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The Witcher showrunner says Season 2 will be 'a lot easier to follow'

Addressing complaints from Season 1

After a setback due to the pandemic, The Witcher's second season is going to pick up filming once again this August. That means fans still have quite a bit of time to wait for the season's premiere on Netflix, but showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich is sharing some info about the season's direction.

In an interview with TV Guide, Hissrich addressed complaints of Season 1 being too hard to follow. Season 2 is going to make sure to fix that.

I still kind of look back at Season 1 and think, how did that all come together? The timelines are obviously one of the most controversial aspects of the show. I continue to be in love with them and will fight for them and be passionate about them. To me, it's the best way to tell the stories that I wanted to tell. I do hear that there was an audience out there that was a little like, "What the hell is going on? Why don't I understand this?" I think for those people, Season 2 will be a lot easier to follow. I think Season 2 aligns all of our characters on a similar timeline. We're playing with time a little bit still, but in a different way, an easier, I think, to swallow away.

The Witcher series hits 50 million sold worldwide

Good job, Geralt!

The Witcher has been on quite the journey, both in-game and in the real world. The franchise went from little-known to a mega-hit, spawning comics, a Netflix series, and many other adaptations. While the books existed before the game, it certainly seems like the games help put Geralt on the map.

CD Projekt Red has all sorts of reasons to celebrate, especially when it comes to sales milestones. The company has announced that the Witcher series of games has moved 50 million units worldwide so far. The Switch has certainly played its part in helping that total rise! There's sure to be even more Switch owners getting in on the action as the months roll on.

Thanks to Dondom95 for the heads up!

The Witcher 3 Yennefer Nendoroid now available to preorder

A bewitching Nendoroid

From the globally acclaimed open world RPG "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt" comes a Nendoroid of Geralt's love and the adoptive mother to Ciri, Yennefer of Vengerberg! The Nendoroid is fully articulated allowing you to easily pose her in combat scenes, and she comes with both a standard composed face plate as well as a talking expression to display her more diplomatic side.

Optional parts include a raven to display by her side, lightning effect parts to show off her powerful magic as well as a Gwent card for her to join in a round of cards. Be sure to display her with Nendoroid Geralt and Nendoroid Ciri to bring out the world of the Witcher in Nendoroid size!

The Yennefer Nendoroid is set to launch sometime in Oct. 2020, and is priced at ¥4,727. You can check out more pics and get new details at the official listing.

CD Projekt Red becomes Europe's most valuable game company

Built of the back of Geralt

Europe has a new leader in the games industry, according to the latest market capitalization info. CD Projekt Red, the developer behind the Witcher series, now has a market capitalization of $8.13 billion. That pushes the company just above Ubisoft’s current market valuation of $8.12 billion. Keep in mind this figure pertains to European-based companies specifically, as others like Take-Two, EA, and Nintendo all have considerably higher market values.

The Witcher 3 writer reveals a segment cut from the final game

Insight into what almost was

The Witcher 3 is an absolutely enormous game, offering up hundreds of hours of content to explore. Believe it or not, there were even more things the team wanted to do, but they had to be scrapped for various reasons. We learn about one of those segments in a VG247 interview with principal writer Jakub Szamałek.

We planned to have a sequence where Ciri fights enemies on a frozen lake, while skating – a reference to a similar scene in one of the books. But preparing that sequence proved extremely complicated. For example, we couldn’t easily record the necessary gameplay animations – imagine recording motion capture for skating sword fighters.

CD Projekt Red celebrates The Witcher 3's fifth anniversary with a musical tribute

A bewitching tune

CD Projekt Red has plenty to be happy about with The Witcher 3, as the game reached millions upon millions of players, and is still finding new fans today through the Switch release. While Switch owners only got their hands on the game last year, Witcher 3 saw its original release 5 years ago. In honor of that milestone, CD Projekt Red is celebrating with something special.

In the video above, the developer has shared a version of the game's main theme performed by the CD Projekt Red Music Director Marcin Przybyłowicz, along with a number of other talented musicians. As you might suspect, the recording was put together while everyone is staying home during the pandemic, which makes the final result that much more special.

Dark Horse releasing a series of Witcher 3 keychains and pins

Bewitching!

Dark Horse has announced that they're releasing a set of three Witcher 3 keychains and pins, all of which are due out Sept. 9th, worldwide. The keychains and pins use the same medallion design, and you can get details on each below.

The School of the Wolf

The most recognized Witcher school and the training grounds of the white wolf himself, Geralt
of Rivia. Witchers that proudly display this symbol are known for their professionalism and
reliability in monster slaying.

Yennefer Medallion

A symbol of magic, this medallion is as iconic as the woman that wears it. Geralt’s true love;
the beautiful and deadly sorceress, Yennefer of Vengerberg.

Triss Medallion

Proudly proclaim you are “Team Triss” by displaying the medallion of the legendary Temerian
sorceress and very close friend of Geralt, Triss Merigold of Maribor.

- Sold individually at $9.99 each
- Each enamel Pin measures at 1.5” tall
- Each enamel Keychain measures at 1.75” tall

Netflix Presents: The Witcher's Bestiary

Sure, we all know and love the mutants and mages of The Witcher, but there’s one group we don’t pay enough attention to: its amazing monsters. Here’s everything about them in one giant bestiary — from their mythological origins to their (many, horrifying) ways of killing Geralt. After seeing all he has to deal with, maybe toss an extra coin to your Witcher? And let us know if you want more!

Unconfirmed figures show The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition hitting 700k+ sold on Switch in less than 3 months

Geralt approves

Nintendo fans have heard a few things consistently over the years. Nintendo is always doomed, and third party games don't sell. On the second one, fans have always fired back that third party games would sell if those third parties would only put effort into their games. Looks like we have some evidence of that being true.

Industry watch dogs have been tracking sales as best they can on The Witcher 3, and it looks like the game's Switch release has found quite an audience. Data shows The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition hitting over 700k units sold on Switch in less than 3 months. That's just the data for 2019, so it's easy to imagine the game is near or over 1 million sold now.

For a port of a game that came out 5+ years ago, I'd say 700k is a pretty considerable amount! It's sure to continue climbing as the year goes on, which only bodes well for other big-name third party support.

Thanks to Dondom95 for the heads up!

Saber Interactive shares "The Impossible Port: Bringing Witcher 3 to Switch" development panel

Technical wizardry

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition is definitely one of the most impressive Switch ports out there. A game that many thought wouldn't be possible actually happened, thanks to hard work from Saber Interactive. Wondering just how the team pulled it off? Roman Lebedev of Saber Interactive hosted a GTC 2020 presentation to get into the nitty-gritty details. Check out the synopsis of the panel below, then click over for the video.

A lot of old and new games are ported to Nintendo Switch; this talk will show that Switch is a capable platform that can run even the most demanding today’s games with little loss in fidelity. We describe in detail CPU, Memory and Build size optimizations and tradeoffs we made during the development of Switch version of Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt.

Check out the video here

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