Elixirs play a very important part in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, as they have also done so in the past installments. There’s more to just entering frays and swinging swords in front of provoked beasts and unmentionable beings.
Drinking the right potions can give you a huge advantage in battle. Perhaps you’d want Geralt to see better in the dark to capitalize on vision, boost defensive capabilities, move faster with heightened agility, or deal killing blows with additional offensive strength.
However, elixirs are incredibly toxic and there’s only a certain amount you can drink before facing the consequences. In the new game, these effects are going to show on Geralt’s face.
Speaking with Game Informer, the game’s lead quest designer Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz said that the more potions Geralt drinks, the more his facial appearance will change.
“Geralt’s face actually changes the higher his toxicity is,” he said. “As you know, Witcher elixirs are highly toxic, and could kill a human if he/she drank one. Witchers are more resistant to this toxin, but it does influence them.
“In game you have this ‘toxicity bar,’ which shows you how intoxicated Geralt is. The higher the toxicity bar, the more those toxic changes show on Gerald’s face. His face becomes unnaturally pale, his veins become visible and there seem to be black, dark circles appear under his eyes, etc.”
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is set for release on May 19 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.