If you remember, developers working on Borderlands 2 immortalized a dying fan by putting them as an NPC in their game, a touching tribute to a devoted follower of the franchise. Well, in much the same fashion, the known-to-be-fan-friendly folks at CD Projekt Red have apparently done the same with their upcoming CRPG, since news recently broke that a sick fan on Reddit is getting made into an NPC.
Witcher fan Nick, who has suffered from debilitating migraines through most of his life, will have his face used as the basis for several NPCs in the upcoming Witcher sequel, according to the game’s developers. This all started, amazingly enough, with an email sent to CD Projekt by Nick himself.
- I have a brain condition that gives me, essentially, a non-stop Migraine. It’s a terrible, shitty Disability and I’ve had to live with it my entire life. There’s no real “Cure” for Migraines these days, so ever since I was 14 I was placed on an ever increasing painkiller “cocktail” regiment.
This ties in because due to my condition and the heavy amount of medicine I have to take, I experience side-effects and sometimes the pain doesn’t go away at all, so quite a bit of time pain-locked to my bed and there’s only a small amount of things that can take my mind off the pain: redditing, reading and gaming. The reason that those things are able to help me is because they’re all very immersive and vast, so I can really get lost in a graphic novel or an open-world video game (Reddit is something I do if it hurts too much to game/read).
So there’s only been a very small amount of games that offer that truly immersive experience I need to truly get lost within them and escape the pain that I’m feeling, and The Witcher 2 happened to be one of those games! Now, whenever I come across a game like this, I look around really deeply on the web to find some way of communicating directly to the team that created that game so that I could tell them my story and personally thank them for how they’ve helped me so much.
CD Projekt had been holding a competition to put a fan’s face into their game, and it was agreed upon by all involved that Nick should be that face:
- “Some time ago we got an email from this guy. He described his situation and wanted to let the studio know what he thinks about our games and what they mean to him. That was a very kind and touching email. He didn’t ask for anything, just to pass the message to others in [CD Projekt] Red.
“Over the weekend we exchanged a couple of emails and finally came up with an idea to put his face in The Witcher 3. Let me quote one of these emails: ‘It is great that we can do something to make him feel better :)’. I think that sums it up pretty well.”