One 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.
- This mystery woman also has a witcher's silver sword packed on her horse. Ciri received a Witcher's swordsmanship training regimen.
- Pretty much confirmed by the E3 trailer.
Triss 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.
- The climate is indeed cooling, but to honestly call it the onset of icy times (and not a foreshadowing them heavy snowfall), it would need to be decades after the first game. Flash-forwards from the Saga show a fully functioning society hundred years into the future. On the other hand, it is not impossible that this scene depicts Geralt sent (by Ciri?) into the future. But, hey, "Winter is Coming!"
- It's also possible that the Wild Hunt is having a hand at hastening the Wolf's Blizzard into a much more immediate threat.
- Yes on all counts.
- This hinges largely on their both surviving the events of the second game. On Iorveth's path, he'll be mortally wounded if Geralt opts to save Triss, and Roche will have been sent to the Yaruga River - otherwise known as the area that Nilfgaard starts their invasion of the North from. While Roche definitely lives on his path, Iorveth was on the losing side of the siege of Vergen, so his fate is up in the air.
- Jossed. Iorveth does not appear in the main game, no word yet on the expansions.
- Not completely Jossed, Roche is present.
- Or Sile
- Or Philippa
- Síle has a good chance of being dead after the previous game, and Philippa really isn't into men. Also, she's kind of missing both eyes after the events in the previous game.
- The closest to this is a fling with Kiera Metz who is never evil but can be persuaded to help by a one night stand with Geralt. Yennefer has her memory completely back already.
In 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.
- Considering the games' grey morality and multiple choices, it's just as likely that the two might team up, and even that you might team up with them. It doesn't always pay to obsess about old betrayals, and Philippa would have Ciri's best interests in mind, as well, if only for self-serving reasons.
- Jossed. Geralt needs Philippa's help in this game, and it's Dijkstra who gets in the way of that.
- This appears to be half confirmed by the most recent press releases. Only the prologue/tutorial will focus on Ciri's training at Kaer Moerhen, not Geralt's.
- Half-right. The tutorial is actually a dream of Kaer Moerhen. It depicts events that never actually happened but which are idyllic before things take a turn for the worse and Geralt wakes up.
- I don't thinks so, for two reasons. One, Letho has a 50/50 chance of being dead, and if alive promised that we'd never see him again. Two, the unknown witcher is nowhere near big enough to be Letho. Given that there are supposed to be five witchers of the School of the Viper (four of which are accounted for), and Geralt's flashbacks show four other witchers accompanying him south (three of which are accounted for), I'd give good odds that this mystery fellow is the last of the the Vipers. On an unrelated note, his character model reminds me far more of Berengar, but we all know what's wrong with that theory.
- Based on comments some reviewers have made, it sounds like Letho can indeed make a comeback, after all!
- Well, Ciri is the Child of Destiny. Geralt's quest is, in essence, to help prop Ciri up to her rightful place. It's very much in the realm of possibility that Ciri will be the one to ultimately resolve the conflict of the game, with Geralt playing a secondary role as her protector and assistant.
- Jossed. He does. Ciri is otherwise occupied.
- Jossed only in a manner of speaking, since the biggest bad is the Cthulhuesque White Frost, and Ciri does, in fact, destroy it as she was destined to, after Geralt takes care of Eredin.
- This seems decidedly improbable. Alvin was never anything more than a stand-in for Ciri in terms of the plot, and now that she herself has returned, there really isn't any need to have him appear, any more. Considering that CDPR completely ignored his plotline in their Witcher story recap, it seems more likely that he is being quietly excised from the canon entirely.
- Alvin's story was neatly wrapped up as a Stable Time Loop in the first game, though. He can't be too involved in this game since he needs to grow up and become the first game's big bad.
- Jossed. Alvin serves no purpose in the game, aside from leaving a letter behind for Geralt in a side quest.
- Jossed. Ciri saved him.
- While there's little doubt that there's going to be an Enhanced Edition, the probability of it adding any new regions is pretty much nil, and in any case the game emphasises how little Geralt cares about politics. Having an entirely new storyline revolving exclusively around the political situation of a city is unbelievable to say the least. All I personally hope from the EE is added depth to the endgame; more interaction with Eredin and Avallac'h, more information about the White Frost and the Elder Blood — as well as a more complex and challenging final bossfight.
- Certainly is won't involve Roche since he's already part of the existing questlines.
- Roach's name actually refers to the species of fish, not insect.
- That would also explain why some people like Cynthia who's very existence shouldn't be public knowledge are in there.
Furthermore the world she described to Geralt when they finally met as a one where she hid from Eredrin for six months sounded pretty much like a Cyberpunk setting.
- Certainly possible that all Ciri's really doing is casting Plane Shift and/or Greater & Interplanetary Teleport, but there is another side to this. If the Witcher secretly takes place within the greater D&D cosmology - which, in theory, with a wink and a nod, includes most all fictional settings - then the White Frost actually becomes drastically less dangerous on the macro scale. There are a multitude of creatures in D&D that are immune to the negative effects of the cold and would thrive in worlds overcome by the White Frost; it would still be an absolutely massive extinction event, but not a total one.
- It seems unlikely that the Witcher world exists in a reality with hard and fast rules of who is good and evil.
Note I'm not saying TGITT is a benevolent entity— her plaguing of Downwarren and her destruction of that village are proof that she can be incredibly cruel, violent, and vindictive. But none of that awfulness was random. She was specifically targeting the village most loyal to the Crones, who murdered her. Her actions weren't justified— the poor saps in Downwarren really didn't have much choice in allegiance— but this wasn't simple wanton destruction, it was lashing out against the Crones. She couldn't kill them herself, so she tried getting at them through their servants.
The Crones make her out to be an utterly evil creature consumed by bloodlust, but they're manipulative, deceitful monsters themselves. Think about the way they tried to make Ciri out to be "mischievous, stubborn, and selfish" when all the poor girl had done was try not to get dismembered and handed over to the Wild Hunt. They did tell Geralt the truth in the end, but only when he pressed them. They are, to put it lightly, unreliable. The book "She Who Knows" might not be any better, as most of the people who know about the Crones worship them— it might have been written by one of their cultists.
TGITT might be a cruel entity, and she might go to great lengths for revenge. But it could be that as long as you aren't on her bad side and don't profess loyalty to any of her enemies, she'll leave you alone— which is more than can be said of the Crones. All in all, TGITT might be more an example of Nature Is Not Nice than a genuine Complete Monster.
He is just someone who managed something Yennefer couldn't, completely and utterly tamed a Djinn, and uses it's power as his own, of note are his Jackass Genie tendencies, giving people what they want but in a very twisted way, he helps Geralt escape from the Ofieri not by busting him oout of his cell, but by summoning a storm, he then mentions he used no spells to do so, the only things that have been shown to affect the weather without spells are the Wild Hunt and Djinn.
He is the de facto head of the government already, and seems to have enough political pull to prevent the rest of Tir na Lia from sending reinforcements to Eredin. He could also use his knowledge of Eredin's usurpation to incite his fellow Auberon loyalists to rebel against the weakened Eredin's faction which have lost 3 of their important figures, which may end up as a civil war.