When we got our hands-on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt earlier this year, there was a clear similarity between the game and the currently popular HBO series, Game of Thrones. While this may or may not be intentional on the part of CD Projekt RED, that comparison certainly fits when you consider one of the most popular characters from Game of Thrones is also starring in The Witcher 3.
Charles Dance, who voices the character of Emhyr var Emreis in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, talked about what it’s like to act in a video game. “This is my first video game that I have performed in. It’s a whole new world for me, it’s quite exciting actually.”
Emhyr var Emreis serves as the emperor of Nilfgaard, whose rule is extremely aggressive. Thought to be a smart ruler, his power is clear from the words Dance expressed about him.
“My character is a very, very powerful man probably the most powerful man. As such, he doesn’t need to throw his weight around. He’s a man of few words, the words he speaks, speak volumes. He’s ruthless, he’s ruthless because he has to be,” Dance said.
There are a slew of interesting, captivating characters in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Emhyr var Emreis is just one of them. The themes and topics dealt with in The Witcher 3 are all relevant to the ones we experience in daily life today. Emhyr var Emreis will certainly play a key role in expressing some of the most serious of themes in The Witcher 3.
As millions of people already know, Game of Thrones is undoubtedly one of the most popular TV shows today and there are such strong similarities between the show and The Witcher 3. Both have strong fantastical elements and their worlds are extremely visceral. Dance talked about the rise in popularity of the fantasy media.
“The whole rise in the popularity of fantasy now is quite extraordinary really. It’s no longer the realm of children’s entertainment, it is real. The whole thing now appeals to quite discerning adults because the special effects are so real and the worlds that are created are so believable. [They] also employ the most wonderful cinematic techniques,” Dance said.
Gaming’s advances have been well documented and the fact that more and more actors are crossing the lines into the gaming realm is further proof of that. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has plenty of surprises in store, so it’ll be interesting to see who else is behind the characters that make up this world.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be released on May 19. It will be available on PS4, Xbox One and PC.