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The Witcher 3 was going to include ice-skating - but it was cut

Plus an all-new, extended look at the game in action.

CD Projekt revealed an all-new, extended look at The Witcher 3 in action as they presented a panel at this year's PAX East.

The new video, which pushes towards eight minutes, sees Geralt take to No Man's Land as he tracks down a phantom harassing a trade route before taking on a huge wyvern.

It was debuted during a panel titled 'What It Takes to Build a Next Gen Open World Game', hosted by Major Nelson and featuring senior game designer Damien Monnier - who revealed some of the features that were cut for the forthcoming game.

"At some point we had the idea of ice-skating," he said.

"It was more than an idea - it was actually a prototype. You were going to ice-skate and fight, and you could slice heads and the blood goes on the ice and it's beautiful. I really liked it. It did look amazing, but ultimately - this feature was going to be at the end of the game and introducing new game mechanics at the end of the game was quite wonky."

After a couple of delays, The Witcher 3 is due out on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on May 19th.

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