Posted on June 12, 2013, Mark Burnham Witcher 3 Is “35 Times Larger” Than Witcher 2. Um, Really?
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The open-world of Witcher 3 is apparently 35 times larger than Witcher 2, CD Projekt Red’s Jonas Matteson confirmed to Game Front today at E3.
Pause a moment and consider that. For anyone who spent any meaningful time with Witcher 2, that’s…quite large. To put that further in perspective, the gameplay demo we saw took place on the Skellige Islands, an area which we were told is itself larger than the whole of Witcher 2.
Matteson continued to explain that while CDP is building an ambitiously large world, it won’t be big and empty. Witcher 3 will have a seamless blend of main quests and side-quests, as well as ‘random encounters’ with NPCs.
We saw a short random encounter during the demo, in which Geralt stumbled upon a group of bandits attempting to break into a cabin. Geralt intervened, slaughtered all the bandits, and saved a man holed up inside. After Geralt exchanged a few words with the man, he rode away on his horse unceremoniously–no XP or quest-ending text. Matteson explained that random encounters like this aren’t “quests,” but that they potentially have consequences that can play out later in the game.
Luckily, you can fast-travel throughout the world of Witcher 3 and get up to all this stuff. Good. It would be almost unimaginable to walk around a world that large.