The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt Developer Diary Video Highlights Insanely Lifelike World; 'House Of Glass' Trade Paperback Comic Out Now [VIDEO]

By Steve Buja , Updated Sep 25, 2014 01:22 PM EDT

CD Projekt RED heard our cries for more Witcher related anything and today released a new developer video diary that takes us on a detailed tour of the world of The Witcher III: Wild Hunt.

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First and foremost, we have to say that this is absolutely the game that next-gen consoles exist for. Every piece of in-game footage looks immaculate, at times scarily photorealistic. The crew has created a lived-in world, where even the ruins you spy from a distance have a backstory and rewards. When the video first starts, with the dramatic music and flying crows, you can't help but wonder if you're looking at reality or not. A rotating door of the CD Projekt RED team, wandering amidst a European ruin, outline the many things Geralt will face next February.

The open world gameplay does not simply mean a near infinite amount of ground to cover. Players can also interact with over 2,000 NPCs in the game's biggest city, all of whom are given their own agendas, responses, reactions and, we can assume, hopes and dreams. The graphics are wonderful, yes, but the true power of the next gen systems lies in their ability to create more fully realized and smarter worlds.

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The CD Projekt RED team wants to immerse you in the world; there is a complex day/night system which will alter the experience of nearly every area. You may come across a werewolf in the middle of the night, and later in the day, a pack of wolves. Monsters will roam the countryside and villagers will speak of strange disappearances with no prompt from you. The real world doesn't work with a series of commands, and so the Witcher will want to give you the freedom to explore and figure out the story on your own.

But next year is a long way off. To make the wait a bit more bearable, CD Projekt Red has also released a new trade paperback graphic novel, The Witcher: House of Glass, which compiles the first five issues of the comic from Dark Horse Comics. The comic is written by Paul Tobin with art by Joe Querio, and a special cover done by Hellboy's Mike Mignola.

"Travelling near the edge of the Black Forest, in the land of the Angren, witcher Geralt meets a widowed man whose dead and murderous wife resides in an eerie mansion known as the House of Glass. With its endless rooms and horror around every corner, Geralt will have to use all his witcher prowess to solve the manor's mystery and survive."

Watch the House of Glass trailer here. Watch the CD Projekt Red dev diary below. The Witcher III: Wild Hunt arrives February 24, 2015 for Xbox One, PS4 and very, very high end PCs.

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