E3 2013 Preview - The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

It seems some time has passed since we last joined Geralt in the hunt. Now looking a little older, complete with beard and a little more gruff on the voice, it seems like he’s primed to be whisked off on his greatest adventure yet.

Many new things were shown off during the latest trailer, with the most noticeable being the absolutely stunning looking open world. CD Projekt Red have done a fantastic job of the land from what was shown, giving us glimpses of rolling heath land, ancient pine forests, sea battered coasts and walled castle cities. Just from what was shown, it already looks like it’s putting other recent open world RPG’s to shame, with everything looking as though it’s going to ooze with charm and wonder.

From the look of the gameplay shown, not much has changed. Combat looks as though it has stayed mostly the same, which is a good thing, as the combat was near perfect as it was. It also seems like they have added several new ways to navigate the world this time, what with it now being open and seamless. Boats and horses are in so far, though it will likely stay that way, as CDPR are very good at keeping their dark fantasy grounded somewhere between fantastical and real. The trailer shows that we can expect this style to stay.

While not much was stated in the trailer apart from these things, the last thing I would like to mention is the score, which sounds better than other. Folk instruments ground the game in a certain place, a place that, being European myself, I feel very at home in. It seems they’re going all out in terms of trying to capture the more ‘pagan’ feel of Western Europe, something which is greatly appreciated, and will surely give the game a real sense of character.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is due in 2014 for PC, PS4, and Xbox ONE. You can check out the trailer yourself below, and let us know what you think in the comments.