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Meet Witcher 3's Second Playable Character

A new playable character has been revealed for The Witcher 3, it's Witcheress Ciri. The news comes courtesy of CD Projekt RED who recently unveiled the startling information that has fans of the series in deep chatter.

During an earlier trailer we learned about a new character – for those of us who didn't read the books – named Ciri. She's a Witcheress who has been trained by Geralt of Rivia. According to CD Projekt RED, gamers will be able to take control of the female warrior who serves as a pivotal character throughout the entire plot of the upcoming medieval mid-fantasy RPG.

IGN picked up word from CD Projekt RED's Robert Malinowski, who broke down the the process in which gamers would take control of Ciri and her role in the game, saying...

Ciri is playable only during certain moments in the game – we introduce her to give gamers another perspective in the story to make it even more engaging," .... "You won’t play as her for long periods of time, but since she’s crucial to the plot, we thought that additional insight will allow gamers to better bond with this cool 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.”

It's not often in single-player role-playing games that center around a single character that we get to step into the shoes of a completely different character. Most times you build up and grow the protagonist or a few of the accompanying companions. Being able to control Ciri opens up some interesting possibilities. I do wonder exactly what sort of control players will have with Ciri and just how much interactivity she will have with the surrounding world?

In the previous gameplay trailers and teasers we only get glimpses of Ciri and hear about her story mostly in passing, but it's nice to know that CD Projekt is finally starting to open up about this mysterious character.

According to Malinowski, Geralt has a close bond with the character...

"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."

If you were hoping to get your hands on The Witcher 3 sooner rather than later, you're in for a rude awakening because the game was just recently delayed from its early 2015 release. The game's new release is now set for May 19th, 2015.

The delay caused a few groans from the crowd of gamers who have been desperately awaiting the release of the title. However, CD Projekt RED has made it known that it was a mistake to announce the release date so early even though they still had a few core elements to tweak and ensure that the game turns out right proper. Besides, we've had one too many games recently that have launched in very poor states.

Will Usher

Staff Writer at CinemaBlend.