‘The Witcher 3’ Gameplay Shows Off Visuals, Has People Scratching Heads

Today, CDProjekt Red debuted some of the first footage we’ve seen of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt since last year.

Streaming on GOG.com’s Twitch channel, senior gameplay designer Damien Monnier and level designer Miles Tost showed off some gameplay of The Witcher 3, in addition to answering questions from the GOG.com forums. However, this move was met with some criticism, as the Witcher 3 footage being shown was already revealed on YouTube, via Eurogamer Portugal.

The Witcher embargo lifted on a lot of previews, so when the livestream was announced a few days back, many took this to believe it would be live gameplay. The majority of the 14,000 gamers who tuned into the Witcher 3 stream today weren’t happy to see the same footage they watched no less than an hour ago. Many of them, myself included, experienced major lag and audio delays, setting up the stream to be a somewhat tedious experience.

However, all of that can be secondary when you stop and truly look at the gameplay shown by The Witcher video above. The game shows vibrant colors, pretty impeccable anti-aliasing, as well as some magnificently detailed landscapes. The LOD in Witcher 3 stretches far into the distance, with the commentators on the stream mentioning that Geralt could conceivably climb, making this one of the most ambitious open-world titles since The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim or even Grand Theft Auto V in terms of detail. The world of The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt is completely hand-built with nothing procedurally generated, according to an interview on Hardcore Gamer.

The Witcher 3 Preview Screen
Geralt facing down some guards in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Though CDPR has delayed The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt until May, it hasn’t stopped fans from expecting this title to be one of the first real tests of the new-gen consoles. While the video above is mentioned to be PC footage of The Witcher 3, many believe the game will look gorgeous regardless of platform. Assuming you can run the game on PC. That isn’t to say that the PC version of The Witcher 3 won’t have some features that the other platforms don’t (such as “ubersampling” and Nvidia Hairworks), but for Witcher 3 players on console, you should be happy with the end result..

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt aims to be one of the most ambitious games of 2015. As preview embargoes lift, you’ll be sure to see more information coming very soon about the tales of the Witcher Geralt of Rivia. Are you planning on grabbing The Witcher 3? Let us know in the comments.

[Images via The Witcher 3, Eurogamer]