A pre-E3 trailer for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt shows the titular Witcher, Geralt of Rivia, slaying beasts in gorgeous environments and chatting up Nilfgaardian ruler Emperor Emhyr var Emreis, played by Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister in HBO’s Game of Thrones).
In The Witcher 3, Geralt attempts to halt the onslaught of the Wild Hunt, a ghostly force wreaking havoc in its trek across the land. Breaking from series tradition (The Witcher games are typically quite linear), Wild Hunt will be completely open-world, with emergent narratives arising from side adventures spread across the land.
The series’ trademark action-oriented combat will return, with its emphases on positioning, weapon choice, and magic. Traps, spells, and consumable items are crucial to victory, and timing is of utmost importance.
Earlier today, Polish developer CD Projekt RED revealed a collector’s edition for the game (with requisite goodies), but the normal edition is no slouch either, coming packaged with a game soundtrack, a Witcher universe compendium, and a map of the in-game world.
PlayStation fans won’t receive ports of the first two games, available exclusively for PC (The Witcher) and on Xbox 360 and PC (The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings). But CD Projekt RED plans to release summaries of the first two titles in some form.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is one of my most-anticipated PlayStation 4 games. It wowed me at E3 2013, taking home PSU’s Best RPG award for the show. In a young generation without much to show in the role-playing category, The Witcher 3’s breathtaking vistas and lusciously detailed open-world are as breaths of fresh air--even if the genre is nothing new to gaming.
For more on The Witcher 3 before our E3 2014 preview, check out these screenshots and our interview with the game’s senior art producer, Michał Krzemiński, alongside our interview with director Konrad Tomaszkiewicz. Then, learn five things you need to know about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.