The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s anticipated 2014 release is quite a long way off, but that hasn’t stopped CD Projekt Red from trying to stoke gamers’ excitement. Today they released more screenshots from an early version of the game, and gave a little more detail about the storyline. According to the information revealed, the game’s main narrative will take around 50 hours to play through. Additional side stories will add another 50 hours, making for a total 100 hours of gameplay. Adam Badowski, head of CD Projekt Red, had this to say about The Witcher 3’s open world design:
“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.”
The settings of The Wither 3 will change based on player actions, as their impact on local plotlines in the various regions they visit are felt throughout the game world. The screenshots below show the archipelago of Skellige, one of the lands players will explore. The Witcher 3 is expected to release sometime in 2014 for “all high-end platforms”, including the PS4.