The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt: Official Thread

LeninGHOLA

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It was a pretty common hairstyle in Europe during the period that inspired the stories.
 

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this is the perfect showcase for TressFX...Lara's locks in Tomb Raider were nice but Geralt's hair is demo material :p
 

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....and we're all sad pandas. http://thewitcher.com/news/view/729

We recently reexamined what we had achieved thus far, and faced a choice about the game’s final release date. The decision we made was difficult, thoroughly considered, and ultimately clear and obvious. We could have released the game towards the end of this year as we had initially planned. Yet we concluded that a few additional months will let us achieve the quality that will satisfy us, the quality gamers expect from us. Consequently, we have set the release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for February 2015.
 

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I can only hope because of this it will be by far the longest game in the series with the most depth and character development.
 

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Well that Is disapointing but at the same time maybe I will actually be able to beat the first 2 games before this comes out now. It all depends on how many hours I sink into Dark Souls 2.
 

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Fine by me. TW2 is my favorite game, no question. I know TW3 will be incredible and I'd rather see them take the time the game deserves.
 

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In reality though they are probably just taking extra time to decide which pieces of the game to carve out and turn into moneymaking DLC.

Jk, i hope not.
 

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I don't mind delays as much if they are related to releasing a quality product ... delay the game a little for a cleaner and smoother launch with a robust offering ... don't rush it out and then try to fix it on the fly (cough cough Bethesda cough cough) :D
 

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Why do I get the feeling that them trying to simultaneously release this on consoles is what lays squarely at the middle of this delay. I'd lay money on it.

Not that I can blame them though, and in the case of CD Projekt Red can obviously be forgiven since they're one of the last good-guy developers left. The headcount that they have working on this game (northward of 100), and the scope of what they're trying to accomplish (4x the size of Skyrim, yada yada) probably made it impossible to develop it for PC alone and still make a meaningful ROI. I'll give them that.
 

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In reality though they are probably just taking extra time to decide which pieces of the game to carve out and turn into moneymaking DLC.

Jk, i hope not.

No way, not CDP. Over the years they have always been awesome about major post release patches, many of which came with hours of new content, new game modes, etc. They don't charge for stuff like that.

Now that they are getting more console friendly, it wouldn't surprise me to see paid DLC. If there is, its safe to assume it will be large, fully fleshed out DLC that's more like an expansion pack.
 

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I just finally started playing W2:AoK in the last few weeks, and though it did have a heavy learning curve for me starting out, I am thoroughly hooked on it now! Definitely looking forward to this next title in the series now as well.
 

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I'm sad but relieved at the same time. I now have more time to play through Witcher 1 and 2. I've had them forever and just haven't gotten around to playing them yet.
 

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I'm guessing this will negatively impact the release date of Cyberpunk 2077 as well. Was actually looking forward to that more as it is more "fresh."
 

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I'm guessing this will negatively impact the release date of Cyberpunk 2077 as well. Was actually looking forward to that more as it is more "fresh."

i can't wait for more info on Cp 2077 probably my most looked forward to game. but i don't see CDP actually releasing it until late 2016.

2014 was really shaping up to be a great gaming year but new its looking rather mediocre.
 

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The good part of this delay is that I don't need to upgrade to SLI or a new 800 series card later this year lol. Can probably stick with my single 780ti until early/mid 2015.
 

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the game wasn't expected until October/November anyhow so this delay is no biggie...it's not like they announced the delay a few weeks before release (Watch Dogs!)...take the extra time to make the game even better
 

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i can't wait for more info on Cp 2077 probably my most looked forward to game. but i don't see CDP actually releasing it until late 2016.

2014 was really shaping up to be a great gaming year but new its looking rather mediocre.

For me 2014 didn't seem all that interesting, same with 2012 and 2013. Batman: Arkham Knights being announced kind of evened out the Witcher 3 being pushed back, but otherwise the only other game I'm actually anticipating is the new Longest Journey.

In terms of anticipation gaming in general took a huge nose dive for me after 2011, not that there haven't been games I liked but just in terms of games I was really looking forward to. 2011 was a monster for me with The Witcher 2, DXHR, Skyrim, Batman: AC, Mass Effect 2 and BF3 just to name a few.

On the bright side 2015 seems like it might be another high year for me with what rumors/news available so far and this news on the other hand will add to it.

The only date mentioned for 2077 was 2015 at the earliest, likely a far off project at this point though for sure now.
 

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In a lot ways i would say in general games are announced way to early. I dont think games should be announced until months before its release, not years. If the lead time is too long that means hype builds up, then completely dies off and hits a lull until its closer to its release, doesnt make a whole lot of sense
 

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Oh man, I just finished TW2 last night, and now I am wishing there was more to play right now! Such an abrupt ending to such an amazing game.

Guess I'll have to go play the first one while I'm waiting.
 

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While a little disappointing, I'm not too upset. Plus, I think the Nvidia hardware refresh due sometime in the later part of the year should coincide nicely.
 

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While a little disappointing, I'm not too upset. Plus, I think the Nvidia hardware refresh due sometime in the later part of the year should coincide nicely.

Couple of GTX880's and The Witcher 3 sounds pretty good.
 

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Lookie what I found! Yeah, lots of times these preorders are notoriously wrong, but still they have been accurate the past few years

EDIT: so it has been delayed, to Feb, 2015, NVM

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Ok, I played about 5 hours into The Witcher, and I beat The Witcher 2, and I just don't think I see the big draw to the games. I understand that the combat was made to be more realistic, with potions not being insta heal, and the combat stances being the biggest focus of the combat, but I just didn't really think it was much fun. Also, the story didn't really draw me in. I did notice the splitting points and the parts where you could make a difference (which I appreciated!), but I didn't get attached to the characters. I would have been interested in a lot of the concepts in the game being applied elsewhere.

Cyberpunk 2077...
 

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Ballistic90 - give the games a shot. I too was not impressed when I started playing TW1. Once you get past the first chapter in that game the plot really takes off.
 

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Yeah, IMO, both Witcher games start off slow and do a poor job of showing you the mechanics. In #2 it was so bad that they actually created a tutorial level in the first big patch.
Those are really the only negatives. The games feel needlessly clunky (and complicated) early on...and neither is very compelling either.
Give both games a few hours before bailing on them. I think most people that spend at least 2 hours with them will probably keep going.
 

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Yeah, IMO, both Witcher games start off slow and do a poor job of showing you the mechanics. In #2 it was so bad that they actually created a tutorial level in the first big patch.
Those are really the only negatives. The games feel needlessly clunky (and complicated) early on...and neither is very compelling either.
Give both games a few hours before bailing on them. I think most people that spend at least 2 hours with them will probably keep going.

The first game I played for about an hour and gave up on. It felt needlessly complex and anything but intuitive.
 

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Indeed... I was wondering why people loved the first one. I made it chapter 3 or so, and just stopped playing. It was okay after the prologue, but it didn't wow me.

Witcher 2 took a while into Chapter 1 to really get me going. It's a bit hard to jump back in though. However, I did have a good time with Witcher 2 after the initial crawl, so I'm having good hopes on Witcher 3.
 

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The first game I played for about an hour and gave up on. It felt needlessly complex and anything but intuitive.

The early part of the first Witcher literally throws every mechanic at you in the first few minutes so it's overwhelming. Even things like dodging, which barely does anything except look fancy and escape corners. They also fail to mention that you can toggle the stances by hitting the same button, which streamlines combat a LOT. Leveling up and spells? Yup, they throw the concepts at you but only barely touch on the details. I've given up on the Witcher 3-4 times and one day I finally promised myself I'd keep going...and I ended up marathoning the whole game in just a few days. It took 4 years to make me do it, but I'm glad I did. Once you finally make it to town, the game becomes pretty epic.

The guys at CDProjekt do many many things well, but pacing and introduction to game mechanics aren't among them.
 
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The early part of the first Witcher literally throws every mechanic at you in the first few minutes so it's overwhelming. Even things like dodging, which barely does anything except look fancy and escape corners. They also fail to mention that you can toggle the stances by hitting the same button, which streamlines combat a LOT. Leveling up and spells? Yup, they throw the concepts at you but only barely touch on the details. I've given up on the Witcher 3-4 times and one day I finally promised myself I'd keep going...and I ended up marathoning the whole game in just a few days. It took 4 years to make me do it, but I'm glad I did. Once you finally make it to town, the game becomes pretty epic.

The guys at CDProjekt do many many things well, but pacing and introduction to game mechanics aren't among them.

Agreed! I probably started the game 3-4 times as well before I decided to get out of that first castle. Once I did, I had a blast. I'm nearly in the same process now with TW2. I've played the opening a couple of times now and gotten side-tracked with other games. I intend to go play it all the way through at some point. I just have to hit that critical mass, and make it past the intro. :D
 
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