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EatChildren
Currently polling second in Australia's federal election (first in the Gold Coast), this feral may one day be your Bogan King.
(01-06-2016, 07:39 AM)
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Used the unlock cam to take some aerial shots of Velen/Novigrad, the main Skellige island, and White Orchard. Figured some would be interested in seeing the scale, as well as how the topography, roads, distribution of towns and fields look, all from above. Ergo, thread.



Enter the Dragon Punch
(01-06-2016, 07:41 AM)
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any higher res or less compressed shots?

looks nice
TomNinetyTwo
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(01-06-2016, 07:41 AM)
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They truly have created a stunning world, wow.
Maddrical
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(01-06-2016, 07:41 AM)
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Looks incredible, would definitely like some higher resolution shots. This would make a great series for various open-world games.
SmartWaffles
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(01-06-2016, 07:42 AM)
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This is simply breathtaking...
benzy
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(01-06-2016, 07:42 AM)
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What's the framerate like when you get up this high?
HP_Wuvcraft
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(01-06-2016, 07:42 AM)
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Just played my first three hours.

Map is absolutely ridiculously massive and amazingly well done for an open world game.
Dahbomb
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(01-06-2016, 07:43 AM)
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Not pictured here the millions of little islands in Skellege.
Exentryk
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(01-06-2016, 07:43 AM)
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Looks neat. Maybe consider doing a short gif or video with starting from the top, and then zooming in on the ground?
JeffZero
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(01-06-2016, 07:45 AM)
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I really need to play these games.
Spinluck
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(01-06-2016, 07:46 AM)
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Gorgeous game, loved the world.
GHG
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(01-06-2016, 07:47 AM)
Looks amazing.

Can you do more that are slightly closer in like the bottom shot?
danthefan
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(01-06-2016, 07:47 AM)

Originally Posted by HP_Wuvcraft

Just played my first three hours.

Map is absolutely ridiculously massive and amazingly well done for an open world game.

Are you still in White Orchard?
F!ReW!Re
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(01-06-2016, 07:50 AM)
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It's gonna be at least another year before I can play this game but seeing this and all of the reviews and positive feedback I can't wait to finally immerse myself in this game...

Would love to see more of those shots you made!
Skelter
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(01-06-2016, 07:50 AM)
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I can see my lopsided apartment in Novigrad from here!
Vol5
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(01-06-2016, 07:50 AM)
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Seriously incredible game. I'm around 15 hours in right now. Changing my GotY vote. This is first.
NotUS
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(01-06-2016, 07:55 AM)
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That's really awesome.

Out of curiosity, have you tried to see if it's possible to lock the camera at a specific height and play it as a top down game?
Zaheer
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(01-06-2016, 07:57 AM)
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Mother of God.
Obliterator
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(01-06-2016, 07:58 AM)
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Wow the work that CD Projekt Red put into this world / game.

Breathtaking
Icyflamez96
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(01-06-2016, 07:59 AM)
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that's a little big
dreamfall
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(01-06-2016, 07:59 AM)
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Absolutely stunning. It's so massive!
EatChildren
Currently polling second in Australia's federal election (first in the Gold Coast), this feral may one day be your Bogan King.
(01-06-2016, 08:08 AM)
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I can take some more shots later that are closer, higher resolution. Here's one half of Novigrad/Velen I tool earlier (or less than half, really).



Originally Posted by benzy

What's the framerate like when you get up this high?

Depends the aspect ratio but otherwise pretty good as the engine is really, really fucking optimised at culling and scaling content, since it wont render AI and other details in full until the avatar is near. So I can enable free cam and fly and fly all the way to the other side of the map without a stutter or load.
Last edited by EatChildren; 01-06-2016 at 08:12 AM.
wazoo
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(01-06-2016, 08:08 AM)
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Originally Posted by danthefan

Are you still in White Orchard?

White Orchad is like the first zone in OOT. So fun, so big, until you reach the real big ones.
Mista Koo
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(01-06-2016, 09:14 AM)
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Can you make an interactive Google Maps like version :3?
Khasim
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(01-06-2016, 09:26 AM)
How come there is no draw distance fog on these screenshots? Do you use the Super Turbo Lighting mod? It removes the fog, but I'm not a fan of the missing light shafts and clouds so I uninstalled it. Have you found another way of removing it perhaps, or does the fog simply turn off if you fly high enough? I'd really love to have the default lighting or the Cinematic one without the fog.
Mechazawa
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(01-06-2016, 09:28 AM)
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Man, I just realized outside of the story section on the Boat, I don't think I ever visited any of the snowy mountain parts in Skellige.
Sodding_Gamer
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(01-06-2016, 09:47 AM)
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This looks amazing. The world building CDPR have done here is breathtaking.
EatChildren
Currently polling second in Australia's federal election (first in the Gold Coast), this feral may one day be your Bogan King.
(01-06-2016, 09:56 AM)
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Originally Posted by Khasim

How come there is no draw distance fog on these screenshots? Do you use the Super Turbo Lighting mod? It removes the fog, but I'm not a fan of the missing light shafts and clouds so I uninstalled it. Have you found another way of removing it perhaps, or does the fog simply turn off if you fly high enough? I'd really love to have the default lighting or the Cinematic one without the fog.

I manipulated the colours in the OP images to make them stand out a bit more, but otherwise the fog isn't there because the draw distance fog is more stylistic than technical. From that angle it probably doesn't need to render it or as heavily. Keep in mind all the assets are downscaled massively.
Adry9
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(01-06-2016, 09:58 AM)
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Amazing
RSP
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(01-06-2016, 09:59 AM)
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looks awesome, thanks for sharing!
Blackthorn
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(01-06-2016, 09:59 AM)
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This reaffirms to me that the world in the Witcher 3 is one of the most geographically accurate ever made, those look straight up like satellite photos.

I think unconsciously it's a huge part of why people found the world so enjoyable. When I was playing (no minimap), I was navigating just as I would in real countryside: following streams and looking for changes in foliage density. It felt perfect.

On a related note, they're also one of the only developers who seem to remember that a forest contains as much dying matter as it does growing. Too many game artists forget to ever create assets for dead trees and withered plants and end up with a weird, sterile garden.
nubbe
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(01-06-2016, 10:00 AM)
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I love these handcrafted open areas
Greddleok
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(01-06-2016, 10:01 AM)
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That's just awesome.
In Service
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(01-06-2016, 10:07 AM)
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Great OP. Thanks.

I bought this on sale but haven't started it yet - just finishing my back to back TR playthrough.
Maximo
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(01-06-2016, 10:08 AM)
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Originally Posted by danthefan

Are you still in White Orchard?

Ahahah oh man you finally get White Orchid do all the quests and points of interest then you step into Velen and have your mind blown...
Nestunt
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(01-06-2016, 10:16 AM)
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For me, one the most impressive features of the world was how they gave distinctive cultures and trends to the different regions.

People from Skellige are so different from the ones on Novigrad and Oxenfurt, and these are very different from Velen

How they speak, what they speak about, how they dress... etc
HotHamBoy
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(01-06-2016, 10:43 AM)
I'm jealous of anyone just starting this game.... be prepared for insane length.

I didn't play 1 or 2 but I did read the entire series of books that were written in the 90s before playing this. Really good. It helped me appreciate the game more in some ways, in other ways it irritated and disappointed me as I had now become a fan and therefore wasn't keen on every aspect of their adaptation. The games are literally fanfiction, they are continuations of the plot in the novels but without author involvement. The stories and writing, while great for a game, just aren't very good compared to the books. I think they got some of the characters wrong, but none more than Geralt. He's much cooler and more interesting in the books. In TW3 he's a real wet rag, I hate how flat the actor's delivery is.

Still, amazing game and really raises the bar for RPGs IMO. I played Dragon Age Inquisition righ before this and Fallout 4 right after. DA:I was an embarrassment and FO4 was a bit of a let down. Both failed badly at what TW3 does so well.
MrTroubleMaker
(01-06-2016, 10:45 AM)
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:O that's neat!
Zomba13
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(01-06-2016, 10:46 AM)
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Kaer Morhen please?
Prevolition
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(01-06-2016, 10:47 AM)
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Oh my gosh it's the Pacific Northwest.
BigTnaples
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(01-06-2016, 10:58 AM)
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Beautiful.
Mikey Jr.
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(01-06-2016, 11:02 AM)
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Can you modify the game so you can walk past the invisible walls?
UrbanRats
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(01-06-2016, 11:06 AM)
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Originally Posted by Mikey Jr.

Can you modify the game so you can walk past the invisible walls?

Yes, there are a couple of mods that do that, though at some point you just fall through the map.
Staab
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(01-06-2016, 11:12 AM)
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I'm hoping someone enables a VR mode for the Witcher 3.
There's a first person camera mod that would make it very enjoyable to just walk through and sight-see (combat seems nearly impossible though).

Game just looks stunning and really feels natural and coherent.
Glass
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(01-06-2016, 11:12 AM)
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Mmmhmm. Can't wait to dive back into this game for my next run. Need to give it some breathing room though. Each one is going to be far apart and epic.
Dmax3901
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(01-06-2016, 11:14 AM)
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Post this in the Witcher reddit and you'd probably get a million upvotes.
UrbanRats
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(01-06-2016, 11:36 AM)
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Originally Posted by Dmax3901

Post this in the Witcher reddit and you'd probably get a million upvotes.

Can you buy stuff with them?
grmlin
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(01-06-2016, 11:46 AM)
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Originally Posted by Maximo

Ahahah oh man you finally get White Orchid do all the quests and points of interest then you step into Velen and have your mind blown...

haha, yeah. And I thought: ahhhh, thats why leveling up takes so long

:D
Dmax3901
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(01-06-2016, 12:01 PM)
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Originally Posted by UrbanRats

Can you buy stuff with them?

I believe that's how it works yes.
Demoskinos
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(01-06-2016, 12:06 PM)
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Still really bothers me that pretty much every open world map is just surrounded by water world. Its less egregious if its implicitly stated that you are on an island or a series of small archipelagos or something but there has to be a better way to rope the player in than just WATER!!

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