Elden Ring vs. Witcher 3: What’s the Difference?

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With the announcement of The Elder Scrolls VI at this year’s E3 and the reveal of more details regarding the upcoming Elden Ring game, it’s time to compare it to its predecessor, The Witcher 3. Both games were made by CD Projekt Red and are in the same genre.

Main Difference

There are some minor differences between them such as the story, weapons, quests, and animations. Some people even believe that they are unrelated games because of the unfamiliar settings and similar features between them. If you have played both games or are planning on doing so, then you might be interested in knowing what makes them different from each other.

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Introduction To Elden Ring

The first thing we should address is that Elden Ring has no release date. There’s been little talk from developers about any specific timeline, so there’s no telling when it will come out. We know that it will take at least a year for production since Bandai Namco just shut down development on Dark Souls for a year to focus on it.

Introduction To Witcher 3

The main game and DLCs are each over 80 hours long. The game takes place on an open-world map that is about 30 times larger than the map for WOW. The story for W3 is a dark fantasy, where you play as Geralt of Rivia in a quest to track down his loved ones after they have been cursed by magic.

Differences Between Elden Ring and the Witcher 3

1. The Basics

If you are a fan of Lord of The Rings, and more specifically, you’re a fan of Peter Jackson’s adaptations, then it is extremely likely that you are going to be looking forward to CD Projekt Red’s new game based on The Witcher. CD Projekt Red has already released a single trailer which has managed to set expectations for gamers incredibly high.

2. Graphics

The graphics are very, very different. The e3 showcase for Elden Ring featured stunning graphics, but we haven’t seen much else to date. We do know that Elden Ring will be a 64-player game and that it will have seamless transitions between open-world areas. So far, it looks like it’s going to have a more realistic feel than what you can find in The Witcher 3.

3. VR support

In a lot of ways, Elden Ring is probably closer to The Elder Scrolls than it is to anything else in gaming. With game director Hidetaka Miyazaki’s pedigree and influence, it’s hard not to view Elden Ring as a spiritual successor to Skyrim and his earlier Dark Souls games.

4. DLC

While The Witcher 3 had a finished product, Elden Ring will not be a standalone game. Rather, it is being developed as part of Microsoft’s xCloud streaming service which has no current release date but is planned to launch in 2020. In addition to Elden Ring’s direct inclusion in Microsoft’s latest technology, fans can also expect to see DLC for Elden Ring in full after its initial release.

5. Platforms

The Elden Ring will be released on all platforms. The witcher, however, is a console exclusive to PS4 and Xbox One only. In other words, if you want to play The Elder Scrolls Online you will have to buy a PS4 or Xbox One unless you’re gaming on a PC or Mac.

6. Voice Acting

Now, granted, voice acting for video games is a different beast altogether than that of film and television. However, it’s still an art form. The same aspects of good performance apply—great talent, dedication to craft, and years upon years of hard work. Just check out any coverage of CES or any E3 convention and you’ll see how intense even video game actors can be about their craft.

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7. Story

Not just any story, but a great story. Like The Witcher III and others before it, Elden Ring is a sprawling epic that has you creating an original character and choosing your destiny as you weave your way through an immersive world. Choices in games like these don’t feel limited to you do or don’t do something. Instead, the weight of your decisions because they help shape who you are in the world itself.

8. Soundtrack

The music score in The Witcher 3 is generally regarded as one of its strongest aspects. Composed by Marcin Przybyłowicz and Mikolai Stroinski, it adds a lot to Geralt’s experience in Velen and beyond, emotionally resonating with what players are experiencing at that moment. And sometimes it’s just plain cool – like during a battle against an undead-turned-into-stone creature when it suddenly starts playing Stairway to Heaven.


While Elden Ring and The Witcher are both based on George R.R. Martin’s original Game of Thrones series, their plots have taken different directions due to legal purposes. In conclusion, if you enjoy Gwent or just want to feel a little more magical while playing a card game, then Elden Ring may be perfect for you!

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