Previews for CD Projekt RED’s upcoming title The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have hit magazines in Germany.
PC Games and Gamestar both feature pieces on the Open World RPG, of which a Google Translation can be found over on the Official XBox Magazine site.
We’ve compiled a list of the highlights from the previews to get a better understanding of what aspect from The Witcher 3.
Average play-through of the campaign will take you up to 50 hours to complete and lead you through 36 world states ending with one of three hour long epilogue chapters at the end.
Save games will forward transfer from The Witcher 2 to determine which characters will appear in the new storyline, however Geralt’s backstory will stay the same regardless of the outcome in your previous game. This should be intresting to see what the true cannon ending of The Witcher 2 will be.
The Axii spell returns but this time it tames wild horses as an alternative to buying a stead. There is a new Fire spell added to your arsenal called Ignii that allows you to shoot a burning stream of flames.
You can hunt animals for food, fur and other resources with a new tracking system using colour coded markings. Weather, times of day and night will also determine what animals will appear.
Any unruly behavior like theft can land you in hot water with the risk that civilians could report you to the guards of the town you’ve visited. While your in one of the many towns you can waste time and earn money by playing mini games including cards and axe throwing (probably not at the same time though).
Level caps are reached at 60 by gaining experience points from finishing quests, but smaller things like hunting will not earn XP, only money and resources. The world runs on a dynamic economy that is effected by what and how much you sell.
Finally Geralt will have the ability to jump and also has a new limb targeting mechanic (a la Fallout 3/New Vegas). Quick Time Events have been completely scrapped.
As well as horse back and by foot, you can also travel the world by sailing. The known lands at this point are Skellige Islands, Novigrad and the Wasteland Wilds.
We’ll after all that inside a world larger than Skyrim, we’re all excited about The Witcher 3. What do you think? Are you riding the Witcher hype train with us, or do you feel that some of these new features are falling on deaf ears? Let us know in the comments below.