Hey everyone, We’re getting close to game release with just about 30 days left until May 19th. There hasn’t been that much new info released so I went ahead and put up a Skills page from whatever info I could find. I’m sure there will be a lot of important stuff announced in the coming weeks though, so stay tuned for more Witcher 3 news.
Outside of that, the only interesting new story is yet another little detail that makes Witcher 3 such an exciting title; face alteration! Players will not only be able to trim/grow beards, but your face will also change depending on how many toxins you’ve ingested.
“As you know, Witcher elixirs are highly toxic, and could kill a human if he/she drank one. Witchers are more resistant to this toxin, but it does influence them. In game you have this ‘toxicity bar,’ which shows you how intoxicated Geralt is.” says Projekt’s lead quest designer Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz. The more potions you drink, the more messed up your face will look!
Two new great Witcher videos for you to check out today. First is the 15 minutes of Witcher gameplay exclusive from IGN, which shows how the game starts out. I think I enjoyed the dialogue more than anything in this; the quality writing is still on point. I also like how many choices you have with pretty much every dialogue choice. That’s what complex, mature RPGs are all about!
Second we’ve got a new narrated gameplay trailer, which reveals some interesting details, such as setting up new settlements after you clear an area of monsters.
While The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has not even been released yet, CD Projekt Red has already revealed that they will be releasing 2 expansion packs. The first, titled “Hearts of Stone“, will feature 10 hours of gameplay where Geralt will take on a contract from a character known only as the “Man of Glass”.
The second expansion, called “Blood and Wine” will have 20 hours of gameplay and bring an all-new region to the game – Toussaint. “Hearts of Stone” is set to be released in October 2015, while “Blood and Wine” for the beginning of 2016. The expansions will cost a total of $ 25, and are already available on Steam.
I’ve compiled a bunch of recent information that you guys might find interesting as we’re waiting for the last month and a half before game release. First off, here’s an awesome image showing the playable area of Witcher 3:
- PC players will be able to import their saved game from The Witcher 2. Besides, players on all platforms will be able to (optionally) state their previous choices during a scripted scene in Vizima
- The game will have an optional “Dark” Difficulty, in which you die permanently
- The game will have an optional tutorial at the beginning, to introduce new players to the Witcher series.
- Ciri (Geralt’s apprentice/adopted daugther) will only be playable at certain parts of the game
- You can continue playing after you finish the main storyline
- There are three different epilogues, as well as 36 conditions in which the game’s world can end up.
- Depending on the difficulty level, the main story is about 50 hours of gameplay, and completing 100% of the game requires about 100-120 hours
- Some special areas will have loading screens, but the rest of the game is entirely open world; entering houses does not require loading screens, for example
- Unlike Skyrim, the level of monsters will not be scaled up to the player’s level, so you will have to be careful about venturing to higher level areas
- There are normal, weaker potions, but also more powerful mutagenic potions (that also have side-effects)
- Witcher’s weapons can be upgraded. This is done in a form of special quests. First, you need to find a schematic, which often requires killing a monster guarding it. Then, you have to collect the required ingredients. Finally, it is necessary to find the right craftsman. There are craftsmen on 3 levels of skills available: Journeyman, Master and Archmaster. The better the item, the more skilled craftsman is required. Archmasters first have to be “unlocked” by completing special quests.
A couple game review sites recently got their hands on Witcher 3 on the PC… and the news are good! They were able to play the game on 1080p with Ultra settings and achieve the fabled 60 FPS. To be fair, this did require a fairly top-end system with an Intel i7-4790 CPU and a NVIDIA GTX980 video card, but that should still put the fears of “30 fps lock” and the graphical downgrade to rest.
They also reported less errors, better combat, and smoother framerates than the previous Witcher 3 build from January, which seems to confirm that delaying the game’s release was a very good idea. More importantly, they report that the game looks amazing on the highest settings, especially when you enable Nvidia HairWorks (warning, this may melt your computer).