The Witcher 3 has a second playable character

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Polish developer CD Projekt Red has confirmed that you'll be able to play as a second character in the upcoming PC, PS4 and Xbox One RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

The character in question is Ciri, a female elf who is being pursued by the evil Wild Hunt of the title. It's up to anti-hero Geralt to reach her before the bad guys do.

“She’s a living weapon,” Robert Malinowski, the studio's PR man, told IGN, “and everyone wants to control her. This, plus she also has her own will and agenda, so it’s not just finding her that counts. I think that is the most important aspect of this character. Geralt knows Ciri since she was a child. She’s Geralt’s apprentice and they have a close emotional bond – he trained her so she could become a witcheress.”

Ciri won't be playable throughout the game however, as her sections are limited to certain points in the game, and are used to elaborate on the story. “You won’t play as her for long periods of time, but since she’s crucial to the plot, we thought that additional insight will allow gamers to better bond with this cool character”, says Malinowski.

“We introduce Ciri as supportive narrative tool and not because of gameplay mechanics. The Witcher was always about Geralt and that has not changed, but that handful of moments when you play as Ciri provide us with glimpses of how the story feels from the other side.”

CD Projekt Red recently announced that The Witcher 3 would be released several months later than expected, on 19 May 2015. “We know what we want to do to make Wild Hunt one of the best RPGs you will ever play,” the studio explained, “and we continue to work hard to achieve just that.”

Published: 16/12/2014

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