The city hums with life. The smoke billowing from the brickmakers ovens, the narrow cobblestone streets and even the crooked tombstones in the local cemetery are all small reminders of home. With a button press and push of the joystick, it’s time to dismount and reenter the city.

It’s good to be back in Novigrad.


Video games constantly struggle with presenting believable, living worlds. But as game developers push game worlds to be ever broader, sometimes bigger isn’t better. CD Projekt Red’s 2015 fantasy epic The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt remains a testament to the idea that the devil truly is in the details. Handcrafted details, like a well-placed stream or an unmarked grave, can give virtual locations a sense of history, culture and dynamism.

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