DescriptionThe witcher Geralt of Rivia once lived in the secluded mountain fortress Kaer Morhen, where he enjoyed a peaceful life with his beloved Yennefer and, together with his fellow witchers, trained a young girl named Ciri, the daughter of Emhyr var Emreis, Emperor of Nilfgaard. Following a prolonged memory loss and other turbulent events described in his previous adventures, Geralt eventually gets close to a reunion with Yennefer, whom he hasn't seen in a long time. Meanwhile, the Empire of Nilfgaard invades the Northern Kingdoms, and Geralt is contacted by the Emperor who asks him to find Ciri. In the midst of these events, a supernatural army known as the Wild Hunt appears in the region, threatening to obliterate everything in their path towards an unknown goal.
Wild Hunt is an action role-playing game, the third main installment in the Witcher series, and a sequel to Assassins of Kings. Most gameplay elements from the previous games have been carried over, including the usage of two sword types for different classes of enemies, usage of magic, a skill-based character growth, and an extensive alchemy system allowing Geralt to ingest mutagens for various benefits. Combat system has been slightly modified to allow smoother fighting against multiple opponents and usage of long-ranged weapons. Weapon and armor customization options have been noticeably increased. Like before, certain sections of the story are dictated by the player's moral choices, which are also present in the game's more prominent side quests.
The main difference between this entry and the preceding installments are physical interactivity and the inclusion of open-world elements. Geralt can now jump, swim, dive, ride a horse, and travel by boat, making nearly every location in the game world accessible for exploration. While Geralt can not travel anywhere right away, each area he visits is significantly larger than before and contains many more optional locations. Geralt can use his witcher senses to track people and investigate mysterious occurrences. There is a night and day cycle, dynamic weather effects, as well as the possibility to craft one's own weapons and armor. During a few segments, Ciri becomes the playable character instead of Geralt.
- "巫師 3：狂獵" -- Traditional Chinese spelling
- "Ведьмак 3: Дикая Охота" -- Russian spelling
- "Zaklínač 3: Divoký Hon" -- Czech title
- "Wiedźmin 3: Dziki Gon" -- Polish title
- "더 위쳐 3: 와일드 헌트" -- Korean spelling
- "ウィッチャー３ ワイルドハント" -- Japanese spelling
Part of the Following Groups
- Fantasy Creatures: Dragons
- Fantasy Creatures: Dwarves
- Fantasy Creatures: Elves
- Gameplay feature: Alchemy
- Gameplay feature: Armor / weapon sets
- Gameplay feature: Brothels
- Gameplay feature: Burden / Encumbrance
- Gameplay feature: Character development - Skill distribution
- Gameplay feature: Color-blind mode
- Gameplay feature: Gambling
- Gameplay feature: Horse riding
- Gameplay feature: Multiple endings
- Middleware: Scaleform GFx SDK
- Middleware: Simplygon
- Middleware: SpeedTree
- Middleware: Umbra 3
- Middleware: Wwise
- The Witcher licensees
- The Witcher series
|Poland wins the World Cup for RPG design||Windows||Unicorn Lynx (181446)|
|By far the biggest and best game the Witcher series has to offer.||Windows||The Cliffe (1708)|
|Digital Spy||PlayStation 4||May 19, 2015||100|
|Link Cable Gaming||PlayStation 4||Aug 07, 2019||9.9 out of 10||99|
|Riot Pixels||PlayStation 4||May 14, 2015||95 out of 100||95|
|Jeuxvideo.com||Xbox One||May 21, 2015||19 out of 20||95|
|Jeuxvideo.com||PlayStation 4||May 15, 2015||19 out of 20||95|
|ActionTrip||PlayStation 4||May 22, 2015||9.4 out of 10||94|
|IGN||Windows||May 12, 2015||9.3 out of 10||93|
|IGN||Xbox One||May 12, 2015||9.3 out of 10||93|
|PC Games (Germany)||Windows||May 20, 2015||92 out of 100||92|
|The Jimquisition||Xbox One||May 20, 2015||8.5 out of 10||85|
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LeaksIn June 2014, the Google Drive account of a CD Projekt RED employee was hacked, resulting in a massive leak of internal development documents, which included concept and production art and information on missions, endings and various plot points, as well as platform information. CD Projekt RED advised fans not to access these files, as they could ruin the experience of the game.
In a separate incident, stores in the United Arab Emirates started selling the game two weeks early, naturally causing the spread of spoilers. Twitch.tv prohibited livestreaming of the game until the release date.
Finally, the GOG version of the game was leaked on torrent sites one day before the release date, albeit unable to run until the release day came. Rather than filing DMCA claims against the torrents, a supposed CD Projekt RED employee was seen posting in a torrent site's comment section, advising people to consider purchasing the game for the effort it took to develop, the features it had and its low price compared to much of the AAA games at the time which were shorter and more linear.
He (or she) also announced a day-one patch that would be available for separate download, virtually enabling pirates to use it as well. He (she) concluded with the sentence: "I really do hope you enjoy the game, no matter if you buy it or not. I will however really, personally appreciate if you purchase it."
Famous NPC ReferenceWhile in Novigrad, Geralt can meet Hattori - an elf that is a master weapons smith. This is probably a nod towards the real life 15th century Japanese ninja Hattori Hanzo.
SalesA financial report from CD Projekt released in April/2020 showed total sales of 28.3 million spread as follows: PC - 12.4m, PS4 - 10.8m, XboxOne - 4.3m, NintendoSwitch - 0.7m.
Following the release of The Witcher live-action series on Netflix which garnered 76 million viewers alone in its first month of release, physical sales of The Witcher 3 increased 554% in December/2019 compared to a year before due to renewed interest.
- The Game Awards
- 2014 — Most Anticipated Game — Won
- Steam Awards
- 2016 — The 'Whoooaaaaaaa, dude!' Award — Nominated
- 2016 — The 'Game Within A Game' Award — Nominated
- 2017 — The 'Choices Matter' Award — Won
Related Web Sites
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (official website)
- TrueAchievements achievement guide (The TrueAchievements achievement guide for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt)
- Wikipedia: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Article about the game in the open encyclopedia)
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