The Witcher 3: Skills & Armor Systems

Posted Feb 19, 2015
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The Witcher 3 is probably the most highly anticipated title of 2015 and understandably so. CD Projekt RED’s open world RPG is potentially one of the most breathtakingly beautiful and immersive experiences ever to grace the world of video games. The team has delayed the game to further enhance the experience and make sure that all aspects of the game are covered in depth so as to provide a totally fulfilling adventure for the fans of the franchise.

A deep and intuitive upgrade system lies in the heart of The Witcher 3

CD Projekt RED revealed some new information about The Witcher 3 skills and armor system. They explained the following, via the official forum:

Activated skills determine tactics. You choose (activate) some of them and you have resources to manage (stamina and adrenaline), so behaviour in combat depends on skill choices. In other words, to use your build properly, you cast signs, parry, dodge and hit with you sword more or less frequently. Some skills grant additional signs modes or special blows.

There are 3 types of armor elements: light, medium and heavy. Protection they grant is less important than synergy with combat tactics they are designed for. For example heavy armor favors agressive swordfighting. But you can mix armor elements to balance bonuses they offer.

If you like to tweak and customize, you’ll find it attractive, I think.

Community Manager Marcin Mormot continued to clarify,

Here’s the way the skill development works.

There are 4 groups of skills. Swordsmanship, Alchemy, Signs and Miscellaneous. The fifth group some folks were talking about is Mutagens.

As you level up the character, you unlock various skills. You can then assign them to one of the slots. Assigning a skill to a slot makes it active – you can activate and deactivate skills at will making custom builds to suit your current needs best. There are up to 12 slots (+ 4 for mutagens) which are being unlocked as you progress – mutagens modify skills making the skills stronger. To make mutagens even more effective, it’s best to use the same type of mutagen and skills in one combination.

It does indeed seem like a very deep and intuitive system, that will further enhance The Witcher 3 experience. As the release draws nearer, anticipation runs wild and there is no doubt in my mind, that The Witcher 3 will end up being one of 2015’s best titles and probably a contender for Game of the Year. You can rest assured, that we will bring you any new information that comes to light. If you haven’t already, you can stream or download some high quality uncompressed footage from Gamersyde. May 19th can’t come soon enough.

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