The gaming world in 2014 lacked any significant punches, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Dragon Age: Inquisition and Bayonetta 2 were all fantastic titles, but there wasn’t a killer game everyone was playing.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt could be the killer game for 2015, if CD Projekt Red’s third instalment lives up to expectations. It looks to be the most expansive Witcher game yet, and the developers are pushing lots of miscellaneous quests to make the world active.
CD Projekt Red is also doing everything in its power to win over gamers, who worry micro-transactions, crashes, bugs, performance issues, DRM and the infamous ‘season pass’ will be a part of all future AAA titles.
It looks to have worked; The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is getting excellent PR four months before official release. CD Projekt Red has already sent out review and first-look copies to several organizations, letting them get a first glimpse at the huge world.
Even if all of the pre-launch shenanigans are worked out, it still doesn’t mean the game will automatically succeed, although it does make it more likely.
In order to win the battle of games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will need to have a return factor, to keep drawing gamers into playing the game endlessly. Skyrim had this draw factor, even though its world was hugely expansive most gamers managed to complete the main quest.
Bethesda had the same hype pre-launch, but Steam Workshop is what has kept Skyrim active to this day. CD Projekt Red has not given an affirmative as to whether The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will feature Steam workshop.
There could be other ways for CD Projekt Red to keep gamers active, like the free DLC coming every few months to spice up the experience. Hopefully, this isn’t too much of an investment from the studio, which could catalyst into a major financial failure.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has everything going for it, the question is can it surpass the ‘good game’ review into ‘1000 hours on record’.