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CD Projekt Red might be hard at work finishing off Cyberpunk 2077 right now, but the Polish studio and publisher hasn't forgotten about the Witcher series. Indeed, it's just announced that a brand-new Witcher game is on the way. I say again: new Witcher game, incoming.
With the mainline role-playing Witcher games on something of a hiatus in the wake of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (although last year's Switch port was a bit good), a couple of spin-off titles have already come out - a standalone version of the Gwent card game, and its rather-excellent story mode twist, Thronebreaker.
Now comes The Witcher: Monster Slayer - and much like those aforementioned other games, this isn't a big, open-world, high-end RPG experience. Well, I say that, but it is an incredibly open world, really. Monster Slayer is an augmented reality RPG that drops a variety of Witcher-y beasts into the real world, in a manner akin to Pokémon GO.
Check out the Leshen-starring trailer, below.
The game does have a degree of story to it, though - it's set before the events of the Witcher games so far, and casts the player as a new witcher, who has to seek out monsters across the Continent and, well, slay them. The clue's in the title, really.
Developed by Spokko - a studio owned by CD Projekt - The Witcher: Monster Slayer is said to use "advanced augmented reality features that transform the real world into the dark fantasy realm of The Witcher". NGL, pretty into it. But then, I've played a lot of The Witcher in my time. The game will present you with different monsters and challenges depending on your location, the time of day, and weather conditions.
Want more details? Oh, reader, of course you can have more details, directly from the PR's, um, mouth:
"Featuring console-grade visuals, Monster Slayer lets players explore the world around them while tracking, studying, and fighting monsters both new and familiar, using time of day and real-life weather conditions to gain the upper hand. Preparation is key in order to defeat tougher enemies, as players will need to brew powerful potions and oils, craft bombs and monster bait, and upgrade their character before putting these beasts to the sword and signs in first-person AR combat. In addition to battling monsters lurking close-by, the game also contains rich, story-driven quests inspired by other games from the series, taking players on full-fledged adventures that thrust them into the heart of what it means to be a professional monster slayer."
That all sounds very in keeping with other Witcher games, doesn't it. But, like, not like them, too. The Witcher: Monster Slayer will come out for iOS and Android devices later in 2020, and you can check out the game's official website here.
In related Witcher news, there's a new documentary about the making of the Netflix show out now - and funnily enough, it's on Netflix.
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