We love The Witcher. So naturally, when another game starts causing a ruckus with Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, we’re pretty mad.
And that’s precisely what Assassin’s Creed has been doing.
Take a look at CD Projekt RED’s new trailer for Withcer 3: Wild Hunt and you’ll notice a few things. Sure, it looks amazing. It’s graphically beautiful. It’s got all the essential elements we’ve come to expect from The Witcher. You know, the vital stuff like sex and monsters.
But there’s also something else creeping in here. Something is not welcome.
It’s that faint whiff of Assassin’s Creed.
Assassin’s Creed has had one hell of an influence on open world adventure games. Near every recent open world game is packed full of blatant Assassin’s Creed-ness. It’s a phenomenon which Erik Kain is calling “Assassin’s Creed Syndrome”.
As Kain says, “A game suffering from ACS never lacks for something to do. There’s side-missions galore, treasure (or junk, depending on your perspective) to find everywhere, and various challenges to overcome, all of which is optional or semi-optional.”
Kain goes on to state that games that suffer from Assassin’s Creed Syndrome are full of additional missions and challenges. Far Cry 4, for instance, lets you shoot stunt videos, save hostages, defend outposts, buy stuff, and do all sorts of superfluous things that are really irrelevant to the overall narrative of the game.
Kain says, “It’s the MMO-ification of video games, in a sense, even of video games that are mostly single-player.”
Witcher 3: Wild Hunt seems to be on the verge of suffering a bout of Assassin’s Creed Syndrome. In the video (below) the narrator tells you that you can liberate areas from monsters and that those places will then become bustling hubs almost exactly like Assassin’s Creed. Then the narrator tells you all the wonderful things you can do in the Northern Kingdoms. You can have sex, play cards, race horses, get drunk, follow your heart, brawl… again, it’s Assassin’s Creed.
But here’s the deal. The Witcher has always been fantastic due to its amazing stories. How is the narrative possibly going to maintain momentum when you’re off completing all manner of side quests?
Listen, CD Projekt RED, we love The Witcher the way it is. We want The Withcer 3: Wild Hunt to be a Witcher game. Don’t let Assassin’s Creed lead you to ruin what is a truly stellar series.