Witcher 3 - Preview @ Digitally Downloaded
A preview of the Witcher 3 combined with questions answered by CD Projekt RED's head of marketing, Michal Platkow-Gilewski, can be found at Digitally Downloaded.
In the live gameplay demo I saw this rich mythology and theme in action where Geralt fought against a creature based on the Slavic Leshy. In one particular instance that was shown in the demo, Geralt entered a small village looking for some information for the main quest. On obtaining that information he could have left the village to continue on with the main story, but a side quest pops up - murder's been done in the village and the people think they're haunted by a malicious spirit (this being the Leshy).
Geralt, should he decide to help (and he does in our demo) is provided with two alternative ways to deal with the problem, presented by different, opposing villagers. Both options have a certain degree of moral ambiguity to them, but after choosing one, playing through an investigation sequence (where Geralt follows a series of clues to three totems that need to be destroyed), the monster emerges and the big fight happens.
Then Geralt returns to the village to find that the villager he sided with took the opportunity of the disruption created by the monster to slaughter his rival and his allies. So much for picking sides.
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