Today GOG.com hosted a live stream about the highly anticipated The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and we’ve gotten as much information as possible so that we can give you the full breakdown if you missed it.
First off, there is a new trailer that will also be featured at E3, but we got an early viewing for you:
If you’re a Witcher fan and have played either of the two predecessors, that probably just made you pee. We got a great look at some of the big characters, and in case you missed the quick shots of them during the video, here they are:
Our famed hero, Geralt of Rivia:
The lovely Triss Merigold:
And an awesome new baddie:
Everything in this game is set to look amazing, and we’ll see the official release early next year. Press releases have said repeatedly that February would carry the release date, and it was just confirmed: February 24th, 2015.
In an exclusive press release, we got a huge chunk of plot information from CD Projekt Red (don’t worry, no spoilers):
“The world burns as the Empire of Nilfgaard pierces through the heart of the kingdoms in the north. Geralt of Rivia is pursued by an enemy devoid of mercy—the Wild Hunt, a mythical cavalcade of ghastly riders, harbingers of doom and destruction, capable of destroying entire settlements overnight. Driven by a deeply personal agenda, Geralt must navigate a maze of hostile forces to find and protect the one described in an ancient prophecy. Gritty and merciless, the world the adventure plays out in sets new standards in terms of size, ecosystem complexity and meaningful non-linearity. Experience realistic day and night cycles, observe weather changes that influence gameplay, and conquer the lush environment using arcane witcher lore.”
This just confirms so much of what we love about The Witcher: beautiful landscapes, deep storylines, tangling and twisting decisions that effect the world at large, and obviously awesome blood-spattered and magic-laced fight scenes at an impressive graphic standard that puts other games to shame.
If all this is enough to make you want to pre-order the game (let’s be honest–it is), then just wait until you hear about the awesome goodies that come with the different editions from the game:
The standard edition physical copy goes back to a long-missed era of gaming that included cool booklets and extras: the game’s manual, a comprehensive world compendium, full fold-out game map, the game’s sound track, and some sweet stickers to deck out your gaming rig.
If that’s not enough for you, there’s a big box known as the collector’s edition with all kinds of cool stuff: Everything included in the standard edition, a 200-page, hard-cover art book, a foot-tall statue of Geralt fighting a griffin, the token steel necklace medallion that Geralt treasures, and a steel case for the game and soundtrack with alternate art.
Even if you don’t go with a physical edition and you’re a die-hard digital copy fan, CD Projekt Red made sure to throw in some extras for you: the same 200-page art book as a digital edition, making of videos in full HD, and a detailed map poster, just like the print one.
*Que cheesy announcer voice* But wait, there’s more!
CD Projekt Red has been partnering with GOG.com for a very special online pre-order package:
With this edition comes the extended game sound track, a physical comic book by Dark Horse publishing, more concept art, custom wallpapers, and a free copy of both Neverwinter Nights with 3 DLCs, and two multiplayer keys for the upcoming The Witcher Adventure Game, another release soon to come from CD Projekt Red.
And all that comes with a loyalty discount of 5% for anyone who has the first two games.
Okay, back away from your keyboard before the drool ruins it.
I think we can all agree that February can’t come soon enough, and be sure that we’ll have more coverage as it comes out, hopefully a good leak of information from somewhere, and more. Follow us on Twitter @APGNation to make sure you get instant updates for when our articles release.
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