Here’s what the first demo for The Witcher looked like back in 2002

Gare – Tuesday, May 26, 2015 9:32 PM
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The Witcher – the original game, that is – was released a long, long time ago, in the distant past of 2007, starring the white-haired Geralt of Rivia. That wasn’t always the case, though: before The Witcher became the game we all know today, it was something very, very different. A recently released video by Ryszard Chojnowski, project lead for the first game, reveals that the first, 2002 demo for The Witcher was originally a top-down RPG inspired by Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance that didn’t even use Geralt as the main character. As it turns out, different members of the team had different visions in mind for the game.

“The programmer wanted it to be a short and simple action title, whereas me and the art team and the writers yearned for a full-fledged RPG”, he explains.

Eventually, though, the project was cancelled, and was started from scratch, eventually becoming The Witcher we’re all familiar with. But that’s a video for another day.


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