The Witcher 2 - Preview @ The Escapist
The engine has been entirely rewritten to accommodate the branching story, multi-character dialogue system and new cinematics. We saw two sequences that showed off all three features to great effect. In the first, Geralt, his special lady friend, Triss Merigold, and a new character named Vernon Roche find themselves passing through a forest on the trail of a murderer. I won't spoil the story except to say that they encounter an elf named Iorweth. He's the captain of an elite unit that was destroyed in the recent war, and he and Roche seem to have had some sort of tension in the past. During the course of the dialogue, Iorweth and Roche do most of the talking, but the player, as Geralt, has the opportunity to interject from time to time with responses that are themed like those in Mass Effect and can steer the confrontation in a new direction. Things ended badly when we saw it, but there may be a way for Geralt to have a more calming effect on the encounter.
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