The Witcher 3 dev introduces Ciri as playable character

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt RED has unveiled the fantasy-RPG’s second playable character: Ciri.

The female witcher will be playable at certain parts in the game, and will complement the overall story of main protagonist, Geralt, the developer clarified.

CD Projekt RED’s Robert Malinowski commented, "Ciri is playable only during certain moments in the game – we introduce her to give gamer another perspective in the story to make it even more engaging. You won’t play her for long periods of time, but 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 provides 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."

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is due out in May 2015 for PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One.