It seems that for Geralt of Riva, the work of monster-slaying is never done. One of the select few games coming to next-gen without a hint of skepticism among fans, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is shaping up to be developer CD Projekt Red‘s masterpiece. The titular ‘Wild Hunt’ looks to be one gripping and appropriately mysterious enemy, but for many gamers, it’s the game’s next-gen potential that most excites.
The question of whether CD Projekt Red would take the success of The Witcher 2 as cause to sit back and crank out a predictable sequel, or push the boundaries of role-playing even farther has been answered already. In fact, it was answered the second we got our first look at Wild Hunt in action at E3 2013.
By far one of the most impressive next-gen games shown so far, the sprawling open world has gotten bigger than ever, affording players even greater opportunities to spend their time as they see fit. The multitude of screenshots released show that the visuals won’t disappoint next-gen console owners hoping for a technical showpiece, but it’s the attitude and characters – Geralt in particular – that the studio is counting on to beat out the competition.
While the mystical army terrorizing innocents in a flying ship may seem like an impending threat players must dispatch immediately, there are far more (and, admittedly, less pressing) ways to spend one’s time in Geralt’s boots. The latest footage shows just one example of many, and even so, might be enough to win over those on the lookout for a new RPG addiction.
What do you think of the new trailer? Is The Witcher 3 the next-gen RPG you’re most likely to devote dozens of hours to, or have you got your eye set on something else? Share your thoughts in the comments.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be released on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in late 2014.
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