At their 2014 summer conference, developer CD Projekt Red revealed new information about The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, including an official 2015 release date and a gorgeous new trailer before E3.
CD Projekt Red had to delay The Witcher 3 until 2015, however fans won’t have to wait too long past the end of this year to get their hands on the final game in the series trilogy. At CD Projekt’s summer conference on Thursday, co-founder Marcin Iwinski confirmed that the game will launch on February 24th, 2015. This solidifies a prior statement from the team indicating that Witcher 3 would be out by the end of next February. Iwinski didn’t waste much time announcing the game’s new release date before moving on to show the game’s latest trailer.
Iwinski claimed afterwards that the entire trailer above, excluding the post-title sequence where a crow violently flies through a soldier’s head, is entirely made up of gameplay footage, but we will assume he’s including in-engine cinematics in that statement. Graphical fidelity aside the trailer is brimming end to end with interesting content, from returning characters to hideous monsters and even the featured voice talent of Charles Dance, who plays Tywin Lannister in HBO’s massively popular Game of Thrones. Iwinski promises more of The Witcher 3 will be shown at E3 in a few days.
In addition to the game’s release date, CD Projekt used their conference to detail the game’s many different editions and what each tier will include. Iwinski was very clear that CD Projekt disagrees strongly with exclusive gameplay content: None of Witcher 3‘s editions or platforms will include game content that others will have to wait for or never get to play. They made sure that any exclusive goodies added to their game would be external content for fans and collectors. Here’s how the different editions break down:
- Standard Edition - For gamers who aren’t interested in additional content, here’s what you get if you buy a standard copy of the game. Even at the lowest level, CD Projekt is a very generous group. Iwinski says the team tried to fit as much content into the retail game box as possible, and it doesn’t appear to be a lie: The Standard set includes the game disc, manual, a detailed map of the world, a Witcher compendium, the game’s soundtrack and a set of stickers.
- Physical Collector’s Edition - Fans of The Witcher who want to take home something more memorable can opt for the retail Collector’s set, which looks like it may require some heavy lifting. The set includes the same contents as the standard edition, plus a 200 page hardcover art book, a steel case version of the game and a heavy duty polystone statuette of Geralt fighting a griffin.
- Digital Edition - If you’re not interested in keeping real things anymore, the digital edition of The Witcher 3 features digital versions of the game, map and art book, but also includes bonus making-of videos and a documentary about the development process.
- GoG.com Digital Edition - The GoG.com digital edition of The Witcher 3 includes the same content as the regular digital version, but also includes some insane bonuses: Consumers will receive a free copy of Neverwinter Nights and its three expansions as well as beta access to the upcoming PC Witcher Adventure Game. It also comes with an extended version of the game’s soundtrack, a digital issue of the Witcher comic book, House of Glass, and a collection of wallpapers and avatars. Lastly, anyone whose purchased The Witcher 1 or 2 (or both) will get a discount on The Witcher 3 on GoG.com.
CD Projekt Red also used their summer conference to disclose information on GoG Galaxy, their new ‘optional’ client that builds a community of games and players, a la Steam, without the restrictions of DRM or online-only functionality. Overall, the conference was comparatively short and to the point, but they announced a ton of massive news. The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt is looking to be one of the first total knockouts of the new console generation, and considering CD Projekt’s dedication to fair business, their respect for fans, and proficiency at game design, Witcher 3 should be well worth the extended wait.
The Witcher 3 will launch February 25, 2014 on PC, Xbox One and PS4.
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