Geralt of Rivia’s reputation as the all-time famous Witcher across CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher series is most certainly well-earned: after all, we’re talking about a monster hunting veteran who has felled ferocious beasts ranging from chimeras to wyverns.
So perhaps it’s more than apt that he’s heading over to Capcom’s Monster Hunter: World in early 2019, where plenty of creatures will soon meet their demise by his signature steel sword. The aforementioned date is, unsurprisingly, only applicable to PS4 and Xbox One owners, so PC gamers will have to wait for a little while longer.
It almost sounds like Geralt is set to be a playable character, which is unlike other crossovers for the game – its earlier collaborations with Street Fighter 5 and Horizon Zero Dawn, for instance, only saw the inclusion of cosmetics and side quests, not added character playability. This time, however, players can step into the shoes of the monster slayer and embark on “Witcher-inspired quests”, while relishing “a unique gameplay experience blending RPG mechanics of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with Monster Hunter: World‘s game mechanics.”
Adding on to the above point, CD Projekt Red proceeds to elaborate that Geralt’s fighting style will be retained, which is described to have a seamless blend of “swordplay, combat magic, and an assortment of monster-hunting equipment.”
The planned launch of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt crossover event places it before the game’s upcoming expansion. Titled Iceborne, the latter is primed to arrive on PS4 and Xbox One in Fall 2019, with tons of new weapons, quests, environments, and monsters in tow. Cold weather is a given, and the size is said to be rather massive – almost adhering to that of previous expansions, such as Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. Unfortunately, the PC version remains undated.
Between Geralt’s hacking away in Soulcalibur VI and this impending collaboration, the Witcher sure is enjoying the limelight that comes with these crossover efforts. With Super Smash Bros. Ultimate introducing a character expansion DLC that features Persona 5′s Joker and four other unrevealed figures, there’s a possibility that he may head over to the Nintendo Switch as well. There’s no harm in hoping, after all!
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