The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt marks the end of the Witcher series. The game promises a captivating, non-linear story set in a rich, truly open-world environment that's 30 times bigger than The Witcher 2. According to CD Projekt RED it will be "the perfect RPG."
Basically, you're going to want to play this game.
But what if you haven't played the first two? Let's say you don't have the time to go back and invest hours on end into the series. Will you be lost when playing Wild Hunt? Not according to lead producer Piotr Krzywonosiuk.
"You don't need to play the previous games. It's not required at all," he told us last week.
"The Witcher 1 is a standalone story. Sure it's the same universe and it's still Geralt but it does not require prior knowledge.
"We will make sure — it's very important to us — that new players will be introduced slowly to the game," he assured. "They'll understand with the prologue what it is to be witcher, the monster hunter, what he does and how he does it. And we'll gradually introduce characters that matter in the story so that players won't feel lost or confused at all."
As someone who hasn't played the past two games, this is exactly what I want to hear. I'm legit interested in Wild Hunt, but just don't have the 40-plus hours to invest in The Witcher 2. Heck, I don't even know where I'm going to find a spare hundred hours for this one.