It’s been an arduous road for fans of the Witcher series, but after almost two years of setbacks and delays the wait is almost over: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be released later this month. Today, CD Projekt Red launched a video to rouse players’ already heightened interests in the game and prepare them for its ferocious creatures. In a cool behind-the-scenes short, the Polish game developer filmed three different members of its development team and got them to share insights about their creation of the monsters, and how players can best defeat the beasts that inhabit Geralt of Rivia’s world.
The video covers several of the Witcher 3‘s monsters’ traits and vulnerabilities. The coverage includes a rundown on how the crossbow is the easiest way to kill the underwater sirens, a pointer about silver powder bombs nullifying werewolves’ regeneration powers, and a tip for players encountering drowners (also known as “swamp monsters”) to set them ablaze with the Ignus Spell. And while the gameplay advice for fighting critters is great, the most interesting part of the clip revolves around the actual design of the monsters.
Bill Daly, CD Projekt Red’s Secondary Lead Character Artist, declared that the only way compelling characters and creatures can be created is through solid collaboration between character concept and animation departments, adding:
“We start by trying to visualize the anatomy of the creature, and ask ourselves if this is something that could actually exist. I mean, they are fantastical creatures, but we don’t want them to defy the laws of physics.”
The enemies and grotesque monsters that inhabit the title are truly a wonder to behold, but fans looking to experience the lush visuals without a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One must know that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s PC system requirements are quite demanding. Of course, once players update their rigs, the game’s frame-rate ought to sail smoothly, as the game’s open world has no load times.
As far as Bill Daly is concerned, the beautiful graphics making up the creatures of Witcher 3 are merely icing on the cake. The most impressive aspect of their existence in the game relies on their functional designs, saying:
“We’ve created this complex behavior system in the game that actually allows these creatures to live in the world that they inhabit. They’re never just gonna spawn in front of you artificially. And they don’t just interact with the player. They interact with each other and NPCs.”
Knowing that such mindful steps and extraordinary measures were taken during development, it’s no wonder CD Projekt Red took their time with Witcher 3. And with these careful undertakings, as well as with the developer’s acts of kindness like giving gamers 16 free DLC add-ons, it’s apparent that appeasing fans of the series is a priority of the developer, especially since they’re ending Geralt’s story with this release.
Even though The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be the last we see of Geralt, which of the other characters would you like to control in the next possible entry? Or are you more excited to see a different game from CD Projekt Red?
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on May 19th.