Screenshots of The Witcher: Monster Slayer are taking over. It's an RA mobile game like Pokémon Go, in which you search for creatures as you look at the world through your phone's camera, unless it's based on The Witcher, so instead of a Bulbasaur of big eyes, you may find yourself with an ass griffin on the roof or find a mutilated horse in the park. Neat!
The news today is that The Witcher: Monster Slayer will be released this month, July 21, for iOS and Android. It’s made by Polish developer Spokko, which Witcher RPG trilogy creator CD Projekt acquired in 2018. You won’t know the CD Projekt version of Geralt outside of a Starbucks, as Monster Slayer is set up “long before of Geralt of Rivia, "says the developer. (I guess it was back when Starbucks existed).
There they are human characters talking to you, though. Spokko says the missions in Monster Slayer will not be superficial, but "deep, story-based adventures inspired by the Witcher series." I'll call it a trial until I've seen nothing but a guy who seems to have drunk too much at a reindeer fair shouting "Save My Witcher" from a municipal park road.
Aside from this scene, last year’s game trailer (included below) also shows brushstrokes on how we’ll track monsters with wizard senses, fight them (it looks like a simple blocking and reduction timing game), we will investigate the beheadings of the horses and stock up on potions. To take away is that Monster Slayer is not intended as a visual toy: the novelty of running into a waterhag in the park is a bit appealing, but there is also a game to play. We'll see if it's good later this month.
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It’s a curious moment for The Witcher and CD Projekt. The Witcher 3 is considered one of the best PC role-playing games ever made, and in the six years since its release, its world has only become popular. The first season of The Netflix Witcher program starring Henry Cavill was a success and sparked a new wave of interest in Andrzej Sapkowski’s books on which the games and show are based. And yet, there isn’t a great developing Witcher role-playing game we know of. CD Projekt also maintains the card game derived from Gwent, but on the other hand, it seems to be focused on rescuing the legacy of Cyberpunk 2077, an OK game that was not the triumph of The Witcher 3 for so many.
On Friday, July 9, CD Projekt is collaborating with Netflix to present WitcherCon, a couple of live broadcasts where we will learn more about the show’s second season and other Witcher-related media. The Polish game maker has already said it will not announce a new Witcher game there. If you are working on one of them, it is very quiet, although the idea has not been ruled out.
Regarding The Witcher: Monster Slayer, can be played for free when it is released on July 21. We're not sure what will be sold in the app, but Pokémon Go sells Pokeballs, essential items that are also earned by playing, and various boosters that increase XP or attract Pokémon; they will probably be things like that.
If you’re ready to leave your PC to fight the endriagas (giant scorpions) while strolling through the Dank Wilderness (an empty lot somewhere) and have an Android phone, you can pre-register for the game on Google Play—Which means that you will receive a notification when it is available. It will also be on iOS. And definitely someone will make it work on the computer with false GPS coordinates, which will upset everyone who legitimately walks through the parking garages looking for strigas. We'll take him for a walk around our own municipal park later this month.