Considering The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is still planned for release in 2014 and was originally announced for consoles that hadn't even been mentioned in public before, CD Projekt Red can't help showing off their game. Today we have a healthy new cache of screenshots and concept art that should adequately impress and frustrate gamers the world over. 2014!? Stop playing games with my heart, CD Projekt Red.
In addition to the pretty pictures, CD Projekt RED studio head Adam Badowski offered the following reminder and summary as to what The Witcher 3 is all about:
"The Witcher 3 is full of impactful decisions, and gamers will choose between storylines that exclude one another in a single playthrough, ensuring extensive replay value. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt crowns the trilogy with the main narrative, revolving around Geralt’s search for his loved ones and his conflict with the Wild Hunt. As players travel through the game, they visit lands with their own unique atmosphere, communities and memorable characters. CD Projekt RED didn’t create an open world with a singular theme, but concentrated on delivering diversified and engaging environments, 30 times larger than those in The Witcher 2."
While Lydia's our resident Witcher, I've preferred up to this point to appreciate the franchise from afar. It's impossible not to have been impressed with the visual quality of the series, and it's tough to see The Witcher 3 in all of its glory without being able to see it in motion. Let alone play it. It's the way CD Projekt RED does skies, they ocean, the foliage -- it's the way they fill each screen with details subtly.
Again, The Witcher 3 is planned for next-gen consoles and PC, but won't be released until 2014. Enjoy what you see, it's all we'll have for a while yet. Geralt is actually aging with us. At least it'll take a month to finish when we finally do get it.