Every time we see The Witcher 3, it looks better and better. The demo shown today at a San Diego Comic-Con panel picked up right where the E3 press demo left off. Geralt had just restored Johnny's voice; in return, he leads Geralt to a decrepit-looking hut housing an equally decrepit woman. Turns out, she's actually a medium for a trio of witches, who are trapped inside a tapestry and possess the old woman to communicate. They point Geralt in the direction of a tree where they say a great evil resides, and give him a ritual dagger.
To get the job done, Geralt heads out of the swamp and into a forest, just as dusk falls into night under a full moon. The lunar cycle makes Geralt job's harder, because soon after finding a body covered in claw marks, he's accosted by a hulking werewolf and his two attack dogs. Luckily, Geralt came prepared, having already equipped himself with an empowering potion--a double-edged sword, since chugging too many potions will actually make Geralt start tripping balls from high toxicity levels. The werewolf's swipes are vicious, but with an agile combination of carefully timed dodges, sword slashes, and the fiery blast of an Igni spell, Geralt dices the lycanthrope into mincemeat. That leaves the path clear to a cave beneath the roots of this fabled evil tree.
Inside, Geralt finds a repulsive growth that looks like a giant heart covered in spikes. It speaks to Geralt, warning that it knows of dark plots. Geralt, acting on behalf of shouts from the Comic-Con attendees, decides to simply kill the thing, chopping down the insects it sics on him in self-defense and burning the dark heart to a crisp. The job done, he encounters folks from a nearby town, who know that the three witches need payment for getting Geralt to take care of the tree. Without warning, one villager takes the ritual dagger from Geralt and cuts off his own ear. Curious but unfazed, Geralt returns it to the witches, who now reveal their hideous true forms that look nothing like the beautiful women in the tapestry. They take the ear with a cackle, and reveal to Geralt a glimpse at the return of a mysterious white-haired woman who's central to Wild Hunt's plot. We'll find out more as the game nears release next February.
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