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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been announced by CD Projekt Red.
The game is the subject of the cover feature in Game Informer’s March issue, which will be landing with physical subscribers in the next two weeks but should already be available to digital ones.
Building on the series’ established characters and non-linear plotlines, the standalone sequel is said to feature “a tired hero who wants to set things right but can't put down his swords until his conscience allows – if it ever does”.
Powered by the new REDengine 3 technology debuting with the game, The Witcher 3 reportedly offers an open world 30 times larger than its predecessor’s. The vast setting is described as larger than Skyrim's, stretching from “stormy islands to war-torn forests and a sprawling dark fantasy metropolis without a loading screen anywhere to be found”.
The Witcher 3 is slated for release in 2014 on PC and "all high-end platforms available", suggesting it will be a next generation console project.
In 2012, we labelled the previous series entry “the most mature, immersive, and engaging RPG you'll play this year” in our The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition review.
UPDATE: CD Projekt Red confirmed The Witcher 3 will be the last entry in the series in an announcement of its own. The game will be approachable for long-time fans as well as those new to its fictional world.
"People may ask if this is really going to be the last Witcher game," studio head Adam Badowski said. "Yes, it is. Why? Because we believe that we should end the series on a high note. Technology has progressed to where we can finally tell the story the way we want, with the visuals we want, in the world we imagined. This will be the ultimate fantasy RPG experience, and while we're hardly out of stories to tell, we believe it's time for us to look to new worlds and new horizons to keep pushing the boundaries of what we can create."