Earlier this week, developer CD Projekt RED formally announced The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which is expected to be available on PC and “high-end” systems starting in 2014 – and it already sounds like the developer’s biggest entry yet in the fantasy RPG franchise.
In previous The Witcher titles, the environment was mostly linear in design. With The Witcher 3, CD Projekt RED will be opening up the world and expanding environments – a lot. In fact, studio head Adam Badowski claims that the world will be larger than any other in modern RPGs.
The Witcher 3 will also be the last chapter of Geralt’s story. In the announcement, Badowski said that the third game will wrap up the trilogy.
“People may ask if this is really going to be the last Witcher game. Yes, it is,” Badowski said in the announcement. “Why? Because we believe that we should end the series on a high note. Technology has progressed to where we can finally tell the story the way we want, with the visuals we want, in the world we imagined.”
Before you get too disappointed, The Witcher 3 may not be the last game after all. A report from Eurogamer Poland (thanks, PC Gamer) quoted CD Projekt Red CEO Adam Kicinski as saying that while The Witcher 3 is the end of Geralt’s story, it isn’t the end of the franchise.
Game Informer is currently running a series of features on The Witcher 3, one of which talks about the game’s story. The publication also released a video giving gamers an inside look on development which you can find below.