While many modern RPG titles include a number of different endings, like recent Bioware releases, CD Projeckt RED is hoping to give players more control over the outcome of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt by adding dozens of different endings to the next installment of their dark fantasy series that the developer hopes will allow players to feel like they are getting a custom ending based upon their chosen actions while playing through The Witcher 3.
Speaking with Playstation Lifestyle during a recent hands-on demo of the game, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt level designer Miles Tost revealed the developer’s desire to make sure that fans feel like their choices mattered. To accomplish this, Tost confirmed that every ending variation to The Witcher 3 is specifically designed to make players feel like the conclusion was custom-tailored to them alone.
“Yeah, there will be plenty of endings. Actually, that is a pretty cool thing. I think we have been saying something like 36 states that the game world can end in. It is cool because it can allow for endings that are deeply unique to what you did. It is like YOUR ending for the whole story, so you get a good connection to the ending. We hope that you will be satisfied, I think they are really cool.”
CD Projekt RED has been teasing gamers with the idea of there being 36 different possible endings within The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for over a year now. Early in development, CD Projekt’s Marcin Iwinski told IGN that the playable world of The Witcher 3 could even change after beating the game. In fact, certain activities could be locked out while new ones become available, based upon player action.
“If we decide to allow players to return to the game after the ending, I imagine that, based on your choices in the game, some quests could be locked because of your previous actions. So, let’s say you kill an entire village off, you won’t be able to access side quests from there. It’s not a particular example from the game, but you catch my drift right?”
If featuring 36 different endings sounds like overkill, know that CD Projekt RED is applying the same level of compulsive attention to many other areas of The Witcher 3, as well. For example, as reported by the Inquisitr, the developer recently revealed that they recorded over 16 hours of motion capture work just for the various sex scenes of Wild Hunt alone.
The Witcher 3 releases on the Xbox One, Platstation 4, and PC later this year. Knowing that the game will feature so many varying endings, do you intend to play through The Witcher 3 multiple times in order to see them all?
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