The Witcher 3 Beards Some Gameplay Footage!

By Jim Rossignol on June 10th, 2013 at 8:15 pm.


Fresh from the glowing green world of the Xbone conference thing of despair: The Witcher 3 gameplay! It looks fucking incredible, frankly.

It’ll be better on PC, of course. Really, go look.

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  1. Juan Lebedev says:

    Uhhhh….. Want.

    Game.

    Want.

    • BobbyDylan says:

      This!

      Also, this is how you do a trailer. Show’s awesome frikken gameplay. CDPR is obviously not ashamed of their work, nor should they be!

      • Christo4 says:

        YES!

        I NEVER understand why people get hyped by a trailer which shows no gameplay… It’s utterly pointless.

        This and Dark Souls trailer are what game trailers should be like. Trailers that actually show gameplay!

        • BTAxis says:

          This trailer also doesn’t really show any gameplay. It’s mostly cutscene. There’s also a few seconds of combat (and riding a horse), but there’s no UI so it says little about how exactly it works.

          So, game footage yes, gameplay no.

          • sonson says:

            There’s little UI to speak of in W2 though, I suspect most of that stuff is in game and looks 90 percent how it will in game

          • bella404 says:

            upto I saw the bank draft ov $6217, I be certain that…my… mom in-law had been realy erning money parttime on their laptop.. there mums best friend haz done this for under a year and recently took care of the depts on there home and purchased a great new Ariel Atom. go to, kep2.com

          • roryok says:

            When I find you, I’m gonna pull your SATA cables out through your USB slots you miserable cretin

          • nearly says:

            I believe they actually even pointed out that a couple of the scenes with monsters were actually cutscenes and possibly alluded to a mission/quest structure

  2. Alexander says:

    Looking awesome, apart from the *Grave Hollywood Trailer Voice* (read that in the voice)

    And why do all heroes have to say who they are at the end of the trailer? (see the Thief trailer). Is that a rule of the new Box?

  3. AreWeHavingFunYet says:

    This game has “Skyrim” written all over it. This is probably not a good thing.

    • Brun says:

      Actually, having a love child with The Elder Scrolls is probably the best thing that could happen to The Witcher series.

      • phelix says:

        Perhaps a love child with Morrowind. Not Oblivion, and please please please not Skyrim.

        • Brun says:

          I would actually prefer Skyrim as it was mechanically better refined/polished than Morrowind and Oblivion. I also thought the world design was better.

          • Christo4 says:

            I dissaprove. The quests SUCKED in Skyrim in comparison to Oblivion, the combat is the same except there are better animations and the world turned from fairy dust to gritty dust.
            The only thing that is better in Skyrim is the gr@ph!x and leveling system, because the latter is what really sucked in oblivion, though there are mods to fix that.

          • WrenBoy says:

            Well Im not the worlds biggest Skyrim fan but the world design was pretty great. When you dismiss it as better graphics you make it sound like it was a purely technological rather than an artistic achievement.

          • AreWeHavingFunYet says:

            Depends on how badly CD Projekt wants a piece of the Bethesda pie. If they keep the previous writing quality and don’t use monster scaling (anyone got any info on that?) this may very well be “Skyrim done right”. If they go full-retard with catering to the Skyrim/Fallout 3 fanbase, we’re probably gonna get another mind numbingly boring and shallow hiking simulator.

          • Banana_Republic says:

            Skyrim was painful mechanically and only became bearable through heavy modding. Beth knows how to make interesting worlds, but they don’t know know shit about making them player interactive. Not to mention, designing for console and copying those mechanics to PC is always going to be a recipe for disaster.

          • Brun says:

            Mechanically = Combat and Leveling systems. Skyrim’s were superior to those of TW and TW2, primarily because Skyrim’s skill system was much deeper and allowed for the creation of a much greater variety of builds and playstyles. Yes I know a lot of them became overpowered by the end of the game, but having a variety of paths to choose is more interesting than the (frankly, quite bland) sword, magic, alchemy, and basic trees of TW2.

            As for world building, Bethesda does a WAY better job than CDPR (this means actual creation of the gameworld, not the universe behind the lore). Running up and down the linear, repetitive corridors of TW2’s environments while banging into invisible walls, and doing it over and over and over again got unbelievably tedious. For the love of God CDPR, put fast travel in TW3. Please. A more detailed zone map would also be incredibly helpful and reduce the tedium of doing anything outside the main quest.

            My point was that Skyrim has strengths in the places that, in my opinion, TW2 was weak. Conversely, TW2 has strengths (story, characters, quests) in the places that most people would agree that Skyrim was weak. Hence their lovechild would be great.

          • jerf says:

            Answering above questions: CDPR already confirmed that there will be no monster scaling and no invisible walls, and fast travel will be present in TW3. Also they said that they are focused on their trademark branching story quality and detailed NPC characters. There will be no auto-generated quests, everything will be carefully handcrafted, with your actions (and inactions!) having (sometimes unforeseen) repercussions spreading across the world. You can find this information and much more in the interviews and articles linked to on this TW3 forum page: http://en.thewitcher.com/forum/index.php?/topic/34364-interviews-and-articles-on-tw3/

    • db1331 says:

      Skyrim with swords. You heard it here first.

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      golem09 says:

      Actually, it doesn’t. It has an open world, with cold coast, but beyond that, pretty much none of the features match.

    • baozi says:

      Less Elder Scrolls more Gothic plz.

      • BTAxis says:

        Ah, where has all the Gothic gone? Even Piranha Bytes can’t get it right anymore.

        • baozi says:

          Agreeā€¦ I did like Risen quite a lot, but I feel that they took a lot away in Risen 2 that made the Gothic series so special. I didn’t get very far in it; not sure if I’ll finish it.

        • KwisatzHaderach says:

          Looking at the forums (world of risen) these days makes me believe PB will never make a come back as one of the best creators of RPG worlds. It’s all dead. The only comments ever made by devs nowadays are snarky and defensive, niggly and ignorant. Oh well…

          Time to move on. To W3!

  4. Zanchito says:

    A siren with covered nipples? CDPR has let me down!

    Promising, the trailer was little more of a tech showcase, but a free-roaming Witcher game should be awesome.

  5. Zombat says:

    I still haven’t finished the second game!

    … or the first.

  6. BurningPet says:

    So, i guess you can now finally jump over a half a meter fence? or does open world really means, walk on any trail possible?

    • ukpanik says:

      This^ muchly. It almost caused me to stop playing.

    • dr4gz0r says:

      They actually confirmed quite some time ago that Geralt would be able to jump (also climb iirc) in TW3.

      Really happy about it to be honest, as much as I love TW1+2 it has always irked me how at times you could get stuck even behind small objects.

      • Widthwood says:

        Very good news indeed! In the first Witcher they said it was a restriction of Bioware’s engine, in second one I assumed they simply went to the dark side. Nice to know that it is not the case.

        Jumping around on peoples heads always makes long grave speeches how the world is in danger much more bearable!

    • Zekiel says:

      I’m always amazed that I’ve never heard complaints about the painful climbing up/down ledges animation in Witcher 2. I loved that game but man… that was annoying each and every time.

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    Clavus says:

    CD Projekt also posted this video on their channel with some writers bragging about how awesome the story will be:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HGhm0H7d68

    Seems they’re finally tying things together with the books.

  8. Blackcompany says:

    I’m trying to find words to describe my level of excitement for this game. But I can’t.

    What I will say, though, is that watching him use Ard to blast someone from a saddle was quite simply amazing. As is the prospect of a truly open world Witcher game. Whether I ever finish the story or not, the simple act of wandering a large, open world, playing the role of a professional monster slayer in a brutal, harsh land, is wonderfully appealing.

    If there is a game at E3 about which I get more excited than this, I will be very much surprised.

  9. Upper Class Twit says:

    Is it just me, or are his pants much tighter this time around?

    That, and his new beard clearly show how CDProjekt have dumbed this franchise down for the console kiddies.

    • Mana_Garmr says:

      His whole outfit looks much more form-fitting in some of the shots. I think it’s the lack of a jacket that’s throwing me.

    • Knufinke says:

      I dunno about him but I certainly could feel my pants getting tighter.

      (sorry)

    • DXN says:

      Not liking the beard, myself, or the new look in general. It is at once form fitting and ill-fitting. Much hotter before.

      Also I see there is some gameplay stuff.

      • Shooop says:

        They already confirmed before you can change his hair styles, including facial hair. All you can’t change is its color.

    • iniudan says:

      I would guess it because he more geared for war with armed humanoid this time around, so wearing something that an actual armor, instead of more casual looking protection. (but would guess the no helmet is due to his fighting style been highly agile and relying on heightened sense, so one would get in the way of hearing and sight)

    • KwisatzHaderach says:

      I like the beard. I dislike the lack of any leather protecting his waist. He looks like a wasp!

  10. ukpanik says:

    Speaking of Witcher, Andrzej Sapkowski’s book ‘Time of Contempt’ (English version) is out this month.

    • db1331 says:

      I’ve been looking forward to this. I need to finish up A Dance with Dragons before then.

  11. Laurentius says:

    I really don’t feel like adding this “epic ” bombast is serving this series. Sure CDPR are making better games but not necesserily better Witcher games. Whole amnesia plot of the first game was pretty bad but suprisingly they were able to keep this down to earth, mundane world of the Witcher jobs known from books in tact. Somehow adding this “grand adventure” amidst of grand scale events and “epic quest for ultimate Wyld Hunt enemy” feels somehow of the mark.

    • jerf says:

      In their interviews the guys from CDPR said that, in fact, they are going to make the story of TW3 more personal as opposed to epic.

      • Zekiel says:

        Agree. What annoys me about most games is they are “save the world from WHATEVER”. The Witcher games have always been a bit more about a personal quest, and TW3 looks like it’s continuing that.

        I approve.

  12. bigjig says:

    Looks great, hope they’ve improved the combat

  13. Daniel Klein says:

    “A CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT OF” *mermaid boobies*!

  14. Warden says:

    Anyone catch what the hidden message at the end says – at about 1:41 just between the witcher wolf symbol and the name of the game popping up?

    • Fred S. says:

      Too long to transcribe so here’s the image capture:

      http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii45/freddybear/witchermsg.png

    • BarneyL says:

      In a slightly long winded chatty way it tells you it’s a trailer, that there may be some new unannounced gameplay features that you might spot in the trailer and mentions there are 4 cgi sections that may fit together to something related to a link of http://www.thewitcher.com/killingmonsters/

    • Highstorm says:

      I spent the “too long” time transcribing, only to find I’d been beaten back here about 8 times by screen grabs :( So here it is anyway!

      “Dear Gamers,

      Once again we’re here with a super sneaky hidden message! We couldn’t resist doing something crazy on such a big occasion! :) We’re uber-excited to be a part of this groundbreaking moment in gaming history!

      The CD Projekt RED rep you saw on stage was both anxious and excited – after you see this message, let him know that he was great by tweeting us @witchergame and using the #e3witcher hashtag :).

      Today, you got your first glimpse of gameplay footage from TW3. Though no developer was harmed during the making of this video, we did work ourselves to the bone and put a LOT of heart into making all this happen. There’s still a long road ahead and your feedback, comments and love are needed to fuel our passion so that we can make The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt a really great game. Head on over to our forums, hell, send us letters if you want to – just be with us! We need you :).

      The Debut Gameplay Trailer contains some hints about new game mechanics we’ll be introducing in The Witcher 3. Manage to spot them? Go to the forums, there’s probably many a discussion about them by now :).

      By the way, notice the 4 CGI takes in the trailer? Yeah, they’re part of something bigger… Curious? Try here: http://www.thewitcher.com/KillingMonsters

      We released another video today: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – The Beginning, in which team members introduce you to the game, share a lot of their passion and give insight on some of the things that inspire us. Some breathtaking vistas and vivid landscapes in there – try to guess where we shot it.

      Thank you for your support so far! Play video games, they’re awesome!

      The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Dev Team

      CD Projekt RED

      P.S.: Hell yeah!”

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    amateurviking says:

    ‘A crowning achievement of the RPG genre’

    Cut to: mermaid boobs.

  16. Shezo says:

    Still curious how Yennifer will look like, too bad trailer didn’t show pretty much anything in this regard.

  17. Fred S. says:

    Shall we expect a massive boycott of the franchise by all the RPS prudes who object to objectification? Or will they play for 100% completion just so they can experience the fullest dudgeon?

  18. engion3 says:

    This will be pretty awesome. I enjoyed Witcher 2 even though the environments were so small I got claustrophobic.

  19. ollirg says:

    Hey guys, I found a hidden message:

    http://postimg.org/image/4ra1i2xqf/

  20. Blackseraph says:

    You can shave the beard right? Right?

    Also where is Triss?

    That said this will no doubt will be great.

    • jerf says:

      Yes, you can shave the beard, they confirmed it already.

    • Zenicetus says:

      You can shave the beard, but he’ll still look like Kevin Costner.

      Once you’ve seen it, you can’t unsee it…

  21. Yosharian says:

    Ahhhh this game cannot come quick enough

  22. ollirg says:

    Hey guys, hidden site that appears in the hidden message of the video (1:41).

    http://www.thewitcher.com/killingmonsters/

  23. gganate says:

    Like the beard. If this is an engine update, it looks incremental. Still found the Witcher 2 to be one of the best looking games yet.

    • HisMastersVoice says:

      It’s an update of W2 engine. The next completely new engine comes with CP2077.

  24. RProxyOnly says:

    Considering it’s an E3 announcement and it was only about an MS release I find it possibility,gven the circumstances that CDP were paid by MS to promote only their version, as others have been.

    These tactics are underhanded and dishonest, if it turns out that CDP have been pocketing hush money from MS then I will not be buying any future CDP products.

    • HisMastersVoice says:

      Not sure if serious or… Nah, can’t be serious.

    • iniudan says:

      Look they were offered a chance to present their game in front of a crowd the scale they cannot themselves pay for, I am pretty sure they were quite happy with that already, if they got paid on top, they are just laughing, has they most likely would have done it for free.

    • Banana_Republic says:

      If it’s marketing for the game on M$’s dime, then what’s the problem with focusing the presentation on that platform? The XBone is still going to face plant regardless and we’ll still get a quality gaming experience on the PC. Unlike the stable of whores whose souls M$ owns, CDPR isn’t being forced to cater to the whims console mediocrity. They’re still going to give us a great ride.

  25. PenGunn says:

    I hate third person. Hi ho.

  26. sonson says:

    So glad I was there at the start when the first Witcher came out. It was and is such a good game but clearly hamstrung by budget and experience. Its been amazing to see a project progress and a creative team aim for, and scale, such remarkable heights of ambition.

  27. jonahcutter says:

    Very promising. I’m actually excited.

    Hrrmmmm… Goddammit! Where’s my cynicism at?

    • Shooop says:

      You probably used it all up on the Mirror’s Edge 2 and Dragon Age 3 announcements. Because they deserve it.

  28. armyofdan says:

    This is why I’ve been waiting for the next console generation. It’s not that I plan on buying a box (hah!) The bar will be raised across the board and at least, for a while, they’ll be pumping out games with specs closer to ours in mind.

    • jerf says:

      CD Projekt RED is first and foremost a PC developer (they say it themselves in interviews, in recent ones as well), so TW3 wouldn’t have been less great without the new console generation coming.

    • iniudan says:

      At least for the next two year, after that we most likely go back to be so far ahead that we don’t know what to do with our hardware other then increasing resolution (hopefully high DPI display for PC will start trickling down sooner or later if you consider mobile format hardware are getting).

  29. colinmarc says:

    *Unnnnnh*

  30. Shooop says:

    Already game of the year for 2014. I’m calling it now.

  31. dmoe says:

    That looks fucking amazing.

  32. honky mcgee says:

    As soon as I found out that the Xbox One would be available this fall for the low low price of 499USD I threw on some slippers and my best pair of sweat pants. Stealing the keys to my mom’s station wagon I pointed that boat in the direction of my nearest game related pawn shop. Dripping with sweat (owing to a lack of basic physical activity) I barged through the doors and nearly collapsed before blurting out

    “Do you have any Xbox One pre-orders left?!”

  33. Sic says:

    What do you mean “it will be better on PC”?

    Everything on E3 is PC. There isn’t a single console or dev kit running there. Everything shown there is running on a PC.

  34. denizsi says:

    What’s with that waist? LOL

  35. Jraptor59 says:

    Holy Jesus! The graphics look almost as good as my PC! Wow! This next generation is disappointed and antiquated out of the starting blocks.

  36. KwisatzHaderach says:

    I’m high on volumetric clouds!

  37. Stevostin says:

    I have to say while usually bitching at how bad the overall visual experience is in the witcher games,this time it’s actually very nice. They finally admitted that just putting every color of the rainbow as light source and overuse the blur would not make it for actually seeing far away, and that’s what they provide. World & character design already was good and still is. Animation are strikingly good, and camera angle only cons is that it’s not first person, but considering the swordfight gameplay it’s probably needed. The Siren shoot is the only embarrassing part of the video.

    I still think that as an RPG the game is doomed because it doesn’t let us characterize / appropriate who we are playing in anyway. Which is really sad because just that little twist would have made the whole thing hugely more enticing. Ah, well. May give a second chance to the 2nd one just in case.

    • jerf says:

      RPG = Role Playing Game. This means that you play the role of your character. It isn’t intrinsically assumed that you should be able to customize your character in every imaginable way.

      I strongly believe that The Witcher 2 is much more of an RPG than e.g. Skyrim. The point is that in The Witcher 2 I really could feel playing the role of Geralt, I was immersed into the world to a huge extent, with all those NPCs reacting in various manners to me and my actions, and all these tiny personal details surfacing all the time. In Skyrim, on the other hand, the character is a no-one. The role doesn’t have any depth. I couldn’t feel connected to my character very much. It’s like you’re playing a mannequin. The fact that the NPCs in almost all the cases react to an orc in absolutely the same way as to an elf doesn’t help either.

      You can say that I just lack imagination, otherwise I’d have been able to imagine all these details. Well, to an extent I can do that. But still it’s much nicer to play a role that has a lot of depth to it.

      Another point is that in The Witcher 2 there is actually much more reactivity than in Skyrim. In Skyrim you more or less choose only the order in which you take quests (one of the rare exceptions to this is the choice whether you side with the Nords or with the empire). You can make almost no decisions that actually have different repercussions. On the other hand, in The WItcher 2 there are a lot of choices with meaningful consequences.

      To sum up, judging by CDPR previous works, The Witcher 3 is going to be an excellent RPG.

  38. emptee says:

    Geralt with a beard looks soooooo HOT XD

  39. hjd_uk says:

    Monocle Pop!

    Better finish Witcher 2 ….

  40. Crosmando says:

    Hmmmm, what I really disliked about Witcher 2 (apart from the sexual material and QTE’s) was how restrictive and scripted the unskippable animations made the combat system feel

  41. altum videtur says:

    Looks ‘aight to me.
    Not as good as the Witcher 2’s Xbox Launch Trailer, but literally nothing is.

  42. Furius says:

    There’s CLEARLY two people on screen when our gruff narrator says “A lone wolf stalked these lands”. Lone Wolves? Can you have lone wolves? or is that an oxymoron?

    • hey_Im_Wyatt says:

      I think you can say lone wolves, as long as they are not traveling together.

  43. DanMan says:

    I seriously hope they improve on the constant crashing and the clunky controls and inventory of Witcher 2, because I’d like to play this. After having played Tomb Raider, the controls felt like being teleported into the past.

    Can’t complain about Geralt’s look. I mean, really?

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