The Witcher 2 '52 And A Half' Short Introduces Geralt Of Rivia

By Colin Tan on April 6, 2012, 12:22PM EST
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CD Projekt RED have published a new short, introducing the protagonist of The Witcher games, Geralt of Rivia.

Dubbed 52 and a half, the short runs on the REDengine, the same one that powers The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, one of the most gorgeous PC games to date.

As a Witcher, Geralt has been approached for his unique monster slaying skills; however, humans still fear him and demand that he leave once the job is done. You'll see a number of elements in the video that are part of The Witcher experience, such as Geralt's swords, potions, and signs.

Geralt carries around two swords, one made of silver, and another of steel. The former of which is more efficient against monsters, while the latter is more efficient against man - who can sometimes be more terrifying than monsters.

Moreover, due to his mutations, Geralt is able to consume normally lethal potions to enhance his combat proficiency. Topping that off is a Witcher's ability to utilize signs, a weaker magical energy separate from the arcane arts, allowing them to set their enemies on fire and the like.

Lastly, Geralt's wolf-head medallion acts as a precautionary warning for the Witcher, shivering whenever something dangerous lurks around. This means that Geralt is hardly found in a position of the hunted.

CD Projekt RED notes that there isn't any in-game footage in the short movie, and that it's a stand-alone story within The Witcher universe.

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