CD Projekt RED has officially announced the next installment in The Witcher saga, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Derived by inspiration from The Elder Scrolls, the game’s map is reported to be 20% larger than Skyrim and will take 40 minutes to travel across the map on horseback.
The new version of the RED engine being used to make this game features new streaming technology that allows for shorter load times. This allows the gargantuan map to load seamlessly.
The narrative of The Witcher 3 is being designed around a three-tier interwoven structure, much like that of Skyrim or other massive role playing games. The enemy AI is getting a face lift which will make monster hunting a far more in-depth process. You will now need to gather clues and speak with townsfolk before engaging enemies, giving the game a much more intuitive and realistic approach to questing.
In The Witcher 3, Geralt’s memories have been restored. The game’s subtitle suggests the main storyline is a battle with a band of spectres known as ‘The Wild Hunt,’ which are believed to be responsible for Geralt’s amnesia in the first two installments of the series.
Also being revamped is the games skill trees, magic signs and inventory. Anyone that played The Witcher 2 knows how frustrating the inventory process was, and CD Projekt RED admits this was indeed a fault. For The Witcher 3, spells can be modified and developed. For example, Igni now has a new flamethrower effect and the ability can be transformed into a 360-degree blast.
The Witcher 3: The Hunt is expected for release on PC and “all high-end platforms available” sometime in 2014. This suggests that the game is being developed for the next-gen Xbox and PlayStation.