Although it seemed that developer CD Projekt Red had wrapped up its Witcher series of games with the release of the Blood and Wine expansion for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 2016, there’s more Witcher coming yet for fans of the medieval fantasy video game series.
As is the case with the other games in the series, this will be a single player role-playing game, which according to the GOG page “combines narrative-driven exploration with unique puzzles and card battle mechanics”.
But even though part of the team which worked on fantastic The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is behind this spin-off, Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales will almost certainly be a very different game to the 2015 role-playing epic. We can expect the focus here to be more on solving puzzles and following the narrative, and taking part in card battles similar to those of CD Projekt’s other Witcher spin-off Gwent.
The plot involves a queen named Meve, ruler of two kingdoms (Rivia and Lyria) who will have to stave off an invasion by the Nilfgaardian Empire (which also featured in The Witcher 3), setting out “on a dark journey of destruction and revenge”.
It remains to be seen, though, whether Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales will turn heads this year and be lauded as another great entry in the Witcher series.
But even if that’s not the case, there’s still the TV series based on the novels to look forward to (which recently got renowned Hollywood star Henry Cavill on board to play protagonist Geralt), even if some might be miffed by the fact that the proposed movie version of the games never actually materialized…
Either way, it would be a great thing if this video game spin-off ended up being another good slice of Witcher fun when it comes out later this year.