The gameplay video, while short, shows off a lot of the ‘Witcher’s’ features. We get two cinematic pieces where we not only preview the game’s plot but get to see player dialogue choices in action that can change Geralt of Rivia’s (the main character) personality – for example, after saving a man from a griffin, do you demand a reward or just accept his gratitude? As their website says, ‘Witcher 3’ will allow players to “make choices and face their consequences that will stay with you throughout the entire game.”
We also get to see some of the enemies that will appear in ‘Witcher 3’ – these include goblins, who attack in unorganized groups, and as well as gangs of human bandits. A griffin also appears, though while the player doesn’t fight it, it hints that you can fight them later. Battle mechanics include a variety of weapons and magic (though limited in this preview since its the beginning of the game), including an ability to slow down enemies to get the advantage over them. Though, as we see, it’s not a huge advantage as the player does die once in the gameplay, which might indicate that as powerful as you are as a Witcher, this doesn’t mean the game won’t be challenging.
According to their Facebook page, “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a story-driven, next-generation open world role-playing game, set in a graphically stunning fantasy universe, full of meaningful choices and impactful consequences. In The Witcher, you play as Geralt of Rivia, one of a dying caste of monster hunters, and embark on an epic journey in a war-ravaged world that will inevitably lead you to confront a foe darker than anything humanity has faced so far—the Wild Hunt.”
The third installment of the ‘Witcher’ franchise, this game is set to be the last adventure told from the point of view of Geralt of Rivia, but probably will not be the last ‘Witcher’ game, especially if ‘Witcher 3’ does well.
You can watch the gameplay video for yourself right here:
‘The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’ will be out on May 19th, 2015, on the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and Windows PC, with DLC already planned post-release. You can check out another ‘Witcher’ gameplay video here.