Reportedly stolen from a CD Projekt Red employees’ Google Drive, many important details surrounding The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt were leaked online to sites like 4chan and Reddit (we won’t spoil anything here, so you’ll have to follow the link for spoilers on the story, endings, bestiary, missions, art, and more).
Confirming the leak, CD Projekt’s Red Michal Platkow-Gilewski told Eurogamer that it won’t affect development in any way:
It has come to our attention that some of the production files for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have emerged on the internet. A portion of the files contains information about the story of the game so we strongly advise against accessing them, as this may heavily impact and spoil your future gaming experience.
We also like to reassure everyone that the disclosure of said documents does not affect the development cycle in any way.
Based on the file known as “M03 – Alpha (Feature Complete) – 16.02.2014,” it would suggest The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was completed in February of this year, with the document saying they had reached a “fully functioning, full-featured core version of the game with main path story and plot quests for all characters completed and implemented.”
Content is still being developed, but design and feature set are locked. No known blockers are present, but random crashes, functional and cosmetic bugs may still occur. The entire game can be played without progression blocking issues on PC, XBONE and PS4 although performance is expected to be worse on consoles.
Another section of the files about the E3 2014 demo contained this note:
We start with a cut-scene with the camera descending down on the Baron’s castle, showing off the lovely open world surrounding it. The camera tracks in on the window of the cottage where we talk to Keira Metz. Cue dialogue.
We talk to Keira Metz and she gives us a task: remove the curse from the tower in the swamps. (Boob physics eye candy, appropriately prepared dialogue).
Despite being alpha complete in February, there is still a ton of work left to do with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which will release on February 24, 2015 for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.