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Steam Charts: The Worst Week Ever EditionJun 17, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun I’m declaring it: this is the Worst Week Ever for Steam Charts. And let’s face it – this is entirely your fault. If you were a better person, you’d buy better games. But instead you buy the same eight bloody games every bloody week, and then buy a game that isn’t even out for over a year. A YEAR! You are awful, and you do not deserve me. This is your punishment. (more…) The Witcher 3 has sold more than 20 million copiesJun 12, 2019 - PC GamerThe Witcher 3 is making its way over to Switch, which is neat but not really in our wheelhouse, but accompanying the news of the port are sales figures for the series as a whole, as well as the third installment. Not surprisingly, they're quite high.  40 million copies of the series have been sold, which started in 2007 with an ambitious but incredibly buggy RPG built using a modified version of the engine from Neverwinter Nights, though you'd never know to look at it.  The Witcher 3 is by far the most successful of the trilogy, apparently accounting for more than half of the series' sales. That puts it at over 20 million, an astronomical number for one game. It's a lot, but The Witcher 3 doesn't even scrape into the top ten best-selling games, and it probably doesn't make the top 20, either. Minecraft, PUBG and GTA 5 are all far above it, with the first two both selling more than 100 million copies. As for RPGs, Skyrim, Diablo 3 and various Pokemon games have still sold more.  I reviewed The Witcher 3 and its expansions, so it's starting to feel like it's been long enough since I last played that a trip back sounds tempting. The Witcher 3 in bed, on the bus or, because what's life without risk, in the bath sounds amazing. It's not going to look nearly as good as it still does on PC, but that's absolutely a sacrifice I'm happy to make for portable fun with grouchy Geralt.  In Theory: Is a Switch port of The Witcher 3 actually viable?Jun 6, 2019 - EurogamerOn the face of it, the notion of Nintendo Switch hosting a conversion of CD Projekt RED's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt seems almost ridiculous. The original release pushed the current-gen consoles hard and the notion of the game transitioning across to a significantly less powerful mobile-orientated platform almost beggars belief. And yet, the rumours surrounding a Switch port are gathering pace: Chinese retailers have shown packaging and even a special edition console, and when Eurogamer approached CDPR about the game, the firm declined to comment when erroneous rumours could have been categorically ruled out. Nothing is confirmed, but the possibility remains open - and I couldn't help but wonder how such an ambitious port could be achieved. Of course, the Switch itself has played host to a number of impressive technological showcases, and it has done so since launch with the arrival of Fast RMX - a hugely impressive work-out for the Tegra X1. But the notion of challenging current-gen fare receiving viable Switch ports really kicked off with the arrival of Doom 2016, translated across to the mobile chipset by the brilliant Panic Button, who've since impressed us still further with conversions of Wolfenstein: The New Colossus and Warframe. Other developers have pushed Switch hard too, with QLOC's impressive Hellblade port and Shiver's Mortal Kombat 11 bringing current-gen console experiences into the palm of your hand. The Witcher 3 though? The scale of this project is a class apart: we'd be looking at the conversion of a massive game that challenges hardware on many levels. First of all, there's the concept of bringing a current-gen open world across from systems with significantly more CPU power and a lot more memory. Then there's the density of the visuals - The Witcher 3 delivers a very rich sandbox within which to play. And finally, there's the issue of memory bandwidth: the PC version of the game (likely the major donor towards a potential Switch port) really does like bandwidth, and Switch is somewhat limited there. Read more Euro Truck Simulator 2 adds Geralt Of Rivia in a free updateJun 3, 2019 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunI’ve sometimes joked that sandbox haulage RPG Euro Truck Simulator 2 is The Witcher 3 for truckers. I feel vindicated now. Thanks to a recent beta patch with only “voice for navigation” listed as a feature, you can have everyone’s favourite white-haired monster hunter guide you to your destination. It’s not just Geralt, of course, but a range of sat-nav voice options, three of which are done by Doug Cockle, Geralt’s English voice actor. He’s perhaps a little out of practice, but the voice labelled ‘Doug (Raspy)’ is as close as you can get to Geralt without angering lawyers. You can have a listen to the voice below and find a link to that (unofficial, made by “theZash”) skin too. (more…) Netflix s Witcher series has finished filming its first seasonMay 31, 2019 - PC GamerFilming has wrapped for Netflix’s upcoming Witcher series, according to social media posts by its main actor and showrunner. Both also hinted that there could be more seasons in store, but stopped well short of confirming that notion. Henry Cavill, who is playing the titular Geralt of Rivia, posted a photo to Instagram Thursday that showed him sitting in a makeup chair, with two makeup artists arranging a bald cap on his head as he peers over the top edge of his mobile phone. “Season 1 of The Witcher has finally come to an end,” he wrote in the caption. “And although I’m pulling a face here it has been an incredible journey!” Cavill thanked the crew for their work in bringing The Witcher to life, adding “All those 3 a.m. wake ups were worth it!” Showrunner Lauren Hissrich posted a selfie to Twitter, showing her smiling and seated below a mural depicting a grey wolf. “That’s a wrap on season one! I have enough gray hair to play Geralt now, but it’s been the best year of my life,” she said. Both Hissrich and Cavill specifically mention “Season 1” of The Witcher, which would seem to imply that another season—or seasons—are planned for the series. Hissrich finished her tweet with a cryptic “Now, onto…” No doubt Netflix will see how the show performs before renewing it, but I'm hoping it means even more adventures in store for Geralt and the gang. Thanks, GamesRadar+. You can finally buy the Tub Geralt statueMay 26, 2019 - PC GamerIt's been more than a year since CD Projekt partnered with Dark Horse to give Geralt a relaxing bath. Now, finally, we can all join in that bathtime experience: the statue is available for pre-order on Amazon for $72, to be released on May 29. If all is right in the world, it will sell out very quickly. Dark Horse describes the statue as follows: "Originally an in-game scene, turned internet meme, turned CD Projekt Red April Fools joke, the demand that this brought to life from Witcher fans became too great to bear. Dark Horse is proud to bring you this marvelously detailed, hand-painted polyresin statuette featuring Geralt of Rivia relaxing and healing from his perilous journeys, in a candlelit bath, complete with his rubber ducky!"  If you're curious, the official Tub Geralt statue measures 8 inches long x 3.5 inches tall x 5.5 inches wide.  Now that one of The Witcher 3's most important scenes has been immortalized as a statue, we await the statue version of Henry Cavill inevitably appearing in the tub in the Witcher Netflix series. Now it's GTA 5 and Witcher 3's turn to get the ray-tracing treatmentMay 24, 2019 - EurogamerRay tracing is the hot new thing in video game graphics - so hot in fact that Sony's already announced the PlayStation 5 will be capable of it. So we're starting to see existing games with the tech enabled - with impressive results. Digital Foundry has already reported on Half-Life 2, Minecraft and Crysis with ray tracing enabled. But I wanted to point to a couple of videos that show what Grand Theft Auto 5 and The Witcher 3 look like with ray tracing. First up we have Grand Theft Auto 5 with ray tracing. You can really see the improvement in lighting in Rockstar's open world epic, particularly with the car parked under the freeway. I also love what it does to the house interior - the tables look fantastic! Read more Podcast: The strongest friendships in gamesMay 17, 2019 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunYou re a good person, reader, and I will always believe in you, no matter what. No, not you. The person behind you. No, to the left of… No, the other person. The one in the green– No, you, with the… NO. The person BEHIND you, I said. The person with– Oh great they ve walked off now. This whole thing has been a waste of time. My only friend among you is gone because we re several sentences into this intro and none of you can understand how pointing works. I hope you re all happy. Here s your god damned podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show. Honestly. (more…) Monster Hunter: World's Witcher crossover is finally on PCMay 9, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Ol’ Geralt has gone tumbling through another magical portal, this time travelling from the world of The Witcher 3 to Monster Hunter: World. The crossover event lets us play as Geralt to track and murder a Witcher monster, the leshen treeman, with his usual Witching ways. Do so and you can get his armour and sword, plus a gruesome outfit for your Palico catfriend. A second, tougher part of the crossover starring Ciri will follow later this month with her gear as rewards, but only for a few weeks. (more…) CD Projekt Red has launched an online store, shows off Ronin Geralt statueMay 8, 2019 - PC GamerCD Projekt Red has opened an online merchandise store that features T-shirts, hoodies, and various swag from across the studio’s titles—although naturally, you’re mostly going to find Witcher-related gear. There’s a limited collection of Cyberpunk 2077 T-shirt designs, but the really neat stuff is found in The Witcher category. CD Projekt has a Wolf School emblem bracelet, a leather-bound notebook featuring the five magical Signs, and a rather stunning 12” polystone statue of Geralt reimagined as a ronin samurai. There’s also a huggable talking plush version of Shupe the Rock Troll, who tosses around card kegs in Gwent. For the time being, the store is only shipping to territories within the European Union, but CD Projekt Red says it plans to open up orders to addresses in the United States, Canada, and other locations in the near future. One strange omission, though? We can't find this thing anywhere. Netflix s Witcher series is wrapping up major filming, according to this reportMay 8, 2019 - PC GamerIt seems that the major filming for season one of Netflix’s Witcher series is coming to an end. Several key cast and crew members on the production have bid their farewells to the main production site in Budapest on their various social media channels. The blog Redanian Intelligence has been following the production of The Witcher series, and collected the actors’ and crew’s parting thoughts in a May 2 post. Based on what they’ve observed, it seems a wrap party was held at Budapest’s Hotsy Totsy bar in late April. Since then, there’s been a slow but steady trickle of key staff away from the production site. It's possible there’s still filming to be done, however. Redanian Intelligence also believes some reshoots are in the offing due to some recasting. We've reached out to Netflix to ask about any changes behind the scenes.  But with principal photography out of the way, the series can move into post-production, which is where they’ll be adding in what we hope are all those gnarly monsters Geralt spends so much time around. The Witcher is set to debut on Netflix sometime this fall. Thanks, PCGN. Geralt could adventure on in new quests thanks to fan-made Witcher 3 modding toolsApr 23, 2019 - PC GamerGeralt deserved a restful retirement to the peaceful vinyard life after his final adventures in The Witcher 3: Blood & Wine, but who said that really had to be the end? Modder memr clearly wasn't ready for The Witcher 3 to be over and done with, as they've released a new project, called Radish Modding Tools, which is "a collection of in-game mods and external tools aimed to enable the creation of new quests by mod authors." The Witcher 3 doesn't have an especially active mod scene these days, and most of the best Witcher 3 mods focus on overhauling combat or making quality of life changes. That's partially because the official mod tools were disappointingly limited compared to The Witcher's and The Witcher 2's.  These new Radish Modding Tools can't replace a powerful toolset from CD Projekt, but should be a lot better than nothing. As memr writes, "Although only a smallish subset of all possible features is supported it *should* allow to create non-trivial, story-based quests—just don't expect clicky-pointy-done workflows." Radish Modding Tools is still a work-in-progress, and memr writes that "The tools will be updated/published as a package once the most pressing bugs are worked out." In the meantime, there's an example mod on the Nexus that shows what the tools are capable of. Memr built a new area for Geralt to travel to, and the mod shows off Radish's ability to create in-engine cutscenes. Memr elaborates a bit in the mod's comments: You can't create or import new animations with Radish, but you can create new terrain. And you can use all the game's existing animations, which is a hell of a library already. "The most difficult aspects for 'real' quests will be the actual planning and laying out of the quest," memr writes. "I can create a go-there-pickup-n-of-generic-thingie-bring-it-back-sprinkled-with-generic-attacking-monsters quest without scenes on vanilla hubs in a weekend—but that would be a pointless, generic quest, wouldn't it?" If you're not the mod-making type, but hope to see some new quests trickle out of the modding community a few months from now, keep an eye on Nexusmods' Witcher 3 Quests and Adventures category . Below I've included a few screenshots of the mod tools in action. Netflix says its Witcher television series will be out at the end of this yearApr 17, 2019 - EurogamerNetflix has confirmed that its Witcher television adaptation will air toward the end of this year, putting it a little ahead of its originally anticipated 2020 release date. The news comes via a Netflix investor call, as reported by Deadline, in which chief content officer Ted Sarandso revealed that the fantasy drama would arrive in Q4, narrowing its launch down to some time in the last three months of 2019. Netflix's series, if you're unfamiliar, is explicitly based on Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski's Witcher novels, rather than CD Projeckt's video game adaptation, with Sapkowski serving as creative consultant. Showrunning and writing duties are being handled by Lauren Hissrich. Read more Steam Charts: Grand Finale EditionApr 15, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun It has happened. The day spoken of in legend. After two years, I am finally to be set free of the Curse Of Steam Charts. All its taken is entirely leaving my job in four days time to end this purgatory. The only decision left is to whom I shall pass this vexation. That, and how to avoid mentioning the actual games for one more week. And this time I’ve come up with a self-indulgent doozy. (more…) Geralt and Ciri finally visit Monster Hunter: World on May 9thApr 10, 2019 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunAfter months of lazing around on consoles, Geralt Of Rivia is finally stumbling through the portal to Monster Hunter: World on PC. Capcom have picked May 9th for the debut of this impressively well fleshed-out crossover. It features a fully voiced, branching story mission where you get to play as everyone’s favourite grumpy monster-slayer from The Witcher series, a new monster (plus one variant) from that world. There’s also a trio of big perks to grind for. Dedicated hunters can permanently unlock Geralt, Ciri and horrible Nekkers to fight, or capture to swap your Palico for. (more…) There's a Steam sale on the entire Witcher series right now, including ThronebreakerApr 9, 2019 - PC GamerSteam is having a sale on The Witcher series right now, including the most recent Gwent-based spin-off entry, Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales. The Game of the Year Edition for The Witcher 3, encompassing its excellent DLC, is discounted by a massive 70 percent. It's still number one on the PC Gamer Top 100, as of last summer. Will it still be there this year? The Witcher 2 is a ludicrous 85 percent off, which in the UK makes it cheaper than literally every sandwich I have purchased this year. Thronebreaker, meanwhile, is a leaner 25 percent off. It's worth spotlighting, because it sold under CD Projekt Red's expectations, despite scoring an excellent 81 percent in our review. That was before it landed on Steam, though, so hopefully it's picked up since then. According to Steam Prices, this matches its biggest discount to date from February this year.  The sale ends on 14 April, so you've got plenty of time to decide if you want to add any of these games to your pile of shame.  Great moments in PC gaming: Geralt's bath in The Witcher 3Feb 24, 2019 - PC GamerGreat moments in PC gaming are short, bite-sized celebrations of some of our favorite gaming memories.     Geralt's bath-time is iconic and not just because it became a meme. It's an important scene in The Witcher 3 and the first statement of one of its significant themes. Before we ever see Geralt fight a griffin, follow clues to catch a killer, or haggle over a payment we see him relaxing, at ease in a way few videogame protagonists ever are. It's a scene that's echoed later when Ciri hangs out in a sauna, and turned on its head when Yennefer convinces Geralt to have his beard shaved. These scenes are moments of peace being enjoyed by characters who don't know enough of it. Once you notice them, they're everywhere. The dinner with Keira Metz, Geralt getting drunk with his Witcher buddies, the snowball fight. Like the Hobbiton scenes in The Lord of the Rings or all the conversations about food, they contrast the ordinary with the epic, but not to belittle it—to show that these small comforts are things worth fighting for. And the fact Tub Geralt's a meme now makes it even better. At first it was fun attaching the picture to Witcher stories because it's always fun to enrage the kind of dudes who get mad online because they were shown some male flesh yet never have anything to say about videogame art overflowing with women's skin. But then the complaints changed. People stopped being mad at Tub Geralt—they started being mad whenever we published a Witcher-related story without Tub Geralt. And that's why he's here to stay. (Even if we do sometimes go with Big Geralt for variety.) Long may he bathe.  Sid Meier s Steam Charts: Sid Meier s Sid Meier s EditionFeb 18, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun The game you like isn’t as good as the game I like. When you like the game you like, you are made to look a fool! Find out why in this week’s Steam Charts. (more…) 7 more games that could use a Geralt of Rivia guest appearanceFeb 12, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun I worry about Geralt. The Witcher series may be over for now, but this hasn’t stopped Geralt from taking odd jobs here and there, slaying beasts in Monster Hunter: World, or stabbing folks in Soul Calibur VI. Is Geralt getting adequate retirement benefits? Have witchers unionized yet? I hope he can get some rest, or at least find more contract work that doesn’t involve exterminating monsters all the time. Freelancing is tiring. Here are seven games that need to be blessed by Geralt s presence. (more…) Steam Charts: The Worst Ever EditionFeb 11, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun I took it for granted. I knew I shouldn’t, I think I even knew I was doing it at the time. But last week, when the charts were filled with new and interesting games, pushing out the tired and bloated titles, I didn’t take the time to recognise what we had. And now, as can only be the direct responsibility of my careless credulity, everything has fallen apart. This week’s charts are the worst I’ve ever seen. And I’m sorry. I’m… look, I’m just sorry. (more…) Players Return to The Witcher 3 for Blood & WineMay 31, 2016 - GitHypThe Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was one of 2015's top games, however, most players said goodbye to Geralt shortly after the game's release. Whether beating the game and/or moving on to other adventures, the world of the Witcher's population couldn't hold up when compared to other popular RPGs such as Skyrim and Fallout 4 -- both of which have maintained 4-8x more players per day over the course of the past year. At its peak, The Witcher 3 brought in 1.5 million players in one day on Steam during its May 2015 launch week. But only two months after its release, The Witcher's player count quickly dropped to an average of around 150k players per day -- enough to keep The Witcher 3 as one of the most played games on Steam, but far from the 500k+ players that Skyrim and Fallout 4 continue to bring in. While CDProjektRed has continued to release updates and patches, it hasn't been enough to reignite the player base anywhere close to its high launch numbers. The game's first expansion pack, Hearts of Stone, was able to double The Witcher's daily player count value with 416k players in October, but shortly after its release the numbers again dropped back down to the same daily average as before the expansion. The player count again rose even higher at the end of 2015 as the game racked up numerous Game of the Year awards and sold well during the Holiday season. Yet, even after another spike, the Wild Hunt still could not manage to retain more than half of its player base as gamers slowly lost interest with the single-player game over time. Now, to celebrate the anniversary of the game's launch, CDPR has released Blood & Wine as the second and final expansion pack that will conclude Geralt's story. As a result, the player base has spiked up to the highest its been since the game's launch one year ago. Currently sitting at #7 on Steam with 783k players yesterday, Blood & Wine has helped Geralt return as the current king of the RPGs on Steam... we'll see how long his reign lasts this time as players take one last ride as the White Wolf. The-Witcher-Blood-and-Wine-Player-Count-graph