Polish developer CD Projekt RED has today unveiled The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, a massive next-gen, open world RPG slated for release next year.
The first details and artwork (above) were revealed in the latest issue of Game Informer, who had the exclusive rights to break the news.
The Witcher 3 is being developed using CD Projekt RED’s new REDengine 3 technology. The new engine was created specifically for huge open-worlds RPGs, offering improved tools for spanning truly nonlinear stories based on real player choices and consequences.
“If we look at RPGs nowadays we find two approaches, one which emphasizes the story but limits the game world and one that builds a vast open-world but hampers and simplifies the story. With the REDengine 3 we combine the positive aspects of both approaches for the first time, creating an open environment with a complex, multi-thread story”, said studio head Adam Badowski.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be set in an open world 20% bigger than that of Skyrim and 40 times larger than that of The Witcher 2— so large that it reportedly takes 30 to 40 minutes to cross on horseback.
“We decided that we were ready for the next step,” added Badowski. “We decided to combine two types of games. We mastered storytelling in RPG games – that’s our strongest side. On the other hand, we feel that we missed something. We missed the huge freedom of open-world games like Skyrim.”
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will launch for PC and “all high-end platforms available” in 2014.