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INDIGO_CYCLOPS 02-05-2013 04:33 AM

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2014, PC/NextGen): Game Informer March 2013 [Updated OP]
So I'm surprised this hasn't been posted. Just got an email from Zinio letting me know my digital copy of Game Informer was available to read. Guess what the feature is? That's right; The Witcher 3. I will post this thread and update as I read through the article, as I just got in and haven't had a chance to read.

GameInformer coverage interview:

Update 1:

[quote=Game Informer][B]CD Projekt RED has provided the screenshots you see here from its current in-game assets running on its Internal PC development hardware. However, the renderer - the part of the engine that translates the game files into what you ultimately see on screen - is still in development and will boast significant improvements by the time The Witcher 3 ships. "Right now you see the game in the old renderer, but it's going to be taken to a truly next level," says gameplay producer Marek ZSiemak. In particular, the developers tell us that skin shaders and the dynamic lighting model will be markedly more advanced in the final version.[/B][/quote]

[QUOTE=INDIGO_CYCLOPS;47319216]Ok wow, the text is small. I don't want to miss anything good. Here's a small few things I got that I loved.

World supposedly 20% bigger than Skyrim's, says development team. [Tentative, obviously]
30-40 minutes to cross world on Horseback
New streaming technology (CDRED Engine 3)
Geralt's Memory is restored
No chapters/acts
Dude is fucking DONE fighting for everyone else
Everything from solving MYSTERIES to slaying monsters
Coming out on "all top-of-the-line" consoles - I'd say that confirms next-gen is in.

I'll be back with more.

Update 2:

[QUOTE]Next big update:

So it's saying that they had to change up their design philosophy when developing TW3, due to the open world structure. So NARRATIVE comes in three forms:

Lowest level = free form activities like crafting, monster slaying (seems to be much more extensive this time around) and questing.

Next level = Political situation of Nilfgaardian invastion is resolved through a core plotline for each area. These areas? -> Skellige, Novigrad and No Mans Land!

Final level = Geralt's main plot line, his search for his loved ones, and the chase of the Wild Hunt.

Sounds like a lot of interwoven plotlines, decision making. You can skip things if you really want, but there will be consequences to your actions if you do so.

[QUOTE]So more about the monster hunting:

Clues build up information (like a Bestiary perhaps?)
Books garner information about monsters
Townsfolk provide information
Potions and such are important
Time of day and other conditions affect where monsters appear, and their abilities

[Some combat info]

Critical strikes in areas that matter depending on how much you learn about said monster
You can disable a vampires poisoning attack by hitting its venom gland (Vampires are poisonous?) or skewer BOTH ITS HEARTS with a thrust attack (instant kill)
Monsters drop loot like unobtainable alchemical and crafting ingredients for unique potion, mutagen and item crafting.
Provides income as well[/QUOTE]

[QUOTE]Enemy AI completely rebuilt, scripted bosses out
Environmental combat 'contributions' (a dozen types of interactive objects)
---> Wasp hive irritated using Aard

Magical signs retooled
Igni = new flamethrower effect
The magic tree advancement allows secondary sign forms = ie. Igni and a 360-degree blast
Yrden = small trap can be modified into a larger field that slows any enemy

Other trees, Swordsmanship and Alchemy
New strikes under Swordsmanship, boosts like improved stamina and parrying
Mutation mechanic under a different development path
Not much information given about Alchemy path, other than it being based on potions

Horse could be used to access long term stash, as well as Inns
Team aware of frustrations of inventory management in The Witcher
Committed to a less tedious process

Crafting critical to maximize Geralts potential, but weapons and armor can be found in many ways
Players can customize their crafted weapons with some components, ie, monster scales for leather in armor

Each armor piece has unique appearance, new cloth simulation tech.
Barber is in from the get go. Dyeing hair is OUT OF QUESTION, White Wolf.[/QUOTE]



zkylon 02-05-2013 04:34 AM

Just when Geralt couldn't get any manlier, a beard arrives.

Also second rider seems to be another witcher since that's a silver sword on the horse.


Jarmel 02-05-2013 04:34 AM

Man looks old.

Archie 02-05-2013 04:34 AM

Geralt with a manly beard? GOTY

Aquamarine 02-05-2013 04:34 AM

No surprise there.

[spoiler]SO HYPED.[/spoiler]

UrbanRats 02-05-2013 04:34 AM

Gimme the bullet points!!

codhand 02-05-2013 04:34 AM


scorpscarx 02-05-2013 04:34 AM

Dat bearded Geralt!

Psychoward 02-05-2013 04:34 AM

I am currently happy.

FrostuTheNinja 02-05-2013 04:34 AM

Can't wait to see the inevitable, delicious trailer.

LiquidMetal14 02-05-2013 04:35 AM

The Witcher 2 approves.

Hypron 02-05-2013 04:35 AM


Dat beard.

disappeared 02-05-2013 04:35 AM

Geralt ain't taking shit no more.

Get off my lawn.

BraXzy 02-05-2013 04:35 AM


Now just for some details/trailer

bob page 02-05-2013 04:35 AM

Oh yes.

Aeana 02-05-2013 04:35 AM

I need to know things about this game.

Elios83 02-05-2013 04:35 AM

:O :O

antitrop 02-05-2013 04:35 AM

My body is absolutely beyond ready.

Once I beat The Witcher 2...

dmr87 02-05-2013 04:35 AM



Vulcano's assistant 02-05-2013 04:35 AM

bro explosion confirmed, just give Roche a beard

The Grim Heaper 02-05-2013 04:35 AM

I really need to upgrade my PC soon and play 2.

Camp Lo 02-05-2013 04:35 AM

Oh shit. That dude got a beard!!

chickdigger802 02-05-2013 04:36 AM

hope my pc can run this T_T

androvsky 02-05-2013 04:36 AM

I was going to say something about Game Informer covering a PC game, but noticed the cover helpfully explains it's a next-generation RPG. I haven't been following too closely, is it known to be hitting consoles sooner rather than later?

Voice of Reason 02-05-2013 04:36 AM


Psychological Intellect 02-05-2013 04:36 AM

Gimme the deets

Edgeward 02-05-2013 04:36 AM

I hope there is some horseback riding

EatChildren 02-05-2013 04:36 AM


Derrick01 02-05-2013 04:36 AM

Geralt with a beard= already better than Witcher 2.

rvy 02-05-2013 04:36 AM

My penis yearns for this game.

toastyToast 02-05-2013 04:36 AM




INDIGO_CYCLOPS 02-05-2013 04:36 AM

So this is a digital copy; since it's not scans, is it acceptable to post screens and what not? If not, I will summarize the juicy bits. Man, I'm fucking ready.

RoboPlato 02-05-2013 04:37 AM

That cover art is awesome. Hoping this hits Orbis. Haven't played any of these games before but I think I'd really enjoy them.

Psychological Intellect 02-05-2013 04:37 AM

Oh shit just realized the cover says next gen


EdmondD 02-05-2013 04:37 AM

I need this game. Now.

MikeE21286 02-05-2013 04:37 AM

Need to know platforms!? :)

Derrick01 02-05-2013 04:37 AM

[QUOTE=Edgeward;47318861]I hope there is some horseback riding[/QUOTE]

This is supposed to be an open world game so that would seem almost guaranteed. I would think at least.

FrostuTheNinja 02-05-2013 04:37 AM

[QUOTE=Psychological Intellect;47318860]Gimme the deets[/QUOTE]

Hahaha! I read this as "Gimme the teets". Either way, totally appropriate.

Riposte 02-05-2013 04:37 AM

Is that the Ciri or w/e chick? Isn't she some Mary Sue(lax use of the term)? She gets mentioned in a poem in The Witcher 1.

antitrop 02-05-2013 04:37 AM

[QUOTE=Psychological Intellect;47318909]Oh shit just realized the cover says next gen

This was never in doubt.

Thoraxes 02-05-2013 04:37 AM

So is this a new wild hunt then?

If so, fuck yes.

And dat beacon of manliness.

disappeared 02-05-2013 04:37 AM

*Geralt equips BEARD*

Ermac 02-05-2013 04:37 AM


BrokenEchelon 02-05-2013 04:37 AM

Massive hype.

scorpscarx 02-05-2013 04:37 AM

I want to pre-order this game, on GMG, right now!

Zaro 02-05-2013 04:37 AM


CheesecakeRecipe 02-05-2013 04:38 AM


Lingitiz 02-05-2013 04:38 AM

Them white beards.

codhand 02-05-2013 04:38 AM

Geralt of Beardveria

GillianSeed79 02-05-2013 04:38 AM

Sweet, The Wild Hunt. Hopefully it follows the lore that was set out in Witcher 2 and delivers on the whole Yennifer/amensia storyline that went unresolved in 2.

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