10 Things You Need To Know Before The Witcher Season 3
Two of the seasons have been released of the Witcher Series, and the next is on its way. Before the release of The Witcher Season 3, you should know a few things about the characters.
The Witcher Series was released on Netflix in 2019, with its first seasons introducing different timelines and different characters. The Witcher Series is based on the witcher books written by Andrzej Sapkowski and the witcher video games.
The main characters of the Witcher Series are Geralt of Rivia, the Witcher, played by Henry Cavill; Yennefer of Vengerberg, a powerful sorcerer, played by Anya Chalotra; and Princess Cirilla of Cintra, Ciri, a young girl with no family, played by Freya Allan.
The Witcher Season 2 was released in the year 2021; the delay was caused by the unfortunate global pandemic. As compared to season 1, the second season was appraised by many viewers because of its less confusing timeline, and the horrifying monsters it included was amazing.
The Witcher Season 2 introduced the two biggest villains in the Witcher Series: Voleth Meir, the Deathless Mother with Wild Hunt, and The White Flame, Emhyr var Emreis, the emperor of Nilfgaard.
The viewers have watched all the material and are waiting for the next, Witcher Season 3. The fans are pondering what Henry Cavill Witcher Season 3 uncovered as Geralt of Rivia and how will Yennefer train Ciri, even though the trust is betrayed.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the video game, is regarded as one of the best games in the Witcher series. During the time of its release, it received over 250 Game of the Year titles and earned itself various nominations and awards. It is universally acclaimed as one of the best video games of all.
As compared to other Witcher video games, Witcher 3 stands out because of its attention to detail. And while playing, you’ll notice Geralt’s beard growing slowly as you move forward. With some of these little details are noticeable, others can be more difficult to come across. Here we will be sharing the Witcher 3 facts that you might not have known before.
10. The Characters’ True Ages
One of the fondest characters of the Witcher Series, Jaskier, played by Joey Batey, is a bard, a poet, and a minstrel, who (as shown in season 1) traveled with Geralt and sang his adventures songs. But at the end of season 1, both of them had an argument, and they went on different paths. In the witcher season 2, they met again at the end, giving warmth to the hearts of the fans.
If we look for the character in Witcher 3 video game, we might notice that the character age differently from what he actually is. In Witcher 3, the Dandelion is shown in his late forties, but he appears youthful and with a lively personality in Netflix’s Witcher. One might wonder that the character, Jaskier the bard, does all the playful acts because of the way he is or just to mask his age.
Well, Jaskier isn’t the only one looking well as compared to his age, but Geralt, a 100 years old, main character, also looks young. Whereas Yennefer of Vengerberg mentioned she was born in 1174 is 100 years old, and the Witcher 3 takes place in the year 1272, she looks so young.
It is understandable that the Witcher and the mages age differently, but what is confusing is how Jaskier, who is neither a witcher nor a mage, looks so young with his age.
9. The Game has 36 Endings
The Witcher 3 video game is loved because of the amount choices given throughout the game. With so many side-quests, some of them do effect directly to the main quests of the characters. If chosen the character Geralt, making different choices has various outcomes of the story, but the question is how many times the story can be changed?
The answer is 36 times that many times the story for the character Geralt can be changed. Well, sadly, the players are not given the 36 individual ending cut-scenes (only 3), but if one can figure it out, many of the endings for Geralt has only small changes at the end of the game.
Completionists (players who try to complete every challenge and earn every achievement or award) who try to explore everything had found out that there are 36 endings to Witcher’s story in Witcher 3. Thanks to them for their efforts, as it takes 70 hours per gameplay.
8. Larger Map Than Skyrim
It is quite fascinating that Witcher 3 has a larger map than that of Skyrim. The map is incredible as every small corner of the map is filled with lots of little things for the players to find and explore. The larger map makes the game so huge, leading to different 36 endings.
As a fact, the map of Witcher 3 is 35 times bigger than the map of Witcher 2 and 20% larger than the map of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Skyrim is another fantasy video game played in an open world, but one of its weaknesses is that its map is smaller than Witcher 3’s map.
Many players have tested that it takes not more than 40 minutes of Geralt to travel throughout the map on Roach’s back. And in real life, it might take more than 40 minutes to travel throughout the continent. However, 40 minutes is also a long time for the players in the Witcher 3 video game.
7. Gwent Was Created In The Bath
Another type of Witcher game the fans are aware of is ‘Gwent.’ An in-universe card game where no luck but skill becomes the greatest weapon has a lot of choices and consequences. It is like one of the mini-games in the series’ third installment. The fans use it in the form of various tournaments, like the side-quests in the video game.
One interesting fact the fans may not know about is that – the idea of Gwent came to Damien Monnier, the gameplay designer, during his bath soaking in the tub. The time in bath has always been proven relaxing, but, interestingly, a card-game inspiration came to someone in the bath.
Damien Monnier stated that by the end of his bath, he had thought of all the rules for Gwent. Damien was given only one weekend to create an entire game, and the idea coming in a bath was quite fascinating and a new one.
6. Skellige’s Ghost Ship
The Witcher Series includes a huge amount of horrifying content, one of which is a pool of paranormal activities. Skellige is an archipelago (an extensive group of islands) situated in the great sea, off the coasts of Cintra. It is a legendary pool of paranormal, and it is famous for unrivaled corsairs and swift longships that sail many vast seas.
The Witcher 3 enters the Skellige map, which is located around the islands between Hindarsfjall and An Skellig. While playing, you might have noticed that around 1 am, a ghostly ship appears every once a day. If observed carefully, the ship comes with its highlighted eerie blue against the black of the night sky and cannot be ignored if you are in the right place at the right time.
Well, the players can’t board or have any contact with the ship, and it only appears for one second and goes back into the waters in a Flying Dutchman style.
5. The Story It Was Based On Was Published First In A Magazine
Given the fact that the Witcher 3 and all the other games and series are based on Andrzej Sapkowski, a Polish writer’s novel. Another fact is that the novels were never intended to be books.
An interview with Andrzej Sapkowski uncovers the fact that the series of the Witcher was inspired by his son, who was a fan of Polish fantasy and a sci-fi magazine named Fantastyka. When Sapkowski read that magazine, he read a small paragraph of a short story contest’, in which to enter, one has to write a story of the Witcher on a whim.
When Andrzej Sapkowski shared his short story, he only won third place, but he continued to write more of it. Can anyone imagine that the worldly famous Witcher Series was actually not based on a book but a short story published in a magazine? And the magazine’s judges now wished that they would’ve given Andrzej the first prize.
4. One Million Lines of Code
No one is a stranger to the fact that building a video game requires a lot of work, as in the series or movies, the game doesn’t go through production for years. The Witcher 3, a video game with a huge map, is no exception to a lot of work.
The Witcher 3 is stuffed with all types of events and items with countless NPCs and dialogue options. To put all the things in one place, the game includes over a million lines of codes. Along with that, 30,000 of the code lines were used for one dialogue alone. The developers of the Witcher 3 had worked really hard, and their efforts are well praised by every fan.
Millions and billions of code lines to make Witcher 3 didn’t go in vain, as it became one of the greatest video games of all. The number of details, the dialogues, the hours of ride-on Roach, and many other things had made this game perfect for the players.
3. It Contains Dozens of Real World References
During the play of Witcher 3, the players have noticed many of the references from the real world throughout the game. And the game includes many of them for the players to notice.
A church is present near Lindenvale, which has two statues of angels outside it; when one turn’s their back on the statues of angles and then turns back again, the positions of the angles changes, referring to the Weeping Angels from Doctor Who released on BBC.
The DLC pack of Blood and Wine is full of fairytale references like Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks, and the Three Bears and one of the classic examples from one of the favorite fairytales, a campfire, from Dark Souls.
Along with fairytales, there is many Game of Throne references one could possibly know. One of which is dwarf’s corpse inside a Skycell (which is definitely not of Tyrion Lannister) and the dosages of “milk of the poppy” and an NPC child’s sword called Needle.
There are a lot of references from other materials too, which we don’t recommend to catch.
2. Playtesting Encountered 5,000 Bugs
A bug is a flaw or an error, and finding one in your own game is never a good feeling. When one does find a bug, it just makes the person irritated or angry. And unfortunately, besides a lot of work, Witcher video games are no exception to it.
The Witcher 3 was originally released in February 2015, but the team caught over 5,000 bugs in the game during its playtesting. The reason for the bugs was partly because of the elements added to make it open-world. The bug led to a delay in the release, and the production was pushed back.
The delays in the release of Witcher 3 made the fans furious. If we look back at the time, it was good that the release was pushed to May 2015, and now with last-minute fixes, the fans are loving this version the most.
1. Over 1,500 People Worked To Make It
The responses over the Witcher and the Witcher 2: Assassins of the Kings were all the most positive; the game developer, CD Projekt Red wanted to put all of their efforts into the next, the Witcher 3 game.
Because of the game developer’s commitment, an incredible team of over 1,500 people was recruited. All of these people worked hard to make the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt a masterpiece, and it is surely loved today.
The team faced a lot of challenges, the intention behind making the Witcher series into a reality let them face many rejections, cancellations, and suffering, but when released, the game gave them big applause at the players loved every single bit of it. There’s no doubt that the hard work of so many people resulted in great success.
With so many efforts in making a video game, the showrunner, Lauren S. Hissrich, and its team is surely putting a lot of their efforts into making The Witcher Season 3 for Netflix, which might include some of the material references from the Witcher video game. Apart from the information that it’s under process, there has been no information regarding the Witcher Season 3 cast or release date.