Developer CD Projekt Red gave thanks to fans of The Witcher series by posting a short video reminiscing about the past 10 years, narrated by Geralt. Oh, you were not aware? Difficult as it may be to fathom, next month marks the 10th anniversary of the original The Witcher game, which would go on to spawn two sequels and an Enhanced Edition of the first title, followed by a Director's Cut (same as Enhanced version, but without the censorship that was applied to the release in North America).
The video is particularly emotional if you are the type who measures life's milestones and relentless pace by what games you played at any particular point in time. For example, Super Mario Bros. on the original Nintendo Entertainment System is, for may 30-somethings, a reminder of youth and a time when the stresses of adult life had not yet entered the equation. Likewise, Pitfall on the Atari 2600 and Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders on the Commodore 64 conjure up images of life in the 1980s.
The Witcher is a bit younger than either of those examples, though in the land of technology, 10 years feels like an eternity. In 2007, the GeForce 8800 Ultra was the baddest graphics card on the block. And if you were rolling in the dough, you might have paired one (or two) with an Intel Core 2 Extreme quad-core QX6850 processor.
For Geralt, his journey is not measured by advances in technology, but by the people he has met and quests he has been on throughout three games spanning a decade.
"Been through hell and high water you and me. The fact is, you know me better than anyone else does," Geralt says in his anniversary video. "I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for you. Thanks for everything. And know we all miss you, old friend."
The feeling is mutual, and there is plenty of thanks to go around. CD Projekt Red deserves a heartfelt "thank you," as does polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, who penned the fantasy novels The Witcher games are based on.