Ciri will appear in the gameOne of Game Informer's pics shows a woman with blonde hair - and she is a lot shorter than Geralt, no less. There aren't too many blondes in the Witcher universe, and since this game is supposed to finally deal with the book series' myth arc, it would be appropriate for Ciri to be in the game.
You will have to choose between Triss or YenneferTriss has appeared in the previous two games and is the main female who most gamers would have developed attachment towards, and therefore many are already stating that they will stick with Triss. Yennefer, on the other hand, is the main woman from the books, and has been repeatedly stated to be Geralt's true love. And, of course, the Witcher games have always made sure to have difficult choices. Since this game is supposed to finally conclude the series, it only makes sense that the events which were foreshadowed for so long would finally happen. Also, the icy times of Ithlinne's Prophecy were already previewed in the first game.
Roche and Iorveth are going to join powersAnd this is going to be badass. Moreover, this seems quite real. They obviously respect each other and, if asked during Chapter 2 of Witcher 2, would refer to each other as a Worthy Opponent. Roche is a true blue Northerner and doesn't want to live under the Empire, while Iorveth is still angry over the Empire selling out the Squirrels when they lost the first war; an Enemy Mine situation may exist.
Nilfgaard will have already conquered Temeria, Aedirn and the Pontar Valley by the time this game beginsAside from making it easier for CD Projekt Red to consolidate the various endings of The Witcher 2 into one starting point for the game world, it's hard to believe that Nilfgaard won't be able to conquer those regions: Aedirn either has no king or a weak one, Temeria is either in civil war or has been recently conquered by Redania and/or Kaedwen and the Pontar Valley is either a recently formed sovereign nation or recently conquered Kaedwen territory. It's hard to believe that those regions will be able to hold out long against the might of Nilfgaard.
The mentioned Sex Face Turn on a sorceress is with Yennefer.Still amnesiac like Geralt, she wasn't quite as lucky in finding friends that knew her before and was led astray by those who would manipulate her. A roll with Geralt breaks the amnesia.
Geralt will be able to get Dijkstra's help in bringing down Philipa for goodIn the books, Dijkstra had to flee Redania when he learned too much about Phil's schemes. He probably holds a grudge, and if anyone is smart enough to beat Phil, it's him.
The game's tutorial will take place at Kaer Moerhen, in a Flash Back.The E3 trailer gave a glimpse of a castle that looked very much like Kaer Moerhen from the first game, but the region the game takes place in is nowhere near the Witchers' fortress in Kaedwen. But one of the big things about the story is Geralt's memory coming back. What better way to demonstrate it, than by flashing back to Geralt's youth as a Witcher in training?
Letho will return.It could end up being based on an imported save file and the player's choices in the second game, but one of the witchers with Geralt in the Sword of Destiny Trailer lacks sleeves and has some very beefy arms. We don't see much more of him than that, but he's the only witcher in that sequence not shown fighting like Vesemir, Eskel and Lambert. He's also the furthest from Geralt in the shot of them all standing behind Geralt amidst all those monster corpses.