The Witcher 3 Concept Art Depicts Baba Yaga and Other Mythical Creatures
Creatures out of Slavic lore make their way into The Witcher 3.
CD Projekt RED sent us a ton of artwork for The Witcher 3 today, revealing some of the game's Nordic- and Slavic-inspired creatures, which include a Ice Giant and Baba Yaga-like trio of witches, all of which can be seen below.
Readers of the Hellboy series of graphic novels and fans of Eastern European folklore ought to be familiar with Baba Yaga, who is either described as a single figure or a trio of sister witches (actual witches, as opposed to "Witchers" like Geralt). In the game's concept art they're depicted as three old crones, including a hunch-backed masked old woman with a staff, a tall and heavily garbed woman with claws for hands and a scythe-like dagger; and a topless overweight woman with a captive child leashed by a rope. It's the stuff of nightmares.
By contrast, the Ice Giant is a scary blue-skinned giant of a man with bad teeth, feathers in his beard, and leather straps for armor. He looks about ready to feast on Geralt, whom he battles in one of the game's newly released screenshots, seen here.
Other concept artwork depicts some of the game's many environs, which include cities, ports, towns, and more.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is set for release on the PC and next-generation consoles in 2014.