The Witcher 3’s open world is gorgeous

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The Witcher 3 Leshen

Of all the games coming in the next few months, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has to be the most anticipated. It is an enormous game and I know plenty of you are amped about continuing the story and killing all the things. However, the open world experience is built to be amazing.

Here is the developer diary all about making the open world:

For the non-video viewers, not only are we treated to some glorious images of the game, we also get insight into just how detailed the world is. There are various points of interest littered around the world, each one hand crafted and given its own lore. The major cities have unique inhabitants; they don’t just greet Geralt in their own way, they will have their own reactions to weather, Geralt drawing his sword or even ambient conversation where they gossip about his previous deeds. The day-night cycle changes monster spawning and the experience players might have in the game.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt looks far too gorgeous, and the detail of the game is beyond impressive. I love the idea that each point of interest has its own lore, that each personality in a city is unique. It adds so much to the immersion in the game and makes it feel like a truly epic experience.

Have you already ordered your copy of the game? Are you grabbing it DRM-free through GoG.com or will you opt for a console or Steam version of it? Which aspect is looking the best to you?

Last Updated: September 26, 2014

Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let’s get on with it!

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Collector’s Edition. Preordered. #believethehype #somuchexcite

    • JJ the Reus

      Weak!

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        SHUT YOUR PIE HOLE!

        • JJ the Reus

          Damn it. Now I want to buy a pie today.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Me too actually. I really need to think more, or at all, before speaking.

            At least there’s a place that makes amazing HAI pies 2 blocks away.

          • Mossel

            mmm pie. pie gooood.

    • Johan du Preez

      Same here

    • YES πŸ™‚

      • JJ the Reus

        Are you just commenting “yes” everywhere?

  • JJ the Reus

    The Witcher or Shadow of Mordor
    The Witcher or Shadow of Mordor
    The Witcher or Shadow of Mordor
    The Witcher or Shadow of Mordor

    • Hammersteyn
      • JJ the Reus

        I promised myself one new AAA game, since I rarely buy them new.
        So I have to choose.

      • Admiral Chief 0

        Ahhhh, it has been some time since you used this gem of a gif!

      • YES!

    • Mossel

      Definitely both for me! I will just need to rearrange my budget! I’m officially hyped for SoM. Witcher 3 is only in Feb so that’s next years worries! Also, Steam version of GTFO!

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Must… have… TRADING CARDS!

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Seriously though, isn’t the GOG Galaxy client supposed to play nice with Steam?

        • Mossel

          No idea man, I think the idea is to have nothing to do with Steam eventually. I really want to pre order SoM now, but I’m so afraid I need to use some obscure client to run it. On BT Games’ website it says Steam OR Origin to activate…which can’t be true because Origin doesn’t have it on their store.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            DRM-free on GOG, can just download the installer on release, don’t even need a client. Or else Steam as per usual.

          • Mossel

            I’m talking about Shadow of Mordor. I found this on Amazon’s website. “DRM: Steam”
            So if you buy physical it will need to be activated on Steam.

          • Ryanza

            Shadow of Mordor will use Steam. So physical copy will need to be activated through Steam.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Oh okay, almost everything activates through Steam. Only advantage to buying physical is that you don’t have to download while installing.

          • Mossel

            And at this point it is cheaper. R419 at Kalahari vs $49.99 at Steam.

        • JJ the Reus

          It’s supposed to, yes.

        • Ryanza

          GOG Galaxy is just to distribute GOG.com games easier, to promote games better, update games and to play multiplayer games online. If you buy the game on Steam, Galaxy won’t need to run in the background. Multiplayer games bough on Steam will work with those playing it on Galaxy. I think that’s how Steam and Galaxy will work together.

          You will need Galaxy to play your games. You won’t need Galaxy to update your games. You won’t need Galaxy to buy games. Galaxy will just be an option if you so choose.

          • Mossel

            That’s pretty awesome really. Plenty of times I just wanted to play a game then had to wait for some random update. Will it have Galaxy achievements?! lol, Im such an achievement whore.

          • Ryanza

            Yes to achievements. I think you might need Galaxy running while playing a game to get achievements.

          • Ryanza

            you will not need Galaxy to play your games. I can’t be making mistakes like that when it concerns No DRM.

    • Johan du Preez

      My bet is that The Witcher 3 will be the better option.

  • Ryanza
  • Ryanza

    One of the coolest trailers.

    • Admiral Chief 0

      Agreed. This might even top ME2 and ME3 trailer for me

      • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

        Agreed. One of the best.

        • Admiral Chief 0

          …KILLING MONSTERS!

          Awwwwjissssbadass

    • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

      “Wh-wh-wh-what are you doing?”

      “Killing monsters.”

      Just the way he says it. Just like.. it’s what I do yo. I kill monsters. How is this confusing you? πŸ˜›

      CANNOT FREAKIN WAIT.

    • Ryanza

      I like seeing Lazygamer’s best of E3 award at the beginning. Lazygamer part of such a good trailer.

    • Ryanza

      I only click now. I watched this trailer long before I read the book. The lines Geralt speaks in the trailer is from a story in the book (The Last Wish) called, The Lesser Evil. A cool short story about how Geralt became known as the Butcher of Blaviken.

      Evil is evil, said the witcher seriously as he got up. Lesser, greater, middling, it’s all the same. Proportions are negotiated, boundaries blurred. I’m not a pious hermit. I haven’t done only good in my life. But if I’m to choose between one evil and another, then I prefer not to choose at all.

      If you have not read the books. Get em. You can get em from most of the online retailers like, Takealot, Kalahari, Loot, Raru. Read the books to get your Witcher fill till the game is released.

  • Trebzz

    No reviews till release date #Rememberthesewords

  • OVGrounded new game+++

    Bah. All that trouble to make a mature narrative on Par with Game of Thrones and it will not make anything near DESTINYs profit.

    They should have just got the writers for TETRIS and spent $400 million on advertising in Times Square because according to gamers that is what they want.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Shut up Negative Nancy. πŸ˜›

    • Ryanza

      CD Projekt RED is a small developing studio. When The Witcher 3 sells more than 1 million units it means much more than Destiny selling 1 million.

      The Witcher games has over 8 million sold. So The Witcher 3 could sell really well from get go.

      • OVGrounded new game+++

        If only they had Activisions marketing budget the The Witcher 3 would make $500 million from pre-orders alone.

    • Red Card!

  • Ryanza
    • Mossel

      Finally we will see Yennefer! I’ve been hearing about her for 2 games now.

    • OVGrounded new game+++

      I hope there is a comic style back story (even that would beat Destinys lore)
      because most 360 owners never played the first game and I still have no clue who Yennefer is. All I know is that he was stabbed by a farm boy with a pitch fork.

  • Nikola

    So excited for this!!!!

  • Ryanza

    100+ hours gameplay.
    Alternative endings.
    Story and lore.
    Decisions and outcomes.
    World settings, art, graphics.
    Swords and magic.
    80+ Monsters.
    Lots of armor sets.
    Music.
    No DRM.
    No exclusive in game items or missions.
    Value added in retail products.
    Replayability.
    You can buy the game to test it out to see if you might like it and if you don’t like it, you can sell it. Really important feature.

    The Witcher 3 will be a good game. Might even be epic.

    Support Non DRM games. The Witcher 3 is coming. Make sure that you get everyone you know who plays games to buy The Witcher 3.

    • Guild

      It does looks like an epic game. And I’m very interested and keen to play it.
      Is there any co-play or multiplay features? Playing this co-op with my wife would be great.

      • Ryanza

        The Witcher games is all about the story of Geralt and the world that he is in. So The Witcher 3 will be single player only.

        So it sounds like 2 copies of The Witcher 3 for you or someone will be sitting on the couch and enjoying the story while someone else plays.

        • Admiral Chief 0

          What an epic story to enjoy then!

        • Guild

          I’m all for old school single player only games with great story telling. But sometimes the option to allow for a 2nd co-op player to jump in and play through with you is a great add to the game or at least to have that option. I’ve played through God of War 3, XCOM and Prince of Persia with my wife but again its always passing the controller back and forth which becomes stale after awhile.

      • I don’t believe so πŸ™

    • oVg Definitive and Remastered

      Im sure that blurb was on the back of the Persona box πŸ˜›

  • Admiral Chief 0

    GoG FTW

  • Ryanza
    • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

      LOL!

  • Ryanza

    I will be getting the DRM free PC version collectors edition. And I still want to preorder the game on GOG.com. Steam version = DRM, so boo.

    If you are getting the standard edition PC or console copies, you should also get the GOG.com version. GOG.com version is like having the collectors edition in digital form without the high price and a extra game included. Getting the GOG.com version means more of the money gets to the studio, meaning Cyberpunk 2077 and other CD Projekt RED games.

    Support NON-DRM games. The Witcher 3 is coming.

    http://38.media.tumblr.com/176f833abab159822a796b2984d4c9e7/tumblr_nbquovYtkE1r122xxo1_500.jpg

  • Bryan Musso

    Can’t wait…

  • OMG! I want ot marry this!

  • My jaw just dropped. Amazing job CD-Projekt Red! I hope my i5 3570k and r9 280X will run W3 at least on medium setings…

    • Ryanza

      That card should handle The Witcher 3 on high if not ultra with AA turned off.

      • Ryanza

        If I recall the 7970GHz (R9 280X) did The Witcher 2 on ultra setting with all settings turned on, AA and ubersampling, and got around 38fps. Ubersampling liked cuts frames in half.

        So the R9 280X should handle The Witcher 3 better than medium settings.

  • Pieter Smal

    It might be the perfect birthday present to myself… 27 February here…

  • Ryanza

    150 days left.

  • Ryanza

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