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Another playable character added for The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt

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CD Projeckt Red announced a second playable character for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The first was Geralt's old love, Triss and the second is another female, his old student, Ciri. In the world of The Witcher, Ciri is known as "the ashen-haired, living weapon." Geralt trained her at the Wolf School in the Kaer Mountains. She is a witch with unique abilities to understand and stop The Wild Hunt. According to CD Projeckt Red players will switch from Geralt to Ciri during key moments in the story.

The Witcher story from the "other side"

Robert Malinowski explained Ciri's role to IGN. "Ciri is playable only during certain moments in the game – we introduce her to give gamers another perspective in the story to make it even more engaging. 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.

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. She’s a living weapon… 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."

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More about Ciri in The Witcher 3

"Alone in a world set out to kill the weak, Geralt of Rivia, a wandering monster slayer, is embarking on a journey that will redefine everything. Ciri, the ashen-haired girl from an ancient prophecy, is a descendant in a long lost elven blood lineage. The girl is a living and highly volatile weapon capable of both destroying and healing the fragile world she currently inhabits. Emotionally connected to Geralt, the girl is pursued by the titular Wild Hunt, a cavalcade of ghastly riders capable of unspeakable destruction, and by the mighty Empire of Nilfgaard, the most powerful political entity in the entire world. Every choice the player makes will resonate with dire consequences. The world is yours to explore and Ciri is somewhere out there, fighting her own demons.

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With such a deep and developed plot, CD Projekt RED decided that introducing another character and telling parts of the story from her perspective would greatly benefit the overall experience. Adding Ciri as a playable character unlocks quite a few narrative possibilities for the player. Ciri is present in the game to offer a unique and different perspective on the story plot, and not to become an alternative story line to Geralt.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is about Geralt and his exploration of the open world, his fight against the Hunt, and finding Ciri herself. Aside from extraordinaire swordplay, she has quite a few unique skills up her sleeves that will gradually unlock throughout the game. She’s fast and agile, she can blink (as seen in the Elder Blood trailer), but - most importantly - there’s something dormant in her, a mythical power, but more about that later."

The Wither 3: Wild Hunt will release in May 2015. You can pre-order it from kalahari.com for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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