Speaking to Polygon, Adam Badowski of CD Projekt RED said The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will feature 36 “world states” and three different playable epilogues – all driven by player choice.
Player choices are so well tracked by the game, that the developers said the team stopped counting all of the small changes in the various game endings when they got to 300.
“The game is quite complex,” Badowski said. “We didn’t mean to develop something special for the endings, it’s a natural consequence of the story line. The story has hundreds of different branches and sub plots. We have to just sum all of those elements up in the epilogues. Some of those elements are taken from the very beginning and some from other moments of the storyline. All of them will connect in the epilogue.
“We have a lot of things to summarize. We didn’t spend time on inventing endings, it was just the consequence of those choices.”
Since the game is coming to the PC and the PlayStation 4, it is meant to be approachable despite being the last in the Geralt’s story. But they’re still going to give players’ who played on the PC and want to switch to the PS4 a way to continue their adventure, cross-platform. But they aren’t ready to discuss the specifics on exactly how they’d manage that yet.
“We are going to give you a possibility to use your save from The Witcher 2, but it will depend on the platform,” Badowski said. “On the Sony platform we are developing the game for the first time, so we invented a way to define your old actions and decisions. If you decide to play on the PS4 and played on PC previous, you probably want to have continuation, you want to have a similar character.”
Undoubtedly, with the 100+ hours of promised gameplay, massive open world and many choices and changes available, The Witcher 3 will have a huge amount of replay-ability.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the last game in Geralt’s story and will be released sometime in 2014 for “all high end platforms”.