To say that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is just another beautiful game in a sea of pretty games is an understatement. Even with complaints of a “visual downgrade,” the world of The Witcher is beautifully presented onscreen like no other. In a new video released by CD Projekt Red, the developer showcases even more of the rich visual artistry that has gone into making The Witcher 3 an artistic masterpiece.
The video, rendered in 1080p60, shows the varied landscapes of the Continent from a bird’s eye view. Stunning deserts, murky marshes, crumbling ruins — all displayed beautifully in The Witcher 3. Each area looks and feels unique, giving Geralt a myriad of backdrops to add to the adventure.
It’s safe to say that the footage in the video is captured from the PC version of the game, mainly due to the 60 frames-per-second presentation. The Witcher 3 on consoles is rendered in 30 FPS, though the Xbox One version of the game can reach as high as 40 FPS. However, CDPR is locking the frame-rate with an upcoming patch still in Microsoft certification. Eurogamer recently detailed the type of rig you will need if you want to achieve a locked 1080p60 experience of The Witcher 3 on PC.
Also, in case you were wondering how long CDPR can keep up support for their critically acclaimed entry in the Witcher series, the Inquisitr reported on a story yesterday regarding their willingness to develop The Witcher 3 in the future. According to the developer, plans for support of The Witcher 3 will extend through 2016, giving players plenty of content and features along the way. Recently, the second round of free DLC dropped, of which The Witcher 3 will be receiving 16 in total, including a new quest and a new look to the Sorceress Yennefer.
As showcased at the beginning of the video, The Witcher 3 has received critical acclaim from pretty much every major gaming outlet so far. Reviewers and fans alike are praising the game for its portrayal of a believable world, interesting combat, and complex, branching storylines. The visuals seen in the video simply tie everything together and create a living, breathing game world that fans are finding a joy to explore.
As an aside, the Witcher 3 devs seemed to have some fun by hiding a “DRM” joke inside of one of The Witcher 3’s many in-game tomes. First spotted by Kotaku, the message showcases the Polish developers attitude towards digital rights management in games, subtly promoting their own game-store platform, GOG.
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