Gonna Need More Than One Can of Raid
Unlike Pokémon Go, the monsters indigenous to The Witcher: Monster Slayer are a lot less shy when it comes to showing just how frail, squishy and red humans really are inside. Pokéballs give way to swords of silver and iron. Instead of a bruised ego, failure to contain said monsters usually ends with a severed jugular and guts strewn about a dank, dark cave.
Much like Niantic’s 2016 smash hit, The Witcher: Monster Slayer is a free-to-play, augmented-reality, location-based RPG set in Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher universe. Players can take on the role of warrior-monks just like Geralt of Rivia. Ply your trade as a professional exterminator (for lack of a better term). Research monster habits and prepare potions before inevitably facing your quarry in high-stakes combat.
In addition to ridding the world of blood-curdling, nightmarish predators, players can expect to complete story-driven quests similar to what CD Projekt Red offered in their iconic original trilogy. Basilisks, ghouls and leshens are all ripe for the slaughter. Plus, there are all-new horrors for players to throw their lives away on. All going well, you’ll be able to walk away mostly intact. Hopefully with a bloody trophy and a purse full of coin. After all, Witchers don’t work for free.
Life for many in The Witcher is often harsh, bloody and short. Do not be fooled. These monsters are not cute. These monsters don’t shout their names or turn into docile pets once defeated. The Continent’s creatures don’t need heroes to be dealt with, they need professionals.
The Witcher: Monster Slayer will be available for Android and iOS later this year, although you can register for the soft launch of the Android version on the game’s official site.