Witcher 3’s Triss Merigold Romance About To Change, Thanks To Fan Feedback

The ultimate controversy: Who is the better woman for Geralt, the raven-haired Yennefer or the fiery Red-headed Triss Merigold? There have been some hotly debated threads about this on various forums I frequent, but as a devoted fan I never pay much attention to them…since it’s obvious Triss is the better woman. After all, I didn’t spend two games romancing gaming’s most independent and kick-ass sorceress for nothing.

It seems the mass of Merigold fans out there are more powerful than the Yennefer brigade, because CD Projekt Red’s community manager Marcin Momot just let loose the news that new dialog will be added to the Triss Romance that will improve it based on fan feedback.

Having went the Triss route during my play through of The Witcher 3, I was fairly pleased with it myself. Getting that first real kiss from her was a very touching moment, but I could definitely see some room for improvement. Not to give away any spoilers, but I tend to agree with fans who want more NPCs to recognize your romantic choice and perhaps have some sort of dialog with her before the final battle. The idea of her talking with Ciri and bonding with her (in a sisterly fashion) has also been presented by fans.

No word yet on exactly what these changes will entail, but apparently it’s now being handled. Naturally, readers of the books have expressed mild anger, considering lore supports Geralt picking Yennefer, but since when has that stopped fans?



Carl is both a JRPG fan and a CRPG'er who especially loves European PC games. Even with more than three decades of gaming under his belt, he feels the best of the hobby is yet to come.

  1. IkaNam
    July 6, 2015 at 11:25 am

    >Not choosing best girl Yen.
    What is wrong with people these days?

  2. Brimfyre
    July 6, 2015 at 11:26 am

    I picked Yen because, yeah I’m a fan of the books, but I’m not sure why Yen fans would be mad at better options for a route they didn’t pick to begin with.

    And digging your heels in the sand either way is stupid. They are both great characters. I’ll play through again eventually and pick Triss.

  3. 1mirg
    July 6, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Yen treats geralt like a mutt, like her personal pet. Any gal who treats you like that is not the “best girl” for you

  4. Caim BFS Wielder
    Caim BFS Wielder
    July 6, 2015 at 11:28 am

    improving the romance for triss? that’s a major win in my book^^

  5. Brimfyre
    July 6, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Yeah, it’s hard for people who haven’t read the books to understand their complicated relationship. I know that sounds like a cop out, but I never feel like she is treating him like a mutt because I know he knows how to give it right back to her.

    Geralt not giving a shit, does not equal him being a whipped puppy.

    Also I don’t play by self inserting myself. I chose the girl who Geralt would choose and he has always made it clear that even though he cares for Triss a lot, if Yen is even close to being in the picture, there is no contest.

  6. Ippiki Okami
    Ippiki Okami
    July 6, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Good to know that CD Projekt Red is always listening to player/ fan feedback. Take a hint Bioware.

  7. IkaNam
    July 6, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Yeah when you’ve read the books you can understand a bit more how their relation works.
    Also that scene in the boat atop the mountain was so sweet i died of diabeetus.

  8. BeholdMyPower
    July 6, 2015 at 11:42 am

    I hope they add in an option to romance Ciri as well ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  9. beerhammer
    July 6, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Preferred Triss myself… but considering all the comments about how she is kind of a minor part of the witcher 3 compared to Yenn kind of ruined her as an option. Then I found out shes supposedly disfigured on or around her “bewbs” and also allergic to magic potions… and I coundnt help but see her as kind of a… extra burden or sympathy hookup.

    Yenn on the other hand was supposedly a hunchback as a child and is also part elvish.

    Really Geralt knows how to attract …unique… women. If only Saskia didnt have a dwarf fetish… Geralt could use her has a mount in both senses. Speaking of which, she really needs to be in the witcher 3… not sure why she isnt.

  10. Muten
    July 6, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    The Triss romance feels so real and grounded, awkward at times, as it should be. Yens was more like a movie romance, the best way to describe it.

  11. IkaNam
    July 6, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Bruh she’s like his daughter.

  12. IkaNam
    July 6, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Maybe in a future DLC?

  13. Kiryu
    July 6, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Bioware only listens to the LGBT gamers,if you are straight your opinion is invalid for them.

  14. Dr. Evil's Brother's Evil Twin
    Dr. Evil's Brother's Evil Twin
    July 6, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    See I like this. Positive constructive feedback to help improve a game, not because you feel offended or some other nonsense. Can’t wait to play it.

  15. Nagato
    July 6, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  16. IkaNam
    July 6, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Y’all so nasty.

  17. Cred
    July 6, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    This ^ a million times.

    Also nice to see devs that care about constructive feedback.
    Good devs and good fans are good for everyone.

  18. Tyrannikos
    July 6, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    Down with CDPR and all Triss lovers!

    But seriously, good on CDPR for taking fans into consideration yet again. Whether you go for Triss or (the inarguably better) Yen, this is really cool of them to do.

  19. TheCynicalReaper
    July 7, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    “as a devoted fan I never pay much attention to them…since it’s obvious Triss is the better woman.”
    SLAMMIN’ IN, CARL! Way to go, mate!

  20. TheCynicalReaper
    July 7, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    This is very good, though. Triss had a fine part early on in the game but then was nearly dropped entirely later on. Yennifer stole almost all the spotlight and that only got worse later on. Part of what bugged me was how hard the game pushed for you and Yennifer to be together, which would be fine if it was entirely based on the books but remember: most players (me included) were introduced to the series by the games and in those games Yennifer was only mentioned, and rarely. Suddenly jamming her on us like that was off-putting.

    This will be a healthy amendment to the game’s narrative, especially and primarily if Triss gets to have a real moment with Ciri. The lack of interaction between then was bizarre and you can tell the latter half of the game was rushed.

  21. TheCynicalReaper
    July 7, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    >inarguable better

    No but really I can dig it. Now if they’d fix the combat system and all the bugs that pop up in the final fight (and hopefully fix up the visuals better as they were promised) we’d be platinum.

  22. Dr. Evil's Brother's Evil Twin
    Dr. Evil's Brother's Evil Twin
    July 7, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Sadly, they have become the SJWs of Triple A. They care more about hamfisting “diversity” into games instead of just making good games. Naughty Dog is sorta becoming that way as well, but they still can churn out a decent product.

  23. Dr. Evil's Brother's Evil Twin
    Dr. Evil's Brother's Evil Twin
    July 7, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Both are good ways to go. Give you the feel of each type of romance.

  24. sanic
    July 8, 2015 at 1:09 am

    “considering lore supports Geralt picking Yennefer, but since when has that stopped fans?”

    Oh psh the witcher games are only based on the universe and it’s characters, if book purists really cared they’d insist the games be renamed “the hexer” as that’s considered a more accurate translation but I doubt they said much about it.

  25. Kiryu
    July 8, 2015 at 6:34 am

    I still have a bad taste in my mouth since they praised Sarkeesian,i like Naughty Dog games but i dont like what they are becoming.

  26. Dr. Evil's Brother's Evil Twin
    Dr. Evil's Brother's Evil Twin
    July 8, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    Yeah. I hope they don’t fuck up Uncharted 4 because of it.

  27. xlnahema
    October 27, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    That’s why CDPR made a Geralt with amnesia, so the player can make his own version… even if he(Geralt) regained his memory, you can choose to be the Geralt of the books or a new Geralt(because with amnesia he has seen and sees now the world in a different perspective)…

  28. calasade
    January 2, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Improvements were okay, but did not go far enough. CDPR treated Triss Merigold and gamer-decisions (nullifying many) like red-headed step-children in TW 3.