Prowling through the woods, stalking your prey, ready to strike the killing blow. Ideally, hunting in video games plays out similar to that. Instead we're often treated to a less than glorious sequence that leads to meager rewards. However, CD Projekt Red knows that hunting needs to be different in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, it needs to be better.
In Examiner's exclusive interview with Andrzej Kwiatkowski, Gameplay Designer at the studio behind the franchise, he comments on why this is the case and what we can expect to see in the series' latest installment.
"Geralt is a witcher, and witchers are elite monster hunters," Kwiatkowski states. "Witchers do not hunt for food, so we’re not talking fishing but rather a sword-for-hire kind of thing."
The second game got away from that definition a bit, but the studio is correcting that course and re-instilling that importance in the upcoming Wild Hunt. He continues, "In the third part of The Witcher we wanted to get back to the roots of the profession, so hunting monsters will play a much bigger role than in the previous parts."
"The monster-hunting quest mechanic is something we’re really proud of."
How you come across these creatures is up to you - whether that be quests or by exploration. The world is full of opportunities as Kwiatkowski describes, "The world of The Witcher is filled with different creatures, some of them being really dangerous and in a totally different league than most warriors that would want to challenge them. Geralt can find these monsters on his own or get contracted to kill them by other characters.
"Each monster has its own story that enroots it in the environment it lives in, and some are even worshiped as local deities."
Taking one down isn't easy according to Kwiatkowski, "If you find such a monster, the first thing you need to do is to determine what kind of beast it is. Then, after carefully examining it, its habits and so on, you determine its weak points. Finally, you go for the kill and collect your prize."
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