The lights are on
Our March cover story gives a world-exclusive peek into the next generation of RPGs
with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. This standalone sequel takes the
fascinating stories and characters, non-linear plotlines, and difficult
decisions that the franchise is known for and puts them all in an open world 30 times larger than the previous game – an enormous setting even larger than Skyrim's vast expanse, made possible with the new REDengine 3 technology that developer CD Projekt RED is debuting with the game. Our huge feature dives into
everything The Witcher 3 has to offer, and it's a lot: the detective work that
precedes deadly combat when monster hunting, storylines that weave and twist
together between political intrigue and otherworldly menaces, and a tired hero
who wants to set things right but can't put down his swords until his
conscience allows – if it ever does.
Coming in 2014 on PC and "all high-end platforms available" (CD Projekt RED isn't saying flat-out that it's a next-gen game, but it's a safe bet that new console announcements in the coming months will define the term "high-end platform"), The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt stretches from stormy islands to war-torn forests and a sprawling dark fantasy metropolis without a loading screen anywhere to be found.
Above: Check out our
trailer for the month of Witcher 3 online coverage we have planned.
The March issue doesn't stop with The Witcher 3, though. Six
pages of Matt Bertz's thoughts after playing several hours of BioShock Infinite
give as spoiler-free of an account as possible. A deep look at how Disney is
crossing the physical/digital divide across all of its properties in Disney
Infinity follows. A little property called Star Wars is coming to Zen Studios' pinball empire, and we have the exclusive story on that as well. We've also got an in-depth feature digging into how video
game writers work, with insights from Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli, The Walking Dead) and Corey May (Assassin's Creed
series) among others. Finally, our previews run the gamut from Jon Blow's The
Witness to Splinter Cell Blacklist and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII,
so you've got plenty to look forward to in 2013.
As always, you can click into the cover below for the high-resolution
image featuring Geralt and someone CD Projekt RED has asked us to keep a secret
Print subscribers should start
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Im curious on how the game engine will hold up. A game bigger than Skyrim will most likely lead to a massive bug fest similar to Skyrim (I dont care what anyone says, no amount of play testing, regardless of the developer, will guarantee a game this size wont have hordes of bugs, especially since its a new engine.) Lets hope they prove me wrong.
First great cover story in a long time!
A next gen game always makes a good cover.
Hell to the yes! I'm enraptured by the narrative of this franchise, so it fills me with incredible joy to know that there will not only be a continuation of the series, but that it's primary focus is the resolution of the personal sub-arc storyline from "The Witcher 2" that revealed the actual cause of Geralt's amnesia--his encounter with "The Wild Hunt". So psyched now.
Oh My God Yes!
oh Jell YEAH! love me some withcer
When can we pre-order already!?
Really unexpected. Though I doubt I'll get a next generation console anytime soon but this may get me to get one next year when the game releases.
YAY!! *ahem* I mean. Yes! This appeals to my manly interests.
One of the best RPG franchises out there! Cant wait for more!!
Holy crap YES.
That is all. Just YES.
i still need to play the first 2!!! i played the first one a bit when it first came for windows vista.....but i could never get it to work when i upgraded to windows 7...
You can't see it......but right now I'm dancing like a little school girl!!!
YES!!!!! Where & how do I pre order this already? Some of the best news I've heard in a longtime.
Didn't see that coming, nice exclusive GI!
Looks really cool. If it were any game but the witcher it would be a must have for me. Unfortunately I hate the witcher. I'm not a fan of the combat. But worst is the story. You're free to make choices. But every single choice is always wrong. No matter what you choose the outcome is always death and destruction. Usually of the only people you might be inclined to care about.
That's great news, i didn't even beat the Witcher 2 yet but i'm glad to hear to hear there will be a third entry for the series.
Wow! The next generation will be exciting indeed! :D