The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Confirmed for PlayStation 4
CD Projekt RED announced today that the open-world RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the final episode in the story of Geralt of Rivia, will launch on the Sony PlayStation 4 in 2014. The game is said to be a standalone story and will utilize the next-gen-ready REDengine 3.
Adam Badowski, head of CD Projekt RED studio stated: “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.”
At Sony’s press conference announcement of the PS4 yesterday, CD Projekt RED was confirmed as a developer for creating games for the console. Regarding the announcement, Adam Kiciński, CEO of CD Projekt SA stated: “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.”
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will combine a free-roaming environment with a non-linear story. The game will also boast an “improved combat system” that “will allow players to feel like a real monster hunter.” Geralt will also embark on a quest to save his loved ones.
Adam Badowski described the game as the following: “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.”