The Witcher 3 trailer's secret message uncovered, reveals crossbows and horse racing

As a normal person, you probably watched The Witcher 3's trailer , thought, "yes, that is a mighty fine trailer," and then didn't go searching for hidden paragraphs of text buried in a single frame at the end. However, there exists a secret cabal of super-powered internet users that, rather than waste their time saving the world, are instead committed to uncovering hidden facts about upcoming RPGs. As such, new details about CD Projekt's anticipated sequel have been revealed.

The message was found and transcribed by Reddit user 'xylempl' .

"We've missed you!

"Today you got a look at the third trailer for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. We hope you liked it!

"There's so much more in this game that is's just impossible to show everything withing two and a half minutes. Still we tried :)

"More importantly we just showed you some of the main characters

"Geralt's close friends and some of the last witchers remaining in the world - Vesemir, Eskel and Lambert - will play a big part in the game, as well their famous fortress Kaer Morhen.

"You also got a glimpse of the renowned bard Dandelion and the sorceress Triss Merigold.

"Emhyr var Emreis, Emperor of Nilfgaard, the most powerful man in the world of The Witcher also made an appearance. Recognize his voice?

"And then there was Ciri!

"And Yennefer!

"By the way, if you're new to the series, don't worry, the game will introduce you into all you need to know, and you'll start loving (and hating!) characters in no time!

"Also, you've been asking us many questions about gameplay features and we're finally ready to answer some of them - so here it goes:

  • "Yes, you will be able to fight while on horseback

  • "The crossbow. Yup, Geralt can use ranged weapon. Because sometimes monsters fly and you can't reach them.

  • "Remember swimming and sailing. You'll be able to dive and search for a lot of hidden stuff too. There's a whole underwater world to discover.

  • "Horse racing anyone?

"You also got to hear more music from the game. This particular track was composed by Marcin Przybyłowicz & Percival. We'd love to hear your feedback. Fire away in the comments or on the game's Facebook/Twitter/forums. Remember, we're always listening, even if we're not getting back to you.

"The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Team, CD PROJEKT RED

"PS. If you're still waiting for more (you are, right?), please be patient. We're just warming up.

"PPS. Have you seen the Collector's Edition video? What do you think about the figure?

"PPPS. We've just announced a closed multiplayer beta of The Witcher Adventure Game -------- & let the guys ------ you."

There's a lot to take in there but, to my mind, one of the most important revelations is that "the game will introduce you into all you need to know". As great as The Witcher 2 was, it didn't do much to get those who'd understandably skipped the first game up to speed.

As revealed last night, The Witcher 3 is due out 24 February, 2015.


Phil has been PC gaming since the '90s, when RPGs had dice rolls and open world adventures were weird and French. Now he's the deputy editor of PC Gamer; commissioning features, filling magazine pages, and knowing where the apostrophe goes in '90s. He plays Scout in TF2, and isn't even ashamed.
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