Kotaku has unveiled some new and interesting information about the third part of the ‘The Witcher’ series. According to CD Projekt RED’s lead gameplay designer Maciej Szczesnik, head of marketing Michal Platkow-Gilewski, and CD Projekt Red Managing Director Adam Badowski, The Witcher 3 will be DRM-free, will feature an improved combat system, will be packed with a new animation system, and will be supported as much as The Witcher 2 was.
According to the developers, Geralt will react differently in combat—his stance will be more relaxed when he’s fighting one enemy, but he’ll be more tense and more careful when he’s fighting a group. This will obviously give you an indication of whether your opponent is more powerful than you or not.
CDPR has implemented a new animation system that has far more unique combat animations, which are somewhat randomly selected and chained together depending on where Geralt is swinging and what direction he’s moving.
Players will be able to drink potions while fighting, they’ll be able to break up their attacks much more easily than in The Witcher 2 and dodge is no longer a roll as Geralt will now pirouette to dodge enemies.
What’s more interesting though is that The Witcher 3 won’t be plagued by any kind of DRM system. Back in May 2012, CD Projekt RED stated that they wouldn’t be using any DRM in their future games, and we are happy to report that they are still willing to follow this DRM-free path.
As Adam Badowski said:
“No. We are trying to get rid of DRM. If someone wants to pirate a game, eventually he will. Which is bad, of course, but you can’t do anything about it, so. We want to give the best user experience possible. When we removed DRM, people on those torrents were actually asking people not to download our game, because we [weren’t using DRM].”
CD Projekt RED also promised to support The Witcher 3 in a similar way with what they did with The Witcher 2. In other words, players can expect some free DLCs, though they might have to pay for some larger expansion packs.
The Witcher 3 is currently planned for a 2014 release on PC and next-generation platforms!
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