Video Game: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

"The Sword of Destiny has two edges. You are one of them."

Peasant: I saw a long-ship, made of the claws of dead men. The wraiths drove everyone to the shore, my daughter too. No man who meets the Hunt - returns to this world...
Geralt of Rivia: (Beat) I returned.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the third game in the video game trilogy of The Witcher, due to be released May 19th, 2015. Unlike the previous two games, Wild Hunt is open-world with all areas accessible, rather than only one area per chapter.

In the wake of Assassin of Kings, Geralt continues his work as a Witcher, hunting monsters that would prey on the innocent in a world filled with chaos and war. However, that all changes when an old friend of Geralt's, Emperor Emhyr var Emreis of Nilfgaard, summons the Witcher for a most poignant quest: Find Ciri, a child of destiny precious to them both; the one soul in the world Geralt considers kin. Geralt must now travel the lands in search of Ciri, all the while battling the otherworldly legions of The Wild Hunt, who seek the girl for their own nefarious ends...

After a second delay the game is currently slated for the May 19th, 2015 release on PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One.

Preview: Debut Trailer, Killing Monsters, The Sword of Destiny

This game contains examples of the following:

  • All Crimes Are Equal: Discussed by Geralt in the 'Killing Monsters' trailer.
  • Badass Beard: Geralt now sports a beard, emphasizing his more rugged, dangerous side.
  • Big Bad: The King of the Wild Hunt
  • Call Back: The King of the Wild Hunt uses almost the same words in "The Sword of Destiny"-trailer as he did in the finale of the first game to taunt Geralt.
  • City of Adventure: The city of Novigrad is promised to be an entire region in the game.
  • Dangerous Deserter: These stalk the No-Man's Land, living on banditry, attacking travelers and remaining settlements with impunity.
  • Fallen Hero: Sigismund Dijkstra has gone from being a patriotic spymaster who used his skills to unite the North against Nilfgaard to being a crime lord.
  • Filk Song: Wake The White Wolf, courtesy of Miracle Of Sound
  • Foregone Conclusion: In the books, Emperor Emhyr var Emreis dies many years after both the saga and the game, so supposedly he'll survive the events of the Witcher 3.
  • Grand Finale: This entry serves as the climax of Geralt's story in the video games.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Emhyr var Emreis greatly resembles his voice actor, Charles Dance.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: The true nature of the Wild Hunt is presented as a mystery in the trailers, but the readers of the books and the people who paid close attention in the previous game already know who and what they are.
  • Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: Including the physical versions of bonus content found with a digital purchase as well as a game map, a Witcher medallion, and 10-inch-tall, hand-painted statuette of Geralt fighting a Gryphon. All for the low price of $149.99.
  • Moral Myopia: Defied by Geralt, in keeping with his previous characterization.note 
    • In the 'Killing Monsters' trailer, he beheads a supernatural beast for slaying the innocent for food, and then murders his human employers for trying to murder an innocent woman themselves.
  • Multiple Endings: Three endings have been confirmed.
    • Also, there's going to be 36 different "world states" that determine which characters, cities and such are still alive at the end.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: The E3 trailer briefly shows a Noonwraith making a return from the first game. These specters float over cornfields in the midday sun and snatch unwary young maidens to join their ranks.
  • Our Gryphons Are Different: Very shaggy and feral-looking, and fond of horsemeat, like in the legends. Curiously, the one seen in the previews has its wings as part of its forelimbs, rather than as separate limbs.
  • Power Echoes: The King of the Wild Hunt's voice has a creepy reverb effect.
  • Ravens and Crows: The previews suggest that carrion birds mark at least some points of interest in the No-Man's Land, due to the corpses left behind by monsters.
  • Red Light District: Curiously for a city ruled by religious fundamentalists, Novigrad has an entire district devoted to prostitution and other vices.
  • Sadistic Choice: Invoked by the King of the Wild Hunt to threaten Geralt:
    King: Every decision you make will bring devastation. Each choice will lead to a greater evil.
  • Sex Face Turn: The developers stated in an interview that Geralt can bang a sorceress who has been opposing him for much of the game.
  • Wide Open Sandbox: You are free to wander throughout the multiple regions that serves as the setting of Wild Hunt, unlike previous games, where you were limited to specific areas depending on your point in the story.
    • There are three distinct regions: war-ravaged No-Man's Land, Nordic-style Skellige Islands and the city of Novigrad. There's also been teasing of smaller special areas that are separate from the main regions.
  • Tin Tyrant: The King of the Wild Hunt is clad in an elaborate, spiky suit of armour that has a skull-like helmet with a tall crown on top.
  • Two Roads Before You: As in previous installments, the game is all about choice and consequences. For instance: Slay a monster and watch its worshipers be purged along with it, or allow them to all live, at the cost of the monster killing others?
  • Wicked Witch: The Ladies of the Woods fit the bill, at least in terms of their hideous appearance. Morally they seem to be ambiguous, but decidedly sinister. There is also an enemy type called Hag, which draws from the same imagery, although they seem to be non-sentient monsters.
  • The Wild Hunt: The spectral cavalry unit known as the Wild Hunt returns once again for this final entry in the Geralt trilogy.