Last week, we here at Press Start were invited to preview the latest build of CD Projekt RED’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt at the Bandai Namco office in Sydney. I had some apprehension at first, as this event would serve as my very first experience with the franchise. In spite of that, I was reassured that it would be a good entry point for newcomers with the game’s fresh storyline. Speaking in retrospect, I can say that is certainly the case, as I was able to get into the story without too much difficulty.
Geralt of Rivia makes his return as the central character, a great Witcher whose skill and prowess has earned him much respect and fear. Wild Hunt begins with our hero tracking the movements of his lover, Yennefer, whom I can only surmise is in some form of danger. Along the way, players will travel through small villages right in the path of invading armies and across the sea to fortresses where Scandinavian-like clans fight for supreme power, even as a new and mysterious force threatens the world.
Getting into the demo, we were jokingly told that if we so desired, we could even spend the next couple of hours wandering the open world on horseback. I instead opted to go ahead with progressing through the game’s quests as normal, and nonetheless still had ample opportunity to marvel at the massive and beautiful setting.