When CD Projekt Red revealed that the new Witcher game would allow players to take on the role of another character, it caused almost as much speculation as their new trailer. Now they’ve confirmed that character’s identity, and added some hints about gameplay.
CD Projekt Red revealed that Ciri will be the second playable character, but you won’t be able to switch between her and Geralt at will. Instead, there will be certain moments in the story when you’ll take control of her – these moments will be significant plot points. While we don’t get many details about her play style, they confirmed that:
she’ll be fast and agile, and will also be able to blink. A mythical power is also teased.
Players won’t play as her for long period of time, but she is described as “a living weapon” who everyone wants control over.
Adding Ciri as a playable character unlocks quite a few narrative possibilities for the team, though while Ciri is a major character, she is not a playable character in the same way as Geralt. The game is still about him, his story, and how you, as the player, choose to face the choices and encounters in front of you.
I’ve been reading and loving the books, which I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys the series of games. According to the lore, Ciri is a descendent of long lost Elven Blood. She was also a child of destiny for Geralt – he raised her as his own and even had her trained as a Witcheress. Along the way, she became extremely emotionally bonded to him, as well as to Yennefer and even Triss. Now the Wild Hunt is pursuing her and it will certainly add some interesting gameplay to the experience, especially as she is also known as The Lady of the Lake and I will bet that her powers include interaction with animals or time travel depending on how they interpret her for the game.
With the game delayed until May next year, I suppose there will be a whole lot more teasing, speculation and hype building before it’s launched. I just hope that it can live up to the (incredibly high) expectations that have been built by fans.
Last Updated: December 17, 2014