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The Witcher Documentary Reveals the Franchise’s Humble Beginnings

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On October 26, The Witcher video game franchise will turn 10 years old. That’s quite the accomplishment, especially given the cultural impact of the series. The Polish Prime Minister gave a copy of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings to President Obama as a gift; Netflix will soon release a series based on the original Witcher books (which has seen a resurgence of popularity thanks to the games), and video game critics often cite The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt as a shining example of how to create DLC. While CD Projekt RED already posted a heartfelt thank you video to celebrate the 10th anniversary, YouTube channel arhn.eu has created something even better: a documentary on the making of the first The Witcher video game. The video is in Polish, but audiences can turn on English subtitles.

This massive, two-hour video presents the complicated production of the first The Witcher game. Well, the first two games, as the actual first one was produced by the studio Metropolis and never made it past early development stages. According to the documentary, this version, had it been completed, would have used static, isometric camera angles, not unlike the first several Resident Evil games, turn-based combat similar to Final Fantasy, and character models made on an Amiga 1200. The documentary also provides a special look at an early demo of the CD Porjekt RED version of the game before the protagonist of all the Witcher books, Geralt of Rivia, was the main character of the game.

The documentary isn’t all concept art and demo/beta versions of The Witcher; it also provides a look into the difficulties of making the game. For example, parts of the original script had to be rewritten when the developers turned Geralt into the game’s protagonist. More importantly, the video demonstrates the mindset of the developers, how they balanced adapting The Witcher books (down to the most minute details) with changing certain aspects of Witcher lore to make a good video game. In the documentary, the books and game are compared to the original novel The Shining and its sequential movie; both are compelling, but they are compelling for different reasons, as they are made differently.

I could go on all day about the documentary, but honestly my summaries do it a disservice. Anyone who considers him or herself a Witcher fan needs to watch this video.

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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Bandai Namco and Nike designed Tekken 8 sneakers with tag-team designs

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Nike, the maker of high-quality shoes, is working with Bandai Namco, the company that makes the Tekken series, to make a pair of sneakers. The fun competition is part of the franchise’s 30th anniversary celebrations. You can get your own pair for $250 or the equivalent in your country, though they’ll probably be worth a lot more on the sneakerhead black market.

Two pairs of Tekken 8 x Nike Air Foamposite One Fist sneakers are set to come out in September 2024, according to shoe fan Sole Retriever (thanks, VGC). The designs are based on Kazuya and Jin, two main characters in the series. You can get them at Nike and some other stores. People who like hypebeasts and fighting games are likely to buy these quickly, so if you like Tekken and shoes that make people talk, you should probably act fast.

Should Bandai Namco and Nike work together? What do you think? Are you going to fight for your own pair? Make sure to take good care of your shoes and keep their value in the comments section below.

 

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You can now preorder the official Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree strategy guide

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There will soon be a new book in Future Press’s Books of Knowledge series, which is FromSoftware’s officially licensed line of hardcover strategy guides. This will help players who are having trouble with Elden Ring’s Shadow of the Erdtree expansion. The base game came with two books, and now you can get the unholy trinity for $45 (or the equivalent amount in your currency). It will ship on September 30th.

Like the first two games, The Lands Between and Shards of Shattering, Shadow of the Erdtree is both a complete guide to how to play and a beautiful artbook with full-page pictures of enemies, landscapes, and weapons. This big book has 352 pages and is likely to sell out quickly, based on how quickly the ones that came before it did.

Do you know a lot about strategy guides? You could read the first two Books of Knowledge. If so, what did you think of them? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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