Polish developer CD Projekt RED has hit their final home run in the fantasy genre now that The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine, the final DLC pack for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, is finally ready to come out on May 31.
The DLC will be focusing around the game’s main character, witcher Geralt of Rivia, as he takes a trip out of the grim and war-torn Northern Kingdoms, down south to the Nilfgaard duchy of Toussaint. Toussaint is prime wine-making country and also has a proud knightly culture, but there is a sinister undercurrent to the bright and colorful region.
From what we see in the 20 minutes of gameplay, Toussaint is more beautiful than anything in the base Witcher 3 game. Vineyards and farms stretch as far as the eye can see in between forested mountains, and windmills are a common sight. Knights dressed in bright colors patrol the roads, and wildlife trots around freely in flower-colored fields.
This all provides a very nice break away from Velen, the main game area of The Witcher 3 and its swampy, war-torn regions. That’s not to say, however, that Toussaint doesn’t have its own share of monsters. In those 20 minutes of gameplay, we see three different fights with monsters.
The first of these is with what appears to be a giant, where Geralt will have the assistance of three other knights. The second, a vampiress (in what actually looks like something of a parallel to the “A Night To Remember” trailer that came out just before the game release) in the basement of a building, and third, some kind of shelled creature with rocky skin that rolls around.
Whatever monsters we’ll be facing, The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine seems to be a worthy send-off to Geralt of Rivia and the Northern Kingdoms we’ve come to love, and hopefully CD Projekt RED’s next game, Cyberpunk 2077, can equal or even surpass it. If you want to look at the gameplay for yourself. Be warned, the entire thing is in Polish.