This article contains spoilers for The Witcher 1, 2, and 3.
What has always appealed to me the most about The Witcher series is not its strokes of dark European fantasy or naturalistic overworlds. It is the way the games tackle everyday topics, grounding the sword fights and alchemical inventions with a cast of relatable characters woven together by human stories. Nowhere is this more apparent than in how the games address the topic of family. It is at the forefront of the series, explored through Geralt’s journeys and the kings, peasants, and witches he meets along the way.
Geralt of Rivia’s underlying motivation throughout The Witcher Series is to abandon monster hunting and find a family of his own. This is an aspect of the RPGs that developers CD Projekt Red have attested to themselves.
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Talking to NoClip, Borys Pugacz-Muraszkiewicz, the English adaptation director at CD Projekt Red for The Witcher 3, explains, “A lot of the saga is about Geralt, in spite of being an itinerant monster slayer and dealing with a lot of nastiness, trying to figure out how to re-establish himself within a nuclear family.” This sentiment will make sense to anyone who has followed both the books and the games.