The first-ever WitcherCon kicked off today with a 3-hour long live-stream that featured cast members, show-runners, game developers, and more! If you didn’t get a chance to watch the event, it can still be watched on Netflix’s Twitch, but let’s recap all of the amazing things that happened.
The stream kicked-off with a welcome from the man who created the universe of The Witcher through six novels and 15 short stories, Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. Despite the fact Sapkowski could not join in the fun for the con, the message he sent to be read at the beginning of the stream can be read below.
Keep scrolling for a look at some of the content that came out of WitcherCon, and don’t forget to check out the streams in preparation of season 2!
Season 2 Release Details & Sneak Peeks
As we covered earlier, season 2 of Netflix’s Original Series The Witcher will be releasing December 17 of this year, following season 1 just shy of two years later. WitcherCon also gave us a season 2 teaser trailer, which you can watch below!
The Q&A revealed there will be a scene at the end of episode 1 that gives a glimpse of how beautiful Geralt of Rivia (Cavill) and Ciri’s (Allan) relationship can develop and the direction the two are going to grow together.
Jaskier took The Witcher fandom by storm following the release of season 1, so much so that fans have been demanding “bard content” on Twitter for months, and rightfully so! The man who brings Jaskier to screen, Joey Batey, stopped by via video message to give fans a first look at Jaskier’s new look for season 2. As you can see below, it’s pretty safe to bet Jaskier has become some sort of a rockstar in the time since he and Geralt separated on the mountain.
Inside Look at Kaer Morhen with the Perfect Tour Guide, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich
Fans of The Witcher know that the stories would not be complete without monsters for Geralt and company to fight along the way. WitcherCon also gave us a first look at a new monster being introduced to the Netflix series world, but one video game fans are familiar with. Season 2 will introduce the bone-chilling leshen!
The first book of the series, The Last Witch, is getting a hardcover illustrated publication which will feature illustrations for each story in the book. The book is available for pre-order now for the UK here and for the US here. The book will release in December of this year.
Dark Horse Comics will also be releasing a Netflix-inspired Geralt of Rivia figure which is available for pre-order July 23 here and will also arrive in December. This is also a great place to check out other Witcher-inspired figures (bath Geralt, anyone?).
Rafal Jaki will make their writing debut with upcoming comic publication The Witcher: Ronin — an ancient-Japanese inspired, Witcher-set manga. Check out the kick-starter for that project here.
Lead quest designer for CD Projekt Red Philipp Weber announced a next-gen game update is in the works for Witcher III: Wild Hunt as well as Netflix inspired free DLC. This update will be for PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC. Check out the updated cover art for the game below!
If you’re a fan of playing games on your phone and you’ve been seeking Witcher-inspired games, you’ve got a new option coming July 21! Spokko Games will release The Witcher: Monster Slayer for iOS and Android which you can watch the full announcement trailer for here.
Cast & Crew Updates and Behind-The-Scenes
Some of the biggest highlights of WitcherCon were the intermittent The Humans of the Continent segments which highlighted the many people who work tirelessly behind the scenes to bring so many key aspects of The Witcher to life. From puppeteers to armorers, The Witcher wouldn’t be what it is without them, so be sure to check those out in the streams.
Another key aspect of WitcherCon were the panels featuring many talented people from CD Projekt Red (panelists pictured below via the WitcherCon schedule). They gave so much insight into what has gone into making these beloved games for almost two decades and how much the format and story for the games has changed since the beginning. These panels highlighted the many details that have to be considered to immerse a player into the Continent and make them feel like they are actually Geralt of Rivia hunting monsters in this world.
Tales from the White Wolf: Conversation with Henry Cavill
WitcherCon wraps each stream with Tales from the White Wolf: A Spotlight Conversation with Henry Cavill hosted by Josh Horowitz. Cavill and Horowitz always have great interview chemistry and this interview was no exception to that trend. The interview flows beautifully and it’s always a pleasure to listen to Cavill speak with passion about The Witcher universe. Cavill, a known-gamer, is a fan of the games and despite being thus far unable to defeat Witcher III: Wild Hunt on the game’s Death March difficulty (the hardest the game offers), it is still obvious how much he cares for the stories and characters he is helping bring to life. Before wrapping up, Cavill also provided a first-look at Geralt’s companion and horse: Roach (seen below with Geralt and Ciri).
WitcherCon definitely gave us a ton of content to mull over ahead of the release of season 2, but it can’t hurt to watch season 1 on Netflix again before December 17!