The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt was announced a few weeks ago. This third and final chapter in Geralt's story from CD Projekt Red was already clarified for the PC platform, but other launching systems were not known.
The Witcher 2, as a point of reference, shipped for the PC roughly a year before it launched for the Xbox 360.
The news this morning is that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be launching for the PlayStation 4 in 2014. Additionally, it will be launching for "all high-end platforms" simultaneously in 2014. That suggests we'll see this title for the PC, the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 720 (who knows what that'll be called?) at the same time. The quote comes from studio head Adam Badowski in the press release below.
"The Witcher 3 will be released in 2014 simultaneously on all high-end platforms available. We know that our fans are looking forward to that date already, but we want to make it clear that this story is a standalone, and we will be sure introduce newcomers fully to the world so that they don't miss a beat. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will start with an breathtaking opening, which will give many insights to the lore. The game design will allow smooth introduction to new characters and encourage players to discover the vast, living open world of this installment of Geralt's tale."
That last bit is great news for folks who've been curious about The Witcher but haven't dived in yet. A nice, lore building intro will be very welcome.
We'll have more on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt as it comes.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – the next-gen RPG confirmed for PlayStation 4
CD Projekt RED's upcoming story-driven, open world RPG will launch on Sony's PlayStation 4 once the game is released in 2014. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the final episode of the award-winning RPG series and triumphant finish to the legend of Geralt of Rivia. While the Witcher 3 is the pinnacle to the Witcher series, it is also a standalone story that players new and old will love as they have another chance to live the dangerous life of a witcher. With the capabilities of PlayStation 4 and the next-gen ready REDengine 3, The Witcher 3 will be a truly amazing RPG.
"We were thrilled when asked, several months ago, to be one of the developers who were granted early access to the PlayStation 4. It was an exciting moment to be invited to be in the company of other legendary developers like Bethesda, EA, LucasArts, Ubisoft or Activision as one of the teams working on titles shipping early in the PlayStation 4's lifecycle. Of course, we couldn't reveal any specifics about this to our fans, even though many journalists and forum members asked about when and how The Witcher might show up on Sony's console. After yesterday's PlayStation Meeting we can finally promise: The Witcher 3 is coming to the PlayStation 4. The new hardware gives us the opportunity to create something great. We are able to work with the new console from its birth and this allows our in-house REDengine 3 to push the graphical limits of what the PlayStation hardware can display. The console is fresh and has some innovative solutions that we're looking forward to using in our game" said Adam Badowski, head of CD Projekt RED studio.
Yesterday Sony confirmed the release of their new console and distinguished CD Projekt RED as one of the developers creating games for the new platform.
"It's a real pleasure to cooperate with Sony. Combining CD Projekt RED's unique artistic vision and tech with the capabilities of PlayStation 4 will make The Witcher 3 a truly next-gen RPG. With Sony's new hardware and our new engine, there are no limits to what we can create in the process of realizing our vision for Geralt's dark fantasy world," commented Adam Kiciński, CEO of CD Projekt SA.
Earlier this month, Game Informer revealed The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and called it "a must see next generation RPG". The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be the most robust and breathtaking game ever created by CD Projekt RED, combining a free-roaming environment with a non-linear story which makes the game a real RPG fan's dream come true. Open world exploration is an adventure in itself as the player will gallop through war-ravaged lands, sail misty waters, and track down dangerous beasts for money. An improved combat system will allow players to feel like a real monster hunter, a witcher, who uses his superior senses and fighting skills to survive in a dark fantasy world while he embarks on a quest to save his loved ones.
Studio head Adam Badowski summed up, "The Witcher 3 will be released in 2014 simultaneously on all high-end platforms available. We know that our fans are looking forward to that date already, but we want to make it clear that this story is a standalone, and we will be sure introduce newcomers fully to the world so that they don't miss a beat. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will start with an breathtaking opening, which will give many insights to the lore. The game design will allow smooth introduction to new characters and encourage players to discover the vast, living open world of this installment of Geralt's tale."