And I thought the PlayStation 4 announcement couldn’t get more exciting…
CD Projekt Red, the makers of the Witcher games, and thus the guys that made the best Western RPG in the past generation (The Witcher 2) have announced that The Witcher 3 will be making an appearance on the PlayStation 4.
The developer was given early access to the PlayStation 4 technology, and is well advanced on this port, according to the press release (see below). No news on whether the port will have any additional features to the PC (and we assume, next Xbox) platforms, but we do hope that CD Projekt take the opportunity offered by Sony’s innovative and unique features.
There’s going to be a lot of live streaming of the sex scenes, methinks… but I digress. The game launches in 2014. The PS4 is off to a dynamite start with developer support.
The press release:
“We were thrilled when asked, several months ago, to be one of the developers who were granted early access to the PlayStation 4. It was an exciting moment to be invited to be in the company of other legendary developers like Bethesda, EA, LucasArts, Ubisoft or Activision as one of the teams working on titles shipping early in the PlayStation 4’s lifecycle. Of course, we couldn’t reveal any specifics about this to our fans, even though many journalists and forum members asked about when and how The Witcher might show up on Sony’s console. After yesterday’s PlayStation Meeting we can finally promise: The Witcher 3 is coming to the PlayStation 4. The new hardware gives us the opportunity to create something great. We are able to work with the new console from its birth and this allows our in-house REDengine 3 to push the graphical limits of what the PlayStation hardware can display. The console is fresh and has some innovative solutions that we’re looking forward to using in our game,” said Adam Badowski, head of CD Projekt RED studio.
Yesterday Sony confirmed the release of their new console and distinguished CD Projekt RED as one of the developers creating games for the new platform.
“It’s a real pleasure to cooperate with Sony. Combining CD Projekt RED’s unique artistic vision and tech with the capabilities of PlayStation 4 will make The Witcher 3 a truly next-gen RPG. With Sony’s new hardware and our new engine, there are no limits to what we can create in the process of realizing our vision for Geralt’s dark fantasy world,” commented Adam Kiciński, CEO of CD Projekt SA.
Earlier this month, Game Informer revealed The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and called it “a must see next generation RPG.” The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be the most robust and breathtaking game ever created by CD Projekt RED, combining a free-roaming environment with a non-linear story that makes the game a real RPG fan’s dream come true. Open-world exploration is an adventure in itself as the player will gallop through war-ravaged lands, sail misty waters, and track down dangerous beasts for money. An improved combat system will allow players to feel like a real monster hunter, a witcher, who uses his superior senses and fighting skills to survive in a dark fantasy world while he embarks on a quest to save his loved ones.
Studio head Adam Badowski summed up, “The Witcher 3 will be released in 2014 simultaneously on all high-end platforms available. We know that our fans are looking forward to that date already, but we want to make it clear that this story is a standalone, and we will be sure introduce newcomers fully to the world so that they don’t miss a beat. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will start with an breathtaking opening, which will give many insights to the lore. The game design will allow smooth introduction to new characters and encourage players to discover the vast, living, open world of this installment of Geralt’s tale.”