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Published on February 8th, 2013 | by Eldon Tsan

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[Friday Five] Reasons to Look Forward to The Witcher 3

My friends, Christmas has most definitely come early this year. Or whatever holiday you celebrate that involves gift giving. Maybe Chinese New Year? That would make more sense because it’s on the 10th. IN ANY CASE, I know what you are thinking to yourselves, “Eldon, what is this magical reason as to why that gift giving holiday I celebrate has arrived earlier than usual this year?” Well the answer to that is CD PROJEKT HAS ANNOUNCED THE WITCHER 3. OH MY GOD. Granted I knew it was going to announced eventually since The Witcher 2 ended with a cliffhanger, so I’m not too surprised, but still I AM SO HYPED, AND THESE FIVE REASONS SHOULD EXPLAIN WHY. Also there have been very meager amounts of information released about the game at the moment so it’s more like a teaser of what’s to come, so keep that in mind.

Geralt Has A Beard

This might be one of the biggest reasons why I’m incredibly hyped for this game because, honestly, Geralt looks so much more badass with his beard. I mean, he was awesome before, but now that he has a beard, the amount of cool he is exuding is amped up by like a thousand. The rule of thumb is beards make everything better.

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New engine

The Witcher 2 is honestly one of the best looking games I’ve seen this generation. With CD Projekt revealing that they’re using a new engine, which is essentially an upgraded version of The Witcher 2’s engine, I can’t even begin to imagine how great this game will look when it’s complete. I’m a total graphics whore, so I can’t wait to push my 670 GTX to the limit and pray that ubersampling doesn’t completely destroy my framerate. Because it probably will.

Open-world

This game will be open world. The previous games were kind of open world in the sense that you could always leave the town or hub you were at to explore the area around it. However, The Witcher 3 boasts an open world similar to that of Skyrim’s except much larger. I hate having to compare it to Skyrim because Skyrim is fairly awful, but that’s what was stated. Additionally, CD Projekt has stated that there would be no load times at all. Can you imagine having that level of free roam in addition to not having load times? I am so excited to have the game not auto-save and die only to respawn where I remembered to save 5 hours ago and then ragequitting to play something terrible like League of Legends.

There Might Be Horses

While horses in games generally aren’t amazing (I’m looking at you Oblivion, Skyrim, and generally every other game ever that has horses that isn’t Red Dead Redemption), I’m confident that CD Projekt can pull off good horse mechanics in the game. Imagine Geralt charging into a group of bad guys with his horse while it’s hopped up on potions and Quen because I’m sure Geralt would only use a horse if it was half horse and half Witcher.

Closure

This is probably the most important reason as to why I’m hyped for The Witcher 3. This game coming out will mean that I can finally have an ending to Geralt’s story, and this is especially important since my save from The Witcher carried on to The Witcher 2, so my version of Geralt will finally find Yennifer and uncover the secrets of his past. Hopefully the ending isn’t just one ending but in three different colors. If it winds up being that, I think I’m just going to kill myself because video games have finally become dead to me.

If you aren’t hyped after each of these entries, then there is something seriously wrong with you. From what I’ve seen so far, this game sounds like it will be amazing. Hell, they could’ve just released an image of Geralt with a beard and without any other information to back it up and I still would be excited. 2014 can’t come fast enough.

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