Breaking News: The Witcher 3 will have lots of sex
As fans of The Witcher know well, Geralt of Rivia is as much a lover as he is a fighter. When he’s not slaying monsters or saving villagers, he can often be found in the company of a beautiful woman, engaging in all manner of lustful endeavors. It shouldn’t come as a shock, then, that the upcoming third Witcher game will include a love scene or two. But just how much sex the game will have might surprise you.
Witcher developer CD Projekt Red has never shied away from including mature subject matter in their games. Whether it is sex or violence, the games take full advantage of their M ratings. But the adult content has never been there just to shock or titillate. Instead, it is used to deepen the player’s connection to the characters within the game, and to add layers of realism to the narrative. As reported on by The Guardian, never has this been more true than in the upcoming Witcher 3. The details contain minor spoilers, so if you don’t want to know anything about Geralt’s amorous adventures, turn back now.
Still with me? OK. According to The Guardian’s article, The Witcher 3 contains 16 hours (yes, hours) of sex scene motion capture data. Now, I am going to assume that there isn’t 16 hours of actual sex in this game. The figure most likely refers to the cumulative amount of time each actor took to perform the scenes. Still… that’s a lot of sex. But it’s not only the quantity that’s surprising. It’s also how quickly Geralt gets down to business. Within the first 15 seconds of the opening cinematic, we are reintroduced to our hero as he enjoys the afterglow of his latest erotic escapade. Senior game designer at CD Projekt Red Damien Monheir had the following to say about the sexual content.
“People might think we’re putting sex into the opening scene for no good reason No, no, no. We are establishing that your character was intimate with this woman recently in order to plant in your mind that, at very least, he must enjoy her company. Through sex we have shown that this is a person who Geralt would be compelled to chase after if she went missing. Sex is the quickest way in which to establish the relationship and provide a justification for the player to pursue this woman. We couldn’t just tell you to go find someone you don’t know or care about. It wouldn’t work.”
The article goes on to talk about the challenges the development team faced in creating the open world of The Witcher 3, while maintaining the plot driven experience fans have come to expect from the series. It’s well worth a read. The Witcher 3 will be released globally on May 19th. Unless, of course, it’s delayed again. Fingers crossed, everyone.