Ciri, a woman burdened under the weight of ancient blood and prophecy, joins Geralt as a playable character in The Witcher 3.
CD Projekt RED decided that adding another playable character would provide new narrative opportunities that players would be able to enjoy. Ciri is the last of a lost Elven lineage and wields considerable power, a power which has drawn the wrath of the Wild Hunt and the Kingdom of Nilfgaard. The CD Projekt stresses that her inclusion as a playable character isn't the a shift in focus from Geralt. "[Ciri] is not playable in the same way as Geralt -- the game is still about him, his story," they clarified.
The team also has this to say about Ciri:
Ciri boasts exceptional swordfighting abilities, as well as several unique skills that will gradually unlock as you play. She’s fast and agile, she can blink (as seen in the Elder Blood trailer), but -- most importantly -- there’s something dormant in her, a mythical power, but we’ll say more about that in the future.
The announcement comes alongside the release of several new screenshots that can be seen here.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is currently set for release on May 19.