Six Incredible Facts About The Witcher 3 You Probably Didn’t Know
From Dandelion’s darkest secrets to Geralt’s growing beard, get ready for a heap of Witcher 3 fun facts.
The Witcher 3 is one of the best fantasy games from the last decade, and as that decade draws to a close, it’s clear that nothing can top this game. The game is incredibly immersive and deep in a way that not many other games can rival it. This universally acclaimed game has some hidden tidbits embedded deep in the gameplay and lore and can be much more difficult to come across. Thus, we have curated a list of some Witcher 3 fun facts to sink your teeth into that you probably didn’t know before.
The Game Has 36 Endings
The amount of choices given throughout the Witcher 3 is just one of the reasons it is so popular and well-loved. Side-quests in this game are bountiful, and many of them directly affect the main quest lines. Making choices as Geralt changes the outcome of the story vastly, but how many times exactly can the story be changed? The answer is, 36 times! Unfortunately, players are not presented with 36 individual ending cutscenes (of which there are only three), but instead many of these endings come in the form of minute alterations to the game’s world at the end.
The NPC Programming Is Immaculately Complex
The Witcher 3’s animation is incredibly outstanding, but that is not the only reason the NPCs in the game stand out as believable and realistic characters with lives of their own. The programming put into the routines of the NPCs in the game is truly a labor of love, without which the players wouldn’t be faced with such an immersive game world.
Over 1,500 People Worked On The Game
After the remarkable success of the first Witcher game and especially The Witcher 2, the Polish game studio CD Projekt Red made sure to throw everything they could at the creation of the third. This resulted in over 1,500 people working to make sure The Witcher 3 was everything it could possibly be.
One Million Lines Of Code
It’s no secret that video games require a lot of work. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is no exception; its map is enormous, there are countless NPCs and dialogue options, and it is stuffed to the brim with all sorts of events and items. To put all of that into perspective, The Witcher 3 game comprises over one million lines of code. Nearly 30,000 of those lines were used for the game’s dialogue alone. The developers really had their work cut out for them!
It Has The Biggest Maps In Fantasy Gaming
CD Projekt Red skillfully curated an open world so vast without making it feel sparse and empty, but they managed to make every nook and cranny explorable and teeming with life. The Witcher 3’s map is around 35 times the size of The Witcher 2’s map and about 20% bigger than the map in Bethesda’s current fantasy heavy-hitter ‘The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.’ It has been calculated that it takes approximately 40 minutes to travel around the entirety of The Witcher 3’s map on Roach’s back.
A Ghost Ship Emerges Near Skellige
There’s a chain of islands up north from the mainland in The Witcher 3. Up in these frozen waters, it’s very easy to get lost without using the mini-map. Since it’s so spooky up there, it’s only fitting that once a day and once a night, you can spot a ghost ship sailing around. This ship can’t be interacted with at all, and only appears for a split second before diving back beneath the waters.
There you have it! Six fun facts about The Witcher 3 that you can most definitely brag about to your friends!