Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales will be CD Projekt Red’s first return to the story of The Witcher series since The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The game’s story will be set prior to the events of Wild Hunt. It will also reportedly span over thirty hours of content; plenty of time to spend exploring new settings. At present, very little is known about Queen Meve and her story. However, in a recent interview with PCGamesN, director Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz explained why the studio chose realms for the Thronebreaker setting which CD Projekt Red had never shown in a Witcher game before.
The Thronebreaker Setting
Queen Meve was a fairly minor and often background character in Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher novels. In the same interview, Tomaszkiewicz explained that it was for that very reason that she was chosen as the protagonist. Picking Meve carried the extra benefit that the novels mention her going to certain Northern Reams which haven’t appeared in previous Witcher games; “One of the things,” explains Tomaszkiewicz; “the limitations on building the story was that Meve actually visited those places in the books, so it was kind of a natural choice to pick those, but some we added on our own. But we believe that these are cool places for the players to see. As you know, Geralt had this title of Rivia right? And I personally as a player was always curious what Rivia looks like…”
Queen Meve is the queen of both Lyria and Rivia; realms which will be featuring in Thronebreaker. In addition, the game will visit both the swamps of Angren and the dwarven homeland of Mahakam; “I always wanted to make Mahakam in one of our games because it’s just such a cool concept,” says Tomaszkiewicz; “It’s the land of dwarfs and dwarves are awesome in The Witcher so I always wanted to see it. Angren is I think is the most Witcher-y place we have from Thronebreaker because it’s this dark swamp, Velen-like with monsters and you know these Witcher themes.”