CD Projekt Red hinted last week that a second playable character would be included in the forthcoming The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Today, the company announced that it will be Ciri, mentored by Geralt himself. Players will play as Ciri at critical junctures in the story, though she will not be able to be selected as the default player character.
We introduce Ciri as supportive narrative tool and not because of gameplay mechanics. The Witcher was always about Geralt and that has not changed, but that handful of moments when you play as Ciri provide us with glimpses of how the story feels from the other side.
She’s a living weapon… and everyone wants to control her. This, plus she also has her own will and agenda, so it’s not just finding her that counts. I think that is the most important aspect of this character. Geralt knows Ciri since she was a child. She’s Geralt’s apprentice and they have a close emotional bond – he trained her so she could become a witcheress."