By Joseph Leray

In the least surprising bit of news today, Polish game-house CD Projekt Red has finally, formally announced “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt,” the last game in Geralt’s planned trilogy.

The announcement could have been a surprise if it weren’t for those meddling kids sleuthing out clues from CD Projekt’s “Cyberpunk 2077” trailer, but alas. The fact that the studio spent last week bragging about their fancy new tech, an engine capable of “creating an open environment with a complex, multi-thread story,” only added more evidence to “Wild Hunt”’s announcement.

In any case, the confirmation comes in the form of GameInformer’s March cover story. Details are somewhat scant, but we can glean a few things about Geralt’s latest gadabout: he’s got a beard now, for example. “Wild Hunt” introduces a new “monster hunting” mechanic that apparently involves gathering clues first. It will be an open-world game, reportedly 30 times larger than the world of “Witcher 2,” and larger than “Skyrim.”
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The best and brightest of the indie game development scene get narrowed down heading to the March awards.
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Duke Nukem takes on some Nazis, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 gets a new round of Minimate figures, and more.
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There's some corporate shuffling going on over at Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Given the company's recent troubles, you would be forgiven in thinking that someone within the group had received the axe, but it's actually quite the opposite. Kaz Hirai, SCEI's president and chief-executive officer, has been promoted to the position of chairman, effective September 1. His vacated seat is filled by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe president and chief-executive officer, Andrew House.

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Last week, we told you about the nominees for 2011's Game Critics Awards. Each year, 35 North American gaming media outlets select their favorite titles, across 17 categories, from the games available for hands-on preview at E3. Well, the results have just come in, and "BioShock Infinite" has walked away with the "Best of Show" award. Irrational Games' dimensional-ripping title won four awards, including "Best Original Game" and "Best Action/Adventure Game," securing every category in which it was nominated.

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E3 2011 Press Conference

UPDATE: PlayStation Vita price: $249 for WiFi and $299 for WiFi + 3G.

Looking for the latest on Sony, the PS3 and their new handheld? Be sure to tune in right here at 5pm PST, as Sony is hosting a live stream of their E3 2011 press conference. Expected to show are "Uncharted 3," "Resistance 3" and much of the Sony handheld lineup, including many of the games we previewed last week.

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Konami decided to get a bit of a head-start on E3 last night, opting to hold a special pre-expo press conference via streaming web video. There were also a number of viewing parties in cities around the world, but alas, I was forced to watch the proceedings from my couch. While there was certainly the usual goofiness we've come to expect from Konami events, as well as a few surprise announcements, my attention was primarily focused on the exciting new "Metal Gear" news.

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NGP

The PSP didn't really work out as planned for Sony. It was designed to weaken Nintendo's commanding grasp on the handheld gaming space, but it ended up falling well short of those goals due to a number of problems. The most glaring of those problems was software support. While the PSP saw plenty of shoddy ports of console games, the great titles were few and far between. In recent years, just one or two must-play titles would come to the PSP a year, hastening its obsolescence.

Which begs the question, why would Sony even bother trying this again? Well, for one thing, they're Sony. And for another, they think the NGP (Next Generation Portable, a temporary name) is the way of the future. Having spent a couple of hours playing through a number of the NGP's games, it's clear that Sony's got another technological marvel on their hands. But are amazing graphics enough to convince the world that they need to carry another gaming device ever day? That's a harder question to answer.

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Back in January, when Sony announced their new PlayStation Portable – currently called Next Generation Portable – details on compatible software titles were slim, but the company did announce that a new "Uncharted" game would find its way onto the system. Today, Eurogamer has reported that the portable adventure will fill in some of the missing story between "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune" and "Uncharted: Among Thieves."

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The long, slow march to the release of NGP -- hell, the proper naming of NGP -- continues with drips and drabs of information. The latest comes from two sources out of Japan, and both speak to the device itself and how it will play nice (or not) with Sony's back catalog of PlayStation Portable UMD releases.

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