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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screens are drop dead gorgeous

Friday, 1 March 2013 15:37 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

CDP has sent over a batch of launch shots for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and they have made my eyes water with anticipation. 2014 cannot get here soon enough. Feast your eyes on the lot below along with some new details on the RPG.


The Witcher 3 revolves around Geralt’s search for his loved ones along with “his conflict with the Wild Hunt.”

Players will travel through all sorts of places in the game, and the shots below show off the islands of Skellige. CDP has said the areas in the game are “30 times larger than those in The Witcher 2.”

The setting changes depending on actions made by players, not only when completing Geralt’s personal storyline, but also because of his involvement in major local plotlines in each land and side quests.

The main narrative accounts for around 50 hours of gameplay in one playthrough, and the additional stories add another 50 hours of role playing, giving around 100 hours of total gaming time.

The Witcher 3 is slated for PC, PS4 and other next-gen platforms.

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32 Comments

  1. Moonwalker1982

    Also as old as can be. From like soon after they announced the game ;)

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Tavarish

    Dang that IQ blows and hard. Look way worse than in first screens that were taken while using Witcher 2′s renderer.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Edo

    Now imagine these with DX 11 effects that are going to be implemented…MIND BLOWN :) .

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Stephany Nunneley

    @1 They are new to us because they are no longer GI exclusive and no one was technically supposed to post them.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Stardog

    I think your image uploader has messed up the pictures. It looks like a PS2 game.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. xxJPRACERxx

    Looks like some of these pics got the extreme sharpen treatment or something… But still nice shots!

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Darth-Bader

    Thanks Stephany, they’re gorgeous. Also, what is everyone else talking about? The screens look stunning! Amazing amount of detail!

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Gheritt White

    @5: I think either your brain messed up or you started playing videogames with the current gen, you fucking n00b.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Stephany Nunneley

    @6 Yeah, they do seem to be rather sharp on my end as well, but I didn’t use the unsharpen tool when I resized them – just loaded them in as is. Still, it’s lovely and I really want it. :)

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Moonwalker1982

    @4

    Ah ok, i wasn’t aware of that. I saw the screenshots everywhere at that time. Thanks for explaining.

    I do have to say i agree with some here that it doesn’t look too good. PS2 graphics is a ridiculous thing to say, but the aliasing is insane here. It honestly isn’t looking good at all cause the serious aliasing is ruining it all. Put some Witcher 2 PC shots next to it…you’ll see what we mean.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Noodlemanny

    Oooh, now there be horsies…
    Shots be damned

    #11 2 years ago
  12. MadFingerz

    Yup, for some reason the screens look very bad on my end too although from the thumbnails it’s noticeable they are supposed to look much better.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Moonwalker1982

    Just a heads up. Here they are much better and yet still seems off.

    http://gamersyde.com/news_images_of_the_witcher_3-13837_en.html

    #13 2 years ago
  14. sh4dow

    I sure hope they’ll still be able to add density to that vegetation. That was a major turn off for me in Skyrim and I just loved it when I discovered e.g. bodies (I believe there may have even been some that matched an incident people were talking about in town – or maybe my head constructed that idea based on the detail…) in midst of those thick plants of The Witcher 2:

    http://cloud.steampowered.com/ugc/595812017102279012/EBCA1C29A14135F514F912BEE13ACC21661E6C4E/

    And thanks a lot @13!

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Sanwiches

    @8 shut up Gheritt

    This is probably the worst picture http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/images/13/mar/witch5.jpg

    #15 2 years ago
  16. CyberMarco

    Yo sh4dow, are you Italian?

    #16 2 years ago
  17. MadFingerz

    @15 Seems like something went very wrong in the making of those screens. Hard to believe that picture (namely the fire) is any representation of the game’s graphics.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. DSB

    I guess there’s some sense to critisizing them for putting out unfinished shots, but the game is in pre-alpha.

    If it looked anywhere near perfect, it would’ve been doctored, and people might not critisize it, but you’d still be looking at a lie.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Malmer

    Looks like some PR person at CDPR read somewhere that applying excessive sharpen to screenshots is the way of the future…

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Francis O

    What sucks is this game is probably not coming to the Wii U. I think the Gamepad would be ideal for RPGs. Although the Wii U isn’t getting the Witcher 3, its still getting some good RPGs in the future.

    http://playeressence.com/the-wii-u-will-miss-out-on-the-witcher-3-but-nintendo-fans-can-look-forward-to-these-rpgs-instead/

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Clupula

    @20 – Could you be any more of a fanboy? Christ. Nobody gives a fuck about Nintendo in this thread. Don’t be derailing it, just to get your Miyamoto fetish off.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Gnosis

    @21: I’m afraid, it’s too late for that. I rather get the feeling that he’s trying to do some covered advertising for this playeressence site of his.

    Anyway…Sooo getting this game. Been a fan of the Witcher since I got my hands on the first book back in 2001. Glad these guys know what they’re doing.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. sh4dow

    @16: I didn’t take that screenshot.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Erthazus

    “I think the Gamepad would be ideal for RPGs”

    that kitchen sink with single touch screen is not good for anything.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Sadismek

    I bet they didn’t use their new render they’ve been talking about. It doesn’t look very bad in this state, either, given that it’s most likely a pre-alpha build.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. kaffikjelen

    “2014 cannot get here soon enough.”
    Yes, it can, if it gets here too soon, they probably won’t be able to finish the game. That would be a real shame.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Espers

    why the graphics are too razor sharp !! ?!

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Digital Bamboo

    Will clearly be stunning, (once the sharpness is turned down about 85 notches.) Not to be greedy, but I wonder if there’s any chance that a Witcher trilogy will ever be released on PS4, for those of us who have yet to experience this series.
    CDP must still have the assests from the cancelled Enhanced Edition, then it would just be a matter of porting over 2 from PC, and bam, slap a $99 price tag on that.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Rosseu

    ^+1

    #29 2 years ago
  30. maeem13

    These pictures were probably very high resolution, the forced down scaling has severely degraded their quality. Anyway I haven’t been this hyped up for a game since mgs2! Looks brilliant, the devs are ridiculously ambitious.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. DSB

    Nah, it’s an old renderer they’re using, they haven’t finished the new one yet. They said as much when they released the first screens, but that sort of thing gets lost in the noise.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. SubwaySirfers

    Anyone check this witcher wild hunt? http://www.razor1911-games.com/witcher-3-wild-hunt-pre-release-razor1911-2/

    #32 2 years ago

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    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]