Here’s all we know so far about The Witcher: Monster Slayer.

When will The Witcher: Monster Slayer be released?

There’s no official release date available as we go to press, but it can’t be long before the game arrives as you can already sign up to the Early Access Android version by registering on the game's site.

The first early access Witchers were selected at the end of April, but the developers – Spokko – tweeted that, "This is only the first wave, we will need more Monster Slayers soon enough."

So be sure to sign up if you want to play the game ahead of release.

It's possible that we'll find out more, including a final release date, at WitcherCon on 9 July. This event - a collaboration between game developers CD Projekt Red and the TV show producers at Netflix - promises a host of new Witcher-related announcements. We're not expecting Monster Slayer to be the star of the show, but it's almost certain to make some sort of appearance.

What platforms will The Witcher: Monster Slayer be playable on?

You’ll be able to play Monster Slayer on iOS and Android when it’s released.

Watch the Monster Slayer trailers

There have been a couple of trailers so far. The first was the announcement trailer that outlined the idea of the game, as you can see from below:

This was followed by an in-game footage trailer that gave a flavour of what it will be like to play the game. Here it is:

What can we expect from The Witcher: Monster Slayer?

As you can see from the trailer, this is an augmented reality game along the lines of the hugely successful Pokémon Go, which requires you to move around in the physical world, using your smartphone to discover monsters and complete quests.

With most of us now free to go outside once more, this could be the perfect remedy for the last year, as we roam streets, car parks and forests in search of a Striga, Kikimore, or Leshy to despatch.

The Witcher: Monster Slayer Release Date, news and rumours - Screenshots

Unlike Pokémon Go, where you simply catch the monsters, The Witcher: Monster Slayer involves combat that requires you to time your attacks and defensive strokes, plus employ potions to increase your Witcher abilities. Expect plenty of tracking down clues for quests, before a boss battle that brings each adventure to its conclusion.

The Witcher: Monster Slayer - Creatures

You’ll be able to craft bombs, upgrade your weapons, and train your character in the aim of becoming an elite monster-slayer. Each victory allows you to claim a trophy from your fallen foe, so you can quickly build up a collection that shows your prowess as a Witcher.

How much will The Witcher: Monster Slayer cost?

There’s no confirmation on price as yet, but the presence of in-game gold, as revealed in another tweet from the official game account, suggests it will be free-to-play but have in-game purchases.

It’s a standard model these days, but we hope the experience isn’t marred by the need to keep buying upgrades or potions. Otherwise, we’ll all be taking out our lutes and emploring passers-by to ‘toss a coin to your Witcher, o valley of plenty’. Thus, it ever was.

For more details on the new game, visit The Witcher: Monster Slayer’s official site.

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