CD Projekt RED has released a great new animation, recapping the story of The Witcher, so that players may be more familiar with the franchise when they jump into The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition later this month.
While you don't have to have played The Witcher to understand and enjoy The Witcher 2, it's great that CD Projekt RED has put this together just the same for lore junkies who can't get enough backstory. Be advised, however, if you haven't played The Witcher and plan to at some point in the future, there are major spoilers in the above video.
“The story of The Witcher 2 begins just after the events of the first part. But you don’t have to know the previous events, because the sequel has a completely new story and sends the protagonist, Geralt, east of Wyzima (the main location of the first game)," says Marcin Blacha, a story writer at CD Projekt RED. "There the witcher will meet some old friends: Triss Merigold, the poet Dandelion, the dwarf Zoltan Chivay. Those who played the first game will recall some of this cast. A few dialogs refer to the first game, but recognizing these references just gives a little more meaning. If The Witcher 2 is your first encounter with Geralt, you will smoothly enter the story. Those who know the first game will feel the continuity between the both parts.”
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