Where Mass Effect 3 failed, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt hopes to deliver. Specifically, CD Projekt Red‘s forthcoming sequel hopes to deliver an ending influenced by the decisions players make over the course of the game.
To that end, CD Projekt Red reveals that there will be up to 300 different variations on the game’s 36 “endings.” There actually may be more than 300 variations, but The Witcher 3 developer lost count after that.
With talk of an open-world Witcher, and some sort of multiplayer element, CD Projekt Red is poised to deliver the definitive RPG experience. This is the type of experience RPG fans have been hoping for.
However, when CD Projekt Red Managing Director Adam Badowski mentioned 36 different endings to Polygon, head of marketing Michal Platkow-Gilewski corrected him saying “thirty-six world states.” So while things will change from epilogue to epilogue, those changes might not be as noticeable when compared together.
Speaking big picture, outlining what players will in fact notice, CD Projekt Red confirmed their will be three main endings. Endings that can only be seen by playing through the game three different times, making different decisions along the way.
“The game is quite complex. We didn’t mean to develop something special for the endings, it’s a natural consequence of the story line. The story has hundreds of different branches and sub plots. We have to just sum all of those elements up in the epilogues. Some of those elements are taken from the very beginning and some from other moments of the storyline. All of them will connect in the epilogue. We have a lot of things to summarize. We didn’t spend time on inventing endings, it was just the consequence of those choices.”
CD Projekt Red will also be borrowing another page from Mass Effect 3‘s book by letting players import their save file from the PC version. For the PS4 version, however, this will be the first Witcher title on that platform, so players will not have that option. Instead, players will have the ability to “define [their] old actions and decisions.”
Since Microsoft has yet to reveal their next-gen console, CD Projekt Red would not explain whether or not a save file transfer option will be available with that platform, but The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition did make its way to the 360. Players should expect a more definitive answer regarding the next-gen Xbox version after Microsoft unveils their new console, which could be as early as this April.
How would you like to see CD Projekt Red deliver these 300 different endings? What choices would you like to see transfer over to The Witcher 3?
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is targeting a 2014 release date on the PC and PS4 (for now).