CD Projekt RED are known for their impressive visuals, and The Witcher 3’s upcoming “Blood and Wine” expansion continues the trend.
No, the above image isn’t a picture from a tourism board for a European country; it is one of the first screenshots from CD Projekt RED’s upcoming expansion to The Witcher 3. “Blood and Wine” is said to be in the neighborhood of 20 hours in completed length, but when you have gorgeous castles overlooking a robust, vibrant village below, who knows if those 20 hours will take stopping and staring into account.
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The official description from The Witcher 3 website sells it better than I can. “Blood and Wine, a 20-hour tale that will introduce the all-new in-game region of Toussaint, will take Geralt to a land untainted by war, where an atmosphere of carefree indulgence and knightly ritual masks an ancient, bloody secret.” The screenshot link indicates that this is called, “The palace of Beauclair,” a place which will no doubt be important to the plot line of Blood and Wine.
While The Witcher 3 isn’t one to shy away from a weaving color palette, one can’t help but feel drawn into the blues and reds of the above image, blending perfectly to fit its own aesthetic style. Considering it is the mixture of the two in various light levels that helps create the colors of blood and wine, it’s the perfect location to hold a secretive, gruesome ritual. It’s the contrast that is important.
The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine is the second and final planned expansion pack for the game, and will head to the PC, PS4 and Xbox One in the first half of 2016.