It's The Witcher 3's five-year anniversary today! To celebrate the birthday of one of the most influential games of the past decade, one of the game's lead writers reflected on its storied development, including how the world-hopping quest was originally planned out.
You can read the extensive, exclusive interview with The Witcher 3's writer Jakub Szamałek over on our sister site VG247. When asked if the world-jumping quest towards the end of the game was originally longer, the writer replied "I wouldn't say it was longer, but it was different, and it went through many, many different iterations."
"I think one of the places you visited in the first version was a mental asylum where you had to talk to the inmates in order to figure out where's the next portal," Szamałek continued. Of course this would all be scrapped, as the final segment features Geralt travelling through several worlds with only the help of the enigmatic elf Avallac'h.
If you're familiar with The Witcher 3, you'll know that this is Ciri's power: hopping between worlds in the blink of an eye. This is where Ciri teases that she's been to the world in which Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt's next game, takes place, describing a world in which everyone had their own "floating vehicle."
Will we actually see a Ciri cameo in Cyberpunk 2077 later this year? It's anyone's guess right now, but to celebrate the five-year anniversary of The Witcher 3, you can check out the litany of in-depth stories over on VG247, including an infamous bug involving a goose, a plan for Ciri having an ice skating sword fight, and more.