The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt is one of our most-anticipated games of 2014, and we’re not alone. Anticipation for the third entry in CD Project RED’s role-playing franchise is sky-high, and now that more than 4 million people have purchased an Xbox One and/or PS4, there’s an audience of at least 4 million next-gen gamers who’ll be craving something new next year. While we don’t have info yet about The Witcher 3 release date, we do have some new The Witcher 3 gameplay footage to help whet your appetite.
As you can tell from The Witcher 3 gameplay video below, the game’s shaping up to be the only open-world RPG that could put The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim to shame. And that’s not something to say lightly; Skyrim is currently my all-time favorite game. This latest footage comes from Spike TV’s VGX awards show. It opens with some in-game cutscene elements, but the latter half of the video shows actual gameplay footage.
In addition to releasing this new The Witcher 3 gameplay video, CD Projekt RED also provided an update regarding the game’s new music direction. Portions of the music in The Witcher 3 will focus on “the raw emotion of traditional slavic instruments and songs to convey the brutality and violence of the world.” To our untrained ears it sounds a bit like the Uncharted soundtrack, but considering the excellence of that score, we’ll take it.
According to the developer, their “audio team has been recording using traditional and historic instruments with amazing bands like Percival, who are masters in this area, to achieve a truly authentic and powerful sound.” The background music and musical score is one of the most-overlooked elements by gamers, but it can often determine whether the game is truly immersive or just exists on the TV. Considering the game’s strong focus on plot and narrative, we have high hopes for the soundtrack helping to create a strong sense of place.
We hope to bring you much more about The Witcher 3, including gameplay footage, The Witcher 3 release date details for Xbox One and PS4, and perhaps even hands-on impressions, as soon as we’re given the opportunity.