CD Projekt Red has finally announced the other playable character in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt as Ciri. The announcement comes after a tease at the inaugural Game Awards. It was recently revealed that the game will be delayed into 2015.
In the fiction of the Witcher universe the main character Geralt is a kind of father-figure for Ciri, who he has trained up in some of the skills of monster hunting he specializes in. In a press released issued today Ciri is described as "a descendent in a long-lost Elven-blood lineage... a powerful, living weapon capable of both healing and destroying the world." She has long been known to be the object of the game's great evil, known as the Wild Hunt.
"CD Projekt Red decided that introducing another character and telling parts of the story from her perspective would greatly benefit the overall experience," CD Projekt said in the release.
The company has alluded to the fact that they are very interested in the longevity of the Witcher franchise, calling it too important to the future of the company to allow it to die off. They've also said that Witcher 3 will be the last game to center on Geralt, while hinting at a new protagonist to come in future games.