A lot of people have been wondering whether they need to play the first two games in The Witcher series in order to understand the third game, so we thought we’d get in touch with CD Project RED to clarify. CD Project RED got back to us saying:
Of course, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a great experience on its own terms – you don’t need to play previous games to understand the story. You don’t need to play The Witcher and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. But I’d strongly recommend to play both previous games as well!
In short, you don’t need to, but you should. For those who are on the fence, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is considered a must-play in the series, and should help with some of the lore and back story in the third game, which looks like it will be the best of the series. The Witcher is also a great game, but some may find some of it’s level design a little tedious at times.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be available on 24 February 2015, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
Update: Release date is now 19th May 2015.