be more responsive.
  • Introduces a number of changes in selected game-world areas to prevent players from unexpectedly progressing quests or leaving the playable area by climbing certain elements of the landscape.
  • Fixes an issue where sometimes players could not use Signs after reaching Skellige for the first time.
  • Fixes an issue where damage from certain sources was incorrectly calculated.
  • Fixes an issue where the durability of alternative weapons did not drop as intended.
  • Fixes an issue where the game would remain in slow motion if the player had used manual targeting.
  • Fixes an issue whereby meditation could be blocked by certain quests.
  • Fixes an issue where Stamina did not always regenerate properly.
  • Fixes an issue where Geralt's statistics could be multiplied if the player stood in a Dimeritium bomb cloud while the Cluster skill was activated.
  • Introduces a number of fixes, improvements and clarifications in the map-pins and objectives for multiple quests.
  • Fixes an issue where in certain circumstances gravity ceased to apply to the player's horse.
  • Adds a stash for player convenience. Players can now store loot in their stash, access to which is available in different parts of the world. Stash locations are marked on the map.
  • Fixes an issue whereby the player's horse would often stop abruptly before bridges or other narrow passages.
  • Fixes an issue whereby encumbrance was not updating correctly, resulting in players being overburdened where in fact they were not.
  • Fixes a rare issue where players were unable to choose different Signs.
  • Fixes an issue where the player was sometimes unable to craft glyphs.
  • Fixes an issue where not all merchants would accept junk loot.
  • All crafting components and alchemy ingredients now weigh nothing.
  • Fixes an issue where certain armor/hairstyle combinations interacted incorrectly.
  • Fixes an issue where instances of the Quen Sign would occasionally burst during dialogue scenes.
  • Fixes a rare issue where the player could not play gwent with Madame Serenity at the Passiflora.
  • The Zoltan gwent card should now always be present beneath the Hanged Man's Tree if the player does not win it earlier in White Orchard.
  • Fixes a rare issue where players could not talk to, or play gwent with, the innkeeper at the Inn at the Crossroads.
  • Includes a number of wording and spelling fixes in multiple localized versions.
  • Introduces a number of improvements in the game streaming system. Players should experience fewer blurred textures, NPC spawn times should be markedly reduced, and there should be an overall improvement in the speed with which game assets are loaded. Streaming system improvements should be most noticeable on consoles and systems with non-SSD drives.
  • Improves performance in the swamps of the No Man's Land region.
  • Fixes an issue whereby the presence of fog could adversely affect game performance.
  • Optimizes various FX which should result in improved performance during the Battle of Kaer Morhen quest.
  • Introduces a number of optimizations that improve overall performance throughout the game.
  • Improves overall game performance.
  • Fixes an issue where Keira's magic bubble could adversely affect performance.
  • Fixes an issue whereby the mouse cursor would remain visible during in-game video playback.
  • Adds a warning if the user runs out of disk space and wants to crate a new game save.
  • Fixes an issue whereby Colorblind mode was not properly saved.
  • Fixes an issue whereby Zoltan would sometimes appear in the incorrect location after the Novigrad, Closed City quest.
  • Fixes an issue during the Last Wish quest whereby Geralt would continue his conversation with Yennefer after they parted.
  • Fixes an issue where two simultaneous instances of some characters would appear in a scene in the Broken Flowers quest.
  • Fixes an issue whereby some objectives were not available to the player and would be automatically failed during the Battle of Kaer Morhen quest..
  • Fixes an issue where in certain circumstances Lambert did not board the boat during the Final Trial quest.
  • Fixes an issue where in certain circumstances Madame Serenity was improperly placed during the Deadly Plot quest.
  • Fixes an issue where the Fake Papers quest would be failed if the player did not mention that one of the brothers was dead.
  • Fixes an issue whereby players would sometimes be unable to start the final horse race, The Heroes' Pursuits: For the Goddess' Glory! in Skellige.
  • Fixes an issue where unintended objects were present in Novigrad after the Battle of Kaer Morhen quest.
  • Fixes an issue where a progression break could occur if Geralt was knocked out by guards while following the Bloody Baron during the Family Matters quest.
  • Fixes an issue where players were sometimes unable to interact with a torch in the Get Junior quest.
  • Fixes an issue where players could sometimes experience an infinite loading screen during the Iron Maiden quest.
  • Fixes an issue where in certain circumstances players could encounter a blocker during the Contract: The Apiarian Phantom quest. Players who have encountered this bug need to backtrack to the frozen hive and examine the footprints around it again.
  • Fixes an issue whereby the player could get locked inside a room during the Through Time and Space quest.
  • Fixes an issue where on rare occasions players were unable to progress the game after the Get Junior quest, specifically upon reaching Vernon Roche's camp.
  • Fixes an issue whereby purchasing wine during the It Takes Three to Tango quest would not always progress the quest properly.
  • Fixes an issue where the In Wolf's Clothing quest did not progress properly after the player read Morkvarg's journal.
  • Fixes an issue where on some rare occasions players were unable to interact with the Wild Hunt soldier's body during the Echoes of the Past quest.
  • Fixes an issue whereby Keira would not always properly use the portal during the For the Advancement of Learning quest if asked to go to Kaer Morhen.
  • Fixes an issue where the Scoia'tael from Novigrad was not always available to play in the Gwent quest.
  • Fixes an issue where the player could get blocked inside a cellar during the King's Gambit quest.
  • Fixes an issue where in certain situations the player was unable to find Triss during the Final Preparations quest.
  • Fixes an issue where occasionally the Kingfisher tavern was left without an innkeeper after the Now or Never quest.
  • Fixes an issue where Yennefer was not spawned in Oxenfurt during the Great Escape quest.
  • Fixes a rare issue where Captain Wolverstone was not at the Golden Sturgeon when intended.
  • Fixes a rare issue where the bodyguards in the Reason of State quest were not hostile.
  • Fixes a rare issue where the griffin would not always appear in the Contract: The Creature from the Oxenfurt Forest quest.
  • Fixes an issue where the wyvern would not appear in the Contract: Phantom of the Trade Route quest.
  • Fixes an issue with enlisting Sukrus from Skellige to be Hattori's bodyguard in the Of Swords and Dumplings quest.
  • Fixes a rare issue whereby the visions in the Echoes of the Past quest were not displayed.
  • The Contract: Devil by the Well quest no longer counts towards the Geralt: The Professional achievement.
  • Fixes a rare issue when the player could not speak with Lambert at Kaer Morhen during the Final Trial quest.
  • Fixes a rare issue where players could not always complete the Hey, You Wanna Look at my Stuff? quest.
  • Fixes an issue where players were sometimes unable to summon a horse after the Fencing Lessons quest.
  • Fixes an issue where in the Scavenger Hunt: Viper School Gear quest the gate to the mausoleum was locked.
  • Fixes an issue where players could not use Signs or swords after the fistfight at the Rosemary and Thyme during the Broken Flowers quest.
  • Fixes a rare issue whereby players could not examine the source of interference during the Disturbance quest.
  • Fixes an issue with the Dirty Funds quest.
  • Fixes a rare issue with a loading screen in the Contract: The Phantom of Eldberg quest.
  • Fixes a issue with a loading screen at Aeramas' residence during the Of Dairy and Darkness quest.
  • Fixes an issue where quest givers for the Deadly Delights and Jenny o' the Woods contracts would disappear.
  • Introduces a number of improvements to overall game stability.
  • Fixes an issue where the Potion of Clearance would pop into the quick slot if the player ran out of food.
  • Adds a Books tab to the Inventory panel.
  • Introduces a number of additional loading screen hints.
  • Introduces a pinning feature for formulae and diagrams. Ingredients and components for pinned formulae/diagrams are highlighted in the shop view. This should greatly facilitate the purchase of currently needed elements.
  • Introduces a feature whereby currently equipped items are highlighted in the Repair panel, facilitating prioritization of items needing repair.
  • Adds a feature whereby read and unread books are marked differently in the Inventory panel.
  • The list of all available DLC packages is now displayed in the Main Menu/Options/Downloadable Content submenu for better clarity.

There's still no release date for this major patch.

Saturday - July 11, 2015

Witcher 3 - About the upcoming Expansions @ GameSkinny

by Hiddenx, 08:20

GameSkinny reports that the combined size of the upcoming Witcher3 expansions will equal the size of the The Witcher 2:

In an interview with Gamereactor, Konrad Tomaszkiewicz, the game director for Witcher 3, provided some insight on the upcoming expansion packs on the already massive RPG. The first expansion is about 10 hours, and the second one is 20 hours--so far. This can still change, as they add more content. To add some perspective to just how large these expansions will be, Tomaszkiewicz said the size of both combined will amount to the size of Witcher 2

The first expansion, Hearts of Stone, is set to be released in October this year for $9.99. The Second expansion, Blood and Wine, is set to be released within the first 3 months of 2016 for $19.99. They can be purchased separately or part of the expansion pass for $24.99.

As far as paid DLC goes, fans are always a bit tentative. That being said, these massive expansions are said to be story heavy. Included will be brand new cutscenes, charachters, items and of course, Gwent cards. Tomaszkiewicz said the new stories will be emotional and feels like fans will be happy.

CD Projekt RED has been doing a great job as far as DLCs go. The free DLC packs that were available as the game was released were a definite crowd pleaser. They had a solid amount of quests and armot sets, all for free. It'll be interesting to see what they have in store as far as paid content goes. By the sounds of it, the expansion packs will be game changing and will definitely enhance your adventure.

 

Tuesday - July 07, 2015

Witcher 3 - Patch 1.07

by Hiddenx, 06:29

There will be no free DLC for The Witcher 3 this week, because CD Project Red is working on the 1.07 patch:

As some of you may know, we are finishing up work on our next big patch, Patch 1.07. It’s a very large update introducing some key changes, including:

  • A new, alternative (optional) movement response mode for Geralt.
  • A player stash for storing items, available in various locations throughout the game. Stash locations are marked on the player's map.
  • Crafting and alchemy components no longer add to the overall inventory weight.
  • Books are now placed in a dedicated tab in the Inventory and books that have already been read are properly grayed out.
  • Multiple sorting options are now available in the Inventory.
  • Alchemy formulas and crafting diagrams can be "pinned", meaning all components and ingredients required to make them will be conveniently marked in the Shop panel.
  • Dozens of fixes for quest related issues, both major and minor.
  • A few performance enhancements, including the optimization of FX, scenes and general gameplay.
  • Various improvements to horse behavior.

Since it's been all hands on deck working to finish and release this patch on time, we won’t be publishing a free DLC this week (don’t worry - free content comes back next week). We hope you understand our decision. We’ve gathered so much feedback from you over the past couple of weeks and we want to implement as much of it as possible. The full change list for the patch 1.07 will be coming later this week. Stay tuned for info about the release of the update itself.

Thanks henriquejr & BrianOConnell for the info!

Sunday - July 05, 2015

Witcher 3 - Triss Romance Will Be Modified

by Gorath, 16:48

CM Marcin Momot posted in the CD Project forums that CDPR is going to re-work the Triss content in The Witcher 3 based on the user feedback in this 900+ pages long thread.

Just to let everyone know. We pay very close attention to everything you guys write in this thread. We will be addressing this situation by adding/changing some dialogue stuff in the future - more info on this will come later so pardon my scarce input for the time being. This should help with the immersion. And once again, thank you all for your valuable feedback.

 And when asked about new content:

I wouldn't go as far as calling it new content. We will be implementing small additions and tweaks in character dialogues that should please many folks in this thread. :)

Tuesday - June 30, 2015

Witcher 3 - New Free Quest

by Hiddenx, 07:19

Later this week one new DLC will be released: Where the Cat and Wolf Play

Spotted by henriquejr

 

Saturday - June 27, 2015

Witcher 3 - Review @ RPG Codex

by Hiddenx, 08:18

The Codex is able to review a mainstream game: Angthoron about the Witcher 3:

What can be said about the writing of Witcher 3, then? Well - simply put, it is one of the best-written games to have come out in well over a decade. Perhaps even the best-written RPG since Torment, tackling serious topics and pulling no punches, placing the player in a position of one of the last sane men in an increasingly insane world and never shying away from showing what insanity actually is while avoiding the pitfalls of cheap shock value. The mundaneness of cruelty; the commonness of greed, treason, cowardice; the quiet acceptance of murder, rape, despair, racism and hate - Witcher 3 is all about that. Witcher 3 is about total war without its typical glamor.
(...)
The atmosphere of Witcher 3 does its best to support the writing - and succeeds to do it almost perfectly. Visual and audio design serve to reinforce the writing and create a sense of place. The world hardly feels like a theme park - instead, it is a fairly logical, if occasionally repetitive.
(...)
Still, the world is realistic and rich with detail - from the finally realistically depicted outskirts of a major medieval-like city (undesireables and underclass living outside the city walls, miles and miles of farmland all around - thank you CDPR, I wanted to see this for nearly two decades) to tiny shrines to a deity or to Eternal Fire seemingly in the middle of nowhere, the minute details are what makes the world stand out and feel lived in. Tiny hamlets full of peasants going about their business, refugee camps full of the sick and the hungry, city squares bursting with activity - the developers spared no expense in making the world of Witcher 3 feel alive - thankfully, remembering that ambient sound is an important part of game's atmosphere, too.
(...)
Witcher 3 does not invent the wheel with its quests or their structure. Just as before in the series, the game's quests divide into main quests that are dedicated to the development of the characters as well as to the major changes in regional politics, and into the side quests and monster hunts, the smaller, more localized affairs. Curiously, the side quests, an item that has drawn my ire for years in the products of AAA industry due to the great levels of half-assedness, are actually very well fleshed out in Witcher 3.
(...)
Choice and consequence are frequent in both the main quest and the side/bounty quests - the options rarely break the limit of being binary, perhaps, but the strength of Witcher 3's C&C is not in per-quest variety or material reward - it's in the writing and acting dedicated to the choices; it's in the frequently interesting morality issues, and it's in the short-term and long-term consequence, and as such, it is a great deal more satisfying than a simple reward of a pile of gold coins a-la BioWare's masterful prose-crafting, or Pillars of Eternity's wondrous infodumps. The game's quests feel like dealing with an actual situation that affects actual people rather than helping a humanoid quest-loot-information dispensers. The quests are also usually logical, though an occasional cultural reference or a bit of silliness (like having to find a goat) do slip through. Still, even such quests are not without a place, providing a bit of a chuckle or a change of pace in an otherwise grim world.
(...)

Thursday - June 25, 2015

Witcher 3 - Marcin Iwinski interview @ GameTrailers

by Myrthos, 12:40

Gametrailers talks with Marcin Iwinski about what he is doing at E3 and what's next for The Witcher 3 (DLCs, Expansions). In the very last minute they ask if Cyberpunk 2077 will be shown at the next E3 and there is no answer on that.

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Monday - June 22, 2015

Witcher 3 - More DLCs

by Aries100, 20:31

From the Witcher's Facebook site comes news that there will be 2 new DLCs released for this game this week:

Two new FREE DLCs coming out later this week are:
- new quest - "Contract: Skellige's Most Wanted",
- Skellige Armor Set.
Last week's missing DLCs will be also released with this upcoming pack.

You can discuss this on the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt forums here.

Sunday - June 21, 2015

Witcher 3 - Review @ gamesTM

by Hiddenx, 08:31

Another favorable review for The Witcher 3 - gamesTM:

The Witcher 3 surprised us. Sure, we had been primed to expect to find ourselves let loose in a gargantuan open world, but we can’t be the only ones who, calloused by the characteristic bombast of triple-A marketing, were at least a little cynical about how the fantasy we were being sold ahead of release would look in reality. As it turns out, the game is startlingly close to being everything CD Projekt Red claimed it would be.

That’s most obvious when it comes to the game’s sheer scale. Travelling through thick forests and open plains, small villages and huge cities, you gradually begin to appreciate how staggeringly colossal Wild Hunt’s world is. To say we are impressed by the scale of The Witcher 3 doesn’t quite capture what it is that makes it so brilliant, however. The fact that a game is big does not in and of itself make it compelling. The trick is to leverage that scale in such a way that it impacts on your relationship with the world that you’re exploring in a meaningful way – that is what Wild Hunt achieves and that is what makes it such a fantastic game. (...)

Final Score: 9 - Unquestionably a Game Of The Year contender

Tuesday - June 16, 2015

Witcher 3 - DLCs

by Hiddenx, 23:41

With most bugs fixed in version 1.05/1.06 the Witcher also has got two new free DLCs according to Gamespot:

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's free DLC campaign rolls on with two new pieces of add-on content, comprising a new quest and an alternative costume for Triss.

Check out the chart below for a full breakdown of the new content.

You can also watch a video that shows you exactly where to find the content and how it looks in the game itself.

This content is the latest in CD Projekt Red's plan to release 16 free add-ons for The Witcher 3. Last week's free content took the form of new Gwent cards and a pig quest. More add-ons will be released through June and into July.

The Witcher 3 is also getting paid DLC later this year with Hearts of Stone, which launches in October. Another expansion, Blood and Wine, is coming in 2016.

Treasure Hunt Quest around WOLF set - upgradable (4 lvl) armor + set of upgradable (4 lvl) swords - silver and steel th1009 Adventure awaits! Embark on an epic treasure hunt and get your hands on a long-lost elite set of Wolf School witcher gear! quest phase activation You can buy maps from Lindenvale merchant, Hattori, Kaer Trolde armorer, Kaeir Muire smith, armorer in Novigrad main square or just find places of treasure hunts in Kaer Morhen
Triss alternative costume Love to play dress up? Now you can with this exclusive new look for Triss Merigold. menu option will switch Triss basic costume with all variations (e.g. blood, hood etc.)

Thanks, henriquejr!

 

Sunday - June 14, 2015

Witcher 3 - And the Budget Was ...

by Gorath, 05:30

GamersGlobal.de pulled some info about The Witcher 3's budget out of a Polish interview with the CDPR CEO. The official numbers converted to EUR are 29M€ for the game and another 31M€ for marketing.

Wednesday - June 10, 2015

Witcher 3 - 100 Word Review @ The Sydney Morning Herald

by Hiddenx, 08:02

Tim Biggs reviewed the Witcher 3 in just 100 words:

A triumph of open-world roleplaying, the Polish, literary origins of this complex, sexy game make for a stark contrast against its bawdy American and bombastic Japanese contemporaries.

Part detective story, part sprawling European fantasy, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is dark, grounded, and contains a dangerous amount of lore and land to explore. It's violent, but also unafraid of broaching themes of war, racism and sexuality in a genuinely mature way.

Protagonist Geralt is quietly heroic and refreshingly complex, his foes vile and deadly, but morality is never black and white. This is a game where even the monsters and your enemies have complex stories and motivations.

 

Tuesday - June 09, 2015

Witcher 3 - DLC Rumors @ Irish Examiner

by Hiddenx, 20:34

henriquejr found this interesting rumor based on SteamDB entry for The Witcher 3:

CD Project RED has done an amazing job of keeping The Witcher 3 in the news post-release. Whether that's by responding to player issues with quick patches and a strong social media presence or with their planned 8 weeks of free DLC, keeping up an impressive two new pieces a week.

And we might have an idea of what's coming up next week - which is week 4 of 8 if you're keeping count. SteamDB has an info sheet which reveals some interesting details, including a breakdown of the size and titles of the DLC to date, as well as a couple of extra pieces we haven't seen yet.

The data is incomplete, probably because they aren't quite ready for release yet, but it looks like we're getting a new mission next week, as well as some extra Gwent cards. We haven't spent much time with the made up card game Gwent yet but by all accounts its quite good fun as a bit of a copy of Magic The Gathering. And any new free content is a thing to celebrate.

As ever, this information shouldn't be taken as any kind of official confirmation of the DLC, and we wouldn't be surprised if CD Project RED swap some of the content now that it has been leaked.

Witcher 3 - Open Letter From Marcin Iwinski

by Myrthos, 16:48

Co-founder of CD Project Red, Marcin Iwiński, has written an open letter in which he thanks the players of The Witcher 3.

Dear Gamers,

May 19th was a crucial date for all of us here at CD PROJEKT RED -- we released The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, our open world role-playing game that we had been hard at work on for over 3 years. Since day one, you have given us tons of positive feedback and support -- the sheer volume of emails we’ve gotten since launch simply congratulating us for our efforts is both epic and heartwarming, and I wish every developer comes to have such a fantastic community. In terms of media reception, we’re really humbled by the scores the game has received all around the world. With an average of 90+ on every platform, Wild Hunt is our dream coming true.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the four million gamers worldwide who bought The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in the first two weeks from launch. Four million RPG fans spending their hard-earned money on our game is a sign that we did something right, and you can be sure that we’ll harness all that positive energy and make the upcoming expansions worthy of the grand adventure that you’re telling us Wild Hunt already is! Until then, keep on enjoying Wild Hunt, do not forget to grab your weekly set of free DLCs, and stay tuned for constant updates and enhancement to the game we are continuously working on.

Dandelion once said to Geralt that the world is changing, the sun is setting, and vodka’s running out -- go, play, and have fun!


All the best,
Marcin Iwiński
Co-founder, CD PROJEKT RED

Witcher 3 - The Women of...

by Hexprone, 05:22

At Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Richard Corbett considers the role of women in The Wild Hunt, which he finds has deepened quite a bit since the "porny little cards" of the first game.

One of the best things about The Witcher III is that it shows how far CD Projekt has come in just a few short years. We see it in world and quest design, in writing, in graphical technology and in scale, and all those speak for themselves. One of the biggest surprises though is how far it’s climbed in terms of female representation over the years – from one of the industry’s biggest targets to a high watermark others would be well advised to treat as the new baseline. 

[...]

The skill with with The Witcher III does all this is all the more impressive for the fact that it sits comfortably next to so much stuff that might otherwise start feeling icky – the constant hookers and strumpets for instance, or at least a couple of villains whose evil is shown using the Tortured Naked Lady School of Exposition.

And if you do still want pretty ladies on cards, hey, at least there’s always Gwent.

keira

Source: Rock, Paper, Shotgun

Monday - June 08, 2015

RPGWatch - The Witcher 3 Review

by Myrthos, 12:54

After finishing The Witcher 3, Maylander was conviced to write up a review about the game for us. So here are his thoughts.

All in all, I would actually have preferred if they had cut down the scope a little in order to enhance the main quest or side quests even further, or to increase the amount of major C&C (choices and consequences). There is quite a bit of C&C in the game, and CDP proves yet again that they’re very good at such implementations, as the C&C are excellent. There’s just not enough of it, especially related to the save game import feature: The C&C in The Witcher 2 was among the best I’ve ever seen, with loads of political implications, yet hardly any the decisions have an impact in The Witcher 3. In fact, that’s probably my biggest disappointment with the game: I really enjoyed that aspect of The Witcher 2 and was hoping to see what they’d do with it. Ah well. If anyone’s going to get it right at some point, it is probably CDP, as their C&C implementation in The Witcher 2 really is second to none. Alpha Protocol, Arcanum and a few others are on a similar level, but I can’t think of any game that’s actually better.

He scores the game with, the not often reached, 5 stars, which for the record in our reviewing system means:

An outstanding game that will be remembered as a classic. A score of 5 indicates a game that is equal to the best gameplay available in the genre at the time of writing. It is, however, important to understand this does not represent an absolutely flawless game.

Saturday - June 06, 2015

Witcher 3 - Review @ GameBanshee

by Hiddenx, 23:37

GameBanshee likes the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, too:

Introduction

I have never been as glad to eat crow as I am now, as I write this review for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the threequel that puts the cap on the videogame saga of Geralt of Rivia, the monster slayer originally created by renowned Polish fantasy author Andrzej Sapkwoski.

Back in March of 2013, when the title was announced as an open-world game, I immediately lowered my expectations. As talented as the folks of CD Projekt RED are, open-world games tend to be massive undertakings that require sacrifices compared to more linear titles. The bigger they are, the bigger the sacrifices, and The Witcher 3 promised to be a very, very big title.

In my mind there were two, very likely possibilities: The Witcher 3 would come out as either a massively unpolished, nigh-unfinished title, CD Projekt's own Gothic 3, or as a game that sacrificed the focus on storytelling and quest design of the first two in favor of cookie-cutter, easy-to-design quests.

And yet, somehow, CD Projekt has managed to pull it off. A few small sacrifices might have been made along the road, yes, but this is still a Witcher title through and through, only on a massive scale that rivals big AAA productions. And it's very, very good.

Witcher 3 - Game of the Month @ GameSpot

by Hiddenx, 11:48

GameSpot declared The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to 'Game of the Month May 2015':

In May of 2015, it was The Witcher this and The Witcher that. All Witcher, all the time, it seemed, and for good reason: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a phenomenal role-playing game and a worthy recipient of the public's attention.

(...)

Alas and alack, Geralt's silver sword has vanquished these monsters in the race for Game of the Month of May, 2015. You can nitpick its specific elements, but it's hard to deny that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a great accomplishment. Geralt, the witcher of the game's title, is a stoic presence in an unwelcome world. As he navigates one of gaming's exquisitely crafted lands, he witnesses couples finding love amid horror and politicians enduring the turbulence of unhappy citizens. Choice and consequence take on new meaning as you alter the course of people's lives, all while galloping across mysterious bogs and battling ferocious, awe-inspiring monsters.

No game has it all, but The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has an air of totality, giving you everything you might want in an open-air RPG, feeling simultaneously enormous and intimate, thus creating personal connections in kingdoms that stretch on for many miles. Congratulations, The Witcher 3, for inspiring in us a great urge to explore--and for earning GameSpot's award for May 2015's Game of the Month.

Friday - June 05, 2015

Witcher 3 - What Bethesda Can Learn

by Hexprone, 20:01

It's not news, but I think Alistair Pinsof at TechRaptor makes some good points in this editorial about what CD Projekt Red got right in Wild Hunt that Bethesda often gets wrong. This is all feedback Bethesda has heard before, but as they're gearing up for FO4 I hope they're hearing it loud and clear.

Recognize player choice in small moments, not just big ones

Open world games tempt us to see where we can go and what we can we get away with, but for all our silly crimes and antics it seems these virtual worlds rarely recognize our curiosity. [...] Yet, Witcher 3 — a title by a relatively small Polish studio and featuring state-of-the-art graphics — brings this back to the open world game.

We see major story moments recognized by characters in Mass Effect and Skyrim. It’s expected at this point. What’s unexpected is a character sending me on a mission to an area and my character commenting I previously went there — even though I did this out of my own curiosity with no attached mission. 

Give enemies a variety of strengths and tactics

Bethesda has come a long way from the stiff combat of Arena, but the developer still struggles to provide combat that remains engaging from a game’s beginning to end. [...] After 20 hours in Skyrim, I was on autopilot. [...] In Witcher 3, you’ll be forced to face enemies that will demand you use of spells you might not regularly use or play in a defensive style that doesn’t suit the aggressive one you used on ghouls early on. 

Pace the journey; don’t frontload the most exciting moments

Bethesda has a habit of providing the most memorable moment of its games within the first 3 hours and never having an equal moment again. Whether its blowing up Megaton or escaping/battling a dragon, Bethesda seems more interested in bringing in players via a press-conference-friendly opening than giving a narrative with an ebb-and-flow.

In contrast, Witcher 3’s opening is quiet, subtle and true to the focus of the game: letting the player explore the countryside at a leisurely place and make discoveries off the beaten path.

Give romance sub-plots nuance and depth

The Witcher series has come a long way from the controversial collectible sex cards in the original that limited romance to a crude novelty.  

Gating world exploration by difficulty

As the market for open-world RPGs grew, Bethesda decided to make games more accessible by easing the difficulty and letting players explore its game worlds freely without higher level enemies getting in the way, with few exceptions.

It’s humiliating charging into a small group of bandits in Witcher 3 and dying without even getting a hit in [...] but I came to appreciate this aspect ofWitcher 3 in time. CD Projekt Red tells its player to respect the world and its obstacles, while Bethesda prefer to provide a sandbox where the world must respect the player’s incompetence and naivete. Maybe with Bethesda’s upcoming title we can have both. 

Source: TechRaptor

Witcher 3 - Patch 1.05 for PC Released

by Aries100, 19:08

From GearNuke comes news that patch 1.05 for PC for this game. 

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Patch 1.05 is now live on the PC for Steam and GOG Galaxy users. The patch is about 248.4 MB in size and contains the fix for the XP bug that rendered player's progress useless by giving them no experience points after completing quests. If you have The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on Steam, the latest patch should have started downloading automatically on PC. If you want to manually download it, you can check out the link below.

Here are some of the changes - you can view all of the changelog here.

Geralt will not longer interact with candles near chests and other interactive elements.
General stability and performance improvements
Significantly Enlarged GUI and HUD elements (including fonts) on consoles and slightly on PC.
Improved camera smoothness
Performance improvements during some cutscenes.
Fixed case where game was crashing on loading a save in certain situations
Various bug fixes and user experience improvements in GUI panels.
Fixed issue where some players were unable to run after Wandering in the Dark quest
Fixed issue where players were unable to talk to Eight after the Lord of Undvik quest 

Wednesday - June 03, 2015

Witcher 3 - 10 Ways to Waste Time

by Aries100, 14:41

Red Bull has penned an editorial on the 10 best ways to waste time in this game. One of the more alcoholic one is this one:

Go on a pub crawl
........ Skip all of that and just take Geralt on a wild pub crawl instead. Start at the Seven Cats Inn (which has, surprise, seven cats loitering outside) in Novigrad, then pop to the The Kingfisher and grab a few tankards before making your way to several more inns in the city, including the Rosemary and Thyme (and leave the Gwent battling for later). And that's just Novigrad. With such a huge world, and so many cities and towns with inns and taverns, you'll spend plenty of time venturing from one to the next, swigging a tankard of ale between each venue and attempting to not get into fights with the locals. Just remember: don't drink and ride...

Another suggestion is this one:

Play detective Many of the quests that you're saddled with throughout the game need you to make full use of your Witcher Sense; an innate ability that Geralt is able to tap into to discover hidden things. Whether that's finding keys stashed away, footprints in the mud leading to loot or even strange smells in the air, you can use your Witcher Sense to put you on the right track to the unknown.... We don't think Geralt would rock a fedora though.

Tuesday - June 02, 2015

Witcher 3 - This Week's Free DLC

by Myrthos, 16:02

This week's free DLC for The Witcher 3 consists of a Nilfgaardian Armor Set for Geralt and an Elite Crossbow Pack.

CD Projekt Red has announced the contents of the fifth and sixth free DLC bundles coming to The Witcher 3 later this week.

So far we received a Temerian Armor Set and an array of additional beards and hairstyles for Geralt in the week following launch. This was then followed by a new Witcher Contract quest and skin for Yennefer.

Now we've got a new Nilfgaardian Armor Set for Geralt, along with an Elite Crossbow Pack. The armor and one of the crossbows come from the Baron's Quartermaster in No Man's Land, with more crossbows found at the Skellige Kaer Trolde Castle Blacksmith and the Novigrad Fancy Shop Owner.

Thanks henriquejr.

Monday - June 01, 2015

Witcher 3 - Review @ Danish Newspaper Berlingske

by Aries100, 16:37

Danish mainstrem newpaper Berlingske has written a very positive review for this game. The score is 6 out of 6 stars. The link will for obvious reasons go to the Danish review, but here's a link to translation done via Google Translate. You can go to either of the links, but you use the link to Berlingske, be sure to open it an either privacy or incognito state. The text is the same, of course, but you might want to check out the layout of the original article.

The review is entitled A Bewitching Masterpiece: 

There are moments in the best game I can not possibly describe. These are the moments when the experience is moving away from the good, the alluring and toward the unbelievable, the all-consuming. I feel always when it happens, though conscious thoughts about it first materializes later.Maybe I keep physically weather during the fighting.Maybe I leave the game due to history and start exploring the world, I have moved myself into, for that reason alone, that's fantastic to be.Maybe start some of the game's themes and game alter ego to sneak into my real life.It's not as scary as it sounds - it is contrary energizing. In other words, I love to give myself completely to the sublime computer games, and "The Witcher 3 - Wild Hunt" is one of them.

Sunday - May 31, 2015

Witcher 3 - The 10 Worst Features

by Aries100, 15:50

GameReactor has written a very interesting editorial about the 10 worst thing they see in the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. A quote on the Inventory Management:

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt offers an almost overwhelming number of items. There are lots of herbs, potions, useless objects, and an endless number of additional items that will end up filling your inventory. The problem comes when you try to decide what to do with all your accumulated trinkets. Should you sell them and become rich, dismantle them in order to get raw materials, or perhaps simply just keep them for nostalgia's sake? The easy option is to walk around like a kleptomaniac collecting every single object on the way, because you never know if you'll need it later.

A quote about the horse:

Roach, the loyal steed Geralt rides through swamps and forests, can be a total pain sometimes. It's obvious that CD Projekt Red have been inspired by Read Dead Redemption and Shadow of the Colossus, two games with excellent mechanics when it comes to horse riding, but we've still found some control issues. The first one happens when you call Roach. If you call her in the middle of a city, she will dodge most obstacles by jumping or walking round them, but she will take a while to work out how get past them and thus to your position. The second and most remarkable problem occurs with all the horses in the game, and it happens when you go into battle. 

Saturday - May 30, 2015

Witcher 3 - Review @ Rock, Paper, Shotgun

by Hiddenx, 11:55

Another favorable review for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. This time Richard Cobbet of Rock, Paper, Shotgun praises the game. A snippet:

I could talk for hours about all the great bits I found. Geralt’s awful sense of humour, where every joke falls flat until he meets Yennifer and the two end up having a pun-war about werewolves. The many weird and wonderful characters, important and throwaway. The Bloody Baron storyline that takes on some savagely heavy themes with surprising skill, not forgiving the unforgivable, but still finding a degree of sympathy. The way that the combat, while seemingly simple and clumsy at the start, grows with you over the game to become something of a ballet by the end, as well as the options to approach things more tactically by gathering various oils and potions in advance – though to be honest, I came to wish that this was more core to the game, rather than it always offering the out of just earning a few more levels and button-mashing away. You shouldn’t be able to out-level something like a werewolf or an ancient god, and being able to feels like a betrayal.

(...)

Not a single one of those things, nor all of them put together in one great big failblob manages to tarnish what a wonderful time I had with The Witcher 3. None of it stopped it being one of the most exciting, varied, warmest, funniest RPGs that I’ve ever played, where I wanted to do every mission that came along just to see what it wanted. None of them, nor even the fact that by the end I was getting desperate to finish the damn thing, stopped me being sad when it was over and thrilled to know that there are two big expansions coming. I absolutely adored The Witcher 3. I wish I could wipe my memory and play it again from the start with more time, and no memory of what was coming. But maybe a Post-It note to say ‘increase the difficulty a bit, you wuss.’

Rating: (flawed) Masterpiece

Witcher 3 - 15 Things to love about it @ Kotaku

by Hiddenx, 07:14

Kirk Hamilton (Kotaku Australia) tells us 15 things he loves about The Witcher 3:

There are a lot of big things that I like about The Witcher 3. But this game is full of charming moments and cool little details, too.

As I’ve been playing through for a second time, I’ve been paying closer attention to the smaller things. I thought I’d share some of my favourites.

Friday - May 29, 2015

Witcher 3 - How to Go to 1080p60

by Myrthos, 12:38

In Digital Foundry's guide the configuration of your CPU and graphics card is given, based on tests, which are needed to run The Withcher 3 at 60FPS and 1080p.

Here is what you get using a GTX 750 Ti:

Time after time, in game after game, two entry-level enthusiast graphics cards have proved their worth in supplying ballpark PlayStation 4-level visual quality and performance: AMD's Radeon R7 260X and Nvidia's GTX 750 Ti. Both of them have the mandatory minimum 2GB of VRAM, while the price vs performance ratio here is extraordinary - particularly in the case of the 260X, which is often found on sale for as little as £80.

For our tests with The Witcher 3, we worked through each visual setting in the PC game, aiming to achieve as close a match with the PlayStation 4 version as we could. After that, we ran through our benchmark sequence using two different CPUs - the Core i3 4130 and the Core i7 4790K. The idea is relatively straightforward: with the faster quad-core chip, we get to see how these graphics cards perform at their absolute best. When paired with the i3 though, we see a slightly different picture - GPU performance in combination with a more price-appropriate processor.

The results here are fascinating: AMD's Radeon R7 260X is the better, slightly faster, and cheaper card. However, owing to the less efficient driver, the card performs under-par when combined with a budget CPU. This is most noticeable in the third segment of the benching sequence, where we see noticeable stutter. Meanwhile, performance between i3 and i7 when paired with the GTX 750 Ti sees no material difference. This strongly suggests that the Nvidia card will provide the best overall sustained performance throughout the game.

Thursday - May 28, 2015

Witcher 3 - The Witcher World Video

by Myrthos, 22:48

Here is another video for The Witcher, which this time shows scenes from the game world.

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Witcher 3 - Review @ TechRaptor

by Hiddenx, 20:15

Andrew Otton (TechRaptor) has written an excellent review for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
Some snippets:

The Witcher 3 may offer you the opportunity to kill or let someone live, but they are for Geralt’s reasons. That doesn’t mean you aren’t playing some part in the story, as your decisions do have great consequences plenty of times. You’re the one setting the tone and deciding which way Geralt leans, but it is still ultimately Geralt giving you the options to choose from. Most of these decisions are difficult, have unforeseen effects, and may even crop up in other quests down the line. You’re often unaware of the power of those decisions until later down the line.

The exploration becomes even more compelling when you choose not to have the game guide you by turning off the minimap and other directions. Every quest will give you directions like “go West until you hit the lake, turn until you find the big rock and then head into the trees.” You can use the guiding system if you’d like, or you can try and figure it out for yourself which will really help engage you in the world. This is also great for randomly stumbling onto something out in the world as you guide yourself with nothing but the map.

One of the great things about the exploration is the lack of cookie cutter designs. Many of the caves you explore will be unique and often geared towards whatever resides inside. That is also true for buildings throughout The Witcher 3. Obviously, some of the smaller ones will be similar, as they are simply just four walls, but you’ll still be hard-pressed to find others with more complex designs sharing similar layouts. Taverns have a wide range from massive three story buildings filled with dark wood, to small ones with just a few tables and some planks for walls. The only similarity, again, you may find is in the simpler taverns that have little to work with. For the most part though, everything you run into will be unique.

Final Score: 10 = Classic

Summary : The Witcher 3 is one of those games that both meets expectations in most areas and surpasses it in some, leaving behind one of those games that will have a huge impact on all of gaming.

 

Wednesday - May 27, 2015

Witcher 3 - This Week's Free DLC Revealed

by Hexprone, 03:04

CD Projekt Red plans to release sixteen different little free DLC packages every week through the summer. The second of them was announced today. It ain't fancy, but it's free.

  • Contact: Missing Miners - Miners from a small Skellige village are disappearing. Investigate and find out what's happening.
  • Alternative Look for Yennefer - Check out this entirely new look for the mighty sorceress Yennefer of Vengerberg.

The first paid expansion, Hearts of Stone, is expected in October.

Source: GameSpot

Tuesday - May 26, 2015

Witcher 3 - The Wolven Storm Localization Video

by Myrthos, 22:18

A new video for The Witcher 3 has been released, named The Wolven Storm. The video is made to showcase the localization into 15 languages. 7 of them with full voice-overs while 8 offer subtitles.

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Witcher 3 - News Roundup # 2

by Aries100, 16:05

TechRaptor has done an analysis of the Wicther 3:Wild Hunt's opening, calls it brilliant. There will be some spoilers for the opening, so please read this at your own risk. A quote on how Geralt apparently is a father figure: 

Geralt's position as the father figure is most evident here as he scolds her some over leaving the work and discusses the blade work she had done. Given that a lot of the game centers around searching for Ciri as Geralt (and part of it is playing as Ciri), this is a hugely important relationship to set up. Many games have stiff dialogue here, but the down to earth dialogue along with movement during the tutorial manages to capture the feel perfectly and show you how they regard each other.

Worthplaying has written a PS4 review with a score of 9/10. The review is mostly positive, so here's a quote what the reviewer is not satisfied with in the game:

If I had one complaint about the open-world system, it's that there are a number of tiny nagging flaws that make it less enjoyable. The game does have a fast-travel system, you often end up far from a marker and need to hoof it a while to warp to where you want to go. You can speed this up as the game progresses, and when using a boat, you can warp to a fast-travel boat marker at any time. 

From Eurogamer comes news that Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been the biggest launch of 2015, at least so far:

Open-world role-playing game The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has scored the biggest UK release of the year so far, smashing Battlefield Hardline's week one sell through by an impressive 53 per cent. Launch week sales were up 608 per cent on its predecessor The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, which came out in 2011, although only for PC and then later on Xbox 360.

Monday - May 25, 2015

Witcher 3 - News Roundup

by Aries100, 21:19

GameRanx brings news that the next two free DLCs for this game will be released on May 27th. A quote:

This DLC includes a new contract for players to take up that is appropriately named "Missing Miners" and sends players on a mission to locate and rescue a group of miners that have gone missing. The second DLC item for this week will be an alternate look for Yennefer, one of the game's primary NPCs. 

VG 24/7 reports that the problem with saving games on Xbox One will be adressed in 
a patch.

According to a post on the official forums, Cd Projekt RED quest designer Philipp Weber said the team is "aware of the issue" and is treating it "very seriously." "We hope to put the fix in a patch as soon as possible," he wrote.

GameTrailers has made a review with a score 9.8/10 for this game.

Shacknews has an editorial about five things to be loved about the The Witcher 3, ranging from Geralt's beard to the Gwent game. A quote then, about bandits fighting in their underwear:

We get that times are tough, but at least put on some pants. The land is full of bandits that love fighting in little more than their skivvies, shoes, and a helmet. This is either an audacious act of intimidation to show that they don't need armor to fight you, or it's a clear sign that there's not much on them worth looting. Either way, naked bandits are abound, and it's up to you to teach them the merits of wearing pants. Then again, there's a scene where Geralt fights wearing just a bath towel, so maybe we shouldn't be so judgmental.

Kotaku's Phil Owen has written an editorial on how the longer he spends time with the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the faster he moves in it:

Once I became absorbed in The Witcher 3's main plot, I started sprinting more and more and now, even with a ways to go, I've irrevocably shifted into fast-and-furious mode. Unfortunately for me, that meant I spent nearly all of my weekend alone in my apartment playing this game, and I'm still not done yet. Hopefully I'm close, or else I'm going to lose tonight and the next couple days to it as well. This is a key reason why I've often harped on game length. It interferes with my life! It's not CD Projekt's fault I am what I am, though. 

Witcher 3 - Patch 1.04 Released

by Aries100, 17:26

Marcin Momot from CD Project RED announced today that Patch 1.04 for PC has been released. and is availble for download. A few quotes from the changelog.

-Rebinding of all keys is now available after switching on the ‘Unlock Bindings' option in the Options\Key Bindings submenu.-Corrects an issue in the dialogue system that might have caused dialogue looping in certain scenes.-Fixes an issue with incorrect behavior of Wild Hunt warriors after they were affected by the Axii Sign.-Corrects a bug that caused spontaneous combustion of gas clouds.-1280 x 720 resolution is now properly displayed as a valid resolution option.-Fixes boat stuttering in cutscenes.-Texture rendering quality for the high and ultra presets has been improved.-Further improvements made in NVIDIA Hairworks performance.

You can read the whole changelog here

According to Gameranx

The patch is out now and will automatically download on GOG and Steam.

Source: CD Projekt

Witcher 3 - Review @ stuff.co.nz

by Hiddenx, 08:20

Lee Henaghan (stuff.co.nz) says: "The Witcher 3 is raising the bar for epic Adventures".
A snippet from the review:

There are plenty of scantily-clad characters, but just as many are intelligent, strong and independent. Sections where you play as Ciri feature a powerful female lead and Geralt is rescued, protected or saved by female allies on several occasions.

In any case, using sexual imagery doesn't make fiction inherently sexist, in the same way that using racial imagery doesn't make it racist. Twelve Years a Slave featured some horrific scenes of racial violence, and was full of disgustingly bigoted characters but nobody would dream of calling it a racist film. Dismissing the Witcher 3 as sexist because of some revealing costumes and relatively tame sex scenes is just as ridiculous - there's so much more to it.

The game's morality, or lack thereof, is in the eye of the beholder. Several moments require you to make a make a judgment call on how to handle a situation, with your decisions having long-lasting effects on how the story plays out.

Score: 9.5/10

Sunday - May 24, 2015

Witcher 3 - Review @ AttackOfTheFanboy

by Hiddenx, 19:55

AttackOfTheFanboy loves The Witcher 3 - A snippet:

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt expects and rewards preparation above all else. Anybody who plays it like an Assassin’s Creed title or other action game will find themselves reloading frequently — I should know, because that’s how I initially approached it. Mashing attack might kill a few stray dogs, but that’s about it, as I found out. Side quests are all but mandatory, as enemies do not scale to the player’s level. It’s one among many ways that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt makes you feel like one man in a very large world. That’s one of the things I really appreciated about the game. The tutorial, if enabled, will nudge you once or twice, but afterwards will leave you with plenty of rope with which you are free to hang yourself with. Multiple save files are a must for this reason.
(...)

That’s where Gwent, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s amazing minigame, comes in. Gwent has its roots in games like Goofspiel, being a simple game to learn but a complex one to master. Supposedly an analogue for how a battle unfolds, Gwent sees players placing numbered cards across three different zones. The first player to have the highest numbers on their side of the board for two rounds wins. It’s not as crucial a part of the game as Triple Triad was for Final Fantasy VIII, but it was compelling enough that I had to force myself away from it, lest this turn into Gwent: A Review.

Final score: 4.5/5 - "loved"

Witcher 3 - Video Review @ Worth A Buy

by Hiddenx, 07:02

The Witcher 3 is a story-driven, next-generation open world role-playing game, set in a visually stunning fantasy universe, full of meaningful choices and impactful consequences. In The Witcher, you play as Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter tasked with finding a child from an ancient prophecy.

The Youtube channel Worth A Buy criticizes the game hard:

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Final rating: Thumbs Down - Not worth a buy!

 

Saturday - May 23, 2015

Witcher 3 - Review @ ActionTrip

by Hiddenx, 18:12

Uros "Vader" Pavlovic (ActionTrip) has reviewed The Witcher 3. A snippet:

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt continues the tale of the Witcher, Geralt, goes on a personal quest to find Ciri, a friend and an extraordinarily gifted swordfighter. On his travels to locate Ciri, Geralt stumbles upon on a mysterious force known as the Wild Hunt that had begun to ravage the Northern Kingdoms, laying waste to every town or village. During his journey through perilous lands, the Witcher now must face this formidable new foe as he heads out to search for Ciri.

So when they said that the map in this game is 20% bigger than Skyrime and both of the previous Witcher games, they weren’t fucking kidding. To put it as briefly as possible, I’ve been playing The Witcher 3 for well over 5 days. My attention was focused on one very large area, where I explored, went on random side-quests, and of course, tried to complete as much story-related quests as possible. After that, I was shocked to find just how insanely large the world in this game is. Initially I was overwhelmed by the kind of experience I haven’t felt since Skyrim, or to be fair, the more recent RPG, Dragon Age: Inquisition. However, The Witcher 3 has more appeal to me – certainly more so than both DAI and Skyrim. So, again when the developers said a few months back that the in-game world is huge, they were serious. It could take you anywhere up to 200 hours of play time to finish it, providing you stick to cleaning up every single quest that comes up.

Final Score: 9.4 Excellent


Friday - May 22, 2015

Witcher 3 - Patch 1.03 Released

by Gorath, 12:25

CD Projekt Red released patch 1.03 for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Here's the patch log:

This update introduces a range of stability and performances ehancements as well as allows users to take advantage of some additional graphics settings. 

Please find the detailed list of fixes below:
Improves stability in gameplay and the UI
Improves performance especially in cutscenes and gameplay
Fixes grass and foliage popping that could occur after density parameters were changed
Improves Nvidia Hairworks performance
Boosted texture anisotropy sampling to 16x on Ultra preset
Sharpen Post-process settings extended from Off/On to Off/Low/High
Blood particles will now properly appear after killing enemies on the water
Corrects a bug where player was able to shoot bolts at friendly NPCs
Improves menu handling
Corrects an issue with Stamina regeneration while sprinting
Fixes a cursor lock issue that sometimes occcured when scrolling the map
Generally improves world map focus
Improves input responsiveness when using keyboard
Corrects some missing translations in the UI
Corrects an issue in dialogue selections
Rostan Muggs is back
Minor SFX improvements

Thursday - May 21, 2015

Witcher 3 - CD Projekt tackles downgrade issue [Update]

by Hexprone, 04:29

Apparently there is some kind of controversy about the graphics in the commercial release of The Witcher 3 not matching a promo video from a couple of years ago. What do the people at CD Projekt have to say for themselves? They've talked with Eurogamer:

Eurogamer: Did the console versions restrict the PC version?

"If the consoles are not involved there is no Witcher 3 as it is," answers company founder Marcin Iwinski. "We can lay it out that simply. We just cannot afford it, because consoles allow us to go higher in terms of the possible or achievable sales; have a higher budget for the game, and invest it all into developing this huge, gigantic world.

"Developing only for the PC: yes, probably we could get more [in terms of graphics] as there would be nothing else [...] But then we cannot afford such a game."

Studio head Adam Badowski confirms that the trailer shown at the VGX tradeshow was captured PC footage of the game as it existed at that time, but that the rendering system was changed after the creation of the trailer, partly to avoid the demands of dynamic lighting in a huge open world.

Also , Eurogamer reminds us that:

a big patch with 600 changes - including improvements to graphics and graphical settings - was sent to certification today (Wednesday 20th May), and will take between five and seven days to clear. 

In addition, CD Projekt Red will patch the game to allow editing of .ini files on PC, to push graphical settings even higher. You will be able to tweak grass and vegetation density, post-processing effects such as sharpening, and draw distances.

"And we think about some other tricks but we need time," Adam Badowski says.

Update: It turned it this was a misunderstanding. Said patch was the day one update.

Witcher 3 - review @ PC Gamer

by Hexprone, 04:04

Well, PC Gamer also likes it: a 92/100. Shaun Prescott writes

On my way to the witch I stumbled upon a typically destitute Velen village. I didn’t care about the village at all, [...] But something—maybe the sun setting so amber on the horizon, or the children dashing frantically through the muddy streets—made me stop. I was curious.

It probably goes without saying, but if you’re in a hurry, never get off your horse en route in an open world RPG. This is especially true for The Witcher 3. Several hours later, once I’d cleared out some monsters for a desperate peasant in her far-off stable, and made preliminary moves to slay a beast haunting the town, I forced myself to leave.

I didn’t really want to leave, though. It’s not that I liked the town [...] I was just curious about the villagers’ circumstances. [...] How did they get so poor and wretched? [...]

Straight up, this is the most remarkable thing about The Witcher 3. Its writing isn’t perfect—it still bears some of the familiar trappings of being a video game—but it almost always rewards curiosity, big time. [...] The Witcher 3 achieves something very few video games do: when I’m engaged in a peripheral mini-narrative I’m not necessarily thinking about its game aspects. [...] I’m not grinding. I just really want to know, and understand, what’s going on.

In this game, distractions overwhelm you. For mine, the game’s distractions are where its most engaging stories are found.

Source: PC Gamer

Wednesday - May 20, 2015

Witcher 3 - Drivers & Tuning

by Gorath, 15:54

A lot of gamers in our forum and at other places on the interweb are having fun tuning The Witcher 3. I'll post a couple of random infos and links to support you in your quest.

  • nVidia released a new optimized driver 
  • You own a GTX Titan X? Congratulations, nVidia has a free The Witcher 3 for you!
  • An optimized driver by AMD should come out this week
  • GameStar's technik check (->traffic light system) gives you a good idea whether your PC can run the game. Just go through (1) graphics card, (2) CPU and (3) RAM. The weakest color counts.
  • PC Games Hardware analyzed the performance of 22 graphics cards and the CPU scaling. Surprising result: If you have a decent CPU with at least 4 cores, The Witcher 3 is graphics card limited even on 1280*768 without AA/AF and post-processing!
  • nVidia published a very detailed tuning guide
  • The first dozen SweetFX profiles for W3 have been created. Here's one random video to get you started.

Witcher 3 - Preorder Numbers

by Gorath, 15:27

The number of The Witcher 3 preorders got a boost in the last week before release, says Videogamer based upon a Polish interview. They actually grew another 500k to 1.5M units.

Witcher 3 - Gamasutra On a Successful Open World

by Gorath, 15:17

Gamasutra author Phill Cameron analyses why the CD Projekt Red's implementation of a believable open world in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a smashing success. A random snippet:

It makes sense that villagers wouldn’t know the technical name for a monster, especially if it isn’t a common one. It makes sense that a big portion of a Witcher’s job is actually dealing with superstitious, uneducated townsfolk rather than necessarily monsters. There are multiple occurrences of Geralt needing to counter ignorance rather than a blade, which often could be interpreted to be cheating you out of a combat encounter. Combat which itself is diffident to the world far more than the player.

Witcher 3 - Review @Eurogamer

by Gorath, 14:31

Eurogamer's Oli Welsh gives The Witcher 3 the verdict "essential".

This is why I love The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. It is crass in some places and overreaching in others, but despite its grandeur and its fantastical setting, it is a game made by, for and about human beings. It's lewd and perverse and poetic and hot-blooded. It's huge yet crafted; its systems are purposeful and it doesn't have a whiff of design by committee. It will last you months, yet not waste your time. Above all, it has a vivid, enduring personality, something that is exceedingly rare among its breed of mega-budget open-world epics (and that will probably be rarer still once Hideo Kojima and Konami part ways later this year). For my money, it's the greatest role-playing game in years.

Witcher 3 - Comparing PS4 Agains Xbox One

by Myrthos, 12:20

Eurogamer compares the PS4 version of The Withcher 3 against the Xbox One version, including a frame-by-frame comparison video.

To start with cut-scenes, a firm 30fps line is held on PS4 during an early griffin encounter, and in practice this gives us smoother motion compared to the 35fps read-out on Xbox One (higher frame-rate does not automatically mean a better experience overall, something we've covered in-depth before). However, the problem here is that if the PS4's frame-rate drops below this number, it instantly locks to 20fps. It's an instant switch, much like the double-buffer method of v-sync seen in Metal Gear Solid 4 on PS3. In one later scene involving heavy ice effects, it's notable that Xbox One does glance this 20fps figure at a similar moment, but unlike PS4 it's able to waver up and down the scale more freely. Meanwhile, Sony's platform is stuck at this value for long stretches of a scene.

Witcher 3 - Beginner's Guide

by Hiddenx, 07:59

Tech Times gives you 5 tips for the start of a new Witcher 3 game.

Example:

When It Comes To Combat, Take Your Time

With games like Bloodborne, players are expected to attack enemies as quickly and frequently as possible. In The Witcher 3, that's just not going to work: when in combat, make sure to take your time.

Why?

The Witcher 3′s combat is vastly different from most action games out there: it's not so much about mashing buttons as it is carefully planning and executing your attacks. There are a lot of different combat options right out of the gate, so you're bound to go through some trial and error - just make sure that you're not trying to mindlessly wail away on a single enemy, or you'll spend more time respawning than exploring.

Instead of button mashing, take the time to learn your enemy's tells and how to counter them, and always make sure to test out spells on new enemies - some elemental weaknesses aren't quite as obvious as others. Bombs and oils don't appear until later in the game (save for the opening tutorial) so spend your opening hours mastering the parry system, your spells and ranged attacks - it'll be an immense help once the game really gets going.

Mashable is listing another 7 essential tips to get you started.

Tuesday - May 19, 2015

Witcher 3 - First Impressions @ Techraptor

by Myrthos, 18:24

Also Techraptor comes with some first impressions of The Witcher 3 and not a review as the review keys came available just yeasterday.

The Witcher 3‘s combat relies on preparation and playing smart. Just like in the video, for the bigger monsters you’ll likely need to prepare some potions, bombs, and maybe some special bolts for your crossbow (though I have only seen just the plans of those). You may even need to do that for some of the more difficult packs of enemies as well.

This design lends itself to the middle of combat as well. You can try to spam buttons, swinging wildly, but that will only work very rarely. Just like Geralt, enemies can parry, counter, dodge, and roll away. So you have to be very careful with your movements and choices in terms of combat. You could easily get caught mid-swing by a second enemy or have them parry your attack causing you to have to change plans quickly.

Witcher 3 - PCWorld: First Impressions

by Hiddenx, 07:59

The Witcher 3 is released.

PCWorld talks about their first impressions with the PC version:

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PC) review impressions: Smoothly slaying monsters

I was worried.

After months of excitement about The Witcher 3, it seemed like it was falling apart in the run-up to launch. All of the reviews that went up last week were conducted on debug PS4 consoles. PC codes, meanwhile, were pushed back time and time again until finally I was told we’d receive code on launch day, probably. And all this from a PC-friendly developer like CD Projekt.

When a game’s coming in that hot on PC, we’re right to be worried. Mortal Kombat X, Assassin’s Creed Unity—these are just two recent examples where the PC version came at the last minute and featured huge problems not caught on consoles.

So yeah, I was worried about The Witcher 3. For no reason, it turns out.

NOTE: All tests in this article were conducted with Nvidia’s latest Witcher 3 game-ready driver installed, which was provided to us prior to release.

Monster slayer

To be fair, I’m only ten-or-so hours in at the time of writing, which is why you’re getting impressions today instead of a full review. And I plan to experience all The Witcher 3 has to offer, so who even knows when a review will hit?

But from that ten hours, The Witcher 3 seems to be an amazing accomplishment. Much of what I’ve played so far I already covered in my preview of the first four hours—You’ll start in the small town of White Orchard for a massive, three-hour long “tutorial” area and then head to Vizima to meet with His Imperial Excellency Emhyr var Emreis. If you’ve never played a Witcher game you might feel a bit lost, but your companion Vesemir will help you through the worst of it with some subtle flavor text.

Yada yada yada. This is all fodder for a real review. Let’s talk about how it runs. That’s the big concern here, what with people dissecting old E3 demos on YouTube to see whether the game’s graphics have been “downgraded.”

Downgraded or not, the graphics in The Witcher 3 are gorgeous. However, I would say The Witcher 3 certainly isn’t the graphics card-punishing beast that Witcher 2 was. Running at 1080p I was able to max out most of the (extremely granular) settings except Nvidia HairWorks and maintain a steady 60 frames per second…on a single GeForce GTX 970. The only things I dipped were grass density and crowd size, and I left those on High.

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Monday - May 18, 2015

Witcher 3 - Launch Trailer: Go Your Way

by Hiddenx, 20:42

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In Wild Hunt, you as Geralt embark on your most epic and dangerous journey yet. Your mission -- to find the child of prophecy, an ashen-haired girl, a living and highly volatile weapon everyone wants to control. The stakes have never been higher: the Elder Blood flowing in the child’s veins can bring about a final end. The fate of worlds lies with you.

-> TickCounter

Sunday - May 17, 2015

Witcher 3 - New Videos @GameStar.de

by Gorath, 22:57

GameStar.de uploaded a couple of new videos based upon the Witcher 3 PC review version with one patch. Another patch was announced by CD Projekt for Monday.

GameStar also thinks the PC version is slightly better.

Witcher 3 - Review Updated for PC Version @GamersGlobal.de

by Gorath, 22:46

German site GamerGlobal updated their very detailed The Witcher 3 review with impressions of the PC version and a couple of comparison screenshots with a slider. Here's a babelfished excerpt:

 The PC version, which is before us in version 1.2 expected to show that visually better experience: The textures are sharper and straight particle effects such as smoke and fog contributing to a small atmosphere-increase. A dense vegetation, there are only here and there, even if the level of detail in most places fails clearly higher than on the consoles, which provide roughly the graphics quality on medium details. A reasonably current computer with 2 GB graphics card provides high settings with relative ease in 1080p, at least if you want to have not necessarily constant 60 frames. The frame rate can PC players on request, of course, choose complete without speed limiter also.

PC-exclusive features, such as increasing the number of NPC are also beautiful. The effect could but be greater, since only the number, but not increasing the diversity of the figures. [..] Despite sharper textures, higher smoothing of edges and a bit more foresight, the PC version is not free of defects. Also on PC humping again details in the picture, as we move through the landscape. Currently the framerate is collapsing here always times significantly, if not quite as strong as on the consoles.

The biggest advantage of the PC version, however, is the significantly shorter loading times and the much lower lag when you call the individual menu items such as the World map, inventory or character screen. Especially the transition from cutscene to shorter waiting times of atmosphere conducive, since there are fewer situations where we are torn out of the event. When control also are slight advantages. [...] but above all the inventory management is via point and click considerably more comfortable than with the gamepad despite the lack of sorting functions. [...]

Witcher 3 - Character and Story Recap

by Aries100, 17:38

If you have forgotten how the story in the Witcher went or who's who in the Witcher series, Game Informer and Gamepur has informative editorials about this. Game Informer concentrates on who the characters are while Shacknews has an overview of the two previous games. If you havent played the original Witcher or Witcher 2: Assasins of Kings, please read the Shackews article at your own risk.

A quote from Game Informer about Emhyr var Emries:

Emhyr was cursed as a kid by some jerk wizard, which caused him to turn into a monster hedgehog during the night - a werehog, if you will. Unlike Sonic, however, Emhyr bounced back from his damnable transformation, getting Geralt to reverse the curse and eventually becoming emperor. You'd think being a freaky mutant hedgehog would give him some compassion for other people, but apparently it just makes you the kind of person who dances on your enemy's graves/neutered pigs. Go figure.

A quote from Shacknews about the start of Witcher 2: Assasins of Kings.

Geralt is held in a Temerian Prison for the assassination of King Foltest. Here he is interrogated by Vernon Roche, the commander of the Temerian Special Forces (known to most as the Blue Stripes). Geralt confesses that he witnessed Foltest's assassination at the hands of another witcher, who managed to escape with the help of some Scoia'tael. Roche believes Geralt, and helps him escape with Triss Merigold to the nearby city of Flotsam.

Thursday - May 14, 2015

Witcher 3 - A Beginner's Guide To The World Of The Witcher

by Hexprone, 22:37

Kotaku has posted a primer on the world of The Witcher for newcomers to the series. I never got more than twenty minutes into the first Witcher game, but Wild Hunt has me hyped, so I think I'm going to need to consult this fairly often.

kotaku witcher thing

Anyway, it turns out that:

A “Witcher” doesn’t actually have that much to do with witches. Rather, Witchers are a rare breed of genetically mutated monster-killer. They were born as ordinary humans, and were taken in at a young age and more or less forced to undergo years of intense mental and physical training before eventually undergoing a mysterious ritual known as The Trial of the Grasses.

During the Trial of the Grasses, potential Witchers imbibe a mysterious alchemical concoction that mutates their genes and makes them more dangerous and harder to kill than ordinary men. The Trial kills the majority of those who attempt it—six or seven out of ten candidates die in the process.

Hey wait a minute. This sounds an awful lot like the Joining ritual in Dragon Age. Is David Gaider a big notion-snatcher? Hm.

More here.

Witcher 3 - Launch Cinematic Trailer

by Myrthos, 19:05

Today the launch cinematic of The Witcher 3 has been released. Check it out here or below.

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Witcher 3 - Review @ The Telegraph

by Aries100, 15:20

The british newspaper The Telegraph has a review 5/5 for this game. A quote, then:

You're chasing down leads, not racing to stop the apocalypse, and leads take time to develop. In fact, most of the time, the leads themselves create a time-buffer, with whoever you need information from giving you a quest that, by its very nature, takes time to complete. The second is that it serves as a clear entryway into the world that you're stepping into. It's made clear at the beginning of the game that Geralt is not incredibly familiar with the physical and political geography of the places he's searching for Ciri in, through the lands of Velen, Novigrad and Skelliga, and so in your investigation you are able to discover how these places work and what makes them interesting without feeling as though your character knows more than you. 

Wednesday - May 13, 2015

Witcher 3 - Insider on the Graphics Downgrade

by Gorath, 21:58

WhatIfGaming used an inside source to obtain information on the alleged The Witcher 3 graphics downgrade. Please take their article with a grain of salt. Nothing is confirmed. Here's only their intro:

It seems The Witcher 3 graphics controversy never ends, and it is for good reason. Recently it has been quite apparent to a lot of people with footage showing up all over the web of newer PC build gameplay demos supposedly running on ULTRA on the PC (Poland preview event) which pales in comparison to the 2013 gameplay trailer. We contacted our insider who provided us information on The Division downgrade and apparent delay into 2016 months ago – who managed to connect us with someone in the know-how at CD Projekt RED last night to further explain the situation and set the record straight.

Here is simply what they had to say in regards to the whole thing (we advise everyone to take it with a grain of salt, despite having vetted their identity ourselves):

Witcher 3 - Day 1 Patch Improves Performance

by Gorath, 21:53

CD Projekt Red's community coordinator Marcin Momot posted on his twitter that the day 1 patch will improve performance and frame rate.

 Marcin's answers are in bold.

Some PS4 reviews (IGN, Kotaku) mention framerate problems. Any chance for day-one improvements?

Yes. We've already addressed this issue. Framerate will be better once we official launch the game. 

Hey Marcin. Congrats on the amazing game. Will the Day One Patch fix some of the bugs and performance drops on the ps4 version?

yes. Framerate and performance have already been improved.

Although Marcin only talks about the PS4 version, it's pretty safe to assume the other platforms have been improved too.

Source: Gamestar

Witcher 3 - Misc. Videos

by Gorath, 21:29

The two big German print mags uploaded a couple of interesting The Witcher 3 videos. In most cases not German language isn't needed to get an idea what's going on.

Witcher 3 - CD Project Explains Changing Weather in Wild Hunt

by Aries100, 21:13

In an interview with Game Informer, Kimberly Wallace talks with art producer, Michal Stec on how The Witcher 3's changing weather came to be:

What went into creating the weather and environments for The Witcher 3?

Hundreds if not thousands of hours of browsing through references: paintings, pictures, films, photos - everything, really. I remember this one time, Lucjan (one of the leads) and I were on our way to some party and he suddenly stopped the car, pulled a camera out of the glove box and started taking pictures of the setting sun to use as a reference. We drew a lot on photographs and movies. 

A quote on when the weather wil change:

How often will the weather change as you play?All the time - the weather is constantly changing. This is a randomized mechanism; working it out took us quite a while, since it required a lot of testing, checking if how it felt in the game was okay, or if it was too much. The weights given to particular weather conditions change depending on the region - in the swamps of No Man's Land it's practically always foggy and rains a lot, whereas in Skellige you can expect more thunderstorms near the coasts and sunshine up in the mountains.

Witcher 3 - Review @ Ausgamers

by Aries100, 21:02

Ausgamers has a review for this game. The score is 10/10. 

A quote about the story:

It's a story worthy of a place in the more accepted subculture of dark fantasy ruled across media by Game of Thrones. First-timers will easily love this facet but may also be surprised to learn that this series, and the books it's based upon, have been the at the fore of adult and mature storytelling for a long time. Wild Hunt is both at times brutal and sexy, with a juxtaposition of hard-edged steel (or silver), blood and death being met with soft, naked skin; passion, lust and even love.

Ausgamers mentions that one of the things they liked in this game are boats.

 



Tuesday - May 12, 2015

Witcher 3 - Review Roundup # 1

Witcher 3 - Preloading and Unlock Time

by Myrthos, 13:02

As several have already commented on our forums The Witcher 3 is now available for preloading from Good Old Games and Steam. The following is the press release for that, which also shows at what time the downloaded game can be unlocked.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is now available for preload on GOG.com and Steam, with the Origin release following on the 14th.

Everyone who pre-orders the highly anticipated, next-generation RPG, can choose to preload the game and be one of the very first to play The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt when it goes live on May 19th.

At GOG.com, the simplest way to preload the game is through the recently announced GOG Galaxy client. GOG Galaxy is fully integrated into the DRM-free release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and includes convenient auto-updates, game time tracking and achievements.

The game is also available for preload to gamers who purchased Wild Hunt on Xbox Live, and will be available for PlayStation Network users soon.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be officially released and unlocked on May 19, at 1:00 AM CET (Warsaw time), i.e:

May 18th, 4.00 pm PT (Los Angeles)
May 18th, 7.00 pm ET (New York)
May 19th, 00.00 am BT (London)
May 19th, 2.00 am UT (Moscow)
May 19th, 8.00 am JT (Tokyo).

 

Monday - May 11, 2015

Witcher 3 - Sells 1 Million Preorder Copies

by Aries100, 17:01

Gamepur has news that this game has sold 1 million copies in pre-orders.  From the press release issued by CD Project RED:

"We've crossed the one million pre-order milestone and it's all thanks to you guys! We would like to thank all the gamers for their trust and support."

In other news for this game, the review embargo ends tomorrow:

According to report, the revivews for The Witcher 3 will go live TOMORROW (May 12 "Tuesday" at 7AM).

Witcher 3 - About the Downgraded Visuals

by Myrthos, 11:34

Discussed on various places on the internet as it has here, but Lostforever has pointed us to Dark Side of Gaming, that shows some of the differences between 2013 and now.

As we can see, the amount of particles on-screen has been decreased, the environmental LOD has been severely reduced, the lighting system seems weaker than the one featured in the oldest build, textures look blurrier (this could either be due to the absence of CDPR’s sharpening filter or due to the presence of Chromatic Aberration. Regardless of the real reasons, textures are not as crisp as they were before).

We’ll definitely give CD Projekt RED the benefit of doubt, however it is pretty obvious that the final game won’t look as good as its in-game 2013 reveal trailer. And that’s a real shame.

Obviously, this does not mean that the game won’t look good or that it won’t be fun. CD Projekt RED has been releasing lots of screenshots from the game’s latest build these past days, so we all know that the game still looks great.

There is a range of annotated screenshots that show the difference.

Saturday - May 09, 2015

Witcher 3 - Leaked in Middle East

by Aubrielle, 19:16

As we count down the days until The Witcher 3 is available for download, some jerks in United Arab Emirates got their hands on it and are leaking spoiler footage.

More information.

Source: Pixel Dynamo

Friday - May 08, 2015

Witcher 3 - Win A Free Pre-Order Copy!

by Fluent, 18:05

Hey everyone! Laughing

I have officially started a giveaway for the Pre-Order version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt + DLC! It is a GOG key, and to enter, all you have to do is follow the link here and tweet the giveaway message!

You can tweet the message once a day to enter. You have 7 days left, so tweet early and tweet often! Cool

Good luck!

Win The Witcher 3! - a Rafflecopter giveaway

Witcher 3 - Conan O'Brian Review

by Myrthos, 13:09

Yesterday Conan O'Brian reviewed The Withcher 3 on his show. He is the first, so if you  want to learn what it is about from a clueless gamer, this is your chance.

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Thnaks Lostforever

 

Witcher 3 - Rage and Steel Trailer

by Myrthos, 12:10

We can't have a day without news of The Witcher 3, so here is a new trailer showing a lot of people dying or just being dead. It is age restricted, so here is a link instead of an embedded video.

Thursday - May 07, 2015

Witcher 3 - Create Fan Art to Win Prizes

by Aries100, 14:44

Game Informer brings news that you can now try out your artistic talents and create fan art for this game. In doing so, you can even win some prizes. A quote, then.

CD Projekt is inviting fans of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to put their artistic skills to the test. Your efforts even have the chance for reward, as the developer is offering up a number of prizes.CD Projekt is leaving the medium up to entrants, but lists "digital, paint, and clay" as three options. We confirmed that this contest is for visual art only.

You can view the full list of prizes here.

 

Source: Game Informer

Witcher 3 - About Speedruns and Completion

by Myrthos, 13:06

Gamepur informs us about what a 25 hour speedrun in The Witcher 3 actually means and what it takes to reach 100% completion.

We've said recently that a rushed playthrough of The Witcher 3 takes our testers around 25 hours. However we didn't explain what it actually means. This information sparked debates on various discussion forums. People were confused. How could a 200-hour game be beaten in only 25 hours?", said an executive from the development team.

A speed playthrough is skipping everything that's skippable. You just rush through the game content to test whether the main questline has bugs that prevent it from being completed.
Speedrunning the main questline of The Witcher 3 takes 25 hours.

They also mention it will take the average gamer 2 months to complete the game.

Witcher 3 - GMG keys are not authorized

by Myrthos, 13:05

Shacknews has the news that the pre-order keys of GreenManGaming are not legit.

If a deal sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. Yesterday, one of our Chatty posters found an amazing deal from Green Man Gaming that's offering The Witcher 3 for a staggering $38.99. For a pre-order deal, that falls under the "too good to be true" category.

The problem is, CD Projekt RED doesn't know where these codes are coming from.

Earlier today, a CD Projekt RED representative indicated to GameSpot that any keys Green Man Gaming is offering are coming from an "unknown source." What this means is that since these keys are essentially unauthorized, none of the revenue from these sales will go towards the developer.

GMG has responded to this:

Green Man Gaming (GMG) has an official contract with, and has been an approved retailer of CD Projekt S.A. (CDPR) products since 11th August 2011. Following a 6 month dialogue with CDPR about the launch of The Witcher 3, we were disappointed that despite the offer of significant cash advances, and other opportunities to officially work together, (we even offered to fly to Poland to discuss in detail how we could and wanted to support this launch), CDPR chose not to engage with a number of significant, reputable, and successful retailers, including ourselves, as they instead focused on supporting their own platform GOG.

We at GMG sincerely believe in getting games to gamers, and offering them a range of buying options to suit their preferences is critically important to this industry; we often go above corporate profits and commercial gain to make this happen. We, like millions of customers, are huge fans of The Witcher series, and have been eager for the launch of this amazing title. We believe that CDPR’s desire to support their own platform by working with retail outlets that would not conflict with their own is greater than that of meeting the demands of their audience, therefore we made the decision to indirectly secure the product and deliver it to our customers. To do this, we reached out to third parties and retailers that were approved by CDPR, to legitimately pass these keys onto our customers. This means that at some point, revenue has been passed directly onto CDPR, and any additional discount on the title is absorbed by us, as we want as many people enjoying The Witcher 3 as possible.

We would heartily welcome a renewed dialogue with CDPR, and are keen to continue to not only support the launch of The Witcher 3, but to keep celebrating and bringing the whole catalogue of CDPR titles to a worldwide audience, as we have done since 2011.

Thanks lostforever

Witcher 3 - Dev Diary and Q&A Gameplay

by Aries100, 00:24

Eurogamer has a short article about a twitch stream for this game, published on May 6th.
You can watch the video from the Eurogamer site here. A quote, then:

Yesterday's live Witcher 3 gameplay session focused on combat and how different character builds approach it. It gave a real, in-depth look at the game's different sets of perks and how you can customise your Geralt hero to suit your style. The game's difficulty was also demonstrated, the same monster encounter being played on the game's most difficult setting and then the game's easiest setting. Incidentally, I played the game on a normal difficulty setting earlier this year and it was challenging.

A quote on Dice Poker:

Towards the end of the video, during the Q&A, level designer Miles Tost talked about the disappearance of the Dice Poker mini-game, which was in the first two Witcher games. It won't, he confirmed, be in The Witcher 3 - instead the game will have a new card game called Gwent (and fist fighting).

Source: EuroGamer

Wednesday - May 06, 2015

Witcher 3 - Retail PC Version FAQ

by Gorath, 04:21

CD Projekt published a FAQ for the retail PC version of their highly ambitious soon to be relased The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Here a sample:

Q: Do I need Internet access to install the retail PC version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt?
A: The initial, pre-premiere retail PC batch of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt needs to download a file from our servers to allow play. This file will either be downloaded automatically during installation process or you can choose to download it manually from a dedicated website. Since we have no DRM in the game, this is a security measure we needed to incorporate so the game doesn’t leak during the production process. No worries, the file will not be big. Copies of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt produced after launch will not contain this security feature.

[...]

Q: Can I install and play the game without the GOG.com game code?
 A: Yes you can install and play the game without the [included GOG key for a digital backup - ed.] game code. 

Q: Will I be able to install updates and the free DLCs without using the GOG.com game code?
We decided to offer software support, DLCs, and extra goodies only to gamers who confirm their purchase with the provided game code on GOG.com. This is the only way for us to differentiate between you, honest gamers who bought our game, and pirates who snatched it from the Internet.

Some of this will probably provoke discussions.

Sources:
PCGames.de
Gamestar.de

Tuesday - May 05, 2015

Witcher 3 - Monsters video

by Myrthos, 19:14

Can't have a day without news about The Witcher 3, so here is the latest video with talk about the monsters in the game.

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Monday - May 04, 2015

Witcher 3 - Q&A and Gameplay @ Twitch

by Myrthos, 12:57

Tomorrow on GOGs Twitch channel, 45 minutes of gameplay is shown of The Witcher 3 followed by a Q&A.

We will be showcasing 45 minutes of live gameplay with Łukasz “LUq” Wnęk, Counter-Strike 1.6 legend currently working at CD PROJEKT RED, taking control of Geralt. He will be joined by Level Designer Miles Tost, who will provide developer commentary for the new footage focused on combat and gameplay mechanics including melee and long-distance combat, alchemy, exploration, monster hunting, and means of travel.

Once the gameplay portion of the stream is finished, we will hold a live Q&A session on the air. Miles Tost will take the time to respond to live comments coming in via Twitch chat, as well as to select questions from the GOG.com community forums! It's a rare opportunity to ask about all the saucy details of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt development.

During the event, you can expect a Witcher lore contest, in which you will have the chance to exchange your Geralt-related knowledge for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt t-shirts, with a little help from Twitch chat and your friendly neighborhood postal worker.

If you have questions for the folks at CD PROJEKT RED about the upcoming Witcher game, you can submit them right here in this thread on GOG.com forums. You have until Monday, May 4th, at 10:59AM GMT to submit your questions - we'll need some time to select the most interesting ones to throw at the devs during the live chat!

The live event will begin on Tuesday, May 5th, at 6pm GMT / 2pm EDT / 11am PDT at Twitch.tv/GOGcom. Follow the channel to get an email alert when it goes live. See you there!

Saturday - May 02, 2015

Witcher 3 - Geralt’s Past, Present and Future

by Couchpotato, 05:53

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt launches next month, so we thought it was the ideal time to take a look back at Geralt of Rivia's shadowy exploits in the previous two games, as well as mull over where the enigmatic protagonist is headed in this latest adventure – and where the series could go next on next-gen consoles.

Super-human warrior Geralt has starred in two video game escapades so far, but what you might not be aware of is that his origins lie in literature. The work of Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher series of novels and short stories were first published back in 1986, and has since been translated into several languages as well as being adapted for film, television, comics and even a board game. The video game trilogy is based on the books but features all-new storylines set later in the narrative. Sapkowski considers them to be non-canon, despite the fact that their popularity has led to a massive spike of interest in the original books.

Friday - May 01, 2015

Witcher 3 - New Footage of Ciri @ IGN

by Couchpotato, 05:47

IGN has some new footage this week of Ciri the Witcher 3's first heroine.

"Basically, Ciri is a totally different character than Geralt," Lead Quest Designer Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz told IGN. "She’s inherited this very powerful magic force that she can use when she needs to. She can travel between worlds, she also [has] some more hidden powers that she can use."

Tomaszkiewicz continued, "We didn’t want her to be too overpowered, so we wanted to put limitations on her. Because of that, we have decided that we will do completely different abilities for her so she doesn’t use any of Geralt’s abilities; she has her own unique combat style."

CDProjekt Red is deliberately trying to defy player expectation that Ciri is a "Mary Sue" sort of character. It isn't as though "everybody likes her, that she’s good at everything and all that," Tomaszkiewicz said. "I think we will have some things that will be surprising, and she has weaknesses as well that, aside from having all these superpowers that were described in the book, she’s also a normal human being [who] feels and has needs."

Wednesday - April 29, 2015

Witcher 3 - World of the Witcher Trailer

by Couchpotato, 07:10

IGN has a video that takes a look at the The World of Witcher book from Dark Horse.

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Tuesday - April 28, 2015

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Another Short Roundup

by Couchpotato, 05:33

The amount of links for more videos and articles for Witcher 3 have popped up today. I will just list some of them today as I don't  have time to round them all up.

So the first link is for a new audio podcast on Gamertag Radio.

This week on episode 478 of Gamertag Radio, we sit down with CD Projekt Red to discuss The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. During our conversation we go over introducing new players to the Witcher franchise, how your choices will matter and affect the story, the importance of potions and crafting, along with changes to the combat system.

Next Gamebolt has a new preview about the games map size.

When CD Projekt claimed that The Witcher 3 will be absolutely massive in scale, they weren’t joking. Thanks to a few NeoGaf users we can finally compare the map size of The Witcher 3 to several other open world games. So far the Witcher 3 map is around 136 km2 which only includes Novegrad, No Man’s Land and Skellige Islands. There are are around 4-6 regions more who sizes are unknown at this point.

That means The Witcher 3 is at least 3.7 times bigger than GTA: San Andreas (36  km2), 1.5 times bigger than GTA 5 (81 km2), 3.3 times bigger than Red Dead Redemption (41), 3 times bigger than Far Cry 4 (46 km2) and 3.5 times bigger than Skyrim (39 km2). In short, the final map will be absolutely massive in scale.

Followed by Twinfinite with a preview about the games narrative.
This week the developer treated us to the first images of the game’s map, and as you can see below, it’s pretty damn huge. Take a closer look, and you’ll notice that The Witcher 3 isn’t just one big map; instead, it’s split into two maps: a smaller Prologue map and the larger Northern Realm. The Witcher 3 also has an archipelago destination, which you’ll only be able to visit by boat, or fast traveling to this location. While this means you’ll encounter a loading screen and a break in continuity, it is fortunately one of the few instances where you’ll be pulled out of the action.
I will end the news-bit with a few videos thanks to danutz_plusplus for the links.

Monday - April 27, 2015

Witcher 3:Wild Hunt - More Interviews & Videos

by Couchpotato, 05:57

Welcome back to another roundup of new interviews and videos for the Witcher 3:Wild Hunt this week, So lets get started with the three new videos from GameSpot.

The Map of Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Revealed

In this clip from our three-part feature on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, we enjoy a quick horse ride with Geralt, and take our first look at the map of the open world.

Murdering Humans in Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

In this gameplay montage from our three-part feature on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, we check out combat against humans. Fisticuffs outside the pub in White Orchard, and swordplay from atop Geralt's trusty steed.

First Look at The Witcher 3's Card Game Gwent

In this extended gameplay clip from our three-part feature on The Witcher 3, we show highlights of your first game of Gwent - a brand new collectible card game available in Wild Hunt.

GameSpot also published three new written intereviews this week.

How the Side Quests in the Witcher 3 Can Change the Whole Story

In this interview we discuss why a choice that sounds good can be terrible, how leveling works in the Witcher, and why Gwent replaced Dice Poker.

The Witcher 3 is an Open World With No Loading Times

In this interview we discuss creating an open world that lets you walk anywhere without loading and the game's dark humor.

Witcher 3 Dev Explains How to Turn a Nation of Pirates into Purchasers

In this interview we discuss the creation and history of developer CD Projekt, how the first Witcher game got started, and how to turn a culture of pirating games into a culture of buying them.

And for last I have another interview from IGN about embracing new and old players.

 

Sunday - April 26, 2015

Witcher 3 - Behind the Scenes Video

by Couchpotato, 05:53

Graphic  card maker Nvidia released a new video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. I'll be frank it's just a publicity video showing off their exclusive GamesWorks program.

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We took the GeForce video crew for a tour of the CD Projekt Red studio in Poland to meet some of the talented folks behind this The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

CD Projekt uses NVIDIA GameWorks, HairWorks, HBAO+, Destruction, and PhysX Clothing to take their amazing game to new levels of realism.
Join Executive Producer John Mamais behind the scenes as he shows you the work that has gone into the PC version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Saturday - April 25, 2015

Witcher 3 - New Interview & TV Commercial

by Couchpotato, 05:20

Well another day and  I found more news for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The first one I found  is a new four monute video interview on XBox UK with Damien Monnier.

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CD Projekt RED also released a short 35-second TV commercial today.

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Friday - April 24, 2015

Witcher 3 - Does it Live up to the Hype?

by Couchpotato, 06:08

Gamespot seems to have copied my question off our sites new poll in a video about whether The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will live up to it's Hype on release next month.

Danny & Andy give their impression of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt after a combined twelve hours playing this exciting open world role-playing game.

Thursday - April 23, 2015

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - More Video Updates

by Couchpotato, 05:59

Well another day and I have two more videos for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to share with everyone. The first video spoils a prologue quest called "Precious Cargo".

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Watch the new The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt video featuring a quest from the prologue, where Geralt helps a merchant retrieve a mysterious box from the swamps.

 GameSpot also posted the third and final documentary video.

The world of The Witcher is huge, but what is there to do? In the final part of our series, we explore the wild variety of quests and activities in Wild Hunt. It's level-based quest system, branching story-lines and hilariously deep card-collecting game.

Wednesday - April 22, 2015

Witcher 3 - Two New Video Updates

by Couchpotato, 06:04

CD Projekt released a video with Charles Dance the voice actor who voices Emhyr var Emreis who is the ruthless Emperor of Nilfgaar in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

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Watch Charles Dance (Game of Thrones, Dracula Untold, The Imitation Game) perform in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for the first time as a video game character: Emhyr var Emreis -- ruthless Emperor of Nilfgaard.

 Gamespot released the second video about exploring the world of the Witcher 3.

In part two of our three part series we explore the world of the Witcher 3. We detail its multiple open areas, and reveal its vast map. We tell you how it runs on consoles and give you insight into the types of monsters you'll be slaying in this varied open world RPG.

Tuesday - April 21, 2015

Witcher 3 - Combat & The Wild Hunt

by Couchpotato, 05:15

IGN has another article/video this week about the combat of Witcher 3.

Combat in The Witcher 3 is, as expected, considerably improved over The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, which shed the original game’s rhythmic slicing and dicing in favor of more action-oriented engagements. It worked, but The Witcher 2 was hard, meaning players had to rely heavily on dodge-rolling before mashing the attack buttons. In The Witcher 3, evasion is equally important during challenging combat encounters. The way in which you let loose on some poor soldier, drowner, or griffon, though, requires the sort of care, patience, and precision usually reserved for Dark Souls or Bloodborne.

Gamespot also released part one of a new video trilogy about the Wild Hunt.

In part one of our three part series, Danny investigates the history of this beloved RPG franchise and introduces how Wild Hunt's prologue area attempts to introduce newcomers.

Saturday - April 18, 2015

Witcher 3 - Should You Replay Witcher 1&2?

by Couchpotato, 04:34

Oscar Lee of Game Idealist wonders if gamers should replay The Witcher, and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings before The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is released next month.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is one of the most anticipated games that will be releasing in 2015. Due to the first two games of the series being lesser known, a lot of gaming enthusiasts will be getting his or her first experience with The Witcher gaming franchise in the third installment. So should newcomers play The Witcher and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings before jumping into The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt? Let’s take a look at a few factors, including the quality of the two prequels and their connections to the third game.

Friday - April 17, 2015

Witcher 3 - Gone Gold & New Interview

by Couchpotato, 05:49

CD Projekt RED sent information Witcher 3 is ready for release on May, 19th. 

CD PROJEKT RED, creators of The Witcher series of games, announce The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt going GOLD

“We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” said Adam Badowski, Head of Studio, CD PROJEKT RED. “From the corrupt nobles in Novigrad to ancient monsters lurking in deep forests, to the bustling cities, colorful ports and breathtaking vistas; all the people, all the places - we literally spent tens of thousands of hours to turn all that into an adventure that will kick your ass and make you want to come for more,” adds Badowski. “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone GOLD and will soon be yours!” he concludes.

Garnering over 200 prestigious awards before launch, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is CD PROJEKT RED’s most ambitious endeavour up to date. Set within a truly open world, the game puts you in the role of a wandering bounty hunter and monster slayer, Geralt of Rivia. In The Witcher, you take on the greatest contract of your life - tracking down the Child of Prophecy, a living weapon that can alter the shape of the world.

Watch the Official Gameplay Video: LINK
Watch “The Trail” Opening Cinematic: LINK
Watch the Wild Hunt Recap Video: LINK

The game is scheduled to launch May 19th, 2015, on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Windows PC, and PlayStation®4. Visit www.thewitcher.com and buy.thewitcher.com for more information about the game and pre-order availability worldwide.

Also CD Projekt RED's Damien Monnier did a new video interview on Escapist.

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Damien Monnier stops by to give us the inside scoop on Witcher 3 game design, complete with a fascinating conversation on animal AI. We also get an extended look at Mortal Kombat X and discuss what makes a good side quest

Thursday - April 16, 2015

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Short Article Roundup

by Couchpotato, 04:11

I found a few more articles for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt this week as the game is entering full PR mode for launch next month. So lets get started.

The first article is a new interview from Polygon about game length.

Armed with insider knowledge that most players won't have, it still took The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's most experienced playtester 25 hours to complete developer CD Projekt Red's upcoming role-playing game — but that's not the whole story.

Fabian Mario Doehla, CD Projekt Red's studio communications manager in Germany, told Polygon that the playtester skipped all dialogue and cutscenes and was privy to the game's tricks, secrets and critical paths. Playing as he did, he turned The Witcher 3's layered narratives and interactions with non-playable characters into straightforward events. Without the nuances that players will experience, the playtester took a machete to branching paths to create straight lines.

In other words, he was speedrunning The Witcher 3, playing only in the most mechanical sense. And it still took him 25 hours to shepherd Geralt of Rivia through the trilogy-closing adventure.

The second article IGN who has another exclusive article/video about monsters.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is wonderfully obsessed with monsters, despite focussing on a protagonist who’s main calling is the extermination of such hideous beasts. It raids various mythology, theology, folklore nature, and literature, with a keen eye for the weird and hideous; it steals from all of them and blends them together, producing a rich and unusual bestiary.

And for last GameInformer talks about when Geralt overdoses on toxins.

Recently, a neat detail about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was revealed for the first time. CD Projekt Red has figured out how to dynamically grow Geralt’s facial hair during the game.

While this may seem like a small feature revealed by German magazine Gamestar, details like this enhance the immersion and help sell the reality of a game world. And, if you’d prefer to style Geralt’s hair yourself, CD Projekt told Eurogamer the free “Beard and Hairstyle DLC” will let you do that. Once you download it, Geralt's beard will stop growing.

We reached out to the developer to find out if this bit of immersion would be extended to other parts of the game. It turns out that Geralt’s face isn’t just good for telling time between shaves.

Wednesday - April 15, 2015

Witcher 3 - Some More Twitter Updates

by Couchpotato, 04:42

DualShockers put together a short article with a few Twitter replies from some CD Projekt developers. They talk about optimizing the game, and answer other questions.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is speeding towards its release next month, and the developers are providing more information over Twitter.

Tuesday - April 14, 2015

Witcher 3 - Slaughtering With Signs @ IGN

by Couchpotato, 04:47

IGN has another article/video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt this week about sign magic. So just a quick warning it will contain more spoilers so you have been warned.

Signs the spells used by witchers to disable or destroy their opponents often felt inessential in The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. The utility magic certainly served its purpose in numerous situations, but those encounters rarely required much more than sword slashes between dodge rolls. I used them when I remembered I had them, and forgot shortly after. In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Geralt of Rivia lives and dies by both the sword and the spell. Even on the easiest difficulty, ignoring Signs is the quickest way to lose in battle.

Monday - April 13, 2015

Witcher 3 - First Six Hours @ IGN

by Couchpotato, 05:10

IGN is back again with another video/artcle about the first six hours of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt . So only read the article, and watch the video if you don't mind spoilers.

We'll have much more in-depth pieces on the combat, magic, and monsters in the game throughout April. Below are two different takes on those opening sections: one by an editor who is well-versed in all things Witcher, one by an editor who barely knows the difference between his Igni and his Axii.

Sunday - April 12, 2015

Witcher 3 - Q&A Quotes @ DSO Gaming

by Couchpotato, 04:24

A site called DSO Gaming has a few quotes from various CD Projekt RED employes about the Witcher 3 downgrade, the games delay, and horse slow-mo & finishers.

First things first; the Frost effect has been replaced with a higher quality one. As CD Projekt RED’s Benzenzimmern said, that frost effect is already changed. Moreover, that character’s textures are promised to be ‘as sharp as ever’.

Later on, CD Projekt RED’s MilezZ said that their environment artists has tinkered a bit with all of the brick walls in order to further improve them (visually). MilezZ also added:

“Of course we keep going over assets and polishing them, it’s among the reasons we pushed the game back – we see this as much as a bug as, say, a gameplay glitch. I can not really give you a clear answer as to the case with the bricks. They did look very out of place though so it is very likely that they were on someone’s task list and had just been bumped up in priority, because it was shown that it was seemingly more apparent than assumed.”

CD Projekt RED’s developers have also shed some light on the game’s delay, and whether it was caused by a particular platform. As CD Projekt RED’s TheEvilChris said, the game was delayed because it was not ready yet, and not because of any specific version.

“When we polish a game, we fix bugs and issues for all 3 platforms, PC and consoles.”

Benzenzimmern also confirmed what MilezZ said, adding that CD Projekt RED postponed because it had to polish the game itself, no matter the platform. Moreover, Benzenzimmern claimed that this scene looks much better in the latest build of the game.

Friday - April 10, 2015

Witcher 3 - Official Gameplay Trailer

by Myrthos, 16:25

CD Project Red have released the official gameplay trailer for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, so enjoy!

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Witcher 3 - Top 5 Most Anticipated Features

by Couchpotato, 05:34

Well if your in the mood to read another top five list for the features in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt then head on over to a site called GotGame who has a new article week.

In a few weeks, after numerous delays, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will finally hit the shelves. The final installment of CD Projekt Red’s Witcher franchise looks like it will be a fantastic, transcendent and immersive role-playing game experience unlike anything that has ever been seen or played. All the materials and videos released by CD Projekt Red definitely whet my appetite for the game. With the release coming right around the corner, I want to take a look at the features I am most excited about for the game’s pending release.

Wednesday - April 08, 2015

Witcher 3 - Expansion Pass Announced

by Couchpotato, 00:57

CD PROJEKT RED announced today you can now buy an Expansion Pass to pre-order two new digital game expansions for The Witcher 3 to play after it releases next month.

Here are the details straight from their GOG website.

Two full-blown expansions for the epic RPG.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is almost here. That means the game is pretty much finished, and the devs are about to take a deep breath while CD-presses and hype machines slowly wind up to take things through the home stretch. It's not gold yet, but now that development is coming to an end, the CD PROJEKT RED team is ready to start their work on two new, ambitious monster-hunting expansions.The expansions will be called Hearts of Stone, and Blood and Wine.

Combined, they'll offer over 30 hours of new adventures for Geralt, and the latter introduces a whole new major area to roam. More items, gear, and characters (including a few familiar faces) will all be crafted with the same attention to detail as the game itself.

Hearts of Stone is a 10-hour adventure across the wilds of No Man's Land and the nooks of Oxenfurt. The secretive Man of Glass has a contract for you - you'll need all your smarts and cunning to untangle a thick web of deceit, investigate the mystery, and emerge in one piece.

Blood and Wine is the big one, introducing an all-new, playable in-game region to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. It will take you about 20 hours to discover all of Toussaint, a land of wine, untainted by war. And to uncover the dark, bloody secret behind an atmosphere of carefree indulgence.

Tuesday - April 07, 2015

Witcher 3 - First 15 Minutes @ IGN

by Couchpotato, 04:41

So let me start by saying the following video will contain spoilers. Now if you are still reading the news-bit here is the first fifteen minutes of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

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Wednesday - April 01, 2015

Witcher 3 - New Q&A & Game Length

by Couchpotato, 05:53

XBOX.UK had the chance to talk with Community & Website Coordinator Marcin Momot of CD PROJEKT RED about the Witcher 3 Wild Hunt in a new video Q&A.

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I also found a new Twitter post about game length from Damien Monnier.

Hard to say, if you do everything I d say 200+ hours.

Tuesday - March 31, 2015

Witcher 3 - Interview @ GamingBolt

by Couchpotato, 06:13

Gaming Bolt's Rashid Sayed posted another interview for Witcher 3 with Senior Art Producer Michal Krzemiński who talks about finishing the game, and other topics.

Rashid K. Sayed: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is only a few months away from the launch. Are you changing any core gameplay mechanics at this moment or is it simply polishing a few loose ends?

Michał Krzemiński: It’s the latter – we’re polishing the game so it shines in May, when we launch.

Rashid K. Sayed: Recently there was a lot of controversy regarding Witcher 3’s requirements for PC. The recommended settings would the run the game at 30 frames per second. Having said that what kind of a build do PC gamers need to have to have a full 60 fps experience?

Michał Krzemiński: They need to have a pretty high-end PC, but I won’t give you the details now, as we’re still optimizing the game and anything can change. Having said that, the game won’t kill your PC if you have a lower end machine — we want all gamers to have fun, not only the ones with the most beefy specs.

Rashid K. Sayed: You guys have taken a stand against DLC which is unheard in today’s age. In my opinion, even if you made paid DLC, people are going to buy it without asking questions. I am sure you are the not the ones to milk content and your DLC will be amazing regardless of whether they are free or no. So don’t you think that paid DLC will eventually let you make better games? You know you can make use of that money and drive it to make more awesome games.

Michał Krzemiński: First of all, thanks for your kind words! As for DLC, simply put, if we ever decide to release paid content, we’ll do above and beyond to make it so awesome that gamers will deem it worthy of purchase. Several hours of gameplay, a lot of new stuff to play with and so on. But, in all honesty, I don’t want to talk about that – it’s Wild Hunt that we should be excited about.

Sunday - March 29, 2015

Witcher 3 - Mod Support Tools Confirmed

by Couchpotato, 05:54

Seems the Witcher 3 will also have Mod Support Tools as CD Projekt RED CEO Marcin Iwinski confirmed this week on a site called idigitaltimes. Here are the details.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will almost certainly be one of the best RPGs of this console era. Of course, The Witcher 3 is also launching on PC. With any open world title of this magnitude the anticipation is that the mod community will make a significant contribution to the game. During a demo event Thursday, CD Projekt RED CEO Marcin Iwinski confirmed mod support, including a toolset like REDkit, will be coming to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

“Yes, yes, yes we will. There will be an editor,” Iwinski said. “For Witcher 2 we released it quite late. For Witcher 3 it will be faster.”

The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings received the REDkit, an official modding toolkit released by CD Projekt RED, two years after the release. There’s no word yet on a timetable for The Witcher 3’s REDkit as Iwinski and his team have other commitments to honor with gamers before modding enters the picture. Namely, that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt releases on time, in working condition and delivers one of the most epic RPG experiences possible. Of course, Iwinski knows it’s impossible to guarantee perfection with an open-world game.

“Look at Skyrim, the last patch was like two years after the release,” Iwinski said. “We want to make sure people have a great experience out of the box and I’m sure we’re going to deliver that. People are working around the clock to make sure everything works great.”

Tuesday - March 24, 2015

Witcher 3 - New Screenshots & Q&A

by Couchpotato, 03:30

Level Designer Miles Tost of CD Projekt Red answered a few questions on the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt forums in a new community Developer Spotlight.

Hello everyone. So the dev spotlight is finally here! "Took you long enough Kinley." Yes, yes. Turns out putting something like this together takes longer than I thought, but I promise the wait was worth it.

DSO Gaming also posted some new screenshots of the game.

Lately we’ve been getting a lot of screenshots from CD Projekt RED’s upcoming RPG, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Following yesterday’s story, today we present you three new shots from it, as well as the game’s map.

Sunday - March 22, 2015

Witcher 3 - Video Interview @ Fanboy Attack

by Couchpotato, 04:18

A YouTube channel called Fanboy Attack interviewed CD Projekt RED at Pax East.

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Saturday - March 21, 2015

Witcher 3 - Review Scores & Gamers

by Couchpotato, 04:31

Gamingbolt has a short quote from CD Projeckt Red about the Witcher 3’s post launch marketing campaign, and whether review scores are important for the game.

Here was the response.

“I think that if a game is good, players will know that regardless of anything. If you play The Witcher and you think it’s good, just tweet or facebook or whatever about it to your friends. If you think we deserve it after you’ve played the game, we’d be honored. Scores are important, that’s true, but at the end of the day, we’re doing it for gamers,” Michał Krzemiński, Senior Art Producer said to GamingBolt.
Another plus in my book for CD Projeckt, and I hope the game lives up to the hype. Also in-case you missed it today azarhal posted more details about the game on our forum.

Friday - March 20, 2015

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Updated FAQ

by Couchpotato, 04:12

Gamepressure has new FAQ with answers from the devs of CD Projekt RED. So if you still a question about he game the answer might be in the new FAQ so read on.

We’ve collected the most frequent and important questions about The Witcher 3. The answers to the most difficult ones were given by developers from CD Projekt RED – these answers were marked with the symbol [RED]. For obvious reasons, most of the questions about the details of the story were avoided. With the exception of the information about the locations in which the plot will be set, the article contains no spoilers.

Thursday - March 19, 2015

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Interview @ IBTimes

by Couchpotato, 03:35

A web news site called IBTimes had the chance to interview CD Projekt RED's CEO Marcin Iwiński about sexism, free DLC and Game of Thrones in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

IBT: It's safe to say anticipation for Wild Hunt is far greater than for previous games. What are the team's feelings about that hype and how has it affected development?

Marcin Iwiński: It's very flattering and humbling at the same time. The team feels that pressure, but I think it's very uplifting and it's not a bad kind of pressure - we know we're making something really big, we have a plan and we're sticking to it. Hopefully, there will come a time for popping champagne, but it's all sweat and tears now.

You announced that all DLC for Wild Hunt would be free, which was obviously news welcomed with open arms by the community. Do you have a particular stance on paid DLC, or was this a move made simply to garner good press?

We wanted to send a clear message that what is currently happening with DLC is, in a lot of cases, a stretch... and that's me being polite here. We are gamers and whenever we buy a full price new release, we really expect that we will not be treated like milking cows and be charged a few bucks for every tiny thing, be it a sword, horse armour or hairstyle.

The release of Wild Hunt was the best opportunity to put the money where our mouth is and show that we really mean it. We do believe that when gamers buy our game we form a long-term relation and we owe them our care and support, hence the 16 free DLCs. It is our way of saying 'thank you' for buying our game and we would love to see other companies follow this trend.

Wednesday - March 18, 2015

Witcher 3 - Pax East Preview @ Twinfinite

by Couchpotato, 02:46

Well here is another Pax East preview for Witcher 3 from a site called Twinfinite.

I got about an hour with it at PAX East 2015, and was able to get a decent feel for the storytelling. As I mentioned above, the voice acting is great, making following along a lot simpler than what I remembered in the first game. However, there seems to be a lot going on from previous games that I don’t know about.  The Witcher has primarily been a PC series; this time though, The Witcher 3 will be launching on consoles alongside the PC version, meaning there may be a lot of players giving it their first go with the series with this one. If that’s you, I’d highly suggest finding a nice wiki to read up on so you have a better understanding of what exactly is going on.

All I can aadd is to say the game better not get delayed again this year.

Tuesday - March 17, 2015

Witcher 3 - Preview @ Entertainment Buddha

by Couchpotato, 03:43

Here is another preview I found this week for Witcher 3 from Entertainment Buddha.

With two months until the release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on the PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, it seems that everything is in order to make the game one of the biggest and most exciting role-playing games ever. The Witcher 3 may be Geralt’s final chapter, but at least it will be his biggest, best-looking, and most immersive yet.

Monday - March 16, 2015

Witcher 3 - New Impression & Video Interview

by Couchpotato, 03:17

Analog Addiction published a new hands-on preview of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

After playing the demo and talking with Damien Monnier about Wild Hunt, I can honestly say that my excitement for this title has shot up even more. It looks amazing, it plays smoothly, Geralt is still as rough around the edges as ever, and we are introduced to more characters like Ciri. The sheer volume of content is going to blow both of the previous Witcher titles out of the water, and it became evident after meeting Monnier that the team is entirely dedicated to bringing gamers the best possible experience both before and after release.

That's not all as GamerHubTV released another video interview with Damien Monnier.

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CD Projekt Red developer Damien Monnier explains how the Nvidia Shield opens up complex RPG experiences like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to everyone in this exclusive interview from GDC 2015 in San Francisco.

Sunday - March 15, 2015

Witcher 3 - Yennefer's Profile @ VGamerZ

by Couchpotato, 03:19

VGamerZ posted another charter profile for Witcher 3 this time for Yennefer.

Yennefer of Vengerberg is a sorceress and the main protagonist Geralt of Rivia’s lover, even though their relationship is somewhat complicated. She act’s as a motherly figure towards Ciri and looks at her as if she was her own daughter. Yennefer, like all sorceresses, is sterile, meaning that she cannot have children although she has attempted many times to find a away to become fertile, but all to no avail. She is also a close friend of Triss Merigold, who also loves Geralt and acts as his canon lover in the previous Witcher games, but not in the books.

Friday - March 13, 2015

Witcher 3 - Interview @ Game Pressure

by Couchpotato, 04:52

Here is an interview for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from a site called Game Pressure with Adam Badowski, Managing Director of CD Projekt RED. He talks about PC vs Consoles.

How did the development team respond, when during that key phase of the development, a period of another three intensive months was added? Were they relieved, or would they rather already be done with the game?

Honestly, I really enjoy talking about the atmosphere within our studio, and have nothing to hide. Surely, the entire team is working really hard, and with such a large group, despite what you may think, not many people have direct contact with the final version, nor do they have a time to play it. Basically, the team is consumed with fixing bugs, and doesn’t really know about the actual phase of the production. When the delay was announced to the developing team, the first reaction was the fear of letting our fans down. However, the disappointment didn’t come from the fact that we have more months of hard work ahead, as many believed that we would make it in time. Obviously, there were some who were tired, as a delay meant more months to be spent working on the project. Everyone wants to do their best, but with such hard challenges it’s not merely a matter of wishful thinking – it means that even more effort must be put in. What is more, the state of the game is unpredictable, the Witcher 3 is so complicated, that we get surprised on a daily basis. Even presentation to the press has revealed to us several things we have yet to improve.

How many people are working on the game?

At the moment, it’s about 230 people.

The process has reached its’ pinnacle?

Yes. As of now it’s a ‘all hands on deck’ kind of stage, so even the developers that aren’t involved in specific tasks, became testers. They are the best for verifying, as they now really their stuff. Graphic artists and designers notice different things.

As it has been officially stated, Your delaying the game to ‘limit any bugs to a level that will allow you to enjoy the game thoroughly’. Does experience with previous Witchers and Enhanced Editions change the initial state of your game?

Obviously, we are making the product available on all platforms, including consoles, that can work offline – so the player doesn’t have to download a day one patch to run the game. We are trying to solve as many problems as possible until the release date. We will also use that time to send the game to certification, and we intend to work on patches, but when it comes to those, we are talking about minor repairs, if any at all.

Thursday - March 12, 2015

Witcher 3 - Interview @ New Game Network

by Couchpotato, 03:53

Well here is another interview for The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt this week from a site called New Game Network with Damien Monnier of CD Projekt RED. Here is a short sample. 

NGN: You've worked exclusively on The Witcher 3, correct?

Monnier: I arrived shortly after The Witcher: Enhanced Edition. Actually, that was one of the reasons I joined the company. I was very impressed with the way The Enhanced Edition was free for the people who had already purchased The Witcher 2 on the PC.

NGN: It feels like there is a very consumer-friendly culture at CD Projekt RED. Do you feel like there's a particular reason for that?

Monnier: I mean, I know that we're all gamers. I know that for me it was a combination of working for companies before that really screwed gamers a bit. I didn't join the industry to do that. I could see myself being jaded by that. So I found CD Projekt and I thought, "Alright, let's give it a shot." And it's worked. I think there's a lot of people in my position, quite a few boys and girls who have been in the industry for quite a while now who can't see themselves working for anyone else.

NGN: Are you exhausted or excited?

Monnier: I am totally exhausted. Especially with all of the trade shows because I still have to go back and I have to work. But I'm super pumped. I can't wait because I want to see what people think.

When you're so deep into a game, you see what it could be instead of what it is and you're never, ever happy. I would quite happily take an extra year and a half to work on [The Witcher 3] and add more things. Things like- - well, we don't have squirrels in the game because I needed more time to come up with the systems so the little squirrels could climb up the trees. There are monsters which are attracted to dead bodies. Animals are attracted to things, like goats are attracted to the bushes where they can go and eat. I thought maybe squirrels could be attracted to nuts. You loot some nuts, drop them on the ground and the squirrels would come. There's always more stuff you could put in to make the world more believable. As silly as it sounds to have squirrels, it's probably the next step when you think about all the animals we have. But we don't have squirrels yet...I think we might add them at some point.

Tuesday - March 10, 2015

Witcher 3 - GDC Interview @ GamerHubTV

by Couchpotato, 04:39

GamerHubTV posted a new videio interview this week for GDC 2015 with CD Projekt Red developer Damien Monnier about the size, and scope of The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt.

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Sunday - March 08, 2015

Witcher 3 - PAX East Gameplay Trailer

by Couchpotato, 04:06

CD Projekt relesed a new Witcher 3: Wild Hunt gameplay trailer from PAX East 2015.

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Narrated by Peter Gelencser, Senior Level Designer, the new 7-minute gameplay video takes players on a guided tour of parts of No Man’s Land, one of the giant regions available for exploration in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Watch Geralt discover the secret behind the phantom of the trade route and see him fight a Royal Wyvern to save members of a remote village in need of help.

Saturday - March 07, 2015

Witcher 3 - More Screenshots Released

by Couchpotato, 05:16

PC Gamer posted a few new screenshots for Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

CD Projekt has released a handful of new screens from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, in which our hero Geralt once again finds himself mixed up in a mess of zany new hijinks!

Friday - March 06, 2015

Witcher 3 - What Is The Wild Hunt?

by Couchpotato, 05:23

VGamerZ has a new article this week that talks about The Wild Hunt in Witcher 3.

The Wild Hunt is a cavalcade of spectral horseman who terrorize humans and it is said that they are an omen of death and misfortune. The sight of the Wild Hunt is also known as an omen of war. They abduct people and force them to join them on their ride, and only a few of those who have been abducted have managed to escape, however they were all considered mad and their stories considered nothing but the ramblings of madmen. It is said that they abduct more people during winter and war time, and during the last great war they abducted over twenty  people in Novigrad once they had passed through. The abducted can also reappear many years later, without having aged at all, this is because they are from another world and their time flows differently from the human world.

Sunday - March 01, 2015

Witcher 3 - New Screenshots Released

by Couchpotato, 05:01

Dual Shockers posted news about some new screenshots for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

CD Projekt Red released two new screenshots of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on the game’s official Facebook account giving us one more glimpse on the game’s characters and environments.

Thursday - February 26, 2015

Witcher 3 - More Character Profiles

by Couchpotato, 04:28

VGamerZ released two more Character Profiles for The Witcher III this month.

Triss Merigold

Triss Merigold of Maribor is a sorceress and the main protagonist Geralt of Rivia’s close friend, and lover in The Witcher games. She is also a close friend to Geralt’s main lover through the books, Yennefer of Vengerberg. Triss is in love with Geralt and is very jealous of the relationship which Geralt has with Yennefer, even though the bond they share is very complicated.  Triss took it upon herself to act as a motherly/sisterly figure to Ciri during her time at Kaer Morhen (the witcher stronghold), where she looked after her and helped the others there to treat her as a growing woman, as opposed to a witcher-to-be, because of this Ciri wasn’t subjected to any mutations.

Ciri

Princess Cirilla, better known as Ciri, is one of the main characters in Andrzej Sapowski’s novels.  She is the daughter of Duny and Pavetta, and grandchild of Queen Calanthe and King Roegner

Thursday - February 19, 2015

Witcher 3 - New Interview & Game Details

by Couchpotato, 04:15

Gamepressure interviewed Adam Badowski, the Managing Director of CD Projekt RED.

How did the development team respond, when during that key phase of the development, a period of another three intensive months was added? Were they relieved, or would they rather already be done with the game?

Honestly, I really enjoy talking about the atmosphere within our studio, and have nothing to hide. Surely, the entire team is working really hard, and with such a large group, despite what you may think, not many people have direct contact with the final version, nor do they have a time to play it. Basically, the team is consumed with fixing bugs, and doesn’t really know about the actual phase of the production. When the delay was announced to the developing team, the first reaction was the fear of letting our fans down. However, the disappointment didn’t come from the fact that we have more months of hard work ahead, as many believed that we would make it in time. Obviously, there were some who were tired, as a delay meant more months to be spent working on the project. Everyone wants to do their best, but with such hard challenges it’s not merely a matter of wishful thinking – it means that even more effort must be put in. What is more, the state of the game is unpredictable, the Witcher 3 is so complicated, that we get surprised on a daily basis. Even presentation to the press has revealed to us several things we have yet to improve.

I also have some new gameplay details from the games forum.

I gathered a new info from this polish Q&A (made by the guys who played the game, without RED's participation) and articles from unrelated websites for the sake of clarification about certain subject matters. Some of it you may already heard about, but I'm sure there will be some new things for you as well.

Wednesday - February 18, 2015

Witcher 3 - Aims to Be Better Than Skyrim

by Couchpotato, 04:49

Well if you feel like reading another article that claims The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be better than Skyrim then head on over to GamesRadar for a new opinion article.

CDP RED has a near-mythical status as an RPG developer for delivering on the kind of promises it’s been making throughout The Witcher 3’s development. In seven years and two games, it’s grown from an unknown game dev arm of a localisation company to a triple-A studio with teams in both Warsaw and Krakow, working on two hugely anticipated titles (Cyberpunk 2077 is still a relative unknown) across three platforms. That wouldn’t have been possible if it didn’t have the talent to deliver its bold claims. Watch out, Dragonborn: Witcher is coming.

Saturday - February 14, 2015

Witcher 3 - Is Hype-Proof @ Examiner

by Couchpotato, 05:32

The Examiner has a new article that calls The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Hype-Proof.

It is full steam ahead for developer CD Projekt RED. Loyal fans of the series and curious newcomers should be excited about what is coming. From what I've experienced, it seems impossible for the studio to drop the ball on this game. Every decision they've made has been passed with the upmost care and concern.

The amount of passion and diligence the studio has poured into this world is staggering and simply inexplicable. Hype hurts some games because they can't measure up to what fans expect. CD Projekt RED has laid out their expectations for what this game will be and that bar is higher than any fans can set. Come May 19, expect the absolute best from CD Projekt RED.

Can you call an entire website a fanboy?Cool

Wednesday - February 11, 2015

Witcher 3 - Can it Get Side Quests Right?

by Couchpotato, 05:04

Eurogamer is back again with another video this week talking about whether CD Projekt RED can get all the quests done right for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

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With Bertie and myself both having played The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt at a recent preview, we thought it might be fun to sit down and share our (surprisingly different) stories of adventure and optional side quests. Join us as we discuss the level of detail on display outside of the main storyline itself and whether CD Projekt RED will need to sacrifice detail just to fill their gigantic world.

Monday - February 09, 2015

VGamerZ - Profile of Geralt of Rivia

by Couchpotato, 04:31

VGamerZ posted a profile of Geralt of Rivia from the first two Witcher games.

Geralt of Rivia is the main protagonist in Andrzej Sapowski’s The Witcher books, and CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher games. He goes by multiple names, these include The White Wolf (because he has pure white hair and is from the Wolf School), Gwynbleidd (Elder Speech for White Wolf), and Butcher of Blaviken (he thwarted the secret plans of Renfri and her bandits to kill Stregobor and the innocent but as this was not known to the general public it looked as though he killed them for no reason). Although being known as Geralt of Rivia, he isn’t from Rivia. This is because Master Vesemir encouraged all Witcher apprentices to adopt and create a surname so they sound more approachable and trustworthy.

Sunday - February 08, 2015

Witcher 3 - Hands-On Video @ Game Informer

by Couchpotato, 05:45

Game Informer released a new six minute YouTube video where they share their hands-on impression of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from last months press event.

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Kimberley Wallace returns from playing the first three hours of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and has much to share with Andrew Reiner.

Friday - February 06, 2015

Witcher 3 - Dark Difficulty & Permadeath

by Couchpotato, 00:29

Brenna Hillier of VG 24/7 talked with CD Projekt about Dark Difficulty & Permadeath.

At the end of my time with The Witcher 3 and CD Projekt RED earlier this month, I decided to nail down precisely how hard the RPG is. Pulling out my notebook and a pen, I drew a simple chart and labelled the Y axis with “Skyrim” at the bottom and “Dark Souls” at the top.

“I don’t know what the X axis is,” I apologised, “But let’s say the Y axis is a difficulty scale. Down at the bottom here is the toughest challenge in Skyrim. Up the top here is the hardest thing in Dark Souls – something really life destroying, you know?”

Weber caught on immediately. “First of all, Dark difficulty would be somewhere over here,” he said, indicating a space on the other side of the table from us. We both laughed.

“So where’s normal?” I asked, handing him my pen.

He only hesitated for a moment before drawing a line exactly in the middle of the two extremes. So there you have it.

Monday - February 02, 2015

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Short News Roundup

by Couchpotato, 04:25

Lets get started with a new video from Eurogamer about why the site thinks the Witcher 3 is the  Game of Thrones of video games. Sounds crazy right?

Well give a watch then decide for your own.

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If you've looked at the thermometer lately, you will have noticed winter isn't coming, it's well and truly here. That's why the outside has turned into a bleak wasteland reminiscent of the North of Game of Thrones' Westeros, or the frostier realms of The Witcher 3's similarly brutal fantasy world.

Where the recent RPG based on George R.R. Martin's brutal fantasy world was deeply disappointing, Telltale's ongoing effort is a definite improvement. Still, it doesn't give you the freedom to wander off exploring. For an experience that blends the elements of Game of Thrones that make it so popular with a fully fleshed-out fantasy world, The Witcher 3 may well be the answer.

Next I have another interview this time on a site called State of Play.

What are you working on right now?

Jakub Szamalek: Right now the story team is adding the finishing touches to the game. We are doing some onscreen text, some letters and documents. Basically we are wrapping up the entire story part of the game. There a lot of polishing, that’s actually what we are using this time for.

What’s the biggest departure from The Witcher 2?

Jakub Szamalek: I think it’s the open world- it changed everything. It’s a matter of scale, things are much bigger. But it’s also changed how we create the game and how we make quests work.

In The Witcher 2 the structure was linear. There was a lot of non-linearity in the choices you made and the paths you chose, but basically the quests were aligned in a nice neat line. In The Witcher 3 you can do them in whatever order you please and they still have to connect and make sense.

The other thing is that we had to make this huge world interesting. The Witcher 2 had a number of side quests, but since the world was much smaller well could get away with fewer of them. Whereas this time we have built a world that is forty times bigger and so we had to put a lot of attention and time into making the world interesting.

There’s lots of points of interest like ruins, caves, abandoned building and whatnot. We have to make each of these places worth visiting. So there a little bits of back story, there’s someone to meet, a story to discover and a secret to find. There has to be a reward. So we spent a lot of time with that.

From a story perspective there’s this extra layer on non-linearity because you can do the main quests in the game in different orders. Depending on the order in which do them you actually get a slightly different story. So this is really a game changer- opening up the world and making it so big.

Sunday - February 01, 2015

Witcher 3 - Interview @ Play Station Lifestyle

by Couchpotato, 04:27

Play Station Lifestyle's Dan Oravasaari had the chance to with speak with CD Projekt RED’s Level Designer Miles Tost, and VP of Global Marketing Tomasz Jarzbowski.

PSLS: Given the amount of optional side-quests available, how are you approaching them so that they do not become repetitive?

M: The cool thing about how we design quests is that you would think that there would be a team for main-quest and a team for side-quest, but that is totally not the case. We spend equal amount of time and effort on making the side-quests as we do making the main-quests, they get the same treatment, they are not lower or anything. That also applies to quests that are much smaller than you average side-quest, we have them on all scales. So, none of them feel repetitive. If you think about it, its not like we came up with a huge world and then decided that we needed to fill it with content and half way through decided that that we are really done now, but we still have this part of the world left and we need to fill it.

No, basically, what happened was that we made the story and the quest and everything, and that basically dictated the size of the world. So, the size that we have in the game is really out of necessity, this is how large we wanted it to be. So, you shouldn’t find a lot of repetition, but what you do find is something different, while it may sound like a weakness, it really is a strength. You may find quests that do start out as something you may recognize from other games, like where you go ‘oh yeah, this is a typical fetch quest, I have to find this guy’s hidden treasure’, but when you do it, it kind of takes this twist and something absolutely different happens. At the end of it you may get to make some morally ambivalent choices, where you are unclear as to how it manifests.

Saturday - January 31, 2015

Witcher 3 - Pronounce These Difficult Words?

by Couchpotato, 05:23

Gamespot has a new video where they try to pronounce some difficult words from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with CD Projekt Red Quest Designer Philipp Weber.

CD Projekt Red quest designer Philipp Weber challenges Daniel Hindes to pronounce the tricky names of people and places from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt!

Thursday - January 29, 2015

Witcher 3 - Another Short Roundup

by Couchpotato, 04:59

Well another day and here is more links to various articles for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. So lets get started with a new six minute video interview on GamerHubTv.

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Jonas Mattsson, environmental designer at CD Projekt Red, talks about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in this exclusive interview from the San Francisco press review event.

The second interview is on Gamasutra about growing a studio in a sustainable way.

One of the most interesting traits of CDPR is the studio's penchant for sustained growth -- it's gone from roughly 100-strong at the outset to a headcount of 350 or so, growing steadily beyond "mid-size" during a time when so many mid-size independent studios were collapsing. What can other developers learn from CDPR's success, and how can they avoid repeating the studio's mistakes?

And for last a new article on the Guardian about why sex matters in the game.

The development team behind forthcoming fantasy adventure title The Witcher: Wild Hunt seems unfazed by either moral or technical concerns. The game, due for release in May, contains sex scenes constructed from over 16 hours of motion capture data. There may not be any of Houser’s dildo sex in the George RR Martin-esque fantasy plains, but there is a Hugh Hefnerian amount of lovemaking. It comes quickly, too. Within the first 15 seconds the camera droops to linger on a woman’s fulsome posterior, moments after dismounting the protagonist, the white-haired monster hunter, Geralt of Rivia.

Wednesday - January 28, 2015

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Small News Roundup

by Couchpotato, 05:17

Here is another small news roundup from today for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Up first I have a new YouTube video with more gameplay that was releasd today.

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New Witcher: Wild Hunt gameplay video featuring segments from the game prologue and Skellige islands.

Next I have a new interview from PC Gamer with Level Designer Miles Tost.

PC Gamer: From your perspective, what needs to be done before you sell The Witcher 3?

Miles Tost, Level Designer: There are some small hiccups here and there that still need to be addressed to make for a thoroughly smooth experience. One of the bigger things we’re aware of is the horse, which is probably our main thing that we are working on. Actually, the cool thing about that is that this is one of the main complains of the people, and not, for example, the story. People are not saying, “Alright, the story sucks.” They’re saying the horse controls could be better, which, for us, that’s something that’s perfectly manageable to fix within the time that we have. Like, revamping the entire story or something? That would not be really possible.

Another thing is, of course, the performance hiccups you can see time to time. Those are basically—they’re no-brainers, essentially, right. They need to go. And that’s something we should also very well be able to deal with until launch.

And thanks  to Thrasher I have another article from PC Gamer about DLC.

CD Projekt Red announced in November plans to release 16 pieces of DLC for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt at no charge. Nothing too big—horse armor (seriously), alternate beards and hairstyles, that sort of thing—but according to co-founder and CEO Marcin Iwiński, enough to make a "statement" against the trend toward high-priced, low-content DLC.

Tuesday - January 27, 2015

Witcher 3 - Preview @ Digitally Downloaded

by Couchpotato, 06:37

Matt Sainsbury of Digitally Downloaded notified me of a new preview for Witcher 3, and writes he tried to do the preview differently than others sites this week.

The media was recently afforded the opportunity to sit down for a couple of hours to experience the opening sequence in The Witcher 3 ahead of its February release. We were ushered into a room, given controllers and set down to play through the opening tutorial and visit the game's first tiny hamlet to complete a few missions and side quests.

At the end of the time I looked around, and everyone else had made far more progress through the story than I had. It wasn't because I found the game difficult, though it's clearly going to be able to offer a sharp challenge to experienced players. It wasn't because I was too busy soaking in the atmosphere, though to be sure the environments were gorgeous and demanded more than a few slow pans of the camera.

Monday - January 26, 2015

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Massive Hype Roundup

by Couchpotato, 17:25

Yes you read the title right as I lost track of the amount of articles, and other media related news-bits over the last year.  So if you have time here is a new roundup.

So to get started here is a list of links to a bunch of new previews.

  1. PCWorld
  2. Rock,Paper, Shotgun
  3. GameTrailers
  4. Destructoid
  5. GameSpot
  6. IGN
  7. Stevivor
  8. Eurogamer
  9. GameInformer
  10. VG247
  11. Gamereactor
  12. Hardcore Gamer
  13. OnlySP

Next DSO Gaming has three new gameplay videos to watch.

YouTube’s ‘GohaMedia’ has shared three videos from the latest build of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, showing off 15 minutes of new gameplay footage. Our guess is that this is the gameplay footage CD Projekt RED promised to share today, therefore go ahead and enjoy the videos while you still can!

Lets not forget two more interviews I found this week.

  1. Connecte Digital World
  2. Hardcore Gamer

And to complete the roundup here is more screenshots.

Saturday - January 24, 2015

Witcher 3 - New Gameplay Trailer

by Couchpotato, 05:56

CD Projekt Red released a short Gameplay Trailer for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt today in anticipation of the their new Live Q&A later this week on GOG on Jaunuary 26th.

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NEW! The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Gameplay Trailer 2015: Combat, Fighting, Horses & Release Date (PS4, Xbox One, PC) Stay tuned to Open World Games for more The Witcher 3 walkthrough, let's play, free roam exploring gameplay, weapons, bosses fights and battle, hunting monsters, and much more!

Friday - January 23, 2015

Witcher 3 - Live Developer Q&A on GOG

by Couchpotato, 16:19

CD Projekt Red announces on the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt webpage they will be hosting a new  live Q&A on GOG's Twitch channel on January 26th. Here are the details.

Together with our friends from GOG.com we would like to invite everyone for a live session at Twitch.tv/GOGcom, with 15 minutes of gameplay highlights from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and live developer commentary accompanied by a Q&A session.

Damien Monnier - Senior Gameplay Designer, and Miles Tost - Level Desinger, will respond to live comments coming in via Twitch chat, as well as select questions from the GOG.com community forums. If you have some questions you’d like answered head on over to GOG.com and ask away!

The live stream will be hosted on Monday Jan 26 7:00 PM GMT / 2:00 PM EST / 11:00 AM PST at Twitch.tv/GOGcom.

Wednesday - January 21, 2015

Witcher 3 - Interview @ Geekbomb

by Couchpotato, 04:19

If you can tolerate the pink layout then a site called Geekbomb has a new interview with CD Projekt Red’s Quest Designer Philipp Weber to talk about The Witcher 3.

Has there been any huge changes in the gameplay or the mechanics from the previous titles?

“The biggest change for us is that we now have an open world, so many of the quests actually work differently. You won’t have the case anymore where people talk about a monster roaming the forest and it’s like ten metres away from you – that will not happen in this game. In general, and as an example, the combat system is a very refined version of The Witcher 2. Its combat system wasn’t perfect. There were some complaints and we listened to them. I personally think that gameplay wise this is my favourite [of the series] and it works very well. I have a lot of fun with the combat system, which I always like to compare to a dance. You move a lot and there’s a rhythm – it’s pretty cool.”

I actually did find it to be a bit like that, and it was really fun! Speaking of combat, one of the things that I really enjoyed was that there was no level adjustment when it came to fighting monsters. You actually had to level up a little bit before taking on certain foes. What was the inspiration behind this move?

“We always liked that in old school games you always felt a sense of accomplishment after you overcame a certain monster that you maybe couldn’t defeat in the beginning. In many games that have been released in the last few years, monsters are always exactly as strong as you are at the time. For me personally it defeats the purpose of a role playing game because you improve your own skills but you also improve your characters. As an example, if the wolves in the prologue level give you issues, it’s a nice feeling that twenty hours later you can return, do that [he snaps his fingers] and they all fall down and die.”

Being the last title in the series, I’m sure a lot of the fans will be desperately wanting some DLC. Can you reveal if there is going to be any at this stage?

“We’ve announced that we are going to be having some free DLC! We don’t really believe in giving you something like an armour pack where we give you the armour and ask for $5.99. Basically we want to treat players like we would personally like to be treated as players.”

Is that part of the reason that you will be providing free DLC – to give something back to gamers?

“Yes, exactly. And if we were to ever charge for DLC then I think it would be more like what we used to call an add-on in the good old days. I think that’s the only way we could imagine making DLC that you would have to pay for – so you actually get your moneys worth.”

Thank you azarhal for the link.

Monday - January 19, 2015

Witcher 3 - Big Reveal This Week

by Couchpotato, 06:07

It appears CD Projekt is getting ready for another big reveal for Witcher 3 based on a new Twitter post. As usual here is the information if you're interested.

Busy day packing getting ready to fly to San Francisco for our big press event next week. Gonna blow some minds.

Tuesday - January 13, 2015

Witcher 3 - Will Be A Top Game of 2015

by Couchpotato, 04:36

A game website called Game Criticism calls Witcher III one of the top Games of 2015, and list a few reasons why they think it will be, I for one agree with those bold words.

The Witcher 3 has been made perfect and it justifies delay of one of the best RPGs till now. Series of Withcher games are actually based upon Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski’s books. That is why the setting of these games is of medieval era filled with imaginary. A monster hunter with unimaginative powers is one of the few witchers that managed to survive. First game of this series was released in 2007 then the sequel came in 2011 and rated as one of the top Role Playing Games ever made.  Let’s explore why it will be hot favorite game of 2015.

Thursday - January 08, 2015

Witcher 3 - A Little Background on Ciri

by Couchpotato, 01:03

Neo Heresy of XP4T posted a new article with information on The Witcher III’s newest playable character Ciri. If you read the books you should know who she is.

On December 16th Bandai Namco Games and CD Projekt RED revealed that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will feature a second playable character, in addition to Geralt of Rivia – the gaming franchise’s headline star. That new character will be Ciri, the ashen-hair Surprise Child who was promised to Geralt by her father, Duny (future emperor of Nilfgaard). As you should already have figured out by now, Cirilla’s no random addition to the world of The Witcher, but a very important character in Geralt’s life as her existence is connected with Geralt’s by a powerful bond of fate and ancient laws. But who exactly is she?

Wednesday - January 07, 2015

Witcher 3 - System Requirements Released

by Aries100, 19:51

CD Project RED has announced the system requirements for this game - on Facebook,
it seems. The requirements for your system will be these:

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
RAM 6GB
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
RAM 8GB
OS 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)
Direct X 11
HDD Space 40 GB

Is it just me or do games these days really have delusions of grandeur) I mean, 40GB?

 

Wednesday - December 31, 2014

Witcher 3 - Steelbooks Coming Soon

by Couchpotato, 05:32

Hardcore Gamer has news about the Steelbooks for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

We still have a few months before we can get our hands on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. However, we can catch a glimpse right now at some beautiful art for upcoming steelbooks. The amount of intricate detail is spectacular. The world they’ve traveled and journeys they’ve endured are etched forever on their faces. You can actually see cities and forests on their cheeks. It’s quite breathtaking, just staring at them.

Tuesday - December 23, 2014

Witcher 3 - Final Bugs & Extra Dev Time

by Couchpotato, 05:44

An editor named Mansoor on a small site called Nerdacy had the chance to ask a question of CD Projekt RED CEO Marcin Iwinski about the delay The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Shortly after the announcement of the delay, I emailed CD Projekt RED co-founder and CEO Marcin Iwinski to find out a few intricate details on the matter. Here’s what he had to say when I asked him about the specifics of what they will be addressing with this extra development time:

“We are removing the final bugs and still running optimization in various areas. What it will result in is a smoother and more engaging experience and, yes, the game looking better across all platforms. The content is locked, so no content changes are being made at this point. The scale of the open world in the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is unprecedented, so fear not – there is enough gameplay to keep you playing for weeks.”

When we last spoke with Iwinski, he said the game holds about 120 hours of gameplay, which is equivalent to BioWare’s Dragon Age: Inquisition. That is a lot of gameplay and story.

Thursday - December 18, 2014

Witcher 3 - Badly Polished Games

by Couchpotato, 04:08

Eurogamer's polish site had a chance to talk with a board member of CD Projekt named Adam Kiciński about the extra delay for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

"Gamers ..." he said (in a translation supplied by Eurogamer Poland), "took our decision very well. [The] market is afraid of badly polished games on next-gen platforms."

Undeniably, the faulty releases of games such as Assassin's Creed: Unity, DriveClub and The Master Chief Collection are still fresh in people's minds.

"We want to disarm the opinion that [The Witcher 3] doesn't exist," he went on, tackling another concern. "It will be closed by the end of the year in line with the schedule.

"There's a lot of small errors though, because the game is huge. It's the only reason behind the delay. We didn't assume it will be this big. Only after putting all the pieces together it turned out it's bigger than the two first put together. Let me remind you: it's open and not linear. We are just learning how to play it and we have to catch the little pieces. We know what to do, we just have to do it. We don't want to release the game with bugs that undermine the gameplay."

Tuesday - December 16, 2014

Witcher 3 - Second Playable Character Revealed

by Aubrielle, 12:32

The second playable character in the Witcher 3 has been revealed.  Her name is Ciri, she's quick, she blinks around, she's prominent in the lore, and she's got white hair.  Killer.

Earlier this month, CD Projekt Red teased a second playable character in its upcoming RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. My fingers were crossed for Yarpen Zigrin, but it will actually be Ciri, an "ashen-haired girl from an ancient prophecy," and a prominent character in the Witcher novels and television series.

Ciri is a talented swordfighter, possesses great speed and agility, can "blink," and will unlock several unique abilities over the course of the game. There's also a "mythical power" lying dormant within her that CD Projekt will shed more light on in the future.

"A descendant in a long-lost Elven-blood lineage, Ciri plays an important role in the Witcher lore—a powerful, living weapon capable of both healing and destroying the world she inhabits," it said. Her presence will allow the studio to dig into some different narrative angles, but it emphasized that the game remains entirely about the Witcher, Geralt.

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Source: PC Gamer

Monday - December 08, 2014

Witcher 3 - Delayed (again) to May 2015

by Hexprone, 18:24

Geralt of Rivia will not be yours for Valentine's Day next year after all, PC Gamer reports:

Yes, CD Projekt's RPG sequel has been delayed. Again. It's being pushed back a further three months, with the new release date set for May 19, 2015.

According to an open letter published by The Board of CD PROJEKT SA, the delay is due to the "sheer size and complexity" of the game. "Now, nearing the end of our work," they write, "we see many details that need to be corrected. When we release the most important game in our studio’s history, we must be absolutely sure that we did everything we could to limit any bugs to a level that will allow you to enjoy the game thoroughly."

Disappointing, but I'm always happier to see a delayed game than a rushed release.

Source: PC Gamer

Saturday - December 06, 2014

Witcher 3 - Now with 100% More Playable Characters

by Hexprone, 08:56

So far, the Witcher series has been centered on the character of Geralt. He's still got the lead in The Wild Hunt, but apparently one of the other characters from the preview that debuted at tonight's VGA awards will be playable as well. But they haven't said which one.

There's no confirmation of whether this is really an alternative choice of hero throughout the game, or whether (more likely) you'll just take control of the character during their own set of sidequests.

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My guess it's the white-haired, elder-blooded woman referred to as Siri in the video.

Thursday - November 13, 2014

Witcher 3 - CD Projekt Helps Disabled Fan

by Couchpotato, 03:55

Eurogamer has a new article that will probably get called a pr stunt again about CD Projekt helping a disabled fan get his likeness added to an NPC in Witcher 3.

So just let me say bravo CD Projekt you did a good thing today.

"Some time ago we got an email from this guy. He described his situation and wanted to let the studio know what he thinks about our games and what they mean to him. That was a very kind and touching email. He didn't ask for anything, just to pass the message to others in [CD Projekt] Red.

"Over the weekend we exchanged a couple of emails and finally came up with an idea to put his face in The Witcher 3. Let me quote one of these emails: 'It is great that we can do something to make him feel better :)'. I think that sums it up pretty well."

Wednesday - November 12, 2014

Witcher 3 - The DLC Plan @ Techraptor

by Couchpotato, 02:28

Don Parsons notified me once again of a new opinion article on his site Techraptor where he talks about why he doesn't like the new DLC plan for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

CD Projekt Red is clearly trying to get the hype going for this January’s release of The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt as every week or two there’s been an announcement. And this week, as covered by our own Andrew Stretch, it was revealed that they will be having 16 Free DLC released.

First, I do want to say that I respect most of CD Projekt Red’s policies. Their no DRM set is a rare bit of sanity, their games are well designed and their DLC is more like older style patches with free bonus things they’ve done. As a fan of older games, I also love CD Projekt’s gog.com which has allowed me to play these games easier optimized for new pcs and to discover ones I had missed.

The plan for The Witcher’s 3 DLC goes as follows: there will be 16 of them. They will be released in groups of 2 – with 2 on Day 1 and 2 more each week. We don’t know the majority of these (Leaks will probably continue over the next few weeks sprinkling out) but the first four (day 1 and week 1) DLC were announced. They seem to be in a pack of one cosmetic and one gameplay thing based on the pattern we see so far.

These sound fine, but let’s discuss the issues here and why I believe it is nothing more than a marketing tactic.

Thursday - November 06, 2014

Witcher 3 - 16 Free Dlcs for Everyone!

by Couchpotato, 18:36

CD Projekt Red announced on the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt webpage that every buyer of the game will be getting sixteen free dlcs on the games release.

Open Letter from Marcin Iwiński, co-founder and Joint CEO of CD PROJEKT RED.

“We love games. We love collecting them, playing them, and everything connected to that experience. Every time we reach out for a new release, we expect to be taken care of. We expect support if we encounter any problems, we love updates constantly improving the experience, and we feel really special when we receive free content that gives us more than we initially paid for. It doesn’t have to be huge, it can be an awesome skin for a character, or an extra sword, or armor.

Unfortunately this treatment is quite rare these days. As gamers, we nowadays have to hold on tight to our wallets, as surprisingly right after release, lots of tiny pieces of tempting content materialize with a steep price tag attached. Haven’t we just paid a lot of cash for a brand new game?

As CD PROJEKT RED, we strongly believe this is not the way it should work and, with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, we have decided to do it differently. Cutting to the chase, everyone who buys Wild Hunt will receive 16 specially prepared DLCs absolutely for free, regardless of platform. You don’t have to pre-order, you don’t have to buy any special edition to get them -- if you own a copy of Wild Hunt, they’re yours. This is our way of saying thank you for buying our game.”

Thursday - October 30, 2014

Witcher 3 - New Music Trailer

by Couchpotato, 16:09

CD Projekt released a new music trailer for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt called, "The Trail."

Tuesday - October 28, 2014

Witcher 3 - Interview @ GameZone

by Couchpotato, 04:44

I found a short interview on a site called GameZone with CD Projekt Red's Studio Communications Manager Fabian Mario Doehla who answers a few questions.

How has the leak affected the game?

"It has gave away some of the monster designs. The world map leaked. We always talked about how big the game was. It sounded really bad but it wasn't that bad.  You've got a plan when to show people and what and when the plan gets messed up it's a little upsetting. We were upset for a few days and then we kept on. I even heard that we leaked it on purpose to generate PR and show how big the game is, but seriously, if you work so hard you don't leak anything on purpose. The good thing is we still have much to reveal. Not everything is leaked. There willl be some interesting things coming up."

In what way is The Witcher 3 going to be more than the first two games?

"It's open world. People like talking about the size of the game, and yes it's bigger than other open world games. Yes, it's also 35 times bigger than The Witcher. It's based on a novel which helps a lot with story writing. It's always cheesy to talk about great graphics, but it's been a while since The Witcher 2, don't forget. We focused working on next-gen, which is now called current gen and that's made quite a different."

How do you differentiate console development and PC development?

"It's quite similar. You have to put in more work to make your game work on different hardware and operating systems. Xbox One and PS4 require harder work to get more out of your game, because of set specifications. Luckily enough we never had to deal with less powerful platforms so there won't be too much of a difference between the PC and console. If you've got a high spec PC you can push up the resolution. I'm not saying we can run Witcher 3 on 4k on console, but you probably will on a good enough PC."

Saturday - October 25, 2014

Witcher 3 - Opening Cinematic Released

by Couchpotato, 05:20

As promised from CVG here is the Opening Cinematic for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Here's the EXCLUSIVE full opening cinematic of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, shown at the Golden Joystick Awards 2014.

The Golden Joystick Awards was the first place in the world to see this trailer. And, if you missed the awards, don't forget that you can catch up on the full event by going here:

http://www.twitch.tv/goldenjoystickaw...

The Witcher 3 was one of several big video reveals on the day, so it's worth tuning in for that alone. You can also see all the big winners in the world's oldest gaming award ceremony, awarding the best home computer and video games of the year, as voted for by the general public.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an upcoming action RPG set in a lavish, open world environment - an open world, in fact, bigger than any other in modern RPG history.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is developed by CD Projekt RED and is due for release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Mac on 24 February 2015.

Friday - October 24, 2014

Witcher 3 - Golden Joystick Awards Teaser

by Couchpotato, 05:26

CVG released a short teaser trailer of the of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt opening cinematic.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Teaser Golden Joystick Awards 2014

Here's an EXCLUSIVE teaser video of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt opening cinematic. The opening will be premiered IN FULL at the Golden Joystick Awards on Friday 24 October.

This will be the first place in the world to see it, and you can join in via the Golden Joysticks Twitch live stream, which starts at 15.40 BST, 10:40 EDT.

Watch the awards livestream here!
http://www.twitch.tv/goldenjoystickaw...

The Witcher 3 is one of several big video reveals on the day, so it's worth tuning in for that alone. You'll also get to see all the big winners in the world's oldest gaming award ceremony, awarding the best home computer and video games of the year, as voted for by the general public.

Wednesday - October 22, 2014

Witcher 3 - Interview @ Play-Mag

by Couchpotato, 05:49

Play-Mag has a short preview of a new interview with CD Projekt Red.

You might remember The Witcher 2 taking a sly dig at Assassin’s Creed by including a dead Assassin lying next to a hay bail.

Well, CD Projekt Red has taken another cheeky dig at their rivals when talking about The Witcher 3′s side quests.

“Yeah, it’s definitely difficult to do that,” said The Witcher 3 producer Stan Just in an interview with Play in issue 249, when we asked about the difficulty of telling a story in an open world setting.

“What’s also difficult is to fill out the world with enough quests to do, while also making sure that those quests feel related to one another in some way. You have a lot of choices that you can make in the game, and they come in all shades of grey, so it’s difficult for us to work out all the intricacies and the relationships between those decisions,” Just explained.

Just said that even when you stumble across a side quest, it’ll be grounded in the the overarching story of the game.

“What you need to remember,  is that the world in Wild Hunt is experiencing political turmoil,” Just said. “A side quest about a force occupying a village might be a separate plot in itself and have a beginning and an end, but it’s also a plot that is grounded within the bigger storyline and the war.”

“These things are optional to do but if you do them you will find they are still part of the bigger picture,” Just continued.

We asked Just if this means The Witcher 3 won’t include sidequests that are no more than meaningless distractions.

“No,” he says,  laughing, “you won’t be doing things like searching for feathers”.

Monday - October 20, 2014

Witcher 3 - Various Website Updates

by Couchpotato, 06:50

CD Projekt RED has a bunch  of new updates on the Witcher 3 this month , So in-case you missed any of them just follow this link to the website. Here is the latest one.

Foglets can appear wherever thick fog arises: swamplands, mountain passes or the shores of rivers and lakes. If no fog is forthcoming, they can create or summon it themselves. By manipulating fog they can separate travelers from each other, hide trails and deafen noise. You can learn more about this mysterious creature here.

Sunday - October 19, 2014

Witcher 3 - Sex, Story & Open Worlds

by Couchpotato, 04:08

The EGMR staff talk with CD Projekt RED Communications Manager Fabian Doehla about sex, story, and open worlds in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

There are few games that we at EGMR love more than The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings and with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on its way, we were eager as beavers to get talking about the game with one of CD Projekt’s own.

We really love CD Projekt RED and getting to personally speak to Communications Manager Fabian Doehla (sorry for the misspelling in the video) at rAge was an absolute honour. Watch our interview above together with Marko Swanepoel where we ask Fabian about what you can get up to in the third game in the trilogy — and yes, we go there.

Our sincere apologies for the sound quality in the video which was due to last-minute audio hitches that were out of our control. Still, we hope it’s mostly audible to you and if not, perhaps consider how lucky you are to be alive in this day and age and not during the times of the bubonic plague.

Saturday - October 18, 2014

Witcher 3 - Interview @ VG 24/7

by Couchpotato, 03:37

VG 24/7 has a new interview with CD Projekt Red’s Mical Gilewskito to ask him a few questions about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt this week.

Despite the open nature of the setting, Gilewski said that Wild Hunt will still feel like a Witcher game, even though the developer hopes to attract a new audience to the series.

“For me this game is a little bit more like The Witcher 1 – the whole story revolves around you,” he offered. “With The Witcher 2 it was more about politics. Here, everything revolves around The Witcher character. It will appeal to all the fans – this focus on Geralt and making him the real protagonist of the story.

“One of the lessons we learned from the Witcher 2 was that people didn’t have to have played the previous game but they got the impression that they should have.

“We are starting from scratch but at the same moment making sure all the fans are going to find a lot of familiar elements – NPCs, places, story – some connection. We are introducing them in a way that if you don’t know them you will not feel that you’re missing something. If you do know them, it it’s us winking at you.”

As a bonus here is a short video recap of EGX 2014.

Friday - October 17, 2014

Witcher 3 - Golden Joystick Awards

by Couchpotato, 08:51

CD PROJEKT RED announces they will releasing the full opening cinematic for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt at the Golden Joystick Awards. So look forward to the YouTube video.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt at Golden Joystick Awards

CD PROJEKT RED, the developer behind the critically acclaimed Witcher franchise of games, is gearing up to unveil the opening cinematic from the studio’s flagship open world RPG fantasy adventure-The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

On the 24th of October, 15:45 BST, tune in to the Golden Joystick Awards Ceremony and be among the first people on the planet to watch Geralt of Rivia following The Trail, in an epic intro foreshadowing the main storyline of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

After the world premiere at Golden Joystick Awards, The Trail Opening Cinematic will also be made available on thewitcher.com/thetrail for everyone to enjoy.

Additionally, the studio is proud to inform that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been nominated in the “Most Wanted” category. Gamers eager to help the game win can cast their vote here.

Wild Hunt is a story-driven, next-generation open world role-playing game, set in a graphically stunning fantasy universe, full of meaningful choices and impactful consequences. In The Witcher, you play as Geralt of Rivia, one of a dying caste of monster hunters, and embark on an epic journey in a war-ravaged world that will inevitably lead you to confront a foe darker than anything humanity has faced so far—the Wild Hunt.

The game is scheduled to launch February 24th, 2015, on Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation®4. Visit www.thewitcher.com and buy.thewitcher.com for more information about the game and pre-order availability worldwide. For more on the Golden Joystick Awards and to be first to see the trailer, make sure you stay tuned.

Thursday - October 16, 2014

Witcher 3 - Video Inteview @ GameranX

by Couchpotato, 07:58

GameranX has new video interview with CD Project RED's Damien Monnier.

The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt is a mind blowing game from polish game developer CD Project RED based on famous books by Andrzej Sapkowski. At the interview we've asked Damien Monnier about open world, armor, weapons, exploration and many other interesting things.

Wednesday - October 15, 2014

Witcher 3 - Interview @ International Game News

by Couchpotato, 05:28

International Game News has a new interview with Art Producer Stan of CD PROJEKT RED to ask a few questions about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

You added a tutorial in the ‘Enhanced Edition’ of The Witcher 2; has that made you think more closely about how you teach players the mechanics of The Witcher 3 ?

Definitely it has, yes. Last month the studio was dedicated specifically to tutorials, so we know that’s something we need to include and it’s something we’ve developed heavily. From the very start, as far as I’m concerned, the way we teach players has been vastly improved. I was guilty of the opposite on The Witcher 2. I was too static when it came to talking about including a tutorial system.

Are there a lot of new things that returning players will need to learn?

I would say that the controls themselves have changed a little bit because the combat system has been revamped. Still, despite that, I think it will be rather easy for returning players to learn the new controls. I guess I would describe the combat as easy to learn and hard to master.

In the demo it was said that getting between the two places shown would take around 20 minutes on a sprinting horse…

Yeah, that’s right. Unfortunately, we haven't tasked anybody on the testing team to find out how long it would take to get across the entire world that we’ve built. For a start, you couldn’t get across all of it just using a horse at times you would have to climb a mountain and at other times you would have to sail a boat or dive through underwater passage ways. It’s huge, really. It's massive.

Tuesday - October 14, 2014

Witcher 3 - Interview @ Game Plane

by Couchpotato, 04:59

A site called Game Plane.de has a new inteview with Miles Tost the Level Designer at CD PROJEKT RED to talk about secret characters, challenges and mud wrestling.

This time, your collector’s edition is a really awesome package. How long did it take you to determine the content and who was involved in designing and selecting its contents?

The Witcher 3 Collector's EditionOh, this is a complicated process that takes a really long time. First of all, CD PROJEKT RED always tries to push this aspect of publishing to the limits, I mean, our standard edition contains items that are normally reserved for limited editions of other games, and we’re releasing them for the standard price. The Collector’s Edition content was squeezed in up until the very last moment–we wanted every centimeter of the huge box used, hence the signatures of the entire team printed on the lid. Also, the Geralt Battling a Griffin figure, that took a long time to prepare, and is nicely illustrated by the making of video we released some time ago. It’s a real sculpture, created by real sculptors, and not a 3D printed model from the game. It’s really unique.

What has been your biggest challenge during the development process of The Witcher 3?

It’s really hard to answer that question because every department faces different challenges. In general, I think that maintaining the creative vision behind the game, and keeping everything coherent was a very difficult part. I mean, it’s a HUGE game, and it’s super important to always have a bird’s eye view and constantly check if we haven’t veered off course.

 Talking about locations, which is my area of expertise, I think it was coming up with interesting and fresh places for players to visit, while keeping things believable in good old Witcher fashion. With a world this big it’s easy to fall into patterns that get repetitive real quick. However, thanks to an incredibly talented and creative team, I believe we hit a pretty cool sweet spot, which results in the world holding many surprises for players to find and explore.

How long would it take me in real time to travel through this vast games world? Hours, days or even weeks?

It’s definitely not weeks and days, even MMOs aren’t that big *laughs*. I don’t know to be honest, I haven’t tried that. Covering every inch there is would take you quite a while, especially if you roam the world unprepared. There’s plenty of stuff to keep you busy. We’re 35 times bigger than The Witcher 2, and that was a pretty big game after all. Our goal is for completing the game to take you roughly 100 hours, 50 hours of the main story, and about 50 hours of side-quests. And if that’s not enough – play it again, see what else could’ve happened if just your choices had been different.

Sunday - October 12, 2014

Witcher 3 - EGX 2014 Developer Session

by Couchpotato, 09:04

Hee is a new video from CD Projekt at EGX 2014 giving a new Developer Session for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Thank you danutz_plusplus for the link.

Using the latest video and gameplay stills, CD Projekt's Damien Monnier presents the various mechanics which combine to create the living and breathing world of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Saturday - October 11, 2014

Witcher 3 - Interview @ The Examiner

by Couchpotato, 04:15

The Examiner posted a new interview for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with Michał Krzemiński the games Senior Art Producer at CD Projekt Red.

Examiner: What is the story structure we will be looking at for The Witcher 3? Multiple arcs? Twists and turns?

Michał Krzemiński: It’s pretty complex. We don’t make the mistake of swamping gamers with a ton of info and leaving them to deal with it, instead, we’re unveiling parts of the bigger story as they proceed. You can expect a lot of twists, yes, but you can also count of a myriad of side stories, we give you with each side-quest. These might not be related to the main story arc directly, but they greatly enrich the general experience, give the world a ton of credibility, and provide further information about what you experience in the main story arc.

Examiner:  Does the entire world allow CD Projekt RED to explore all of the lore in The Witcher series or are there still things that will miss The Witcher 3?

Michał Krzemiński: I think it’s not like that. The Witcher lore is not something finite, it’s not a set of tales, rules, and characters. It’s a world, with its own myths and tales. Geralt is the central character of the games and books, but the world dates back so long that you could go back a thousand years and spin a totally different tale if you wanted. In Wild Hunt we’re taking on one of the most predominant forces of that universe--the Wild Hunt.

Examiner: How long will it take to traverse from one side of the world to the other on foot? How long on horseback?

Michał Krzemiński: I don’t know, as I haven’t tried to measure that by myself. But you’re essentially asking about the world size, right? Wild Hunt is 35 times bigger than The Witcher 2, and, with all the points of interest and quests we put around the world for you to explore, visiting every place and finding everything will take a long time.

Examiner: Have you given any thoughts as to whether or not you'll release a demo?

Michał Krzemiński: Currently we’re focusing on polishing the game itself. Talk to us about a demo closer to the launch date.

Also as a bonus CD Projekt Red has a new Teaser page called “Follow The Trail”.

Tomorrow around 4PM (Polish time) you might wanna follow THE TRAIL on thewitcher.com. That's all I'm gonna say for now;)

Thursday - October 09, 2014

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - News Roundup

by Couchpotato, 04:13

I found a few more article that post a few quotes from CD Projekt RED about The Witcher 3. Most of them are just parts of a different interview, but may be interesting to read.

Examiner -"World of The Witcher 3  on track for 2015 release"

When compared to previous games, Wild Hunt is much bigger in terms of world size. When asked if the world of the game allows the development studio to explore all the lore of The Witcher series, Krzemiński shared that while Geralt is the central character, the world itself dates back a thousand years and numerous stories could be told. As such, the development team chose to tell the tale of one of the biggest forces in the series’ universe; that being the Wild Hunt. Find Krzemiński’s full comment below:

"I think it’s not like that. The Witcher lore is not something finite, it’s not a set of tales, rules, and characters. It’s a world, with it’s own myths and tales. Geralt is the central character of the games and books, but the world dates back so long that you could go back a thousand years and spin a totally different tale if you wanted. In Wild Hunt we’re taking on one of the most predominant forces of that universe--the Wild Hunt."

While discussing the development of the game, Krzemiński shared that the title remains on track and that the game will be launching on Feb. 24, 2015. The game will face tough competition that month as Sony releases two major PS4 exclusives: The Order: 1886 and Bloodborne. You can read Krzemiński’s statement regarding the release date below:

"Yes, we’re on track with everything and launching February 24th, 2015."

Lazygamer - "Is The Witcher 3 going to be be a disappointment?"

As I’ve been saying for just about ever, The Witcher 3 is sitting pretty, right at the very top of the increasingly large pile of game’s I’m terribly excited for. It’s been delayed once or twice now, and will finally be upon us in February next year, a week or so before my Birthday, if you had any gifts in mind. According to a random person on the internet though, those of us eagerly awaiting the second coming in RPG form might be setting ourselves up for disappointment.

Worldsfactory - "CD Projekt: There Will Be No Downgrade For The Witcher 3"

Even though CD Projekt enjoyed a full fledged honeymoon with both the press and the community so far, the last few days have sparked somewhat of a commotion in the community, particularly on the official forums and on Neogaf.


Wednesday - October 08, 2014

Witcher 3 - Complex Plot & Twists

by Couchpotato, 01:31

The Examiner has a few quotes from CD Projekt RED about The Witcher 3 plot. The article is very short, but might be of interest to some of you.

Like any well told story, CD Projekt Red doesn’t want to overwhelm players with too much information. To ensure that this doesn’t happen, Krzemiński says that the bigger parts of the story will be disclosed to the player as they advance through the game. One of the reasons behind this approach is because the game’s story is said to be “pretty complex”. Find Krzemiński’s full comment on the story and its structure below:

"It’s pretty complex. We don’t make the mistake of swamping gamers with a ton of info and leaving them to deal with it, instead, we’re unveiling parts of the bigger story as they proceed."

In addition to a complex main story arc, The Witcher 3 will throw a lot of twists and turns at players. Apart from these unexpected storyline twists, players can also expect numerous side stories featured in each side-quest. Some of these side stories and quests may not be tied to or related to the main story arc directly, but they will deepen the overall experience one has with the game. Krzemiński says that the side-quests and side stories will give the game’s world greater credibility and offer extra material about what you experience from the main story. Find his full explanation below:

"You can expect a lot of twists, yes, but you can also count of a myriad of side stories, we give you with each side-quest. These might not be related to the main story arc directly, but they greatly enrich the general experience, give the world a ton of credibility, and provide further information about what you experience in the main story arc."

Sunday - October 05, 2014

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - New Screenshots

by Couchpotato, 05:31

Playstationing posted some new screenshots for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a story-driven, next-generation open world role-playing game, set in a fantasy universe full of meaningful choices and impactful consequences. In The Witcher 3, you play as Geralt of Rivia, one of a dying caste of monster hunters, and embark on an epic journey in a war-ravaged world that will inevitably lead you to confront a foe darker than anything humanity has faced so far—the Wild Hunt. You can view the newly released screenshots below.

Thursday - October 02, 2014

Witcher 3 - Impression @ Gamer Attitude

by Couchpotato, 03:00

Gamer Attitude's Thomas Ellis posted his impression of a recent The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt presentation where he was shown a short demo of the game at EGX 2014

I missed out on the first 2 instalments of The Witcher being a PlayStation owner but the third one will be multi-platform. I heard good things about the series and as details and trailers started coming out, I started getting excited and what better place to see the game in action played by the developer than EGX.

Wednesday - October 01, 2014

Witcher 3 - DLC & DRM Interview @ IGN

by Couchpotato, 05:13

IGN posted a short sample of a new interview with developer CD Projekt Red that talks about DLC, and DRM for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Speaking to IGN during last week's EGX convention, head of marketing and PR Michal Platkow-Gilewski revealed it ultimately comes down to what they want to encounter in releases from other developers.

"We don’t want to assault anyone," he said. "Each time we are thinking about a decision, the first rule is we have to treat gamers like we’d like to be treated. We don’t believe in DRM because we hate DRM. It also doesn’t protect, not really. Games are cracked in minutes, hours or days, but they’re always cracked. If you want to pirate you’ll find a way. But if you’re a committed gamer and are buying the game why should we place a barrier on you?

"Then, with DLC, it’s small content. Like one-thousandth of the whole game. Why should you charge for that? If it’s small, give it for free. I know it’s not always possible or easy but this is what we want to give gamers; a little bit of love, which we’d like to get from other developers as gamers ourselves."

Monday - September 29, 2014

Witcher 3 - New Character Models

by Couchpotato, 05:19

Turin Turambar on NeoGAF uncovered two high-resolution images for Witcher 3.

I had to look at some details like the low-poly fingers to know it was actually the ingame assets (or at least for real time cutscenes).

Sunday - September 28, 2014

Witcher 3 - Geralt A Handsome Man

by Couchpotato, 12:52

Eurogamer posted a silly article for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt about the leading actor of the series Geralt being a handsome man. Read it if you dare.

Two important questions for a Friday: is Geralt too handsome in The Witcher 3 - a genuine concern - and what more can we do while sailing in the game?

In The Witcher 3, Geralt is ruggedly good looking, humanised by a beard and only marked as different by his cat-like yellow eyes. In previous games he was more angular, alien.

For here is a man considered non-human - a man mutated by procedures to make him a super-human monster killer. It's a process that left Geralt with no body pigmentation, with pale skin and white hair. Is handsome what Andrzej Sapkowski, creator of The Witcher fiction, had in mind?

"The truth is, [Geralt] was a relatively handsome man," CD Projekt Red's Michal Platkow-Gillewski told me at EGX. "He could have love affairs with a lot of women - that's in the books, and the same happens in our games. Looking as a monster, you couldn't achieve that.

"Maybe we were looking for a perfect proportion of his face and in previous instalments we weren't there. This [Witcher 3 portrayal] is my favourite, and there is no canonical Geralt face. It's the first time I heard that someone doesn't like someone because he's too handsome - but if he's so handsome, I'm not so sure."

I wonder if it's a way of attracting more people to the game - newer audiences.

"Hmm, no," he pondered, "but if you think he's more handsome, maybe that will help us. But it was not like, 'Hey guys, let's make him super-handsome.' We were just looking for this look where he is strong, he looks like a predator, especially with his eyes. Maybe the beard is doing the job."

Friday - September 26, 2014

Witcher 3 - Traveling Monster Hunter

by Couchpotato, 02:41

CD Projekt RED released a new five minute video development diary for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt today called the,"Traveling Monster Hunter."

Listen to Wild Hunt developers talk about the dangers, challenges, and adventures that await you in the vast, open world of The Witcher.

Friday - September 12, 2014

Witcher 3 - Interview @ Hype Production

by Couchpotato, 05:17

Art Producer Stan Just of CD Projekt Red is interviewed in a new video from Hype Production this week to talk about The Witcher 3 The Wild Hunt

Monday - September 08, 2014

Witcher 3 - Interview @ GamerHubTV

by Couchpotato, 06:07

GamerHubTV has another video interview for The Witcher 3 with VFX Artist Jose Teixeira while he was at GamesCom 2014 last month.

CD Projekt Red VFX artist Jose Teixeira discusses the latest revelations about the epic action RPG, The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt in this exclusive gameplay preview interview from Gamescom 2014.

Wednesday - September 03, 2014

Witcher 3 - Preview @ Games Reviews

by Couchpotato, 02:47

Games Reviews Mat Growcott has posted a new preview for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

The Witcher 3 is looking like it’ll be well worth your time. Based on what we’ve seen so far, the developers are not only going for depth, but also for ease of access that’ll make exploring the wealth of features that much more enjoyable for the majority. Slap on beautiful graphics and a dark fantasy story, and this is easily the most exciting RPG on the horizon.

Monday - September 01, 2014

Witcher 3 - Preview @ Gamers Post

by Couchpotato, 05:53

A small site by the name of Gamers Post has a new preview of The Witcher 3.

The game is coming out next year, 2015 on 25th February, because of the delay by the studio. CD Project wanted to make the experience deeper and richer and that’s why they wanted to have more time for working on the game.

The game looks really fantastic and the dynamic combat looks awesome too. All the characters in the world react similarly as the ones in Skyrim, they have day and nighttime activities. The graphics looks beautifully crafted.

We are really looking forward for this one! Maybe an upcoming Masterpiece?

Monday - August 25, 2014

Witcher 3 - Video Interview @ PakGamers

by Couchpotato, 06:04

PakGamers interviewed CD Projekt Red to ask a few questions about The Witcher III.

Wajhi Jafri from pakgamers.com interviews Polish developer CD Projekt Red about their upcoming action RPG The Witcher III: Wild Hunt.

Questions:

  1. How does the underwater exploration work? Is it quest based or can we explore at will like when we’re using the boat to travel?
  2. Can we expect similar choice based consequences of playing completely different chapters like we did in The Witcher 2?
  3. Are there boss fights like the Kayran in The Witcher 3?
  4. Any details on the Skill tree? Is it like the one in The Witcher 1, The Witcher 2 or something new altogether?
  5. Check point system or save anywhere? Or both?
  6. Will some quests be cancelled if others are completed before it or if a certain amount of time has passed like in The Witcher 1?
  7. Can we expect further changes to Geralt’s model by the time the game ships?

Sunday - August 24, 2014

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - New Q&A Video

by Couchpotato, 06:06

CD Projekt Red released a new Q&A video yesterday for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Will there be gnomes in the game?
Does the horse have its own inventory?
Are there NPC monsters that you can talk to?
How much coffee do you drink each day at CD PROJEKT RED?

These are just some of the many questions you’ve recently asked us. We picked 20 - the list was long and we couldn’t answer everything, but rest assured, the following months will bring you a lot of new information about the game.

Now, the time has come to bring you the answers! So sit back, relax, sip your favorite beverage, and enjoy our short Q&A session.

Saturday - August 23, 2014

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - News Roundup

by Couchpotato, 05:33

A site called T4Mag talks about the impressive visuals in The Witcher 3.

CD Projekt Red, the team behind the Witcher 3, believes that the game will take over a 100 hours to complete – half of which will be on the main mission alone. But, what’s more impressive is how the team were able to drastically push the graphics on current generation of consoles along with a marked increase in the size of the game environment. With a world that big, fast travel will be making its way since transport can be essential and you can expect to ride horses or take a sailboat alternatively to traverse its many swamps and villages.

Next DSOGaming has information The Witcher 3 won’t have branching stories, grid-based inventory, and my favorite no auto-scaling for monsters.

CD Projekt RED has unveiled some new interesting details about its upcoming highly anticipated RPG, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. According to the company’s community managers, Marcin and Tadek, The Witcher 3 will not feature auto-scaling for monsters, meaning that players can face enemies that may very well kill them in their first hours if they wander to really dangerous places.

And for last I found news about a new Witcher film.

Although there’s already been a film based on the book, there hasn’t been a Witcher film since the video games propelled the IP to international acclaim. That’s going to change over the next year, with news out of the Oscar nominated animator Tomasz Bagiński is working on an adaptation.

Friday - August 22, 2014

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Interview Roundup

by Couchpotato, 06:28

I managed to roundup three new interviews for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The first interview is from Gamingbolt with Lead Engine Programmer, Balazs Torok.

Rashid Sayed: Are there any plans to use Mantle or DX 12 features in The Witcher 3? May be post launch?

Balazs Torok: There are definitely plans for exploring different graphics APIs, post launch. Right now we are concentrating on providing the best possible game for the majority of our players.

Rashid Sayed: One of the major challenges in creating a vast, expansive world is loading of distant objects. How are you handling the streaming and memory management so that the world loads in seamless manner?

Balazs Torok: After the Witcher 2, we completely rewrote the streaming system. The new system is loading the resources in a way so that the player can walk around in the world without any loading screens. This is a very big change in the engine and in the gameplay too.

The second interview is from Worlds Factory with Visual Effects Artist Jose Teixeira.

I think CD Projekt said that they’re trying to release the modding kit along the game, is that confirmed?

I don’t know if it’s coming out at the same time, but we’re going to release it. The modding kit is one of those things, we have to make sure that it’s user friendly, because it’s going to the public. Right now, the engine is great, as you can see there’s really nice graphics, but it’s messy since there are a lot of tools. For The Witcher 3, they needed so many new features, because this game was so much bigger; actually right now we’re making changes to the engine, making sure that it’s easier to understand. We will do that, and then we’ll release the mod tools.

Are these mod tools going to be deeper than the ones released for The Witcher 2?

I think so, just because there’s so much new stuff that you can do, so many more options. It’s going to be significantly deeper I think. People might have fun with it, if we get the tools right.

The last one is a new video interview on Gamereactor with CD Projekt Producer Stan.

CD Projekt producer Stan Just has discussed what the team are doing for Witcher 3's cinematic intro, stating that those working on it are "striving to do their best", when we caught up with him at Gamescom.

"We're cooperating with one of the best CG companies in the world," said Just, who supervises the character artist team and the cinematic designers. "So definitely, they're striving to do their best and I think you'll really, really enjoy the new intro."

We also asked how the team are future-proofing the game on the visual side.

"We are constantly being harassed by our tech team," Just laughed, "to decrease the resolution of the textures and be careful about the optimisation. But we do have the uber settings and we do have next-gen equipment right now, so we can go a little wild with this."

Thursday - August 21, 2014

Witcher 3 - Standard Edition Unboxing

by Couchpotato, 06:11

CD Projekt RED released another video that unboxes the standard boxed version for the PC. This follows the last video that unboxed the collector edition for consoles.

An engrossing, mature, decision-based storyline that tells a non-linear narrative in a completely open world environment for the first time in gaming history. This last part of the adventures of Geralt of Rivia draws on events from the previous titles, but is a separate tale, even more captivating, epic and full of surprises.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt box contents:
- A Blu-ray™ Disc with the game (DVDs on PC)
- An exclusive CD with the official soundtrack
- The official, developer-created "Witcher Universe - The Compendium"
- A beautiful, detailed map of the in-game world
- A set of unique stickers
- A stylish, protective sleeve

The release date of the game is set for the 24th of February, 2015. The game will be available in the following languages: English, Polish, German, French, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese and Japanese (full voiceover); Arabic, Italian, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Czech, Hungarian, Latin America Spanish, Korean (subtitles).

Wednesday - August 20, 2014

Witcher 3 - New Demo Video & Interview

by Couchpotato, 06:48

Well here is another 35 minute gameplay demo for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Now a warning for all of you watch it at your own peril for it has spoilers.

I also found a video interview with Visual Effects Artist Jose Teixeira on Dual Shockers.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt VFX Artist Jose Teixeira talks about the technomancy that is going on behind the scenes to make the game look awesome on all platforms.

Saturday - August 16, 2014

Witcher 3 - Collector's Edition Unboxing

by Couchpotato, 13:53

CD Projekt RED released a new video that unboxes the console version of the Collector's Edition, and they seem to have started an uproar on the games forums.

The game is scheduled to launch February 24th, 2015.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a story-driven, next-generation open world role-playing game, set in a fantasy universe full of meaningful choices and impactful consequences. In The Witcher 3, you play as Geralt of Rivia, one of a dying caste of monster hunters, and embark on an epic journey in a war-ravaged world that will inevitably lead you to confront a foe darker than anything humanity has faced so far—the Wild Hunt.

Friday - August 15, 2014

Witcher 3 - Extended Gameplay Demo

by Couchpotato, 06:42

If you haven't spoiled the game by watching the other trailers in the last few months then head on over to IGN who has a new Extended Gameplay Demo from Gamescom.

CD Projekt Red stops by the IGN booth with a brand new demo of The Witcher 3, live from Gamescom.

Thursday - August 14, 2014

Witcher 3 - New Interview & Trailer

by Couchpotato, 03:31

Well here is the promised trailer from CD Projekt from Gamescom 2014. So sit back and relax as you watch six minutes of the next game of the year on RPG Watch for 2015.

“The war awoke an ancient power. An evil one that feeds on bloodshed. Nightmares haunt our nights and days”. Will Geralt help solve the mystery of the Whispering Hillock and find out what’s killing villagers from Downwarren? See our newest The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt gameplay video!

I also have another video interview with Senior Gameplay Designer Damien Monhier.

1985FM sits down with Damien Monhier, the senior gameplay designer for The Witcher III : Wild Hunt

Wednesday - August 13, 2014

Witcher 3 - Gamescom Dev Diary

by Couchpotato, 02:33

Instead of releasing the new video demo to all of us from Gamescom CD Projekt has instead posted a new video Dev Diary about the games setting.

From the murky reaches of No Man’s Land to the harsh climate of the Skellige Islands, to the vibrant metropolitan of the north, Novigrad--behold, the gritty and diverse universe of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Watch our newest “World Setting” video and let us know what excites you about it the most!

Tuesday - August 12, 2014

Witcher 3 - Interview @ GamerHubTV

by Couchpotato, 06:05

GamerHub TV has another video interview with the English voice actor Doug Cockle who talks about his role as the voice of Geralt in the Witcher Games.

Doug Cockle (Captain America: The First Avenger), the actor who has brought CD Projekt Red's The Witcher's protagonist Geralt of Rivia to life over three games, discusses the evolution of the character and the advances that fans will see in The Witcher 3: Witch Hunt in this exclusive interview from San Diego Comic Con.

Saturday - August 09, 2014

Witcher 3 - Audio Interview @ 1985 FM

by Couchpotato, 07:01

1985 FM did a new audio interview with CD Projekt RED, and talk about what to except in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt when it's released in February 2015.

 

On this week’s 1985FM Podcast, the crew discusses the Destiny beta, and nothing about Evolve, although they played it for hours. On the second half of the show, 1985FM sit down with the developers of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and asks some of the finer details about what to expect this February.

Also check out this funny video of Doug Cockle—the voice of Geralt—overdubbing audio for The Witcher 3 at SDCC.

Thursday - August 07, 2014

Witcher 3 - New Gameplay Footage Next Week

by Couchpotato, 05:42

According to dsogaming CD Projekt RED will be releasing a thirty minute gameplay player from Gamescom for everyone to watch. So be prepared to watch more spoilers.

Last month, we informed you about a ‘behind closed doors’ demo that CD Projekt RED has prepared for the press at this year’s Gamescom. And while the Polish company showed The Witcher 3 to the public at this year’s Comic-Con, there is still no gameplay footage to drool over our monitors. Did CDPR lie about sharing the gameplay Comic-Con demo after the end of that event? Apparently not as the team will reveal that video next week.

As CD Projekt RED informed us, it will release next week the ‘The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’ gameplay footage that all of its fans have been asking about during these past days.

CD Projekt RED also revealed that at this year’s Gamescom attendees will be able to enjoy – every 30 minutes – gameplay from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in a special cinema located in its booth (Hall 7.1, Aisle B, No. 32).

Do note that the gameplay that will be shown to its booth will most probably be the same with the Comic-Con demo. Moreover, our guess is that the ‘behind closed doors’ demo will show a different area (otherwise there wouldn’t be any point at having such an event).

Monday - August 04, 2014

Witcher 3 - Comic Con Roundup

by Aries100, 17:35

Gamerhub has posted another video interview for this game. This time they talk to Franchise Director Rafi Jaki, They discuss what next gen means for this game; they also talk the expanding franchise for this game.   You can view the video interview here.

GameTrailers has a video where they show what's going o behind the scenes when  Project Red presents this game at Comic Con 2014.   You can  view the video here. 

Thursday - July 31, 2014

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - New Video Interview

by Couchpotato, 06:45

GamerHub TV has posted another video interview for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt this week with senior gameplay designer Damien Monnier of CD Projekt Red.

CD Projekt Red Damien Monnier, senior gameplay designer on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, talks about what's new in the game in this exclusive gameplay preview interview from San Diego Comic Con.

Tuesday - July 29, 2014

Witcher 3 - Interview @ GamerHubTV

by Couchpotato, 17:33

GamerHub TV had posted a new interview with Doug Cockle the voice of Geralt of Rivia in the English versions of The Witcher games at Comic-con 2014.

Doug Cockle, the voice of CD Projekt Red's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, discusses bringing Geralt of Rivia to life in all three games in this exclusive interview from San Diego Comic Con 2014.

Monday - July 28, 2014

Witcher 3 - Interview & More Previews

by Couchpotato, 21:17

Analog Addiction has a new interview with CD Projekt RED’s Senior Art Producer Michał Krzemiński, and talk about sea monsters & crossbows for Witcher 3.

Does The Witcher 3 feature different types of horses and boats? Are there other modes of transportation? Maybe teleporting?

No, unfortunately no teleporting for Geralt. As for the horses and boats, we’re continuing the tradition of Roach (the fish, not the bug!), which is a name Geralt gave to each of his horses. Regarding the boats, we’re still tweaking and finalizing that part so I’ll remain silent for now.

Speaking of sailing, will gamers engage in combat while at sea? Maybe against different kinds of sea-monsters? Sirens, perhaps?

Yes, Geralt will engage in combat with sea-monsters. This is another reason why we decided to introduce the Gabriel crossbow, a weapon able to deal ranged damage to enemies out of sword range (flying creatures, too!).

How has the delay of The Witcher 3 helped development? What is your focus during this extra time?

Polishing the game. We really think that it’s better to postpone the launch of a game and give gamers an experience we’re proud of instead of launching it just for the sake of sales.

Will Gerat make use of other ranged weapons, besides the crossbow that we’d seen during your E3 gameplay?

No, we have only one ranged weapon type in the game. But don’t worry, there will be plenty of diversity connected with it, i.e. you’ll be able to craft an array of bolts with different effects on monsters (you could have seen an example of this in our E3 stage gameplay where we shot the griffin with bolts that cause it to bleed so we can track it better). Come to think of it, it’s not a weapon per se, but there are witcher Signs you could use to deal ranged damage. There’s ten of them (an alternative for every classical Sign known from the previous game).

And here are the new previews from Comic-con.

IGN

Members of the team behind the upcoming The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt flew all the way from Poland to San Diego this week to deliver a full 30-minute live gameplay demo to the crowds at Comic Con. The demo opened up with the Witcher himself, Geralt, riding through the large town of Novgirad. He’s on the trail of Ciri, an ashen-haired woman fans may remember from the original Witcher who is now being pursued by the Wild Hunt.

The Game Fanatics

Spoiler Alert: This summary of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Panel will have spoilers for a few quests and gameplay elements. I’ve intentionally avoided some key plot narratives but still read ahead at your own risk.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Free Game Contest

by Couchpotato, 15:54

If you want a chance to win a free copy of the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt then watch the video below as LUGO Entertainment is holding a new giveaway.

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Sunday - July 27, 2014

Witcher 3 - Comic-Con News Roundup

by Couchpotato, 16:27

CD Projekt was at Comic-con 2014 and showed off a new demo. Unfortunately no video of the demo are available, but a few sites have news about the demo.

Up first I found two video impressions, and the first video is from IGN.

The second video is from a site called Polaris.

I also found a few previews based on the demo.

Nerdist

CD Projekt Red brought a bunch of Witcher to Comic-Con this week, showing off half an hour of largely unseen gameplay in a live demo for next year’s The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt.

Damien Monnier, senior gameplay designer, Doug Cockle, who voices Geralt in the games, Dark Horse’s Nick McWhorter, and The Witcher comic writer Paul Tobin were on hand to talk about all things Witcher during the first day as the show.

Cockle, who’s been the voice of Geralt since the first game, thanked the fans for coming out, boasting that the audience would be impressed with what CDP had in store with The Witcher 3.

Games Radar

Every time we see The Witcher 3, it looks better and better. The demo shown today at a San Diego Comic-Con panel picked up right where the E3 press demo left off. Geralt had just restored Johnny's voice; in return, he leads Geralt to a decrepit-looking hut housing an equally decrepit woman. Turns out, she's actually a medium for a trio of witches, who are trapped inside a tapestry and possess the old woman to communicate. They point Geralt in the direction of a tree where they say a great evil resides, and give him a ritual dagger.

Friday - July 25, 2014

Witcher 3 - Cosplay Competition

by Myrthos, 14:41

Here is your chance to dress up in one of The Witcher characters and win yourself $1000, fly all over the world with Team RED, cosplay at various events, get some of the jewelry worn by a character of the game and get a signed copy of the CE version of the game.

CD PROJEKT RED, the creators of the open world fantasy adventure, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, are thrilled to announce the start of The Witcher Cosplay Competition.

“Without a doubt, The Witcher has always had the most talented community out there. Each month you guys send us tons of great fan art, musical tracks, fanfics and stuff so amazing that we sometimes decide to hang it on the walls here in the studio. The time has come to give you a chance to create something really amazing and get rewarded for your hard work,” said Marcin Momot, Community Manager, CD PROJEKT RED.

With all-star professional cosplayers invited to help pick the winners, the studio is offering the victor $1000, custom Witcher jewelry, and a unique chance to fly all over the world with Team RED and cosplay at the gaming industry’s biggest events, all expenses paid.

“The competition starts on the 24th of July and ends on the 30th of October, so there’s plenty of time to create something that will blow us away”, adds Momot.

The jury of the competition consists of:

-Eve Beauregard,
-Nadya Sonika,
-LeeAnna VAMP,
-Shappi,
-CD PROJEKT RED team members

What they will be looking at:

- Likeness to character
- Craftsmanship
- Presentation (i.e. how you look in the costume or how your photographs present it)
- Wow factor (overall impact of the costume, i.e. how low did our jaws drop)
- Originality

Details can be found here. I'm sure there is no specific reason why all the example images are of women and men will have a fair chance of winning as well, so there is no reason to not put on those clothes you always dress up in when you play one of The Witcher games and take a picture of it.

If you are afraid to send it to CD Project Red, you can always post it here, we won't tell anyone.

Monday - July 21, 2014

Witcher 3 - GOG Paper Toys & Contest

by Couchpotato, 14:25

GOG.com has a new announcement about some new paper toys for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and a new contest for the game on site.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Paper Toys + Contest

New GOG.com-exclusive bonus content for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt + hot photo contest!

GOG.com digital edition of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt just got even more extensive than it already was! We've just added six templates for papercraft toy figurines of Geralt of Rivia, Triss Merigold, Yennefer of Vengerberg, Ciri the Lion Cub of Cintra, Eredin of the Wild Hunt, and Leshen the Forest Spirit. They've been designed exclusively for GOG.com by the top paper toy artist Tougui, and are available with every DRM-Free copy of CD Projekt RED's upcoming RPG epic. If you've pre-ordered The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on GOG.com, you can download the PDF figurine templates right away!

We do hope you'll enjoy our official Witcher 3 paper toys. You can expect more GOG.com-exclusive bonus content to be added to our digital edition of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, before the game's launch on February 24th, 2015. Now, since these here are paper toys not paper ornaments, let's have some fun!

What you can see above, is an unexpected encounter between Geralt the Witcher, the Sorceress Yennefer, and Leshen, the elder forest demon. You can feel the tension in the air, as Geralt readies his silver sword, Yen gathers her mystical powers, and the beast slowly draws near. If you can take the paper toys and arrange an exciting scene (or a funny one, or beautiful, or…), you'll get a chance to win one of three amazing prizes! A wolf head medallion, a gorgeous Artbook, and for the first place - a sculpture of Geralt battling the mighty griffin! Each of the prizes will come complete with an official Witcher 3 T-shirt.

Now, wouldn't it be amazing to get your hands on that fantastic Collector's Edition figure before anyone else? How to enter? How to win? Just follow these simple guidelines:

1. Download and assemble the paper toys (templates are now available with your GOG.com pre-order of the game).

2. Arrange them into a scene that will capture our attention, and snap a photo.

3. Give your photo a title and tweet it with the #PaperWitcher hashtag (just a general tweet, please--don't start it with "@GOGcom). Multiple entries are allowed.

4. Not a Twitter user? No problem. Post your entries below, right here in the GOG.com forum thread.

5. Your photo will be added to a curated gallery that will launch as soon as we get enough photos. The gallery will be updated periodically. By submitting your work, you grant us the right to re-post it in the gallery and CD Projekt RED / GOG.com communications channels.

6. Post-processing is allowed. Adding elements in PhotoShop (or equivalent) is fine, as long as the final effect still looks more like a photo than computer graphics.

7. You have to enter the contest before Thursday, July 31, at 9:59AM GMT.

Once the submissions are closed, a joint-team of CD Projekt RED and GOG.com judges will pick the winners. We reserve the right to award any additional number of honorable mentions. The winners will be announced and the prizes will be shipped within 3 weeks after the submissions are closed.

We wish you all a good time in the fantastic world of The Witcher paper toys, and best of luck in the contest!

Friday - July 18, 2014

Witcher 3 - Designed As Standalone Game

by Couchpotato, 05:09

Gamerant's Andrew Dyce is back again with another article for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and talks about the game being designed as a "Standalone Game’ For New Players".

Speaking with CD Projekt Red studio head Adam Badowski at E3 2014, he explained that The Witcher 2 didn’t just bring the studio more attention, but lessons as well. Those will have a serious impact on the structure of The Witcher 3‘s campaign, meaning that although the game is closing a trilogy, it won’t be throwing players into the deep end from the start:

“The Witcher 2 starts… maybe it’s too intense? The very first part of [The Witcher 3] is very slow-paced, you don’t need to know the characters. We provide some details about Witchers, about the crucial elements of who ‘The Witcher’ is, what is the meaning of monster-hunting, and then some small portions of the storyline… of course you can expect some epic moments, but you need time to be sucked into the story.”

We previously explained how Game Director Konrad Tomaszkiewicz feels that Geralt of Rivia is as well-established as Batman at this point, making it possible for each game to truly stand as a separate chapter. Despite promising “an epic ending” to the trilogy with Wild Hunt , the developers claim that not only will the game be playable for newcomers, but may be the entry in the series best designed to welcome in the unfamiliar:

“It’s true, actually, we are sure of that. We want newcomers to the series, that’s why we made it in a way that it’s a standalone game. So all newcomers can enjoy this game right from the beginning. Even more, I think it may be be the best game to start with. We want people to enter the game, and we made it quite smooth. There’s no wall of…’pure-blood-ish’ RPGs straight at the beginning.”

“We’ll see in the end how you judge it, but I’m expecting that people will enjoy being a real Witcher, and they will be able to do whatever they want, because this is role-playing. On the other hand, they will know what they want to do because that’s important as well. We don’t want to just throw people somewhere into a huge war.”

Thursday - July 17, 2014

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Reason for Delay

by Couchpotato, 05:01

Gamerant's Andrew Dyce posted a new article for The Witcher 3 that talks about the delay, and quotes the developer saying it's because "The Open World Was Missing"

As one of the very first games confirmed to be coming only to next-gen home consoles, CD Projekt Red set expectations for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt even higher than they may have been on their own. But after putting on an impressive show at E3 2013, the developers announced that the game would be delayed from its initial release date, hitting store shelves on February 24, 2015. So why did the team need the extra time? According to the heads of development, the game’s open world just wasn’t up to the level they demanded.

Sunday - July 13, 2014

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Tech Analysis Report

by Couchpotato, 13:54

Eurogamer is hosting a new Tech Analysis Report for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt that was done by Digital Foundry. So if your curious about the games tech give it a read.

Ranking among the cream of the crop of PC developers working today, CD Projekt RED has shown a no-compromise approach to every project it's set its mind to. Case in point: the sublime Xbox 360 edition of The Witcher 2 didn't simply cut back the original PC code, but instead had code rewritten from scratch to push the console aesthetic in a new, arguably improved direction. But with The Witcher 3 being developed on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, can we once again expect an off-shoot of the PC experience, or something closer to parity? And indeed, how is the team looking to get the most out of PC development?

Saturday - July 12, 2014

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - The Next Skyrim?

by Couchpotato, 05:31

Seems Hardcore Gamer's Adam Beck is the next editor to write an article for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt,  and talks how the game will be the next Skyrim.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was one of the biggest western RPGs ever released. It sold tens of millions of copies worldwide, and swept many Game of the Year awards back in 2011. With the next proper Elder Scrolls game years away (setting aside the MMO), role-playing gamers are left with a growing wanderlust and nothing to quench it. While many RPG developers have tried to craft a living open world, most have fallen tragically short. One series has managed to achieve similar acclaim, though, and its latest outing introduces a world brimming with possibilities.

Friday - July 11, 2014

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Comic Con 2014 Demo

by Aries100, 17:04

CD Project Red has announced that they will present a gameplay demo at
Comic Con 2014.

According to CD Project Red

Attendees will be treated to "30 hot minutes of live Witcher 3: Wild Hunt unpublished gameplay", promised the developer in an announcement on Thursday.The event will feature a Q&A session with The Witcher developers, including Doug Cockle, the voice of Geralt of Rivia. The demo will be presented to a limited crowd of 1000 people on Thursday July 24, although it's unclear how entry into the event will be handled.

Source: CVG

Witcher 3 - Preview @ Player Attack

by Couchpotato, 04:41

Player Attack has new preview of The Witcher III: Wild Hunt based on a new Bandai Namco press event in Dublin. Here is the attendees impression of the game.

This week I had the awesome privilege of attending a Bandai Namco press event held at the world famous Jameson Distillery in Dublin. I had been to a similar event back in 2012, where the company showed off world exclusive footage of Dark Souls 2 and I remember being absolutely blown away by the sheer scale of that at the time. Well, this year the company have outdone themselves, by showing an EXCLUSIVE nine minute gameplay trailer of The Witcher 3, with commentary from the guys at CD Projekt.

The first thing I need to say is that I can completely imagine getting lost in this game for hours, days and probably weeks. The nine minute trailer went by in the blink of an eye and I was left hungry for more. The game world is simply staggering, but unlike other action RPG's that feature huge robust game worlds, The Witcher 3 also boasts a strong, engaging main narrative, unique characters and real motivations to get behind.

Tuesday - July 08, 2014

Witcher 3 - New Interview & Preview

by Couchpotato, 10:06

Kotaku had the chance to interview CD Projekt co-founder,and CEO Marcin Iwinski during E3 last month. They talked about how to do DLC right in Witcher 3.

Downloadable content (DLC) is often a sore subject, with some gamers feeling shortchanged by map and weapon packs that cost too much, DLC that was originally meant to be main game content, and things of the like. The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt doesn't think it needs to be that way. They want to show everybody how it's done.

The term DLC has a lot of meanings these days. First, there are generally good (sometimes even great) add-on chapters like we saw with The Last of Us and BioShock Infinite. Then there are "explandalone" expansions like Assassin's Creed IV: Freedom Cry and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon that don't require the base game to play. And of course, there's the nickel-and-dime stuff, smaller map, weapon, item, and costume packs that are sold for debatably worthwhile prices in free-to-play games or full-price games like Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty. Sometimes it's hard to tell what's real and what's a joke. It's a mess, and it can be a pricey one.

CD Projekt isn't pleased. All the muss and fuss, all the costly inconvenience? To hear them tell it, they hate that as much as you do. I sat down with CD Projekt co-founder and CEO Marcin Iwinski during E3, and he explained why he feels like DLC shouldn't be so complicated and gamer-unfriendly. It doesn't need to be this way, he contended, especially if developers are really bent on offering up their games as ongoing "services," a popular refrain from many companies these days.

"When we make a game and ask people to pay money for it, we sign a long-term agreement with them," he said. "We owe them. They paid us money, whether it was a full-price purchase or a bit later, we owe them support of our game. So people will get a lot of support with Witcher 3, and we're preparing some cool stuff."

Next Gamereactor has another preview of the game they released last week.

The demo gave us of good idea of the tough choices we'll be faced with in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. In this case it seems we were left with two poor choices - one would perhaps slow progress in our main quest, while the other meant a number of orphans disappeared and a village elder lost his ear. How these choices affect the greater story like rings on the water remains to be seen as we eagerly await the February release date.

Sunday - July 06, 2014

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - News Roundup

by Couchpotato, 11:46

XONE has a short blurb from a recent interview with CD Projekt RED’s Community manager Marcin Momot about no repeated quests in the game.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is one of the most impressive looking games coming to Xbox One in 2015, but with its 50 hours of story and additional 50 hours of side quests we were concerned that repetition and dull fetch quests may end up dominating our time. We spoke to CD Projekt RED’s Community manager Marcin Momot and he assured us we have nothing to fear.

“We just don’t repeat quests. Everything is handcrafted and there’s no automatic quest generator in the studio (although some people in quest design/story departments could have a nickname like that). We try to make everything as unique as we can.”

If anything, that just makes us more impressed with what the Polish studio is putting together.

Also dsogaming has a new image made with the unreal engine.

Polycount’s member ‘Tepcio’ has shared some new images from a map he has just finished. This map is based on The Witcher Saga, and gives us an idea of what that a desert region (a region that CD Projekt RED never included in its games) could look like in Unreal Engine 4. As Tepcio noted, the ‘The Witcher’ book series reach far beyond what CDPR has featured, and is inspired by the Korath desert.

Anyway it's Sunday so don't complain as the news is in short supply.Cool

Saturday - July 05, 2014

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - News Roundup

by Couchpotato, 05:23

Here is another batch of interviews, and one preview for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Let's get started with the new preview from Dual Shockers.

Although I’m sad that I won’t get to play the game this year, I know that the extra development time will be used to make it that much better. This preview can only convey a small part of what it felt like to see this game in motion. I can only imagine what it will feel like to actually have a controller in my hand and be free to explore this gigantic and beautiful world. As far as I’m concerned, The Witcher 3 could be the first truly “next-gen” title; a game that demonstrates the power of the current-gen systems and a benchmark for developers of what to strive for. If this game isn’t on your radar now then it should be.

Next we have a new video interview from Gamereactor with executive producer John Mamais. He talks about Novigrad, and all the choices you can make while playing.

"How do you do a 5 minute demo of a hundred hour game. It's just crazy," says executive producer John Mamais. "So the Griffin thing [demo at Microsoft's press conference] was a hard thing to pull off. But it made sense to do a monster hunting quest for that."

One of the highlights of the extended E3 demonstration behind closed doors was a brief tour of Novigrad - the largest town in the game.

"There's going to be some politics going on," says Mamais of Novigrad. "Some witch hunting stuff happening there. There's going to be some dungeons that you have to go down into and explore. And that's really all I want to talk about right now."

And for last Ausgamers has a new interview with Game Director Konrad Tomaszkiewicz. 

AusGamers: This genre is a pretty competitive space at the moment, and a lot of that is due to the success that the first Witchers have had. Now you’ve got an open-world, which is responding to a lot of demands you’ve had. Is there any feature that you have that you feel really sets this game apart compared to everything else?

One of the things I noticed is that obviously the storytelling is really key, but is there anything that you personally think stands out?

Konrad: For me, there’s always -- because I am an old RPG player, I played adventure games on the Atari and so on -- and for me, the combination of the story and the gameplay is the most important. Because if the game has an immersive story, the game can trick you that this is happening now and you feel that you’re making real choices and there are emotions that impact other people.

This is the most important thing in a game, and I think that we achieve it; it’s the most important for me. And of course there’s the horse combat! But we didn’t show it in the demo.

Friday - July 04, 2014

Witcher 3 - Learn From Its Predecessors

by Couchpotato, 04:58

Stephany Nunneley of VG24/7 has posted a new article where she gives her opinion on what CD Projekt RED can learn from the older Witcher games for Witcher 3.

I love The Witcher and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. It should be no surprise then that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt one of my most anticipated games in years.

But just because I am a huge fan, it doesn’t mean I can’t see past some of the flaws in the original Witcher or its sequel. Nor does this mean I cannot hope for the third outing to be a mesh between the two previous entries. Here then, is what I hope will be included and excluded in what CD Projekt RED states will be Geralt’s last hurrah in The Witcher game franchise

Wednesday - July 02, 2014

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - News Roundup

by Couchpotato, 04:51

Well here is another roundup of news for CD PROJEKT RED, and The Witcher 3. So up first I have a press release about a new mobile game called The Witcher Battle Arena.

CDP RED enters the world of free mobile gaming with The Witcher Battle Arena

CD PROJEKT RED, creators of the critically acclaimed Witcher franchise of games, and Fuero Games are proud to announce The Witcher Battle Arena, a bold extension of the series into the realm of mobile entertainment.

“With mobile devices as powerful as they are and the graphics they offer being so beautiful, we can finally plunge into mobile gaming and deliver our take on free gaming to gamers worldwide,” said Adam Badowski, Head of Studio, CD PROJEKT RED.

The Witcher Battle Arena is a fast, fun and accessible MOBA game based in the Witcher universe. Designed with mobile devices in mind, Battle Arena combines great accessibility and a balanced learning curve with complex tactics and a limitless array of skill-based strategies gamers can deploy during each battle. Designed with fairness in mind, the game features no pay-to-win elements and allows players to unlock every piece of in-game content entirely via gameplay.

In the Arena, six heroes battle it out to the death, trying to capture and hold three conquest points in short, intense and action-packed skirmishes. The intuitive system of character progression allows you to create player-tailored character builds and unique item configurations to surprise your friends and stagger your foes. Become legendary characters such as the witcher Letho of Gulet, dwarven adventurer Zoltan Chivay or the mighty sorceress Philippa Eilhart and use their diverse skills to gain the advantage and crush those foolish enough to cross your path.

“In a world full of enter-your-PIN-number-to-win mechanics, what we value above all is well-balanced and honest gameplay,” said Tadek Zieliński, Creative Analyst, CD PROJEKT RED. “Battle Arena is all about skill and dedication, and we’ve spent hundreds of hours planning to make it a paragon of fairness in mobile gaming,” Zieliński added.

Designed by CD PROJEKT RED and developed by Fuero Games, The Witcher Battle Arena is scheduled to launch sometime in Q4 2014 on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Windows (Tablets), with free future updates planned to expand the game both in terms of number of characters, gameplay modes and more.

“The whole team here at Fuero Games is really excited at the prospect of developing a game for such a big and engaged community as that of The Witcher. I’m convinced that our skill in mobile multiplayer game development, combined with the creative flair of CD PROJEKT RED, will produce an experience Witcher fans will want to come back to again and again,” said Stanisław Fiedor, CEO, Fuero Games.

See The Witcher Battle Arena Teaser Trailer here.

For more information about the game please visit www.thewitcher.com/twba

Next I have a new video interview I missed with Angry Joe.

AngryJoe Interviews the Witcher 3 at E3 and asks your community submitted questions! Sorry for the Audio Quality - their booth was really busy, should have used the handheld microphone!

For last we have a new music video from Miracle of Sound.

A musical tribute to Witcher 3 and Geralt Of Rivia!

Tuesday - July 01, 2014

Witcher 3 - Collector's Edition High Demand

by Couchpotato, 04:02

Hopefully you ordered the Collector's Edition of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt as Bandai Namco warns there will be shortages. Especially in the UK.

Bandai Namco Games is warning U.K. fans of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt that its recently-announced Collector’s Edition is likely to be in short supply, following an impressive pre-order sales.

Amazon U.K. and GAME both launched pre-order campaigns for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt which have apparently been met with great enthusiasm from British gamers.

“We always expected a good response for such an amazing game but the fact that the Collector’s Edition is in such high demand shows the accreditation that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt deserves, said Marketing & PR Director Lee Kirton in a press release.

“E3 was yet another great example of how CD PROJEKT RED hold nothing back when it comes to quality. We want fans and newcomers to get as much out of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt as possible and be part of the history that this title has already made, and that this small souvenir represents, for the future of our industry. It’s important that fans looking forward to this epic release take advantage of the incredible collector’s edition on PC, PS4 and Xbox One and the outstanding additional content that will feature in the standard edition of the game too which includes, the soundtrack, the game, game map, stickers and Witcher universe compendium with no additional cost ”.

Thanks go to PSU for the information.

Monday - June 23, 2014

Witcher 3 - Design Documents Leaked

by Couchpotato, 05:34

Seems a few people couldn't wait till next year to see how the game end. It seems they hacked a few Design Documents about the endings, stats, and boob physics.

Warning: I will not host any of the images on our site, but the following two sites have all the details. So if you want more spoilers go on, If not move on.

Dual Shockers/ Dual Shockers

Today a large batch of design documents for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have been leaked, apparently taken from the Google Drive account of a developer at CD Projekt RED. 

While we won’t publish most of the specific contents of the documents, as they include really big spoilers (which means that we also have to caution you against looking for them, unless you want to spoil the endings for yourself like I had to do), they include a lot of interesting data that can give us an idea of the scope of the game.

PS4 Daily

With eight months until the game’s launch, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has encountered a colossal leak. According to Reddit user Kromgar, the design documents for the game were accidentally leaked by a CD Projekt Red developer, revealing much of the game’s assets. How do we know he’s telling the truth? Well, he has picture proof to go along with his story. In the gallery below, you’ll find concept art for various masks, Geralt’s hair, Triss in new clothing, and three monsters from the game’s bestiary.

The good news is none of the images we were able to find spoil anything too important, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some more spoiler-filled ones out there. As the Reddit user notes, the design documents contained the game’s endings so it’s only a matter of time until somebody uploads those as well.

Sunday - June 22, 2014

Witcher 3 - Interview @ The Sixth Axis

by Couchpotato, 05:00

The Sixth Axis has a new interview with The Witcher 3's Lead Producer Piotr Krzywonosiuk from E3 , and talk about the games challenges & open world.

TSA: What can you tell us about the plot of Wild Hunt? Does it follow on directly from The Witcher 2 or is it a separate story?

Piotr: The game starts roughly six or so months after the events of The Witcher 2, and basically that’s all I can tell you…

Not without spoiling it, anyway… this time it’s small, close and personal, and all about Geralt. In The Witcher 2 it was all about events, war was about to happen, and that’s basically how we leave the game. And in Wild Hunt it’s more about Geralt and his personal story, about the search for his loved ones.

TSA: And this takes place on the backdrop of war, which is ravaging this land?

Piotr: That’s right.

TSA: Is the world going to be fully open world – no load times?

Piotr: No load times when you’re travelling normally.

TSA: So no barriers, nothing?

Piotr: That’s what we’re working on right now, it’s again a challenge, but that’s the foundation of our open world: no barriers, no loading times and so on.

TSA: Part of the presentation we saw was centred on a new sense of freedom with getting around the world. Is it literally a case of anywhere you see you can go?

Piotr: Basically, yes. You can climb mountains, you can jump on things if it makes sense for you, horse riding, sailing boats, swimming, diving as well – that’s it.

Thursday - June 19, 2014

Witcher 3 - Another News Roundup

by Couchpotato, 05:46

Yes it's time for another roundup of news for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The first article is a new interview on RPGSite who talked with Senior Visual Effects Artist Jose Teixeria.

RPG Site: With such a huge open world, how do you ensure vast amounts of geometry - from smaller things like formations of rocks to larger things like houses - aren't repeated?

Teixeria: So here's the thing... of course, there is some hopefully clever repetition of assets because we simply can't do everything bespoke and custom, but having said that... in my view...

Well, I highly oppose this. I'm not brave enough to make this kind of decision - I would highly advise them to make few assets and then repeat them cleverly to hide the fact that they're being repeated or something... but instead, the environment team just said 'Nope, we're going to make almost everything custom'. 

So... almost everything is custom. The whole of the city you saw in the demo, all the streets... everything is custom. Which is... it's not very advisable! [laughs] It's just so much content. It's all custom made! It's a little bit mindblowing.

RPG Site For those on the PC, can you give any sort of idea - even vague - of what sort of hardware they'll be looking at to run the game?

Teixeria: Ah! Well, that's a very good question, as we still don't have an official sort of outline for that sort of thing. Hrm. Well... [laughs]. That's very tricky.

I was going to talk about when we run the game, but when we run the game it's different because we're running with the engine open. We don't just load around us - we load the whole world. Those machines are pretty big!

Having said that, we do have people in the office with machines with mid-range cards, and it works, it works at a reasonable frame rate. It might not look quite as good - but you won't have to empty your pockets to be able to play this game! The official settings will come down the line.

Next DSOGaming has news the game on consoles is the Equivalent To PC High with Ultra Settings. Sounds strange but here is the information.

After what has happened with Watch_Dogs, a lot of PC gamers are a bit skeptical about all the upcoming PC releases. One game that has amazed everyone with its visuals is The Witcher 3; a game that puts Watch_Dogs to shame and is considered as a ‘true’ next-gen game. But will CD Projekt RED pull another Watch_Dogs on us? Apparently not.

And for last Eurogamer has infomation on the gameplay demo form E3.

Some who caught The Witcher 3's gameplay demo during Microsoft's E3 press conference were a bit worried by what they saw.

During the five minute demo, set about 10 hours into the game, series star Geralt is off on a griffin hunt in the No Man's Land wilderness. He prepares for combat, in classic Witcher fashion, by equipping a set of buffing potions and a small crossbow.

It's not long before Geralt comes up against a number of bandits, and easily dispatches them with a combination of magic attacks and devastating sword strikes. Geralt eventually tracks the griffin down, and takes just a few attacks to kill his quarry.

If you think it all looks a tad easy, then you're right. But don't expect the final version of the game to offer such an easy ride, executive producer John Mamais told Eurogamer.

"The combat is complex," he said.

"What we showed at the Microsoft conference was the easy way to play. We only had five minutes to show, so we had to play on easy and make the fights go really fast. You saw lots of dismemberment. It's not going to be so easy to cut somebody in half when the game comes out. We were showing off some features there.

"I was reading some feedback after the conference and people were saying, 'oh, that looks so easy,' but it ain't gonna be that easy."

Wednesday - June 18, 2014

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - News Roundup

by Couchpotato, 05:50

Wel look like it's time again for news about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. As I said earlier this week the news never seems to stop. So here we go.

Select Button has posted a new Interview & Gameplay video.

Marcus chats with Jose Teixeira from CD Projekt Red about the upcoming The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, revealing a juicy secret about the game’s multiple “endings”.

Gamezone also posted some news about post-game content after release.

CD Projekt RED isn't ready to talk specifics regarding downloadable content for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt just yet, but lead producer Piotr Krzywonosiuk did say the developer is preparing "some really cool stuff" for the game post-launch.

What that means exactly is still unclear, but Krzywonosiuk was sure to point out that the DLC -- or whatever type of post-launch content is offered -- won't be a continuation of Geralt's story. 

"I can't talk about DLC," he told us, "but I can assure you we are preparing some really cool stuff."

Krzywonosiuk was sure to point out that Wild Hunt will mark the end of the series featuring Geralt. When asked if he meant the entire series or just Geralt's trilogy, he replied, "Both really. This is the closure of the series. This is the final adventure of Geralt. We're closing the plot here."

Having said that, there should be plenty of content in the base game to keep you invested for quite a while. "It's about 100 hours of gameplay. It has multiple endings," he said. "I think a lot of people are going to want to play it again."

And for last Gamezone also shared a new preview of the game.

It’s easy to get excited about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and that excitement is easily justified. It’s everything that’s so great about the series but improved and expanded upon. It’s shaping up to be an epic ending to Geralt’s story, and I’m confident this early on saying that CD Projekt Red has done it again. Get those ‘Game of the Year’ awards ready next year when it releases on February 24, 2015 on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

Tuesday - June 17, 2014

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - News Roundup

by Couchpotato, 05:27

Time for another round of news for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The news just never seems to end these last two weeks. So lets get started.

Up first I have a new Preview and Impression article from Entertainment Buddha.

In the demo, Geralt slays the spirit with little delay and returns towards the Ladies in order to collect his hard-earned payment. Upon collecting his payment, Geralt is granted the ability to see the true form of the three Ladies. More monster than woman, the grotesque Ladies finally reveal the location of the original woman Geralt seeks in a flashback.

Visually, the flashback is a cinematic treat. Once more, the game’s visuals steal the show, fully immersing the viewer into what is on the screen. The flashback reveals a white-haired woman, with a scar on her face, before sizzling into blackness, signifying the demo’s end.

All in all, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s demo was one of the lengthiest and most impressive on display during E3 2014. It is clear the CDPR is attempting to outdo themselves once more with Wild Hunt, something that seems like a very real possibility.

Next Gamezone has information from E3 about remakes of The Witcher 1 or 2.

Unfortunately, as of right now there are no plans to bring the previous two Witcher games to Xbox One or PS4.

"I don't think so," lead producer Piotr Krzywonosiuk said when I asked him if they are considering a remake of the first two games. "All of our focus is on [The Witcher 3] Wild Hunt."

"And then we have some other things going on," he said, "one of them being Cyberpunk. So I don't think it's in the plans."

And for last another Preview/Interview video from Twinfinite.

Even though I’m not a fan of the first or second (not that I think they’re bad, I just never got into them), I’m really looking forward to Wild Hunt. I think it’ll be a great treat for fans of the series as well as those of us that love fantasy adventures. Check out my preview above as well as my interview with the game director for The Witcher 3.

Sunday - June 15, 2014

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - New Gameplay Video

by Couchpotato, 05:54

Dual Shockers has news on another high quaility video of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

If you want to see over three minutes of amazing gameplay footage of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, you’re in luck, as a new video has surfaced, showing off the game in shiny 1080p with an extremely high bitrate.

Since the video weighs a whopping 1.63 GB (quality comes with its weight), you’ll have to download it in order to watch it on your own PC. You can find the file here. You can also view it on Onedrive, but that’s definitely hit and miss, depending on your browser.

Since it’s a .MOV. your best bet for watching it without downloading Quicktime (which can be annoying) is VideoLAN.

The footage showcases the swamp demo available at E3, and really gives a great glimpse on the game’s stunning visuals. February 24th can’t come soon enough.

Update: added an embedded version of the video if you don’t want to go through the enormous download, but of course the quality is much lower. If you want to see it in high quality, you’ll have to download it.

Saturday - June 14, 2014

Witcher 3 - Editorial @ Rock, Paper, Shotgun

by Couchpotato, 05:52

Rock, Paper, Shotgun's Nathan Grayson has posted a lengthy article about the few things he is worried about based on the demo of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Oh, I do so love a good disclaimer. Why, I think I see one galloping over the hill right now! Look at it go, diving in to interject just as I was about to say something ill-conceived/stupid. So: I largely think The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt looks excellent. I got to watch (though not play, sadly) a new 45 minute demo of it during E3, and it encouraged me to peel off another layer from my carapace of hardened skepticism. There were bustling towns, bizarre characters, and beardly moments of derring do. In the spirit of SENSATIONALIST FEAR, however, I did notice a few cracks in the game’s lovingly rusted witcher armor.

Friday - June 13, 2014

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - More E3 Interviews

by Couchpotato, 05:34

Seems the news for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt never seems to end this week. So for today I have some new video interviews for anyone who needs more information.

RedditGames

Witcher 3 takes the series to a whole new level, introducing open-world
gameplay. Witcher's project lead answers Redditors questions and gives
us a feel for the next installment.

Video Game Sophistry

How do you romances work? How long will it take to get from one side of
the map to the other? WILL DICE BE BACK!

GamerHubTV

At E3 2013 at the Microsoft booth, CD Projekt Red developer John Mamais
explains what Xbox One opens up for The Witcher 3 in this exclusive
interview.

PlayStation Access

Hollie tries desperately to contain her excitement as she chats to
executive producer John Mamais about what players can expect from The
Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

As a bonus I also have some new screenshots from RPGamer.

Thursday - June 12, 2014

Witcher 3 - E3 News Roundup

by Myrthos, 12:37

Her eis another roundup of news for The Witcher 3.

Outside Xbox is talking with Executive Producer John Mamais about the influence Game of Thrones had on The Withcer 3.

IGN has a gameplay demo combined with an interview with the same John Mamais and Senior Level Designer  Peter Gelenser.

Gamespot does the same with the same.

RPGamer interviews Game Director Konrad Tomaszkiewicz.

Joystick summarizes a hands-off demo they watched.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Video Roundup

by Couchpotato, 04:50

I managed to roundup three more videos from E3 for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The first video is from Game Trailers who takes a look at the E3 demo.

We got a look inside the demo of Witcher 3: Wild Hunt! Join us for a recap.

Next IGN has a ten mintue clip that explores the city Of Novigrad.

We Go On A Wild Hunt With The Highly Anticipated Third Installment.

And the last video is the sondtrack from the Sword of Destiny Trailer.

Tuesday - June 10, 2014

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - News Roundup

by Couchpotato, 01:56

I have more infomation to share about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt as it seems ro be a busy week for CD PROJEKT RED. Up first I have the new E3 presentation from today.

Next I found a new video interview from E3 at Gametrailers.

CD Projeckt Red's Executive Producer stops by All Access to talk about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Then I found a new article on Dual Shockers with a few twitter replies.

Following the reveal a few days ago CD Projekt RED is disseminating more information about the upcoming The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt through its official Twitter account.

We learn that the developer is “looking into” cross-platform save import, even if they can’t make any promise yet. It might prove rather relevant considering that The Witcher 2 was on PC and Xbox 360, while its sequel will be on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

The developer also mentioned that we’ll get more gameplay footage “sooner than we expect,” which probably means that we’re going to see some at E3.

Finally, they also confirmed that horse racing, portrayed in the screenshot below, will be one of the minigames included in the game.

And for last I have five resons why you should buy the game from crashwiki.

With The Witcher 3 pre-order announced nearly a year before the game hits store shelves a lot of gamers are wondering if it’s worth it. While the first Witcher was innovative, and the second one amazing, what’s in store for the third? We’re taking a look at a few good reasons to buy, or not buy.

Monday - June 09, 2014

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - News Roundup

by Couchpotato, 05:51

Well I found a few more updates to share with you all for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The first item of interest is Steam is now accepting pre-orders.

The Witcher® 3: Wild Hunt is Now Available for Pre-Purchase on Steam and is 10% off! Save an additional 5% if you own The The Witcher: Enhanced Edition or The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition on Steam.
The second item of interest is the game will be released on SteamOS.


And for last I have a new interview from Nerdacy who asked a few questions at the live event about the games Beta, Delay, and Open-World.

First off, we asked about The Witcher 3‘s delay since the game was originally supposed to release this Fall (I know its Autumn, but I’m an American. We say Fall.):

“You know, the reason in our case is always the same – we want to make the game better. We want to make the game perfect; but that’s never possible because if you tell developers to make a perfect game they’ll never release it. So, we thought we could release it this Fall, but we would like to polish, we would like to work on it longer.

“I think the motivation is simple – we want to make the game better. And we are a publicly traded company, so believe me–I’m actually one of the owners–so from the investor-side there’s always a push, but as we control the company, we are gamers, we say, ‘Hey guys, sorry, but the game has to be great,’ and that’s what people are waiting for.”

Sunday - June 08, 2014

Witcher 3 - Next-Gen Visual Comparison

by Couchpotato, 03:49

WCCF Tech has posted a new article that compare the visuals of all three Witcher games. Of course the new game beats them all in the end.

CD Projekt Red has just announced the release date of its upcoming next-gen exclusive open-world action role-playing video game called The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Being third installment in the game’s series, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt features almost all the characters that were present in the previous games in the series. Here is a screenshot/GIF comparison showing how the characters of The Witcher 3 look like in next-gen visuals compared to the characters in the previous games.

Saturday - June 07, 2014

Witcher 3 - Hidden Message & Figure

by Couchpotato, 05:01

Seems I missed two more items of interest from the Summer Live event yesterday. The first one is a new hidden message from the E3 trailer.

The message was found and transcribed by Reddit user 'xylempl'.

"We've missed you!

"Today you got a look at the third trailer for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. We hope you liked it!

"There's so much more in this game that is's just impossible to show everything withing two and a half minutes. Still we tried :)

"More importantly we just showed you some of the main characters

"Geralt's close friends and some of the last witchers remaining in the world - Vesemir, Eskel and Lambert - will play a big part in the game, as well their famous fortress Kaer Morhen.

"You also got a glimpse of the renowned bard Dandelion and the sorceress Triss Merigold.

"Emhyr var Emreis, Emperor of Nilfgaard, the most powerful man in the world of The Witcher also made an appearance. Recognize his voice?

"And then there was Ciri!

"And Yennefer!

"By the way, if you're new to the series, don't worry, the game will introduce you into all you need to know, and you'll start loving (and hating!) characters in no time!

"Also, you've been asking us many questions about gameplay features and we're finally ready to answer some of them - so here it goes:

  • "Yes, you will be able to fight while on horseback
  • "The crossbow. Yup, Geralt can use ranged weapon. Because sometimes monsters fly and you can't reach them.
  • "Remember swimming and sailing. You'll be able to dive and search for a lot of hidden stuff too. There's a whole underwater world to discover.
  • "Horse racing anyone?

"You also got to hear more music from the game. This particular track was composed by Marcin Przybyłowicz & Percival. We'd love to hear your feedback. Fire away in the comments or on the game's Facebook/Twitter/forums. Remember, we're always listening, even if we're not getting back to you.

"The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Team, CD PROJEKT RED

"PS. If you're still waiting for more (you are, right?), please be patient. We're just warming up.

"PPS. Have you seen the Collector's Edition video? What do you think about the figure?

"PPPS. We've just announced a closed multiplayer beta of The Witcher Adventure Game -------- & let the GOG.com guys ------ you."

Next I found a new video that shows the making of the Collectors Edition Figure.


Friday - June 06, 2014

Witcher 3 - E3 Game Trailer & Adventure Game

by Couchpotato, 04:33

Well the summer live event is over and CD Projekt RED has released two new videos. The first video is a preview of the E3 event that has a few minutes of game footage.

Be prepared to be amazed, and see a few spoilers. Fans of the books will be happy as a certain character finally makes her appearance.

The second video is for a new digital board game for The Witcher. Probably not as exciting as the news above, but it may interest some of you.

But wait thats not all I have you can also watch the recorded live event on GOG, and they have news you can now pre-order the game for up to 20% discount.

Saturday - May 24, 2014

Witcher 3 - Editorial @ Cheat Code Central

by Couchpotato, 06:40

Contributing Writer Jason Messer has a new article on Cheat Code Central where he talks about how the ESRB rating of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt should be Adult rated.

Don’t get me wrong; blood, violence and nudity can sometimes be a perfect recipe for a fun experience (God of War or GTA anyone). Frankly, I hope Witcher 3 makes its money back ten times over! The take away from this article shouldn’t be that I’m in any way calling for the removal or censorship of its artistic expressions. Quite the contrary. I say if it fits with the creator’s vision…add more for all I care! The point is it once again reflects our broken rating system that needs to be fixed ASAP. “Not tomorrow. Not after breakfast. NOW!” as the warden of Shawshank would say.

However, giving Witcher the legit AO rating it deserves would result in certain death. It would have a hard time finding space on store shelves, and would ultimately doom the title to failure. It’s the worst scarlet letter that can possibly be given in our industry. So am I to honestly believe there is not SOME happy medium? Are we forever destined to live with these skewed labels which result in games being sold to inappropriate audiences on one end of the spectrum, vs. bankrupting the company who made them on the other?

Friday - May 23, 2014

Witcher 3 - Gameplay Preview For E3

by Couchpotato, 05:57

Thanks to DSO Gaming I found information that CD Projekt RED will be showing a new 45 Minute Gameplay preview Event at E3 for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

So look forward to next month when the video might make it online.

CD Projekt RED has informed us about its E3 plans. According to the company, a 45 minutes gameplay preview event is scheduled for this year’s E3, in which the Polish company will show off a new scene/sequence from its title. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is currently planned for an early 2015 release and promises to be one of the best RPGs to date. Enjoy the teaser image and stay tuned for more!

Wednesday - May 21, 2014

Witcher 3 - Interview @ Eurogamer

by Couchpotato, 00:50

Eurogamer released a few more tid-bits of information from their interview with CD Projekt Red's Co-Founder Marcin Iwinski. He talks about platform exclusives this time.

 

Last year Microsoft featured The Witcher 3 on the biggest gaming stage: a platform-holder E3 conference at a time when both big new consoles were unreleased. There couldn't have been a clearer statement that this game was a big deal.

E3 2014 is nearly upon us now, and there's talk that CD Projekt Red - and The Witcher 3 - will be on stage again. "Hopefully," said company co-founder Marcin Iwinski, talking to me in Poland recently.

But whose stage, and why?

It's no secret that exclusives are gold at the beginning of a new console cycle. But whereas Sony tends to look to inwards to a solid stable of internal studios, moneybags Microsoft tends to spend. And it needs to spend to propel Xbox One out of its rut.

Is CD Projekt Red about to announce a Witcher 3 exclusivity deal with one of the platform holders?

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"We are treating all gamers equally," Iwinski answered me.

"We'll not deliver exclusive content to any of the platforms, nor will we artificially delay release of the game on any of the platforms because somebody's paying us money for that. It's definitely against our values. We are not doing that."

And breathe.

"What we are doing in terms of marketing cooperation," he added, "you'll see that at E3."

Iwinski also suggested we have more to learn about online connectivity in The Witcher 3. There's, hands down, no multiplayer, and we knew that, but it sounds like there could be some kind of social sharing online.

"We will be talking about it when the time comes," he said, which could mean E3. "It's too early right now."

Friday - May 16, 2014

Witcher 3 - Interview @ Eurogamer

by Couchpotato, 06:01

Eurogamer has a new interview with CD Projekt Red's Co-Founder Marcin Iwinski who talks about the delay of The Witcher 3, and promised it will not happen again.

Polish developer CD Projekt Red has promised "no more delays" for massive role-playing game The Witcher 3.

The move from autumn to February was a one-off, company co-founder Marcin Iwinski told me at Polish conference Digital Dragons. If CDPR needed more time, it would have taken it then. In other words: you can bank your house on that February date.

"This is not our first game; we are not newbies," he said. "It's not like 'hey we are delaying and we'll keep on delaying'. If we would think we need more time we would say 'hey we'll release it not in Feb but, I don't know, June'. We made the decision at the moment we were able to judge how much time we needed, and we planned it well and it works well for us. So, no more delays."

The reaction to the delay surprised CD Projekt Red. Iwinski knew it was bad news his company was announcing, knew he was letting people down who - like him - had expected to be playing a big and long fantasy adventure during their Christmas holidays, on their new machines.

"But we were really positively surprised with the response," he said. "It was 'hey guys, great that you have the balls to say that you take your time and you spend money on it'. Because it's not happening for free. That's a really important thing to mention."

It's not like the decision was made lightly; not only was fan-reaction a concern but CDPR also had to justify the delay and extra expenditure to its shareholders, which heaped on "an additional load of pressure".

Wednesday - May 14, 2014

Witcher 3 - What to Expect From E3

by Couchpotato, 06:25

Game Trailers has posted as new video on their site where they talk about what you can expect from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt at this years E3 in June.

Our wolf medallion trembles as E3 approaches, reacting to exciting new revelations for one of the show’s most anticipated RPGs.

Saturday - May 10, 2014

Witcher 3 - Interview @ Reuters

by Couchpotato, 08:36

Reuters has a new press statement they call an interview from CD Projekt where they talk about the budget, and the expected returns for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

CD Projekt says sure of return on Witcher 3

WARSAW, May 8 (Reuters) - Poland's largest video game maker CD Projekt has no risk of losing money on Witcher 3 because of the money distributors have agreed to pay for selling the new game, CD Projekt's chief executive said.

The company's shares dropped sharply in March after it postponed to early next year the premiere of Witcher 3, its largest project ever.

"Regarding the business side, there is no risk of a loss on the Witcher 3 game," Adam Kicinski told Reuters in an interview. "This is one of the most awaited games in the world and every distributor wants to have it in its catalogue."

The company, established in 1994 in a small attic in Warsaw, has grown to a market capitalisation of $450 million.

Kicinski said distributors of the role-playing game include Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment in North America and Namco Bandai in western Europe.

"The value of minimum guarantees from distributors in the case of Witcher 3 is many times higher than in the case of the previous editions," he added.

CD Projekt, which also has an online games distribution platform called gog.com, has so far sold more than 7 million copies of the two previous editions of Witcher.

Kicinski said Witcher 3 had a much larger sales potential, adding that the game's marketing budget was many times larger than those of its predecessors.

Kicinski also said the company was working on a new mobile game, which it is developing with an external partner and planned to launch later this year. ($1 = 3.0099 Polish Zlotys) (Reporting by Marcin Goettig; editing by Keiron Henderson)

Wednesday - May 07, 2014

Witcher 3 - Video Interviews

by Couchpotato, 07:08

Power Unlimited has the first video interview for everyone today with one of CD Projekt Red's Level designers Miles Tost to talk about the delay, and state of the game.

The second video interview is from Game Reactor with Level Designer Miles Tost, and Marketing & PR Chief Michal Platkow-Gilewsk.

We caught up with level designer Miles Tost and marketing and PR chief Michal Platkow-Gilewski at Level Up in Berlin. During the interview, where story in an open-world environment was discussed, we asked whether the studio had any plans for the IP once they've concluded The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Miles Tost was fairly definitive, Wild Hunt is going to wrap things up for Geralt: "So far, we really honestly don't have a clue what will happen after we release Witcher 3. We know that it will be the end for us and Geralt's story, right? The trilogy of Geralt's story will end..."

Michal Platkow-Gilewski then explained how Cyberpunk 2077, the other major game in devlopment over at the studio, will take up most of their attention once The Witcher 3 was out in the wild, and that once that happens, that's when they'll consider the future of the Witcher IP.

Saturday - May 03, 2014

Witcher 3 - Preview @ PC Gamer

by Couchpotato, 00:24

PC Gamer has posted a new preview for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt that talks about how CD Projekt Red built an RPG with 36 different endings.

Four quest designers worked on the original Witcher. Its more refined sequel had six. The conclusion to the trilogy, which promises 100 hours of content and a 50-hour story, has more than doubled that. “We have about 14, I think,” says lead quest designer Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz.

Nor have CD Projekt Red simply padded out The Witcher 3’s Skyrim-exceeding open world with unimaginative busywork. They’ve systematically banished fetch quests from the game—or, at least, as much as a team can when making a high-fantasy RPG. It’s one of the ways the Polish developers are refining their identity through the creation of The Witcher 3, where quest and narrative design is being meticulously worked and reworked right up until release. The philosophy is, if you need to have a fetch quest, make sure the story does a damn good job of hiding it.

“When we do have these situations, which is rarely, we compensate for it with the narrative,” writer Jakub Szamalek explains. “It’ll definitely be an interesting story in itself – you’ll be intrigued by the NPC’s motives, and where this is all leading. Even when you have a simple structure it’s something we’re compensating for in the story.”

The reason for abolishing fetch quests? CD Projekt Red don’t like them much either. “We are trying very hard to limit such interactions of structures to a minimum because we don’t think they’re interesting.” Instead, they want to be radical.

The studio’s ambition is to further the RPG on all fronts – from big, sprawling decisions that impact the world to the very basic principle of handing an item from one NPC to another. It’s a sign that The Witcher 3 could complete the developers’ ongoing evolution from rough RPG debutantes to best-in-class.

Thursday - April 24, 2014

Witcher 3 - Interview/Preview @ RedBull

by Couchpotato, 05:13

RedBull has posted a new Interview/Preview article with Level Designer Miles Tost to talk about The Witcher 3, and compare the game to Skyrim once again.

“We knew we had a really good RPG on our hands and a really dedicated fanbase to support that, but we still wanted more. That’s where the open world element kicked in – we always wanted to make a truly open world RPG but, for various reasons, we couldn’t fully accomplish that goal until now,” Tost says.

“We want to combine the strong pull of closed-world RPGs story-wise, with a world where you can go anywhere and do anything you want. It makes the whole experience more lifelike. Geralt’s a witcher, a travelling monster hunter for hire – there’s nothing more exciting that letting him loose in an open world and giving him a meaningful and captivating story to be part of.”

How big are we talking? Try 35 times bigger than the world of The Witcher 2. That’s what all those hundreds of developers and creatives are needed for: this isn’t so much a canvas they’re painting this time around, but a mural – the size of an aircraft hangar. And they’re not taking any shortcuts doing it either.

“The team are actually making everything by hand. Yes, we do use middleware to help us with certain aspects of the game, but quests, for example, are always done by hand – special cells within the studio create them, test them and see how fun they are. There’s no random generated Fedexing in the game, everything is as meaningful as it can.”

That’s also likely part of the reason for the game’s delay. After targeting a 2014 release, CD Projekt Red pushed the game back to February 2015, but Tost says it had to be done to clear the high bar the studio has set for itself. “Quality is something that we put a lot of focus on. Releasing a game that might not represent that quality, just for the sake of releasing it, well, it’s not us.”

Friday - April 11, 2014

Witcher 3 - New Screenshots & Videos

by Couchpotato, 05:03

Dual Shockers has a new article for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with new screenshots, and two videos that show off The World & Advanced Occlusion Tech.

At the Games Developers Conference CD Projekt RED Engine Programmer Przemysław Czatrowski held a panel titled “Solving Visibility and Streaming in the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with Umbra 3” explaining how the developer used the Umbra 3 middleware to help building the world, and its advanced ambient occlusion culling technology to render only the objects that are actually visible on the screen, massively reducing the load on the video card.

The presentation slides are now available, and Umbra Software published a recording of the presentation.

Here’s how the occlusion process works:

  1. The world is split in tiles, and for each tile a “tome” data package is built, including the occlusion data. The engine determines which tomes are needed to be shown depending on the camera position and direction.
  2. If the newly determined set of tomes differs from the previous set, an asynchronous compitation process starts, creating a new tome collection, that is sent to the renderer to replace the one previously rendered.
  3. Tomes that are not used anymore are removed from the stream to free up memory.

Monday - April 07, 2014

Witcher 3 - Interview @ Gamestm

by Couchpotato, 04:47

Gamestm interviewed Senior Art Producer Michał Krzemiński of CDProjektRED, and talks about the graphics of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

In a lot of other RPGs, part of the appeal to players is the ability to create their character in their own image. Geralt is as rigid in his design as they come – how do you think offering the one, definite player character sets you apart from other RPGs?

Ha! I could turn the question around and say that in a lot of other RPGs, part of the appeal to players is a strong, well-defined character, who is so awesome, you just don’t want to change anything (well, some small cosmetic changes, maybe). Think Batman, think Lord Vader, think Lara Croft… We see Geralt as a guy who’s so cool because of who he is; he’s a witcher, an elite warrior who hunts big-ass monsters and is second to none when it comes to solving problems.

People often compare the Witcher series of games to the Elder Scrolls – do you think these comparisons are relevant? Do you think your series appeals to the same audience of Bethesda’s?

 That’s a tough question. At their core, both games are RPGs and there is a big number of similarities between them. However, the deeper you go, the more differences you see. Ultimately, I think that Skyrim and The Witcher 3 are entirely different games. Skyrim is a sandbox set in an open world. You get a set of game mechanics and you play with them. The Witcher 3 is all about the story, it’s the core of the whole game and around this core, you get a huge, open world with a ton of things to do. In terms of audience, well, I think that it’s not the case that if you like The Witcher, you can’t like the Elder Scrolls (or the other way around). You can like both games for what they offer and get a different kind of buzz from playing them.

What has the next-gen hardware allowed you to do specifically that was unobtainable on previous generations?

There’s no one specific thing that next-gens allowed us to do. There’s a whole ton of them. Essentially, the game can look mind blowing, we’ve got seamless gameplay with no loading screens (almost everything is streamed during gameplay, cutscenes etc.), we can add visual effects unavailable to us because of performance issues and so on, the list is huge. All this constitutes a giant, lush open world with a myriad of things to do, quests, adventures, monster hunts, events and so on.

Tuesday - April 01, 2014

Witcher 3 - Interview @ Sydney Morning Herald

by Couchpotato, 05:37

The Sydney Morning Herald watched a hands-off presentation of Witcher 3, and got the chance to interview Tomasz Jarzębowski the Head of Marketing for CD Projekt RED.

CD Projekt has created a fine niche of beautifully designed games from just one property, Andrzej Sapkowski's Witcher fantasy novels. The unnamed continent that the six Witcher books (only three of which have been translated from Polish into English) are set in lends itself perfectly to their brand of RPG-making; in particular, their take on the importance of moral decisions. Jarzębowski attributes much of the series' success to this very idea. "This is how we see this world, nothing is good or evil, just different perspectives or your choices," he says. "Sometimes a human being can be a bigger monster than the actual monsters. [The protagonist]Geralt prefers, if the monster is not a direct threat to people, to not kill it."

Witcher 3 ignores much of the political machinations of its predecessor, instead focusing on Geralt of Rivia's personal mission to recover his memory and save Yennefer, an ex-lover taken by the Wild Hunt. The Hunt are the main antagonists in this game, as Geralt chases them to the bleak and frozen Northern Kingdoms, but they're like no monster he has faced before. More like a force of nature than an actual beast, they consist of huge, marauding suits of armour that pillage and kidnap their way across the world with impunity. Zipping around in intimidating flying war barges and razing villages overnight, they've become more myth than reality. But Geralt has a bone to pick with them, and he's a hard man to dissuade.

Even in our short demo (40 minutes is a short demo for a game of this size) we're given a perfect example of the complex morals at work here. During his pursuit, Geralt happens upon a village being terrorised by a monster that lives in a nearby forest. In any normal RPG this would be a simple find it and stab it mission, but this is Witcher. One group, the elders, want to appease the beast: it's been living in the forest for as long as they can remember and they don't see a reason to anger it. The younger group has had enough and want the monster gone. It's entirely up to you who you listed to, and neither option is the wrong or bad one. For the purposes of the demo, we chose to kill the monster. First things first, Geralt needs to know what he's up against so he heads into the forest to investigate. As many monsters have weaknesses and strengths that can be the difference between success and reloading a save, it's best to know what you're walking into. Hunting a werewolf? Probably best not to do it on a full moon, or you're in for a bad night.

Tuesday - March 25, 2014

Witcher 3 - Preview @ Gamespot

by Couchpotato, 05:15

Gamespot has posted a new preview/interview of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt that talks about how the game handles sex , alchemy, and monster hunting.

Less ugly is CD Projekt Red's approach to the series' depiction of sex. Geralt is defined in the Witcher books as a good lover, and he'll have his fair share of sexual adventures in The Witcher 3, though Platkow-Gilewski says that all of these romances will be strongly connected to the story. "It will never happen just for the sake of having more sex in the games," he continues. "That's not our point. It's not a Pokemon way, like 'collect them all.'"

Given The Witcher 3's focus on open-world monster hunting, Platkow-Gilewski didn't rule out the possibility of a monster encounter becoming more intimate. "It happened in the past," he hints. "It depends what kind of monsters Geralt will have to face. But it's not a way of beating the monster." Regardless of how monstrous Geralt's mistresses may be, CD Projekt Red is keeping The Witcher 3's sex scenes free of interactivity, avoiding the use of quick-time events in them--and in the rest of the game entirely.

CD Projekt Red has also overhauled the series' alchemy system, although Geralt won't be brewing any love potions. Platkow-Gilewski says that alchemy in The Witcher 2 was "not rewarding," because you had to somehow know in advance the type of enemies you were about to face in order to imbibe the right cocktail of magical buffs. "Now, you will have a few charges of the effect of the potion," Platkow-Gilewski continues. "It's not like you're drinking and have a certain period where you have to act really fast. You can use the specific effect of this potion when it's needed." CD Projekt Red believes this makes investing in the alchemy skill tree more viable than before, whilst the other two skill trees--sword mastery and magic--will be filled out with more active abilities rather than passive skills.

Monday - March 24, 2014

Witcher 3 - NVIDIA Demonstrates Hair FX

by Couchpotato, 05:06

CD Project RED  was at GDC 2014 and previewed the new Hair Simulation technology used in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.I mentioned the tech last year, and you all laughed at it.

WCCF has the videos and information from the conference.

Even though the RPG release was delayed to 2015,  at the GDC today Balázs Török Lead Engine programmer CD Project RED gave important insights into it’s development process. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is one of the first games that relies on the GameWorks tools for programmers released by NVIDIA , particularly the Hair Works component.

Thursday - March 20, 2014

The Witcher - House of Glass Comic

by Myrthos, 11:46

Just read a tweet from CD Project Red that the House of Glass comic featuring The Witcher's Geralt is available now.

Travelling near the edge of the Black Forest, in the land of the Angren, witcher Geralt meets a widowed man whose dead and murderous wife resides in an eerie mansion known as the House of Glass. With its endless rooms and horror around every corner, Geralt will have to use all his witcher prowess to solve the manor's mystery and survive.

There is also a trailer of the comic book, which obviously contains a lot of stills.

Can't wait to get your hands on it? Here are the links to the digital version of the comic for your favorite platform; MAC/PC, iOS and Android (the latter two link to the Darkhorse App allowing you to get the comic).

 

Wednesday - March 19, 2014

Witcher 3 - Status and The Witcher Mobile Game

by Myrthos, 12:39

GameBanshee brings the news that a NeoGaf forum member translated CD Project Red's 2014 financial report, in which they mention the current status of The Witcher 3, work on a mobile adventure game of The Witcher.

About their plans for 2014 with respect to new developments:

  • Witcher comics - digital and paper
  • Continuous intensive marketing action for TW3
  • Witcher 3 preorders
  • Release of The Witcher Adventure Game (board game) - Q3 2014
  • 2 mobile titles: The Witcher Adventure Game and a new multiplatform project.
  • Together with an external development studio we are working on the multiplatform mobile game, which uses advanced features of tablets and smartphones
  • We are entering a completely new territory, both in terms of gameplay and business model
  • Work on the project began over a year ago, independently from TW3 and Cyberpunk 2077.
  • The game will be announced together with beta sign-up.
  • Commercial release this year.

And about The status of The Witcher 3:

Finished:
  • Dialogue lines are closed & implemented
  • They are currently recording voice overs for each language version of the game
  • The world of the game is completed - locations are finished, all important gameplay mechanics are already implemented
  • Graphic assets and animations are nearing completion
  • The game can already be played in full
  • REDengine 3 supports all 3 platforms
  • The physical elements of the collector's edition are in production


What's left:

  • Implementation of the remaining side quests
  • Importing voice overs and testing their quality/changing them
  • Gameplay testing and balancing
  • Continuous work on improving the quality of graphic assets, animations, effects and sounds - this will last until just before going gold
  • REDengine3 optimization

The reasoning behind the 2015 release:

  •  Less competition
  • Improved effectiveness of marketing campaign targeted at aware gamers and not random gift-buyers.
  • Better polished game: the last 20% of time stands for 80% of the game's attractiveness.
  • More new-gen consoles on the market = more customers

Monday - March 17, 2014

Witcher 3 - Editorial @ Pixelgate

by Couchpotato, 04:51

Pixelgate has a new article for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt where they write the delay is a good idea, and that we should all appreciate CD Projekt for doing so.

Normally video game delays come with a sigh of disappointment along with the despairing thought of yet another game in developmental hell. Truth be told, however, some delays are just what a game needs. The latest Thief, for example, stinks of a game that could have done with a good few extra months of polish before it was released. The point, then: delays may have a negative impact on the consumer, but the product benefits from it.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the latest game to be delayed (now set for release February 2015), but I, as a Witcher fan, am utterly delighted by this. Why? Simply because it comes down to the talent, class, and relationship CD Projekt has with its franchise and its fans. They’re a studio whose attitude is both commendable and human–a rare thing in the video game industry.

In the face of heavy piracy, and during the days when DRM was a hot topic, CD Projekt’s refusal to incorporate harsh DRM into their games commanded a lot of respect. They trusted their fans, and that, today, reflects their dedication to producing quality games.

Saturday - March 15, 2014

Witcher 3 - Interview @ Otaku Dome

by Couchpotato, 05:02

Otaku Dome had the chance to interview CDProjekt RED about The Witcher 3, and talked about Geralt’s story, the REDEngine, and the upcoming graphic novels.

With the story of Geralt coming to a close, were you surprised at how successful the series got over the years?

We put a lot of hard work into making The Witcher a truly global and acclaimed series. Were we surprised? At the beginning, definitely. But it was hard work and listening to gamers right from the beginning that brought us where we are today.

What has been your favorite moment while developing The Witcher trilogy?

The moment we release the game and can take a breather *laughs*. Seriously though, everyone in the studio loves to see how gamers react to what we’ve been working on for the past years. It’s the most rewarding moment of the whole development process.

Do you have any regrets or wish you had done something differently with the trilogy?


There’s always something that you might have done differently, but, in the grand scheme of things, no, we don’t regret anything.

What gave you the idea to opt for an open-world for The Witcher 3?

We always wanted an open world in our games but you have to have the resources and the experience to do it and uphold the quality you came to expect of RED. Now we have both and we’re going for it!

Thursday - March 13, 2014

Witcher 3 - Interview @ TechRaptor

by Couchpotato, 05:20

Michał Krzemiński the Senior Art Producer of Witcher 3 was interviewed on TechRaptor. As usual here is small part of what the site calls unique, and exclusive questions.

The Witcher 3 will revolutionize the action RPG-what was the hardest part of creating such a vast world?

There’s no single thing I could point at and say, yes, this was the hardest. Making games as big as The Witcher is a bit like designing a spaceship, there’s a gazillion things to do and they can all be the “hardest parts” in their respective fields. Remember, CD Projekt RED consists of over 230 professionals and they all play a role in delivering the final game. Come to think of it, from a bird’s-eye view, maintaining coherency and creative direction, putting all this together, that’s difficult. But is it the hardest part? I don’t know.

The voice of Geralt- can we know a little about him?

In the English version of the game, Geralt is played by Doug Cockle, a fantastic actor, who’s been with us since The Witcher 1. Doug has managed to infuse Geralt with a lot of personality and continues to do so in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

If anything what do you want the players of the Wild Hunt to appreciate the most about this amazing game?

I think the really revolutionary thing is how the game makes fantasy grow up, how it enters the realm of the mature. Our game reflects problems that are not detached from our everyday lives, it tackles issues such as terrorism, ethnical diversity and political struggles, and puts them in a context that allows us to look at them from a greater perspective. The game is not mature because it features blood and sexual intercourse; it’s mature because of how it portrays them and how it treats the gamer. For me, this is the most important aspect. Others may see a plethora of different stuff, from tactical combat to exploring the unknown; it’s all here.

Wednesday - March 12, 2014

Witcher 3 - Delayed to February 2015

by Couchpotato, 04:55

In case anyone missed the news today CD Projekt RED announced today in a new press release that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been delayed to February 2015.

An Open Letter from CD Projekt RED about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Release Date

Ever since we started working on the third installment in The Witcher franchise, it has been our aim to produce a title that would take our 11 years of experience in creating RPGs and distill them into a quintessence, into a game that would effectively crown those years. At the same time, we have wanted The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to expand creative boundaries, set new benchmarks, develop the genre as a whole. Ultimately, you, the players, must get an unforgettable adventure to experience in a vast, open world – and that’s most important.

We’ve created a story that flows naturally, cinematically, rendered it in amazing sound and visuals, while preserving full freedom of choice – all for you. We knew this to be an ambitious plan, but believed we could achieve it by bringing together our team with its creative energies and current gaming platforms with their technical capabilities. A project this vast and complex would inevitably require special care in its final stages, manual fine-tuning of many details, thorough testing time and again.

We recently reexamined what we had achieved thus far, and faced a choice about the game’s final release date. The decision we made was difficult, thoroughly considered, and ultimately clear and obvious. We could have released the game towards the end of this year as we had initially planned. Yet we concluded that a few additional months will let us achieve the quality that will satisfy us, the quality gamers expect from us. Consequently, we have set the release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for February 2015.

Dear gamers - we know many of you would have liked to play The Witcher 3 sooner, as soon as possible, even. We’re sorry to make you wait longer than you, or we, initially assumed you would. At the same time, we believe the game will prove to be worth the wait and meet the expectations you have of us. We believe The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be an exceptional RPG, one of the best, providing many hours of wonderful entertainment.

Dear shareholders – we are aware of the responsibility that rests with us and thank you for the trust you have granted us thus far. We firmly believe that quality – more than any other factor – determines a game’s success, and that the decision we have made is thus equally valid in business terms.

Tuesday - March 11, 2014

Witcher 3 - Preview @ VG 24/7

by Couchpotato, 05:04

VG 24/7 has a new preview for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. While the preview may not contain any new information it's stll might be worth a look for some of you.

I don’t have candid screenshots or footage to show you what I mean, and I lack the language of graphics tech to explain the differences, so let me just break it down – The Witcher 3′s landscapes make Skyrim look extremely last-gen. The Witcher 3′s ocean makes Assassin’s Creed 4, heretofore the acknowledged king of beautiful oceans, look distinctly cross-gen. The Witcher 3′s character animations – well, actually, okay, apart from the sizzlingly attractive fencing, the animations look a little rocky at this point, while largely static and stone-faced characters suddenly pinwheeling their arms in gestures and throwing facial expressions around like they have sudden itches. I don’t know how much of that is CD Projekt RED’s dramatic European style and how much is work in progress.

Monday - March 03, 2014

Witcher 3 - Interview @ IGR

by Couchpotato, 05:55

I Game Responsibly had the chance to interview CD Projekt RED about The Witcher 3. The interview focuses on the games visuals, and frame rate.

When I asked Krzemiński to describe the visuals of The Witcher 3 and which platform is currently performing the best, he replied,

"Oh, I don’t like creating such dichotomies between platforms. Imagine we’re making an airplane instead of a game – we finished the left side of the plane, and we’re just starting work on the right side. A person comes by and asks which side has better aerodynamics at this point in time. Well, the obvious answer would be “the left one”. Is that the right answer, though? The process of developing a game is a complicated thing (more complicated than most gamers think), at this point in time differences in performance may stem from the fact that we haven’t finished a segment of code and not because a given platform has less potential. We treat both platforms equally and both the PS4 and Xbox One will blow you away in terms of visuals."

Historically, the visuals of The Witcher have always managed to impress the gaming community, and I have no doubt they will continue to do so as the book closes on Geralt’s journey. Lastly, I wanted to know what the studio hopes will cement the legacy of The Witcher trilogy,

"That’s a really tough one to answer. I think that we’ve already managed to set a trend for maturity in games. The way we tell stories, and what these stories are all about, seems to have hooked gamers and left them wanting more. All the shades of gray in The Witcher games, operating on the edge of morality, and meaningful choices and consequences – if we left a mark on the genre, I think these things are it. Having that said, I think, as a studio, we’re too humble to talk about legacies or heritage, we just try to make the best RPGs and gamers seem to resonate with what we do."

Tuesday - February 25, 2014

Witcher 3 - Interview @ Ausgamers

by Couchpotato, 06:10

Ausgamers talks to CD Projekt RED's Michal Platkow-Gilewski to ask a few question in a new video interview about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Can you talk to me about… you guys are masters at RPG, but this is the first time you’ve gone open-world. Can you talk about that evolution from The Witcher 1, to 2, to 3; what you’ve learnt as RPG makers, and what has changed in terms of how you approach an RPG now that you’re going open-world?

Michal Platkow-Gilewski: Sure. So at the beginning when we started The Witcher 1, we knew that we wanted to create a mature role playing game for a mature audience -- by this I mean, people who would expect to have a believable story. At the beginning we [said] that we needed around 17 people to accomplish that, and we ended up with 100 working on The Witcher 1.

The game was cool; it was good, but in The Witcher 2, we wanted to go a step further: we wanted to have more consequences of your actions in the game, and we wanted to excel in the storytelling, because we think this is what’s important for us and where we are quite good. That was The Witcher 2, where choosing different factions [means] you can affect how the world and the gameplay could be exposed with different gameplay even, because big parts were unique and dependent on your choices.

In The Witcher 3, we came to a moment where we were experienced enough, we had our own technology which was good enough, we are in the moments when the next-gen(s) and quite powerful PC systems are on the market, and at that moment we feel that we can use the last missing part to tell the immersive stories, and this part is the open-world. Because only in an open-world we can truly enjoy the story which we are shaping. So you can go back and check what consequences your actions brought on the world, or you can just go wherever you want, and behave like a real character.

So that was the evolution. Right now, we are over 220 people in our studio. Out of those about 180 are working on a daily-basis on The Witcher, so it’s a big evolution in terms of who we are. We started 12 years ago, working on The Witcher 1, so we are all more mature as well, and I think that you will be able to feel that in the games.

I also couldn't resist posting this. Looks like nudity will be back once again.

AusGamers: You guys are also notorious for bucking the trend and making your games quite adult; very mature. You treat them like the literature that they’re based on. Can we expect the same thing here with things like nudity and stuff like that?

Michal: There will be nudity, yes. But how we approach that: we create what we think is real, as far as fantasy games can be real. So if there is a possibility in the story to have romance, it makes no sense to skip it because there may be nudity in that, so we’re just not afraid of that. But on the other hand, we know that we can just overdose with this, because it’s not a game about sex, it’s just like real-life.

Sunday - February 23, 2014

Witcher 3 - Video Interview @ Ausgamers

by Couchpotato, 05:22

Ausgamers has a new video interview for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. If you don't want to watch the video a written transcription is provided.

AusGamers chats with CD Projekt RED Head of Marketing Michal Platkow-Gilewski about the forthcoming hotly anticipated open world RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Saturday - February 22, 2014

Witcher 3 - Interview @ Analog Addiction

by Couchpotato, 04:43

Analog Addiction interviewed CD Projekt RED to talk about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Topics of the interview include the game’s objectives, back-story, and gameplay.

It only took a trailer and a few details to make The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt one of the most anticipated games of 2014; almost every RPG on the horizon is being compared to it. How do you feel about being the standard for RPGs at the moment?

Are we the standard? Thank you for the compliment, it’s really flattering.

Andrzej Sapkowski is the brilliant mind that has created Geralt in the first place. Was he ever involved in creating any of the Witcher games?

Mr. Sapkowski created Geralt and the world that he lives in, but it’s CD Projekt RED who created the games. We treat his books as a reference point, an anchor of sorts. There’s a whole lot of places and concepts that Mr. Sapkowski left untouched or vaguely described and this is where our creativity kicks in.

These days, many RPGs seem to “hand everything on a dish” to the players, telling them what to do, where to go, with exploration and free-play being more of an option. That said, the Witcher games have traditionally been more player-dependent, and much less “hand-holdy.” Can we expect a transition to the more current-style in The Witcher 3, or are you sticking to the original recipe?

I wouldn’t call that “hand-holding” but we have to introduce some sort of a system that helps us push players in the right direction. I know the concept of “the place is called XYZ, go find it” might seem appealing but in such a big world it would cause frustration, rather than enjoyment. Having that said, we’re not planning on showing you a giant neon arrow saying “go here” either. The game will balance out the challenge of exploration and subtle hints in a way that everyone should be OK with.

 

Thursday - February 20, 2014

Witcher 3 - Preview @ Stevivor

by Couchpotato, 05:11

If you feel like reading another preview for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt then visit Stevivor.

As I said at the beginning of the article, from just the 30 minutes of gameplay we were shown, The Witcher 3 is shaping up to be truly amazing title. The new world looks absolutely amazing and the level of detail is quite simply, fantastic. The draw distance is solid and the sights are just jaw-droopingly beautiful. I didn’t pick up the last title because I feared it would be too difficult, but after this preview, I’m pegging The Witcher 3 as a definite day-one purchase.

Wednesday - February 19, 2014

Witcher 3 - Interview @ Stevivor

by Couchpotato, 05:05

CD Projekt Red’s Michał Platkow was interviewed by Stevivor to talk about Witcher 3.

Stevivor: One thing that people really admired about the past two The Witcher titles was their difficulty, and that you couldn’t just breeze through them. Will The Witcher 3 continue with this tradition, and will there be a ‘nightmare’ difficulty in this game as well?

Platkow: I don’t know yet what will be the name of the difficulty levels, but for sure you can expect several levels, with something easy (where maybe ‘easy’ will be even easier than what it was for The Witcher 2), but you can also expect something hard. As I said before, we wanted to create it so that it would be easy to learn but difficult to master, so it will be easy to survive, but if want to do cool stuff or advance relatively faster it will be harder. We don’t have a monster scaling level, which means that if something is too easy for you, you can always look for a more challenging monster and try to beat it if you are a veteran of the franchise. I guess everyone will enjoy the game.

Stevivor: We recently learnt that two gameplay designers had left the studio to join a smaller indie studio. Has this had any impact at all on the development of this game?


Platkow: The big impact was that they were both friends of mine, so I’ve been missing them. A good thing was that they didn’t move too far, they left for a really nice company which is, I would say, our friends, so we aren’t working too far from each other and are still in contact. They were responsible for parts of the game which were already done, or at least planned, so I would say ‘no’. The other thing is that we have over 220 talented people from 19 countries working on the game, so we shouldn’t worry about it. I wish them luck though, because they were seeking new challenges and they wanted to have a bigger influence on smaller games. They both loved indie games so I wish them the best.

Stevivor: An interesting thing about The Witcher 3 is that it features no loading screens. What kind of work or changes have been made to the game to make that happen?

Platkow: OK, so to avoid loading screens in such a big world we had to work more on our engine, to develop it further. We are using the Red engine, which is our own technology, that is adopted to the next-gen and to role-playing games. We  designed that from scratch while working on The Witcher 2, so it exactly matched our needs and there’s nothing on-top that we don’t need. With this technology, and the power of the next-gen consoles and PCs, we can achieve that. That said, it’s not so easy – I’ve made and put it simply, but there’s guys responsible for things like edging and programmers who could talk for hours on how they did it. Good work guys!

Monday - February 17, 2014

Witcher 3 - Preview @ Digitally Downloaded

by Myrthos, 12:46

A preview of the Witcher 3 combined with questions answered by CD Projekt RED's head of marketing, Michal Platkow-Gilewski, can be found at Digitally Downloaded.

In the live gameplay demo I saw this rich mythology and theme in action where Geralt fought against a creature based on the Slavic Leshy. In one particular instance that was shown in the demo, Geralt entered a small village looking for some information for the main quest. On obtaining that information he could have left the village to continue on with the main story, but a side quest pops up - murder's been done in the village and the people think they're haunted by a malicious spirit (this being the Leshy).

Geralt, should he decide to help (and he does in our demo) is provided with two alternative ways to deal with the problem, presented by different, opposing villagers. Both options have a certain degree of moral ambiguity to them, but after choosing one, playing through an investigation sequence (where Geralt follows a series of clues to three totems that need to be destroyed), the monster emerges and the big fight happens.

Then Geralt returns to the village to find that the villager he sided with took the opportunity of the disruption created by the monster to slaughter his rival and his allies. So much for picking sides.

Sunday - February 16, 2014

Witcher 3 - Preview @ Capsule Computers

by Couchpotato, 05:38

Capsule Computers has a new preview of Witcher 3 based on a live demonstration.

Seeing the game in person and coming to understand what kind of herculean effort goes into creating a game of this scope and ambition is a treat. CD Projekt RED had to write new streaming technology, and adopt a more capable middleware to optimise memory use, and facilitate the humongous world, which I must reiterate is 35 times larger than that found in The Witcher 2: Assasins of Kings… an open, persistent world! It’s beyond impressive, and being a fan of the franchise, I can’t wait to actually get my hands on the title, although that may have to wait until E3.

Friday - February 14, 2014

Witcher 3 - Preview @ GamesTM

by Couchpotato, 04:07

GamesTM has a new preview of The Witcher 3, and calls the game a Skyrim killer.

While most developers eagerly create choices, CD Projekt RED has created a world, the state of which organically moulds itself around the consequences of the player’s actions. You will never see everything that the Witcher series has to offer, but then, your journey feels uniquely your own.

“You don’t even want to know how much work that takes,” laughs Maciej Szcześnik, lead gameplay designer on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. “Really. We’re making a game with 36 different possible endings, 12 world states and three fully playable epilogues. And all this is powered by your choices and is interconnected. If you want to get the scope of it, picture this: 100 hours of gameplay, a ton of quests and decisions to be made. Imagine the time needed to put all this into one coherent piece. Yes, you don’t even want to know.”

As the last part of the trilogy, it promises a fittingly epic conclusion to Geralt of Rivia’s story, not to mention the journey taken by the studio itself over the past decade. The independent Polish studio has grown enormously from its inauspicious origins as a distributor, branching into videogame development in 2002 after dalliances in the localisation market and a brief flirtation with porting console games to PC (the predominant format in Poland). 2007’s The Witcher was CD Projekt RED’s inaugural release, the most expensive game developed in Poland at the time, using BioWare’s Aurora Engine and with the majority of the development team learning the ropes as it went along.

Saturday - February 01, 2014

Witcher 3 - Armor Concept Art

by Couchpotato, 03:59

DualShockers has some new artwork for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

The previous Witcher games were awesome, but the visual variation in the armor Geralt of Rivia could wear wasn’t exactly amazing. This is apparently going to change with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt as you can see in the artwork by CD Proket RED Concept Artist Jan Marek showcased below.

While we don’t know if the concept art showcases only part of the armor sets that will be available or all of them, visual variety seems to be guaranteed, alongside a grim and rugged look for our favorite Witcher.

They’re also a further testament to Geralt’s athletic abilities. Try to roll as he does while wearing a full suit of chainmail down to your knees if you can.

Thursday - January 30, 2014

Witcher 3 - New Forums & Screenshots

by Couchpotato, 00:33

CD Projekt announces the launch of a new forum for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. They have also released some new screenshots on facebook.

CD PROJECT RED LAUNCHES A NEW FORUM EXPERIENCE

WARSAW, POLAND – January 29th, 2014 – CD Projekt RED, the creators of the eagerly anticipated RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, are thrilled to announce the launch of a completely redesigned forum experience.

The revamped RED forums combine new and exciting user functionality with the passion of The Witcher community that made them a special, one-of-a-kind place on the Internet.

“The brand new thewitcher.com forums are something we’ve been working for a while now. I think that our wonderful community deserves an experience as amazing as the game itself”, said Marcin Momot, Community Manager, CD Projekt RED. Besides the completely new forum engine, we are very happy to introduce additional features like one account for all of our services, i.e. thewitcher.com, cyberpunk.net and REDkit, seamless navigation between each room and an achievement system, Momot added.

To celebrate, the studio released three brand new The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in-game screenshots portraying the diversity of the game world.

Monday - January 27, 2014

Witcher 3 - CENEGA Publisher for CZ-SK-HU

by Couchpotato, 04:27

CD Projekt RED has a post with information on the publisher for the CZ-SK-HU version.

We are proud to announce our cooperation with Cenega to bring the eagerly anticipated fantasy RPG, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, to Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic. The game will be released for Windows PC, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system. All platform versions will contain Czech subtitles.

“We’re thrilled to gain the trust of CD Projekt RED and have the opportunity to release this massively anticipated game in our market. We’re confident that our team members who had the opportunity to work with the franchise before are going to significantly bolster the marketing and sales of The Witcher 3”, said Chalid Himmat from Cenega Czech.

Sunday - January 26, 2014

Witcher 3 - Editorial @ Gamespace

by Couchpotato, 01:58

Gamespace has a new article with eight details that you didn't know about Witcher 3.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - an upcoming action-RPG from CD Projekt RED - is one of the most anticipated games of 2014. Recently, Marcin Iwinski - the company's cofounder - has answered on lots of interesting questions of IGN journalists, revealing exciting The Witcher 3 news.


Friday - January 24, 2014

The Witcher 3 - Interview @ OnlySP

by Couchpotato, 01:47

OnlySP has a new interview for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt carries the weight of expectation, considering the strong, story focused, really good previous installments in the series. With The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt coming out sometime this year, we took the opportunity to speak to Michał Krzemiński, senior art producer at CD Projekt RED about how the game plays, how monsters play a part in the open world, and what it’s like developing for next generation platforms.

Wednesday - January 22, 2014

Witcher 3 - Two New Interviews

by Couchpotato, 04:48

Here are two new interviews I managed to roundup for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

IGN India

Marcin Iwinski, co-founder of the CD Projekt group, was in town this week, and we caught up with him to talk about their ambitious project, dealing with worldwide accolades, game mechanics, and lots more.

OnlySP

Speaking exclusively with OnlySP, Michał Krzemiński, Senior Art Producer for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt told us a few new details about their upcoming open-world RPG.

Sunday - January 19, 2014

The Witcher 3 - Preview @ OPSM

by Couchpotato, 05:10

The Official Play Station Magazine has a new preview for The Witcher 3.

It remains to be seen if Wild Hunt will be bigger than Skyrim commercially, but CD Projekt RED spawned many a web article when it confirmed that its open-world is roughly 20% bigger than Bethesda’s epic RPG in terms of sheer size. That’s an impressive statistic, but it could easily prove a liability if Wild Hunt doesn’t furnish that space with enough excitement to make it feel dense and alive.

“We fill each region with stories that are just around every corner,” Szczesnik assures us. “It’s something very characteristic to Slavic mythology that partially inspires the game. In Slavic mythos, you don’t need to venture to far away lands to experience adventures – something really amazing can live in a nearby forest or hide deep in the cave you pass by when you travel. We populate the world with adventure and this glues everything together.” Huge worlds also mean big commutes, but in addition to your own two feet, Wild Hunt gives you the option of horseback, fast travel and even a boat for traversing its frigid oceans. We’ve been told those bodies of water are treacherous “and not only because of the weather” either…

CD Projekt RED claims that the game will redefine the genre, but haven’t we killed monsters and completed quests many times before? Szczesnik claims it’s what we haven’t seen yet that makes the difference, the way the game manages to weave the plot intensity from closed-world RPGs with the freedom of a dizzyingly vast open-world. That’s a lot of space in which the Fiend can hide, but we’ll hunt him down eventually. Those giant antlers will look amazing on the wall of the OPM hunting lodge.

Saturday - January 18, 2014

Witcher 3 - Publisher for Asia Pacific Area

by Couchpotato, 01:44

If you live in Australia and New Zealand the following news might interest you. It seems Namco Bandai will be publishing the game in your area.

CD Projekt RED, the developer and publisher behind the highly anticipated fantasy RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, is excited to announce that NAMCO BANDAI Games Australia and New Zealand.

“We’re really excited to continue to develop our relationship with NAMCO BANDAI Games and, as a result, introduce The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to even more gamers across the globe. Thanks to our shared passion for games and our partner’s understanding of what core values constitute The Witcher series, I’m confident we can make the launch of The Witcher 3 something really special,” said Adam Badowski, Head of Studio, CD Projekt RED.

“CD Projekt RED is a world class developer that cares passionately about its games and its fans. We are therefore delighted and proud to again be their chosen partner in Australia and New Zealand and we are very excited to add the eagerly awaited ‘The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’ to our 2014 line-up." said Gerard Noonan, SVP, NAMCO BANDAI Games Asia Pacific. “The Witcher series is one of the industries most revered video game franchises and with the power of the new generation of consoles we expect CD Projekt RED will take the series to even greater heights”.

The first installment in the Witcher series was released in 2007 for the PC. The second installment hit the PC market in 2011 and was released for the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft a year later. The two games received over 200 awards. In February 2013, CD Projekt RED announced The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which is scheduled for a 2014 release and has garnered over 88 awards so far. The game will be released simultaneously for the PC and next-generation consoles: PlayStation®4 and Xbox One.

Friday - January 17, 2014

Witcher 3 - A Musical Tribute by a Fan

by Aries100, 15:18

A fanof The Witcher series, named RadogosT, has made a musical tribute to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt game. You can view the tribute here.

Tuesday - January 14, 2014

Witcher 3 - Most Anticipated RPG @ TechRaptor

by Couchpotato, 05:55

TechRaptor has a new article were they write that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the most anticipated game of 2014. This makes the second article in one week to say so.

With all of these new features, not only will fans of the series be excited, but I believe there’s some groundbreaking technology here and could bring in new fans of the series. Wild Hunt is definitely my Most Anticipated for 2014.

Wednesday - January 08, 2014

Witcher 3 - Most Anticipated RPG @ IGN

by Aries100, 22:55

IGN bears the news that Witcher 3 - Wild Hunt has won most anticipated RPG or 2014.
Dragon Age: Inquisiton came in third. The Witcher's Facebook page also has this story.

Saturday - December 28, 2013

Witcher 3 - Preview @ TheGameHeadz

by Couchpotato, 08:20

TheGameHeadz has posted a preview of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from VGX 2013.

Much of what made Geralt what he is today involves the Wild Hunt. They were referred many times in the plot and Geralt has even fought some of them before. What sucks is Geralt never seems to get to meet the leader himself but The Witcher 3 finally gives you and gamers that humble chance to beat down the leader… if you can of course.

The Witcher 3’s combay system has been overhauled, making it more immersive and tactical than ever before. If you thought the combat in the first two games were awesome, you’ll definitely have glee all over you with the final game’s combat system. It takes the many elements from the first two games and improves them, making it adaptable to your playing style. Whether you like it to kick ass melee-style, magic-style or both, the combat system is yours to take. You, as the first two games let you, still have a choice of what powers your Geralt will have, so your choice may not be the same as the other players, which gives you a unique experience everytime. The trailer already showed that the tactical combat system has been overhauled beautifully.

Thursday - December 26, 2013

Witcher 3 - Holiday Card from CD Project

by Aries100, 14:22

The team behind The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Project RED, has made a Christmas card for the Holidays:

 

Sunday - December 22, 2013

Witcher 3 - Interview @ PC-Gaming

by Couchpotato, 04:01

CD Projekt RED's chief programmer was interviewed by an Italian site called PC-Gaming.

What are the key differences between RED Engine 2&3?

We have a lot of new systems rewritten as rendering using DX11 or the new streaming system and many new features integrated. We changed several middleware in many cases, and began to use them in new areas. We have also developed a lot of new tools for designers and artists potergli allow you to more easily create a game of this magnitude.

What is your opinion about Windows 8 and DX11.2? Have you been experimenting with DX11.2?

The market share of Windows 8 is still quite low when compared to Windows 7. This means that we can not afford to implement functionality that only run with DX11.2 and at the moment we do not see any particular features that pushes us to do something that would give more value to the game.

Tuesday - December 10, 2013

Witcher 3 - Interview @ Gamasutra

by Couchpotato, 00:32

Gamasutra has a new Q&A interview with CD Projekt RED about The Witcher 3.

Most games are very system-driven, but RPGs in particular have a lot of gameplay systems. How do you scope?

Marek Ziemak: Woah! That's a tough one, because there's a huge amount of different systems. It's very easy to overdesign, or spawn too many ideas. Because basically, I think RPG is a genre that can have an unlimited amount of features and it will still be okay for the whole game -- because it's this type of a game.

The more options you have, sometimes, the more fun for some players. Except 90 percent will not use half of them. But still, the game will not be broken because of the new options you have in the game.

I think it's difficult, but we have some experience. We always base it on the experience from our previous titles. It was much tougher in the times of Witcher 1, when we had to experiment a bit, when we had to create our own way of thinking. Now we have a basic amount of features that we know we must and we want to deliver. We are always adding a bit more, a bit more, a bit more every installment. So that's how we're working.

How do you protect against feature creep in those instances?

MZ: To be honest, we are not a very big studio, but we are doing a massive game. Feature creep is usually a feature that is not absolutely needed, but someone wants it. And once we get delayed with something that's really important, feature creeps are the first ones to get out of the plan. So, actually, life is making a decision here.

So if we set the priorities well, the feature creep thing will always be at the bottom of the backlog. And it will instantly jump out of the backlog at the first delay. It's impossible to plan everything perfectly, so they're constantly being cut here and there.

You also alluded to the possibility that you might put in features that 90 percent of the audience might not use. I know that's something you want to avoid, but how do you determine that?

MZ: Whenever we're deciding on delivering a feature, we want to connect it to other game elements. If it actually creates some coherent experience, if you're reminded that you're using it -- it's useful here and there, and it's quite cool -- then it probably increases the amount of players using these features.

And of course it has to be usable. If it's not balanced well, if it just makes no sense to use a feature, then players will just not use it. Usually feature creep features are useless most of the time, or they just fit a particular situation, so we're trying to get them out of the scope. And the ones that we are leaving in the game are supposed to be fun, and that there's a big budget to develop them, so they're not being perceived as something not worth using.

It would be much tougher if we had all the manpower in the world. Because then we'd be creating dozens of features, and we would have to have some sophisticated mechanisms of controlling it. But because we don't, we focus on the things that are really important.

Sunday - December 08, 2013

Witcher 3 - VGX 2013 Trailer

by Couchpotato, 05:00

As promised here is the short one minute trailer for The Witcher 3 from VGX 2013.

 

Monday - December 02, 2013

Witcher 3 - Fan Kit Released

by Couchpotato, 05:01

CD Projekt RED released a new updated version of the The Witcher 3 Fan Kit that contains wallpapers, screenshots, concept art, and other goodies all in one zip file.

Whether you are running a fan page, a gaming blog or simply would like to enhance your desktop or social media profile with some Witcher themes, you might want to check out our newly released Fan Kit. It contains a collection of art from all three games from The Witcher franchise, including official wallpapers, promotional art, game logos, screenshots and forum/social media avatars. It also includes a document highlighting the most important features of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Download it now and let us know what you think about it in the comments below! Thanks to your suggestions, we will be able to release an improved version in the future with even more goodies available to you!

Friday - November 29, 2013

Witcher 3 - Interview @ Eurogamer

by Couchpotato, 02:40

Eurogamer continues their interview from last month on their visit to Poland with CD Projekt Red. This segment deals with answers gathered from a few employees about what makes Witcher 3 a next-gen RPG.

Quests and hidden consequences

 

"The consequences in our games are not immediate," said Szamalek, "so when you do something you learn about what happened because of that later on, so that you cannot simply reload and try a different option. We definitely want players to take responsibility and feel responsible for what they do in the game."

I saw this first hand in a demo, when Geralt sided with a faction only to witness an unforeseen and significant twist later on. I'd have picked differently had I known. Will people wanting to pick a very deliberate line through the hazy-grey morals of The Witcher 3 feel this is unfair?

"You're correct that some players like to control everything," lead quest designer Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz (Konrad's brother) responded, "but because some things are unexpected you feel like this world isn't just a schematic. It's not a mechanical world where you only choose obvious things and you are always in control. People who live in it have their own motivations; factions go their own ways and things change. That is more realistic. It's just the approach we chose in our game."

No paid DLC, no multiplayer, maybe an Arena

 

"No. No no no," was Adam Badowski's emphatic answer to whether The Witcher 3 will have paid DLC. "Not for small DLC or something like that.

"Maybe there's an option to have a huge expansion pack or something because of the size and scope of the game. This is the only option [for paid DLC]. But small DLC and DLC packs: it's not big enough [to charge for]."

There will be some online features because of the online nature of the platforms the game will be released on, but not multiplayer. "None. At all. We had some rumours about it but that was just a misunderstanding," Badowski said.

How about an Arena mode like The Witcher 2 had? "Arena mode was a kind of an experiment, quite cool. We don't know yet," he shrugged, "and this is true. We have other plans.

"When we are saying 'we don't know' don't get me wrong: we know, it's just that the decision is not made because the market is changing, the situation is changing. The game is set in stone but all other surroundings are fully dynamic."

"It wasn't my intention to say that Skyrim was a poor game," he added, "because it's not. It's a great game; it's got different advantages than The Witcher. That's all."

The Skyrim comparison

All that stuff Konrad Tomaszkiewicz said about Skyrim, about how the quests and story were "generic" - that was a "misunderstanding", he told me.

He wanted to say that he loved Skyrim but it wasn't a game about story. "This is the game about the exploring of the world, about finding the items, upgrading my character." There is a story that's "quite entertaining" but short. "They don't even try to make these characters very memorable ... It was some simple story."

He mentioned it to highlight how CD Projekt Red is doing something different - taking a different tack.

Consider Grand Theft Auto 5, he said. "It's good to compare these two games. GTA is not RPG, but if you took the storyline, which is movie-like in GTA, compare it with the world of Skyrim and the open-world game where you've got a lot of things to do - you've got character development, you can kill the monsters and so on - and add to this choices and consequences: this is what I want to achieve with The Witcher 3. That was my point.

So anyone want to ask me why I prefer this game over anything Bioware makes? Cool

Tuesday - November 26, 2013

Witcher 3 - Interview @ Connected Digital World

by Couchpotato, 01:43

Connected Digital World finally posted their video interiew for The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt from Gamescom 2013. Well as they say better late then never.


The world is in chaos. The air is thick with tension and the smoke of burned villages. The fearsome Nilfgaardian Empire has struck again, ravaging the hapless Northern Kingdoms. The once mighty who tried to use Geralt are dead or gone. These are uncertain times and no one can say who will rise or fall, who will bring peace to the world and who will bring only misery.

But a force darker and deadlier has appeared. Little do the petty men and women moving their tin-plated armies across the Northern Kingdoms know that their conflict is mere child’s play compared with another otherworldly danger which now looms closer than ever. This brooding danger lusts after one thing: that which matters most to Geralt, that which is dearest to his heart.

I sat down with the story writer to learn more about The Witcher 3.

Saturday - November 23, 2013

Witcher 3 - VGX 2013 Teaser

by Couchpotato, 03:54

CD Projekt RED has released a short trailer of their upcoming VGX 2013 Witcher 3: Wild Hunt presentation. So be prepared to be teased and left wanting more.

Saturday - November 16, 2013

Witcher 3 - Interview @ GameStar

by Couchpotato, 03:49

GameStar interviewed CEO Marcin Iwinski of CD Project RED about the developers future goals, and of course they talk about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

You always emphasize the size of The Witcher 3 and I guess the Cyberpunk should be about the same scale. In the future you’ll be striving to make bigger and more mature games?

There’s always question «What is more?» Like, if we make a game five times longer than usual will gamers enjoy it? I think it’s all about the story, the characters, their development and how you go through it, so definitely we’ll be experimenting with new ways to tell a story. Cyberpunk definitely will  be offering a lot of new ideas. But we’re working on that really hard already in The Witcher 3. The game engages the player much better. We really wanted to improve on what we did in The Witcher 2 in terms of the initial immersion for a gamer, though. In Russia, in Poland, in Germany gamers are different, we are more hardcore. If it’s a hard game it only motivates us. But if you look at Western Europe and especially US, which is a very important market, if a gamer feels that the immersion is steep, the game is hard and you die a lot at the beginning, people will most likely drop the game and say that it wasn't good enough. We don’t want that to happen. «Easy to play — Hard to master» is what we are after. And I draw a lot of comparisons between games and TV series — for example Game of Thrones…

So when both games, The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk, are done, are you going to focus on a next big RPG or maybe something different?

I can tell you one thing for sure: we’ll be doing story-driven mature RPG and this is what we think we’re pretty good at. It’s really very early to say and we’ll see when the time comes, but right now we really want to focus fully on The Witcher 3 and take all of our skills to a next level, so that we can really deliver a multiplatform story-driven RPG in an open world. That’s the main goal. After that we’ll probably set a new goal that is even higher to achieve!

Do you think that games heavily relying on realism have a future? Not combat simulation games like ArmA but very complex games that would, for example, simulate a life in a metropolis where you could enter every building and talk to every citizen? Would it make sense to try to recreate our life with such precision in a computer game?

Yeah, this question is always opened, isn't it. If it’s boring simulator — I would totally not be interested. There has to be something more to it. A lot of people play games to relax, so the main question should be whether it's relaxing or entertaining you?

And again, our profession is to tell great stories. Whether I’m watching TV or reading books I generally want to have a bit of fun with that or I want the medium to make me think about certain things. Maybe something important that you don't think about every day in your usual life. If it’s a part of the game — it’s cool. If it’s just a simple simulator you have to ask yourself what is the goal? Of course, there are games like SimCity, for example, where there is a kind of economic model and management system and there’s always a certain goal. That works well. Everything could work as long there’s a certain group of gamers that finds it cool. As for us — we’re all about story.

Saturday - November 02, 2013

Witcher 3 - Video Interview @ GOG

by Couchpotato, 02:30

CD Projekt Red was interviewed on GOG.com about DRM, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt being pirated on release.

Yesterday, CD Projekt RED announced that The Witcher 3 would be released 100% DRM-free on PCs. Since we're near the RED offices, GOG.com interviewed joint CEO and co-founder Marcin Iwinski about his recent announcement and asked something that a lot of gamers want to know: why?

Thursday - October 31, 2013

Witcher 3 - No DRM on Release

by Couchpotato, 03:39

CD Project Red has released an open letter to the Witcher community with a promise that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have no DRM on release.

Hey, following our recent announcement of the distribution deals of The Witcher 3 in North America and Europe, there have been some concerns regarding DRM and previous legal issues with The Witcher 2. We’ve seen a lot of comments in various places around the web and we would like to join in on the conversation.

I’d like to say it loud and clear: The PC version of The Witcher 3 will have absolutely no DRM from day 0. Zero. Zip. Nada. It doesn’t matter if you choose to buy it on GOG.com and support us directly or buy the game in box format, you’ll still get the 100% DRM-free experience. And this goes for the whole world.

We’ve fiddled with DRM in the past (Oh boy! How young and naïve we were;)) and that’s enough. Lesson learned.

Having said that, I’d like to thank you for your continuous support. You’ve bought six million copies of the Witcher games so far. Whoo-hoo! Let’s celebrate. Here, have some cake!

UPDATE: 

It’ll be on Steam; the team isn’t going to exclude that community by any means. Gamers have a choice in where they buy their games, but where CDPR does have control — like GOG.com — there will be absolutely no DRM.

Cheers,

Marcin Iwinski
co-founder / Joint CEO

Tuesday - October 29, 2013

Witcher 3 - Namco Bandai To Distribute

by Couchpotato, 03:58

Namco Bandai annouces in this new press releases that they will distribute The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in Europe.

NAMCO BANDAI GAMES TO DISTRIBUTE THE WITCHER 3: WILD HUNT IN EUROPE

PARIS, FRANCE – October 28th 2013 – CD Projekt RED, the developer and publisher behind the highly anticipated fantasy RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, is excited to announce that NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe S.A.S, a leading video game publisher, developer and distributor, will distribute the third part of The Witcher saga and join the studio in bringing the series to key markets in Europe.

We’ve worked with NAMCO BANDAI Games before, so our partners there know both The Witcher and the ideals that drive us as a studio. We’re convinced that they understand our vision for the game and that they will do a great job at letting gamers know how the game’s open world and great story are going to change the next-gen RPG landscape,” said Adam Badowski, Head of Studio, CD Projekt RED.

NAMCO BANDAI Games will be responsible for the distribution and promotion of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in Europe and will bring the game to PC, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft. The full list of countries includes: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Malta, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and United Kingdom. 

“CD Projekt RED has well earned its marks as a premier, innovative studio and it is with extreme delight and pride that we are today confirming we will be adding the eagerly awaited Witcher 3 to our line-up next year” said Alberto González Lorca, VP Third Parties, NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe. “We look forward to being once again the European partner of CD Projekt RED, and providing first-class service to one of the most revered video game franchises as it is coming to next-generation consoles in 2014.”

Saturday - October 26, 2013

Witcher 3 - Anniversary & Release Date

by Couchpotato, 01:11

CD Projekt Red celebrates The Witchers sixth anniversary, and announces they have sold six million games in the series.

Six million Witchers for Geralt’s Sixth Birthday! We are proud to announce that Geralt of Rivia, as known from your favorite video games, is now six years old!

Six years have passed since we’ve embarked on the magical journey of bringing one of the most unique and recognizable fantasy worlds into the realm of video gaming. We’ve started with a dream and a few rough ideas and today we’re on the forefront of the next generation of role playing games.

The continued support of gamers worldwide has been one of the keys to our success and a reason we have such a strong foundation to build from. We’d like to announce that six million copies of The Witcher games have been sold up to this day and our community is growing into one of the strongest RPG fandoms in the world. It is because of your dedication and constant involvement that the Xbox 360® version of The Witcher 2 has achieved “Classics” status in Europe and we are able to grow as a developer and bring you games that we hope will stay with you for years.

“CD Projekt RED was built on the idea that giving gamers more is always worth it. Since the very beginning of our journey we have seen that the approach of inviting gamers into a dialogue with the developer is really important and can shake up the - sometimes self-destructive - business side of games. We hope you’ll stay with us for the years to come and that we will continue to make these changes together,” said Adam Badowski, Head of Studio, CD Projekt RED.

We’ve prepared an infographic to show how The Witcher series evolved during the years. You can download it here.

Next Amazon has posted a release date of September 30, 2014. for Witcher 3, but we all know how they change easily. It's subject to change as they say.

Friday - October 25, 2013

Witcher 3 - Preview @ PC Gamer

by Couchpotato, 01:17

PC Gamer has posted a new preview of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

There’s a creature in the woods slaughtering villagers. The elders want to appease the gods in the hope that it will move on. The leader of the village’s young upstarts disagrees, and wants you – a professional monster slayer – to bring him the beast’s head for a bag of gold. What do you do?

The best fantasy RPGs serve up the juiciest dilemmas, and the Witcher series has form for throwing up quality let’smake- a-cuppa-and-think conundrums. Slaying the monster seems like the obvious option here, but if The Witcher 3 is anything like its predecessors things are going to get complicated fast.

The hands-off demo I saw was being controlled by CD Projekt Red. For the first time in the series, the game lets players potter about an open world full of incidental missions like this. The devs could just as easily steer Geralt elsewhere and go exploring, but they opt to side with the youngster and venture into the woods, using Geralt’s ‘Witcher sense’ to find the monster. A dull red haze highlights important clues in the environment, some scratch marks here, some tracks there. Geralt soon concludes that the boogeyman is a Leshen – a spooky, antlered humanoid of great power.

Thursday - October 24, 2013

Witcher 3 - Raptr Q&A Recap

by Couchpotato, 01:14

Corrupted Cartridge has a review from yesterdays Raptr Q&A with CD Project Red.

Have you changed the combat system?

“Yeah, the combat system is greatly evolved. It’s more intimate and fluid – one button press now translates to one sword swing. Each witcher Sign will now have an alternative form, for example, the AARD Sign can be both a directional attack and an area-of-effect attack. The camera system is also enhanced and now shows everything players need to see to get the most out of combat.”

What is the length of the story, time wise?

“The main story arc is about 50h of gameplay. The side quest part of the game should take gamers roughly the same time to max out although this is really dependant on your playstyle and the way you approach the game.”

Will you be showing more trailers, or an extensive gameplay video?

“Yes, Definitely! The closer are are to the launch of the game, the more awesome assets you’ll see! Stay tuned for more soon!”

Will you be returning back to The Witcher world after you have released The Witcher 3?

“Oh come on! We haven’t even released The Witcher 3 and you’re already asking about what’s next?! In a nutshell, yes, this is the final installment of the series but it’s not necessarily the last game in the universe.”

We know that there will be mini games. Is arm wrestling among them?

“There will be several mini-games including fist fighting and knife throwing. We can’t reveal everything yet though:)”

The improvements to so many features when transitioning from The Witcher to The Witcher 2 is astounding. The Witcher 2 in my opinion is nearly perfect. Without mentioning the obvious changes like the open world and new engine, what kind of improvements have been made in The Witcher 3 that will help continue the trend set by the first two games in the trilogy?

“The open world we’re introducing is not as “obvious” as you think. Our main objective is to maintain the intensity of the plot while allowing gamers to traverse the realm as they please. Combining these two elements is really hard work and it’s not just a case of removing the virtual borders – it’s a different approach to quest design and to many more aspects of development.”

Wednesday - October 23, 2013

Witcher 3 - Raptr Q&A

by Couchpotato, 01:07

CD Projekt RED hosted a Raptr Q&A earlier to answer any questions fans had. By now it's over but you can still read the questions, and their responses.

Hello Raptr members -- this is the CD Projekt RED team, makers of The Witcher series. Let’s talk about RPGs, The Witcher in general, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, coming in 2014 to next-gen systems and PC (of course). We’ll be here this Tuesday, October 22, from 8AM to 1PM PDT -- which is quite late where we are, in Poland!

You can start leaving your questions below right now; “like” the ones you’d like to see answered the most, and we’ll try and get to those first. The top 20 questions (as determined by Raptr staff) will win codes good for both The Witcher 1 and 2! We will also give away one of 10 Witcher Wolf medallions!

UPDATE: CD Projekt RED participants:
Marcin Momot (community manager)
Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz (lead quest designer)
Marcin Blacha (lead writer)
Michał Platkow-Gilewski (head of marketing)
Przemek Wójcik (QA manager)

Thursday - October 17, 2013

Witcher 3 - Interview @ Gamestm

by Couchpotato, 00:14

Gamestm has posted a new interview with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt writer Jakub Szamalek about setting the standard for next-gen role-playing game.

The Witcher 3 is being outlined as leading the vanguard for role-playing titles on next-gen hardware. Was that part of the mandate as development begun on the sequel?

We had that in mind because we brought the Witcher 2 to Xbox 360, which was at the time already 6 years old. That was everything we could squeeze out of the console. We needed to take the next step, we want to have more possibilities and the better hardware would allow more space to do things. Everybody knew more or less how far the new consoles were in development and we took that into consideration.

You’ve previously spoken of how the studio has developed its storytelling voice over the last decade. With that in mind, how CD Projekt RED approach The Witcher 3 from a narrative perspective?

We’re trying to go down the same path but developing it further. We still have mature themes when we design quests and the storyline, and we make sure there are not any good or bad decisions. The player always has to make a choice and face the consequences. This is a very important element of our games and we’re focusing on that but it’s also a more personal story and we’re really trying to make something that is considered nasty. There will be some parts that will make you go ‘Oh fuck. What have I done? I would have never imagined my decisions would result in something like that.’ Like in real life, we can’t always predict everything. We can’t always have wings for a good decision and horns for a bad decision. We’re avoiding that and sticking to this grey area. It’s really exciting because it allows us to develop this story in interesting and not so cliché way.

Will that result in multiple endings?

It will lead to multiple endings. We also want to show the players the smaller consequences to each decision and how they influence the world. We had that a little bit in The Witcher 2 already, so we want to stick to that and illustrate the impact the player’s actions had on different locations and characters.

Wednesday - October 16, 2013

Witcher 3 - Using SpeedTree For Forests

by Couchpotato, 01:29

Well this story might interest a few it's an announcement that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be using SpeedTree for its vast forests.

SpeedTree® to Build Vast Woodlands in Gameplay of Next-Gen The Witcher ® 3

COLUMBIA, SC – In the highly anticipated RPG, The Witcher® 3: Wild Hunt, monster slayer Geralt of Rivia will journey through an open world of unparalleled scale, diversity and realistic ancient woodlands created with the help of SpeedTree® for Games.
                                                               
Concluding the riveting story of the widely-acclaimed Witcher game franchise from CD Projekt RED, The Witcher 3 is due out in 2014 on PC, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft. This will be the third title in the series to integrate SpeedTree middleware into the story-driven experience and natural environments that have become a trademark of the franchise.

“We’ve created really stunning ecosystems in The Witcher 3. Vegetation and trees in the game are a really important part of the overall experience,” said Michał Stec, Art Producer at CD Projekt RED. “Without the SpeedTree library, tools and SDK, it wouldn’t have been possible to include this level of detail and interaction with such intricate, woodland environments,” Stec added.

SpeedTree’s advanced SDK and real-time support of next-gen platforms played an important role in developing the expansive and open world of The Witcher 3, where creatures and characters interact with vast natural surroundings seemingly at will. “SpeedTree provided precise modeling and randomization tools to build the unique look we wanted for our massive forests,” noted Stec. “With The Witcher 3 set in an open world that will be about 35 times larger than Witcher 2, SpeedTree middleware greatly facilitated development and made the environments look really complete.”

SpeedTree developer IDV shared the company’s delight with CD Projekt RED’s implementation in The Witcher 3. “Our early involvement with next-gen platforms allowed us to provide the CD Projekt RED development team with the right tools at the right time,” said IDV President Michael Sechrest, “We’re looking forward to the release of the The Witcher 3 to showcase SpeedTree’s expanded capabilities, particularly on the new consoles.”

Sunday - September 29, 2013

Witcher 3 - Eurogamer Expo Presentation

by Couchpotato, 00:48

Eurogamer has posted a video of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt presentation from the Eurogamer Expo 2013.

If you just want a written version US Gamer has a preview based on what was said.

Friday - September 27, 2013

Witcher 3 - Interview @ Leviathyn

by Couchpotato, 01:01

Leviathyn interviews Mikołaj Szwed with a few quick questions about Charles Dance, next gen, and game canon.

I know you either must be sick of hearing about the more “adult” nature of the games or must be proud that you handled it so successfully that people actually took it seriously and didn’t blast the game, but The Witcher 2 was praised for handling adult sexuality and romance in a mature manner that contrasted greatly with the first game’s sex cards. We know that the cards are out, but how will The Witcher 3 handle relationship dynamics? Do we get a choice between Triss, Yennefer and other women? Or is this choice out of the player’s control?

We want to continue in the vein of TW2, though I can’t tell you anything specific about the female companions that will appear in The Witcher 3 yet. We want to shape the relationships Geralt will have with various women in a mature way, that the player can feel a natural flow to the relation and at the same time still have different choices on how to approach this or that specific character. The romances will definitely not be linear.

Charles Dance will be the Nilfgaardian emperor in the game. How did that come about? What traits did he bring to the game that another actor may not have been able to? Are there many Game of Thrones fans on the team?

When we were doing research on potential candidates to voice Emhyr var Emreis, Mr. Dance was always someone who came to mind. Each group of people that was consulted on the matter somehow ended up saying that we should try to reach out to him. So… we did. And he agreed to lend us his voice. As for the specific traits of his voice, what I personally like is its commanding tone. You hear a sentence and you immediately treat it as an order. This and the beautiful accent make him a splendid Emhyr! As for Game of Thrones, it’s a great show and it has a lot of fans in the studio.

Lastly, can you tell us ANYTHING about Cyberpunk 2077. I mean, at all? Pretty please?

I’d love to, but that could anger the Psycho Squad representative pointing a gun at my back.

Tuesday - September 24, 2013

Witcher 3 - Interview & TGS Video

by Couchpotato, 00:12

The Sydney Morning Herald interviewed Peter Gelencser the Senior Level Designer at CD Projekt RED.

Such a large project obviously has a huge number of people working in many discrete teams, so I was curious as to how they all work together to make a cohesive whole. Gelencser's response was typically practical and simple: "We talk lots."

I replied that this seemed obvious, but he shook his head. "This you think would come naturally, but having worked at game studios I know it's not a standard thing," he said. "We spend a lot of time walking about the office, trying to get more information about where things are. That ultimately shakes things up."

"This is how levels are born. We, the level designers, will design something that we are thinking about, and then validate it with our visionaries: our leads and producers, who maintain the big picture," he explained. "If the major locations, landscapes, landmarks, and so on are approved, we create a rough sketch of them. So, this is what it would look like with streets, that kind of thing."

"Then we ask the gameplay designers if this will be compatible with what they want, how much space they need between houses, and so on. We then get that rough sketch to the environment artist, who will make it look nice, really put the details in there, like putting in the vegetation, painting the grass, the trees, and everything. It may come down to the artist saying, 'I want this rock to be right... here.'"

"So yeah, even though we have this huge landmass, it will come right down to placing individual rocks, individual plants," he said.

I also have the TGS 2013 video trailer if your interested. It's nothing new just has a few seconds of added footage. So it's up to you.

Friday - September 20, 2013

Witcher 3 - Interview @ GamingBolt

by Couchpotato, 01:11

GamingBolt interviewed Senior Level Designer Peter Gelencser to talk about the games comparison With Skyrim, random encounters, and customisation.

Skyrim’s kind of an obvious comparison that everyone draws. As designers, what game would you like The Witcher 3 to be compared to? I mean any games or television programs…

To be honest, itself. Because we don’t create properties to be compared and to be based on other values. It should be good on its own. We are iterating, basically, the feedback we got on The Witcher 1 and 2. We want to make it comfortable and accessible and efficient for you guys. So it’s your game. That’s why it’s not like it’s better than Skyrim or better than something. It’s good for you and you like it, and that’s it.

Is there any customization of Geralt himself?

I mean, we’re trying to maintain the standards we’ve established with the RPG features in the previous games. So customization will obviously include customization of items and equipment and all that. Other than that, we’re considering many possibilities, of course, and if we come to terms with any of them, we will probably feature them in one of our later presentations.

The Witcher 2 wasn’t exactly open world. Do you think going open world in TW3 presents a risk of losing what made The Witcher 1 and 2 so concise?

Actually I don’t think so. Because it was the story that came first, and then it kind of pushed out the environment. Because again, as I said, basically the vastness of the open world is there for you to explore the story. We really mean that. It’s going to be better than this. The vast open world is going to be full of opportunities and chances. So it’s not like everybody said “oh, let’s make an open world game and let’s fill it with chickens and whatever.” We came up with a huge story, that we have to put in some sort of a box. And this box is going to big.

Monday - September 16, 2013

Witcher 3 - Preview & Interview @ Dealspwn

by Couchpotato, 01:07

Dealspwn has a new preview for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from GamesCom 2013.

The world is in chaos. The Empire of Nilfgaard ravages the kingdoms to the North and, worse still, there's talk of the Wild Hunt -- a ghostly, ghastly, spectral, deadly force of myth and legend -- being seen, though few have lived to tell of its sighting. The trail goes colder by the day and a grizzled Geralt has little time to tarry or delay. The renowned monster hunter leads are slipping away and the hunt for the Hunt is becoming more and more difficult.

He comes across a cluster of armed men preparing to string up a frail, seemingly innocent woman. His companion urges that they push on. Geralt has other ideas. The men die quickly; the woman is set free. Geralt's response to his questioning companion is simple: "I'm killing monsters," he growls.

Choice and consequence, the uneasy balance balance between morality and necessity, these are the foundations upon which CD Projekt RED's outstanding RPG series -- The Witcher -- has been built. That means choice in combat, choice in exploration, and choice when it comes to dealing with problems, interacting with characters, and often deciding the fates of those you meet, shaping the world around you with your decisions. CD Projekt understand the unique potential of this medium far better than some.

I also have a video interview with Producer Marek Ziemak.

Friday - September 13, 2013

Witcher 3 - Gamescom 2013 Backstage Video

by Couchpotato, 01:33

A new video from CD Projekt Red shows the Witcher 3 booth at Gamescom 2013.

Gamescom facts, off the record statements, cheeky Instagram selfies and the-Ice-Giant-riding-the-escalator-prank are all included in this short sumup movie from the expo. We hope you'll have as much fun watching as we had making it.

 

Thursday - September 12, 2013

Witcher 3 - Interview @ GameReactor

by Couchpotato, 01:20

GameReactor posted a new article style interview with story writer Jakub Szamalek  about story, surprising the player, and saying goodbye to Geralt.

We caught up with Witcher 3: Wild Hunt writer Jakub Szamalek between the team's Gamescom presentation of the title, to discuss with him the challenges of adapting the franchise's rich story as the series shifts from a linear progression into an open world structure.

"We spend a lot of time in pre-production period figuring out how to approach it. In Witcher 2, the story had a linear structure - a lot of branching - but it was linear in the end. We'd move the player from location to location when they completed the main quests.

"Whereas in Witcher 3, they will have complete freedom over where they go and when they do it. So we have less control over what the player does and have to take into account many more options. So the problem of pacing is much more difficult here; we really don't know what the player will do. But we've figured out a few ways to cope with that, the main one being that the story in Witcher 3 isn't linear at all; it's a collection of elements, that you have to find and collect them piece together to get a full picture."

And while this is the last chapter in Geralt's story, CD Projekt may not be done with the world just yet.

"This is the last instalment of Geralt of Rivia. That's not to say we don't want to make any more games in the Witcher universe, because it's such a great world, so many interesting NPCs and great places we haven't shown yet. We do hope we'll have the opportunity of maybe revisiting it at some point in the future.

"But we had to say our goodbyes to Geralt. It was a pleasure and honour to do stories for him, bur each character reaches a point were you should leave them alone, close the door and say that's it."

Monday - September 09, 2013

Witcher 3 - Nvidia's Fur Tech

by Couchpotato, 00:26

A new article on DSO Gaming talks about new Nvidia tech that will render animal fur in The Witcher 3. From the looks of it you will need the latest video card to barely even render it.

During this year’s PAX Prime, Nvidia showcased its Fur Tech that will be used in The Witcher 3. In this demo, Nvidia showcased what its latest tech looks like, however it seems that this particular technique will require a really high-end graphics card in order to be enjoyed. In fact, Nvidia demoed its Fur tech at a mere resolution of 1024×768 and the Titan card was able to only push 65fps when there were two wolves on screen.

Saturday - September 07, 2013

Witcher 3 - Interview @ EuroGamer

by Couchpotato, 00:51

EuroGamer has a new video interview for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt that hunts down new game details.

Find out all about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's huge open world, it's monster hunting quests and why everything isn't always black and white in this exclusive interview with Jakub Szamalek, one of the games lead writers!

Tuesday - September 03, 2013

Witcher 3 - Interview @ El33tonline

by Couchpotato, 01:15

El33tonline has a new interview with Story and Quest Designer Mikołaj Szwed from GamesCom 2013.

Tom: With it being a multi-region, open world – what does this mean? Is it a set of islands or a big landmass – are there very different locations?

Mikołaj: At this point I can tell you that there will be three regions in The Witcher 3, so basically there are the Skellige islands – the location you actually saw in the presentation – this has a Nordic/Celtic feel to it so this is an archipelago – a couple of islands. And you’ll have Novigrad which is the biggest city in The Witcher world with its surroundings – it’s inspired by medieval Amsterdam and has a similar role to Venice during the 15th and 16th century. So it’s a very powerful, free city – richer and stronger than many of the kingdoms in the south. Then we’ll have Vellin – also called the No Man’s Land. So basically this is the area where the Nilfgaard clashed with the northern kingdoms and the front went north and south, and north and south, and what lies between is a desolate, destroyed land. People were killed, raped and hung there – everything that’s worst – that’s Vellin, that’s No Man’s Land.

Tom: I noticed just from the presentation that it seems like there’s a greater focus now on hunting beasts?

Mikołaj: Monster hunting was always a very important element of the Witcher games – it was already present in the Witcher 1 – in The Witcher 2 not so much but there were still side quests where you had to hunt the Endregas or the Nekkers or the Harpies. So basically we wanted to give it a more prominent place in The Witcher 3, so basically now that we have an open-world game there will be far more places to put all this stuff there. We also have this new system – like these Witcher senses – which will be used to investigate both cases connected with monsters as well as not. So basically you’ll be able to track the tracks of the monsters in the forest – not only visual tracks but also you’ll be able to listen to sounds. And there will be different types of monster hunting – for example, sometimes you’ll be able to come across a monster yourself without even knowing that there’s a side quest for this monster – you can kill it and then take the trophy and then it turns out that someone will pay for your trophy. In other situations you’ll have to, for example, gather information from witnesses about the monsters, so actually you’ll get to know what monster type it is and ferret it out just like the Leshen. So basically you have to know what the monster is in order to lure it out because some of the monsters – it won’t be possible to find them until you get to know how to lure them out from their lairs.

Saturday - August 31, 2013

Witcher 3 - Interview @ Gematsu

by Couchpotato, 00:47

Gematsu interviewed CD Projekt RED Studio Head Adam Badowski at GamesCom 2013.

I was delighted to read your consistent anti-DRM stance, as I’m personally not a fan. And that’s why I feel as if CD Projekt RED is presented as sort of a ‘superhero’ to the development community, and just one of the reasons why you’re extremely popular with consumers. You come off as very nice people who are passionate about making games, and it shows in your products. Now that you are producing multiple games simultaneously, was it difficult for you to transition from a single-project studio to a multi-project one?

Badowski: Well, the most difficult time was when we grew from 50 members to 100 members. Once we learned that we should not run the company as a corporation, but rather as a nice place to develop games at, everything went much smoother. Now growing another 50 to 100 people should not be an issue anymore. We know how to make games and Cyberpunk [2077] is developed within a smaller team with core members from The Witcher team (Roland’s note: The Witcher 3 is being developed first, then focus changes to Cyberpunk 2077]. Thanks to that we are researching a new, improved approach to game development: we would like to develop the game so it can enter full production once we have all the details finalized and know everything about it.

What I saw during the demo looked fantastic. It’s difficult to believe you are focusing on content over technology. At E3, you already gathered many awards (best RPG, best visuals, game defining the next generation, etc.), but we’ve only seen a few trailers. This was the first time I’ve seen it running live and it looked, again, fantastic. So, naturally I was shocked to hear that comment.

Badowski: I do not want to have an exaltation, but right now this is not the final state and we already know that we can still keep on going and pushing to further improve [the final product].

Friday - August 30, 2013

Witcher 3 - Interview @ PC Gamer

by Couchpotato, 00:52

PC Gamer has a new interview with story writer Jakub Szamalek at GamesCom 2013.

What we’ve seen of The Witcher 3 looks breathtaking, but it’s also only a tiny part of the game. The trailers and screenshots coming out of CD Projekt RED have all been taken from the Skellige Islands, just one of the many and varied locations Geralt will be witching through. Talking to us at Gamescom, story writer Jakub Szamalek revealed some of the massive RPG’s other regions, as well as the stories to be found in them.

Thursday - August 29, 2013

Witcher 3 - Video Interview @ PlayStationAccess

by Couchpotato, 00:41

PlayStationAccess has a video interview for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with Gameplay Producer Marek Ziemak. The topics include combat, the morality system, and the open world size.

Wednesday - August 28, 2013

Witcher 3 - Preview @ TPReview

by Couchpotato, 00:04

TPReview is the lastest site to post a new preview from GamesCom 2013 for Witcher 3.

The gameplay we got to see opened with Geralt in a huge open world. Gone are the instanced-off areas of the Witcher 2, replaced with a world 36 times as large. We were promised that every time you seen an incredible vista, you can go anywhere you see. The world looked beautiful, mostly in line with The Witcher 2 (which is no slouch at 1080p even by next-gen’s standards) but with a huge new raft of graphical effects such as the grass blowing when a storm picks up and all of the trees moving realistically. Water too looked much more impressive (which appears to be a theme with next-gen games) and sailing is one of the new transportation options, with Geralt simply hopping in a boat and carrying on his merry way during the demo (oddly no-one seemed to notice he’d taken it). Meditation is back and now as you sit there time passes quickly in front of your eyes, with the hours ticking by and daylight giving way to sunset and nighttime in an incredibly realistic and dramatic cycle that showed off the capabilities of the new graphics engine.

Tuesday - August 27, 2013

Witcher 3 - Video Interview @ PCGMedia

by Couchpotato, 00:49

PCGMedia inteviewed the game’s Executive Producer John Mamais, and one of the question asked was about sabotage quests.

Talking to Mamais, we asked that if an NPC “really dislikes” Geralt, could that person then send Geralt on a quest that would put his life in danger, when Mamais posed the idea that NPC’s will dynamically react to Geralt.

Mamais said “that’s a good idea,” when we pressed on the notion that raising and lowering prices based on reputation might not really be enough of an innovation.

“It’s a good idea, but it’s not in there yet?” we replied, at which point Mamais said “I don’t know if it is or not actually,” joking that “if it does get in there, you can’t take credit for it.”

Monday - August 26, 2013

Witcher 3 - Preview @ Rock, Paper, Shotgun

by Couchpotato, 00:47

Rock, Paper, Shotgun  has a new preview about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

The rise and rise of CDP has been a remarkable thing to watch. What we’re seeing is a studio spooling up to full power. The enormous ambition of The Witcher failed to really hit its mark, but the intention was clear. The even greater ambition of The Witcher 2 revealed CDP to be an RPG creator that was hitting its stride, as well as achieving its ambitions, and now the third game, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, threatens to outshine an entire industry with its technical and artistic prowess. Full power, I suspect, has been reached.

There’s every reason for scepticism at this early, hype-manufacturing stage, but what we saw at Gamescom this year suggests that The Witcher 3 could be the most important mainstream game of 2014. If nothing else the rather blunt claim of “a world thirty-five times the size of The Witcher 2″ should get our attention.

What was shown to press audience at Gamescom was a 45-minute sequence played and narrated by the developers. It was as staged as all such demos are, but there was no doubt that this was the actual game (mistakes in combat revealed that, and we’ll come back to that), running as intended.

Sunday - August 25, 2013

Witcher 3 - Video Interview @ Game Informer

by Couchpotato, 00:27

Game Informer has a new video interview were CD Projekt talks about The Witcher 3, and it's fans.

Gameplay producer Mark Ziemak from CD Projekt RED talks about showing off The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and gauging fan reactions to the new RPG as well as staffing up at the studio to finish off the upcoming game.

Saturday - August 24, 2013

Witcher 3 - Video Interviews

by Couchpotato, 01:44

Today I have two more video interviews for The Witcher 3. So sit back and relax cause it will take a while to watch both. Enjoy everyone.

Dual Shockers is the first video interview with Story and Quest Design Producer Mikołaj Szwed.

In the next video interview from