You all know that yesterday The Witcher 3 suffered a massive leak. Many design documents, allegedly taken from the Google Drive account of a developer at CD Projekt RED, were disseminated all over the Internet.
The amount of data is huge, so we are going to recap it all.
Remember that all of this is work in progress and is susceptible to change.
The Witcher 3 areas, details and interesting numbers
According to The Witcher 3 leaked documents, the game will include five areas: a prologue area, Skellige, Novigrad, No Man’s Land and a fifth one which is best not to name.
Regarding the character models, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will come with a considerable number of them. Take a look:
- 34 Primary NPC
- 61 Secondary NPC
- 6 Male Bards
- 6 Female Bards
- 6 Courtesans
- 34 Citizen, of which 10 old.
- 16 Female citizen, of which 8 old.
- 9 Rich female citizen
- 20 Poor citizen
- 11 Poor female citizen
- 6 Sailors
- 8 Female elves
- 4 Female Scoiatael
- 4 Fisstech dealers
- 12 men of which 4 old
- 8 women of which 4 old
- 14 Villagers of which 5 old
- 14 Female villagers of which 5 old
The documents list 64 monsters, 174 musical tracks and 33 collectible books providing monster lore. Boobs physics also seem to be more present than ever in The Witcher if we pay attention to this text:
We talk to XXXXX XXXX and she gives us a task: remove the curse from XXX XXXXX in the XXXXXX. (Boob physics eye candy, appropriately prepared dialogue).
Player will also face sea encounters in The Witcher 3.
Thanks to this leaked info, we also have known that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was completely playable in alpha on both PC and consoles back in February.
The entire game can be played without progression blocking issues on PC, XBONE and PS4 although performance is expected to be worse on consoles. On any platform performance should not directly affect or disable Alpha build review.
Game is playable on PC and with saves we can have full playthrough without permanent blockers.
It is possible to launch the game on Xbox One and PS4. There can be some blocking issues that can prevent player from completing the game.
Some concept arts are also included in the files, here you can see various outfits and hairstyles for Triss:
The Witcher 3 Ard Skellig Map Leaked
Ard Skellig is one of the islands that form the Skellige archipelago. The archipelago is really big, in fact, the playable area of Skellige will be 64 square kilometres. Novigrad area will be even bigger than this.
The numbers on the map are points of interest AKA “POI”. The description of these points could spoil you the game, so let’s forget them.
After establishing the regions of Ard Skellig, we had a startup layout to begin scattering points of interest that make consistent sense and serve as gameplay and/or navigation spots. The density allows for a constant nav. assistance for the player while leaving enough room for “extracurricular activities”. The POI grid also takes the “offshore section” into consideration by populating the sea around the eastern-mountains with POIs.
The Witcher 3 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
As we already knew, Xbox One version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will feature Kinect Voice Commands and SmartGlass support, but the info mentions something named “commentary mode” when using the SmartGlass feature. This mode could pretty much be like the director’s commentary we find in movie DVDs: the smart device might display developer commentary as we play the game.
Regarding the PlayStation 4 version of the game, the use of the DualShock 4 light and other unique “PlayStation 4 features” are marked as “maybe.”
The Witcher 4
The Witcher 3 won’t be the end of the saga. The documents reference to the planning of The Witcher 4 and fully detail the choices that will carry over to the next game of the series. Expect big surprises.