It’s no secret that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is going to be a massive game. According to CD Projekt Red, the latest (and final) installment in the fantasy role playing series will take players over 200 hours to finish, if they take the time to do everything that the game offers. That’s a lot of gameplay, but until now, it wasn’t clear what, exactly, was going to take up so much time.
Now, thanks to a new gameplay video, fans have an answer: players will be doing a little bit of everything. Unlike previous teasers, this five minute trailer only touches on The Witcher 3’s story, i.e. there are monsters, and the main character kills them. There’s a little more about combat, but the bulk of the trailer outlines all the different activities that the titular Witcher, Geralt, undertakes while exploring The Witcher 3’s massive open world.
Exploration gets the most focus, and with good reason: The Witcher 3’s map is huge, featuring everything from “remote outposts” to “bustling cities of astounding wealth.” The Witcher 3 will send players over all kinds of terrain; thankfully, they don’t have to travel on foot. Horse riding, sailing, and swimming are just three of the ways that Geralt will traverse the Northern Kingdoms. A dynamic day and night cycle affects enemy behavior, as does the battleground terrain itself.
The Witcher 3‘s open world also changes based on the player’s actions. Clearing out a monster-infested village will open the land up to settlers; return later, and players might find that other characters have moved in and started a community. The Witcher 3 boasts a Mass Effect-like conversation system, in which players can choose paragon or renegade dialogue options (not CD Projekt Red’s words) that affect Geralt’s reputation. The players have choices when it comes to combat, too, and can specialize in swordplay, alchemy, or magic.
The Northern Kingdoms are also stuffed full of sidequests and minigames. Over the course of The Witcher 3, players can take part in horse races, drinking, a complete in-game card game, brawls, treasure hunts, and of course, lots and lots of sex.
The most impressive thing about the video, however? At about five minutes and with an incredibly brisk pace, it doesn’t even come close to covering everything The Witcher 3 has to offer. The (unintentionally hilarious) narrator doesn’t say anything about the game’s AI-driven companions ortwo DLC expansions that add around 30 hours of gameplay. Clear out your calendar: given that the main campaign takes 25 hours to get through during a speed-run, The Witcher 3 sounds like the kind of game that could take years to get through. Be sure to get started early.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt comes out on May 19, 2015 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.