We thought we’d be done talking about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt until E3 after CD Projekt RED revealed the Collector’s Edition and a new trailer yesterday, but something extra was revealed yesterday without us even realizing it.
A user on Reddit discovered that one of the final frames of the trailer contained a secret message, and quite a lengthy one at that. The transcript may not be 100% accurate, and the dashes near the end indicate words that the user couldn’t make out.
“We’ve missed you!
“Today you got a look at the third trailer for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. We hope you liked it!
“There’s so much more in this game that it’s just impossible to show everything within two and a half minutes. Still we tried 🙂
“More importantly we just showed you some of the main characters.
“Geralt’s close friends and some of the last Witchers remaining in the world – Vesemir, Eskel and Lambert – will play a big part in the game, as well their famous fortress Kaer Morhen.
“You also got a glimpse of the renowned bard Dandelion and the sorceress Triss Merigold.
“Emhyr var Emreis, Emperor of Nilfgaard, the most powerful man in the world of The Witcher, also made an appearance. Recognize his voice?
“And then there was Ciri!
“By the way, if you’re new to the series, don’t worry, the game will introduce you into all you need to know, and you’ll start loving (and hating!) characters in no time!
“Also, you’ve been asking us many questions about gameplay features and we’re finally ready to answer some of them – so here it goes:
- Yes, you will be able to fight while on horseback
- The crossbow. Yup, Geralt can use ranged weapon. Because sometimes monsters fly and you can’t reach them.
- Remember swimming and sailing. You’ll be able to dive and search for a lot of hidden stuff too. There’s a whole underwater world to discover.
- Horse racing anyone?
“You also got to hear more music from the game. This particular track was composed by Marcin PrzybyÃ…â€šowicz & Percival. We’d love to hear your feedback. Fire away in the comments or on the game’s Facebook/Twitter/forums. Remember, we’re always listening, even if we’re not getting back to you.
“The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Team
CD PROJEKT RED
“PS. If you’re still waiting for more (you are, right?), please be patient. We’re just warming up.
“PPS. Have you seen the Collector’s Edition video? What do you think about the figure?
“PPPS. We’ve just announced a closed multiplayer beta of The Witcher Adventure Game ——– & let the GOG.com guys —— you.”
Several things stand out in this message. First, some of the returning characters are confirmed, so this should lay to rest the questions about whether or not that was Ciri in the trailer. And if none of that means anything to you, the message also suggests that Wild Hunt’s story will be accessible to players who aren’t familiar with the previous games or the novels. The gameplay elements mentioned here–horseback riding, crossbows, water sections–also provide interesting possibilities.
(By the way, if you’re wondering about the Witcher Adventure Game mentioned at the end, it is a board game coming to PC/Mac/iOS/Android.)
It’s pretty cool that CD Projekt RED went through the trouble of hiding this information in the trailer. Apparently they know that some fans will analyze trailers frame by frame. Are you excited for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt?