The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is already set to be more open and contain more content than our beloved Skyrim. While Skyrim undoubtedly gave you freedom and the ability to do things in the order you saw fit, it never seemed like your choices really meant much in the way of consequence. However, this will not be the case in CD Projekt Red’s new game. In The Witcher 3, the game tracks the players choice in order to provide a tailored ending that can vary in both small and large ways. There are total of 36 different endings, but even if it seems that you have the same ending as someone else, chances are yours will differ in some way because of the choices you have made. All in all, there are said to be 300 possible variations in the way your game can end.
“There will be 36 different endings,” said Adam Badowski, managing director of CD Projekt Red.
“Thirty-six world states,” corrected Michal Platkow-Gilewski, the company’s head of marketing.
On both the PS4 and the PC, the game will track your playing in such a way that it will be making hundreds of changes to the game world around you, from both the minor to the major. Of course, there are going to be a fair few choices to make as well, because this game is looking huge. The game can easily steal over 100 hours of your time in one playthrough with an open world around 35 times bigger than the one in the previous game, plus an enormous main story line with an array of side quests and activities to boot. The combat has been rethought this time around as well, with new features like Geralt’s sense system where he can track weak points on enemies for more effective attacks.
The team is also working on a feature where the player can help mold their new experience by using their Witcher 2 save. Managing director of CD Projekt Red spoke a little bit about this new possibility:
“We are going to give you a possibility to use your save from The Witcher 2, but it will depend on the platform,”
“On the Sony platform we are developing the game for the first time, so we invented a way to define your old actions and decisions.
“If you decide to play on the PS4 and played on PC previous, you probably want to have continuation, you want to have a similar character.”
The game is set for release sometime in 2014 on both PC and the next-gen PS4. Check out the announcement trailer below if you haven’t already: