From Witcher II to Witcher III

Of all the games I deemed my favorite, the latest is without a doubt The Witcher III: The Wild Hunt. Hat’s off to the people of CD Project Red for giving me and many others, a truly unforgettable experience. It’s so good I’ll call it the Skyrim of its time. It is epic and awesome and I have burst many a blood vessel in my eyeballs, playing the game on the 32″ TV I installed as a computer screen… I regret nothing!

It was amazing playing it. I loved the realistic weather, the characters, and NPCs, the attention to detail is incredible, something I can appreciate wholeheartedly. One of these details is from importing saved games from previous installments. How awesome it is when you’re playing The Witcher II with your armor and swords from The Witcher I? Or, the tattoo you didn’t get to erase when you had the chance in The Witcher II, and there it is, exactly how you left it, on Geralt’s neck in The Witcher III. I really don’t care that I get a stat boost because I have these items from the previous game and are way above your starting kit, it’s the familiarity, the immersion it creates… you are in fact continuing the story with the same character chronologically, and with whatever irreversible shit that you let happen to him… and that is magical, in a gamer sense.

But you know what? I realized something after playing The Witcher II a bunch of times, just to see the various outcomes, and there are sixteen possible outcomes, depending on the consequences your actions entailed. The guys at CDPR… I don’t know what happened there, but they forgot or oversaw a major point! Why have the option to import games if you’re just going to ignore the story completely?

In The Witcher II, you get to partially if not completely avoid the witch hunt that you’re dropped into in The Witcher III, because you go save Triss Merigold in the third chapter instead of helping Iorveth or Vernon Roche, depending whose side you took. Or Anais, Foltest’s daughter? What happened to her? If I finished The Witcher II by saving her from Dethmold, how come I don’t hear a thing about her? Not even a rumor? A passage in a book? A whisper in the streets? Shame. I would have wanted to know what happened!

Or should I just read the books? Fine…

I get why they might have done this. They, the CDPR people… It would have been a monumental task to come up with just as many quests related to the political intrigues that took place in The Witcher II. It would turn out to be a massive game, I mean it already is huge.

But there was a way… to have it all…

The Witcher III, along with its expansions, is the last installment. Ever… They should have made an in-between game, like Assassin’s Creed’s Brotherhood/Revelations. It’s still part of the second game, though not an expansion, but a stand-alone game, following the same story, or more precisely, resolving to end certain conflicts, to tie up loose ends, and only then continue with the third installment, The Wild Hunt. Yes, I know Geralt completely regained his memory and then went in search of his lost love, Yennefer… But I’m pretty sure Vernon Roche would have convinced him one last time to help him keep Temeria independent, or join Iorveth and Saskia in establishing the free state of Aedirn because freedom is an ideal worth putting aside looking for your long lost whatever she is, he doesn’t even know! Actually, we might have had some insight on how he started looking for Yennefer, and consequently what exactly happened between him and Triss. I wanna know, damn it!

By doing this “intermission” game, they could have graciously milked the franchise and made some money, while myself and many other fans of The Witcher series, would have enjoyed it a little while longer.

Oh, and I seriously doubt they’ll put anything related to the events, the unfinished business, from The Witcher II in the next expansion, Blood & Wine. They didn’t do much in the first one, Hearts of Stone, if you don’t count Shani and the Knights of the Flaming Rose (who have turned rogue after their disbandment), but they’re brought back from The Witcher I (the Knights in The Witcher II we’re hardly there so eh…). But it’s not enough! And really CDPR did seem like they suddenly remembered to add them in somewhere… Hmmm, you know what? If they brought Shani and the Knights of the Flaming Rose back from The Witcher I, in the first expansion, do you think we’ll get some closure from the events in The Witcher II, in the second expansion? Just connecting the dots…

*Skeptically waits for The Witcher III: Blood and Wine Expansion Pack…

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