Loading screens only appear when travelling to the Kaer Morhen islands or fast-travelling.
CD Projekt RED’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a massive, open world with hundreds of things to do but you won’t be wasting time getting to those activities. According to senior environment artist Jonas Mattsson in conversation with GameSpot, there are zero loading screens when travelling the open world. There’s only one location which has a loading screen and it’s separate from the main world.
“Exactly. Kaer Morhen [the islands off the coast]. That’s a separate small level as well there. But on the full open world, there’s no loading time. You can travel and roam around as you wish.”
Mattsson further clarified when exactly you’ll see loading screens. “No, there’s no loading times. Only when you actually start the game, when die and load the game, or when you fast travel. That fast travel loading time depends on how far you have to travel of course. If you just fast travel a little bit, it’s a really short loading time.
“For us, that was really important. I think we achieved that because, as you said, just going in and out of a building, there’s no loading time. Nothing. It’s just creates this really nice experience.”
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out on May 19th for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Stay tuned for more information.