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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Action/RPG Goes Gold For PC, Consoles

Developer CD Projekt Red announced that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC has gone gold. That means development of the game has concluded, and it's now in the hands of the publisher to be pressed into discs and loaded onto digital distribution platforms like Steam. The game is slated to go retail on May 19, 2015.

"We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game," said Adam Badowski, Head of Studio, CD Projekt Red. "From the corrupt nobles in Novigrad to ancient monsters lurking in deep forests, to the bustling cities, colorful ports and breathtaking vistas; all the people, all the places -- we literally spent tens of thousands of hours to turn all that into an adventure that will kick your ass and make you want to come for more."

The big selling point for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is that the game features a "gigantic and limitless" open world, allowing players to free-roam the virtual land at their own pace. That means players can spend hours upon hours merely hunting werewolves, taking in the lush scenery on a nice stroll, and partaking in side quests. This is in addition to the main storyline, which according to the developer is non-linear and provides over 50 hours of gameplay (over 100 hours if you throw in the side quests).

This will be the last chapter in Geralt of Rivia's journey.

Previously, Badowski said that the game will have "extensive" replay value because players can choose between storylines that exclude one another in a single playthrough. "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt crowns the trilogy with the main narrative, revolving around Geralt's search for his loved ones and his conflict with the Wild Hunt," he added.

The studio indicated that the world's setting will change based on Geralt's actions, whether it's within the main storyline or through side quests, as each land he visits has its own major local plot lines. The studio also stressed that this will be a player-crafted tale and that everything the player does is tied together.

Now that the game has gone gold, does your PC have what it takes to run The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt? Here's a recap of the minimum and recommended system requirements in a convenient, easy-to-read table. The official gameplay trailer is also inserted below.

MinimumRecommended
CPUIntel Core i5-2500K or anAMD Phenom II X4 940Intel Core i7-3770 or anAMD FX-8350
GPUNvidia GeForce GTX 660 or anAMD Radeon HD 7870Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 or anAMD Radeon R9 290
RAM6 GB8 GB
Platform64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)
DirectX1111
Hard Drive40 GB40 GB

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  • TNT27
    Darn, my crap 840t wont do it. Time to build new rig for myself, instead of always building for others.
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  • qlum
    Previously, Badowski said that the game will have "extensive" replay value because players can choose between storylines that exclude one another in a single playthrough.

    I still don't see how disabling part of the game on your first playthough is a good thing though.
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  • jamus34
    Even though it is 'gamey' it makes sense to me.

    For example, how realistic is it that you complete a task (quest) when you know there were 2-3 other people around that also had quests. Do you think they would just wait around for you? Even better would be to have random dice roll logic built in to see if maybe the person completes the quest on their own, they die on the quest or they find a different NPC (possibly a rival) and they either complete the task or die.

    Probably a pretty good feat of programming but if you plan it where it doesn't seem like an A,B,C choice it would feel a lot more organic than the person just waiting around at the same place.
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  • TNT27
    I want to see something like this or Skyrim, beautiful graphics, but just like in Diablo 2/LOD/3 it randomizes the map every time you play again. Only randomizes when you start a new character kind of thing.
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  • Vlad Rose
    Prepare for updates as I'm sure a game this massive will have bugs. It does look to be an awesome experience though.
    Requirements I'm good on, except the video card. I wonder if I will still be able to cut it with a 7770 ghz edition since there is a R9 equivalent?
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  • sc14s
    My computer has the recommended specs now <.< Not sure how I feel about that, means my system isn't what it used to be a guess since it used to be well over the recommended (i7 3770k + 770)
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  • d_kuhn
    If it's as good as it's predecessors it will be a huge time pit for me... see you in a month or two.
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  • Mike Friesen
    Previously, Badowski said that the game will have "extensive" replay value because players can choose between storylines that exclude one another in a single playthrough.

    I still don't see how disabling part of the game on your first playthough is a good thing though.

    I would hope that he means that quests will have many different paths - you head into town, help a woman escape from the guards, and that prevents you from doing the "help the guards capture female vampire" quest.

    However, if collecting 3 troll's eyes prevents you from going and killing SpiderMonster #3, that would be lame and arbitrary.
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  • Alec Mowat
    "Is it 1358 yet?"
    "No."
    "Then F*** off..."
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  • Darkbreeze
    I'm good. Bring it.
    Reply