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New series of Witcher series promo images released

Dec. 20th is sneaking up!

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is coming out Dec. 20th, 2019, making for some very stiff competition for The Witcher on Netflix. The series airs the same day, but it does have one leg up on Star Wars. You don't have to leave the house to see it!

Netflix is doing their best to make sure people know they've got something big coming out on that day with a constant stream of videos and promo art, including the gallery of new images above. Perhaps you can sneak in an episode or two before you hit up the theater.

Saber Interactive says their first-pass port of Witcher 3 on Switch ran at 10 fps, was 20GB larger, and ate up 50% more memory than Switch had

There was a lot of work to be done

Many people consider The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition to be the most impressive Switch port there is, and it's hard to argue against that. While the game isn't as visually impressive as other versions, it's still surprisingly close to the originals. That took a lot of hard work from Saber Interactive, the team behind the port

In an interview with GamesBeat, Saber Interactive chief executive officer Matthew Karch talked about just how much more work needed to be done when the team got a version of the game up-and-running on Switch.

“When the initial port was done, the game was running at 10 frames per second, was taking 50% more memory than the Switch has, and the build size was 20GB larger than the biggest Switch cartridge. ...We worked tirelessly for a year to get the game running on Switch at 30 fps without losing the incredible visuals fans expect.”

If you want to know more about the insane amount of work that went into this port, make sure to check out the full interview.

Netflix releases Witcher official trailer breakdown with the series' executive producer and showrunner

Who better to pick things apart?

The Witchers showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich and executive producer Tomek Baginski break down the final trailer and explain the most iconic moments and themes.

Free Witcher-themed DLC for DAEMON X MACHINA available now for Switch (Official PR)

Are you Cirious?!

CD PROJEKT RED, creators of The Witcher series of games, announce a collaboration with Marvelous Inc., bringing free, Witcher-themed customization to DAEMON X MACHINA.

The content pack adds outfits, body types, hairstyles, and more to the character creation tool, which players can use to customize their mech pilot in the image of Geralt and Ciri from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Available now for anyone who owns DAEMON X MACHINA, The Witcher Collaboration Set can be downloaded for free direct from the Nintendo Switch eShop. More information regarding this DLC can be found on the DAEMON X MACHINA eShop product page.

Prime 1 Studio releasing Witcher 3 "Yennefer of Vengerberg Alternative Outfit Deluxe Version" statue for $800

Now that's a pricey collectible

"Prime 1 Studio and CD PROJEKT RED are proud to present PMW3-08DX: Yennefer of Vengerberg Alternative Outfit Deluxe Version from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. This Alternative Outfit is one of the 16 free DLCs for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (it can be disabled or enabled in the Downloadable Content tab of the main menu in the game).

Yennefer is a sorceress who lived in the capital city of Aedirn - Vengerberg. She is Geralt’s love before his memory loss, a teacher and a mother figure to Ciri. Famous for her beauty, with locks of curly, raven black hair, pale face, violet eyes and slightly long nose. She wears a black velvet choker with a star-shaped jewel sparkling with diamonds. Her beauty and sexy outfit are crafted with a perfect accuracy and attention to details.

Sculpted in approximately 20 inches tall, standing on the base inspired by the Witcher world featuring the megascope – a device used for magical operations like communication or teleportation, old books, potions that gives a nice vibe of sorceress surroundings.

The Deluxe Version includes the additional Uma statue that can be attached to the base.

Don’t miss out to add this stunning piece to your Witcher collection!"

Grab your statue here ($800)

New clip from Netflix's Witcher series shown on Jimmy Kimmel Live during Henry Cavill interview

Another peek at the action

Henry Cavill is making the late night rounds this week, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote The Witcher. Outside of talking about the show, a new clip was debuted as well. You can see the action at 6:22.

IGN Video - How The Witcher 3 Inspired Henry Cavill's Geralt of Rivia

With the premiere of Netflix's adaptation of The Witcher dropping on December 20, 2019, we sat down with leading-man Henry Cavill to ask him how he discovered the voice for Geralt of Rivia.

Henry Cavill sees Witcher fans as being passionate, rather than toxic

That's one way of seeing things...

Henry Cavill knows his portrayal of Geralt in Netflix's Witcher series is going to win some people over, and have others extremely angry. Those opinions have already been flying without the series even seeing release. In the interview above, Cavill talks about how he sees those strong opinions as passion, rather than toxic behavior.

...when it comes to fans, it is a fan’s right to have whatever opinion they want to have, and people are going to be upset, especially when you’re talking about books or games, because you’re never going to be the exact person who they had in their head, or who they played on The Witcher 3, for example. I don’t necessarily consider that toxic, I just consider that passionate. And it’s something which I have obviously had to come to terms with over the years.

And for me, the comparison is not like that, with Geralt walking into a bar. The comparison is more meta, it’s more to do with xenophobia and sexism and colonialism and all those effects that that has on people. And then who they divert their fear and energy towards, and that tends to be Geralt because he’s a guy who exists outside of society. He’s not part of a group when he walks into town, and he looks so different from everyone else, and no one can control him. He is faster, stronger, better at swords, and apparently can do magic as well. So the last thing you want to do is — you can’t control him. And you fear him. And therefore, all of your energy, especially in a crowd of people, will be diverted at him, because of everything that’s happening above you in the world."

Henry Cavill calls Geralt a blend of Superman and Batman

So SuperBat...or Man-Man

Henry Cavill desparately wanted to play the role of Geralt in Netflix's Witcher adaptation, and his wish came true. Now he's doing the final media rounds to promote the series, which launches later this month. In an interveiw with ReelBlend, Cavill took a moment to explain how Geralt operates.

“There are some strong similarities drawn. Geralt of Rivia is almost like a blend of Superman and Batman. He’s bigger, stronger, faster than your average person, but he’s also exceptionally good at detective work. And he was orphaned and abandoned, and he’s grown up in incredibly harsh environments and trained exceptionally hard. And so, if you were to take those two characters and blend them together and then put them in a fantasy/medieval setting, then you’d probably get someone like Geralt of Rivia. But he’s got more of an external Batman personality and internal Superman heart,” Cavill said. “And it’s really, really interesting to play a character like that because there’s only so much time you have in a show where you can express all those complexities and nuances.”

Actress Viola Prettejohn to appear in an interesting role in Netflix's Witcher adaptation

Who's Fake Ciri?

Looks like there's another character heading to Netflix's Witcher adaptation, and it's one game fans aren't going to be familiar with. A resume for actress Viola Prettejohn lists here in the role of Fake Ciri, which is a character who appears in the second tome of the Witcher saga, Time of Contempt. She is a noblewoman from Cintra and becomes an orphan in the war with Nilfgaard, who then wanders around the refugee camps until taken in by a clothier from Brugge.

There's obviously more to the story than that, but we don't want to get into spoiler territory. We'll leave the mysteries for how they end up being portrayed in the show!

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