13
Mar
2018

The Witcher developer teases a crossover for Geralt (update)

CD Projekt Red is teasing the return Geralt of Rivia, star of The Witcher franchise — but he won’t be showing up in one of his own games. Instead, according to a tweet from community lead Marcin Momot, it sounds like Geralt will be a guest star in a game due out later this year.

Momot’s obviously playing coy for now — his only reply to the original tweet consists of a thinking emoji — but fans are coming up with their dream crossovers for The Witcher hero, and at least one of them seems plausible.

What if Geralt was going to step out of the @witchergame for the very first time to make an appearance in one of the upcoming games later this year? pic.twitter.com/dMTn1Im6HD

— Marcin Momot (@Marcin360) March 6, 2018

The most popular suggestion for now is a spot for Geralt on the Soulcalibur 6 roster. Launching sometime in 2018, Soulcalibur 6 is the first new entry in Bandai Namco’s fighting game series in more than six years. And Soulcalibur has played host to a number of surprising guests over the years, from Link to Darth Vader to Ezio Auditore. Geralt jumping into a match wouldn’t be totally out of the ordinary, nor would it be out of character.

Lending credence to this idea is a rumor from Let’s Play Video Games, which reports that Bandai Namco, which distributed The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, would include CD Projekt Red’s best known character in this year’s Soulcalibur game. While the publication only cites anonymous sources from several weeks back, CD Projekt Red’s tweet today only adds fuel to that fire.

But others are running away with the idea of seeing Geralt in other games. There are calls for an official Geralt of Rivia costume inMonster Hunter: World or Final Fantasy 15, two games with in-depth character creators that players have already used to recreate the white-haired journeyman. Considering the propensity of both games to feature left-field crossover costumes and events, these aren’t terribly obscure suggestions. But Momot pointedly said an upcoming game, which should exclude both titles immediately.

Hopes that Geralt will appear in a new Super Smash Bros. title, meanwhile, are the definition of wishful thinking. Nintendo hasn’t said anything about a new Smash Bros. game yet — not to say it won’t — but Bandai Namco’s association with both Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and The Witcher 3 is enough to get fans excited about the possibility. Geralt featuring in a Pokémon game, like the hypothetical Pokémon Snap 2, is … well, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that’s a clear joke.

But who’s to say? Not CD Projekt Red quite yet.

Update (March 14): While CD Projekt Red gave Polygon a “no comment,” The Witcher account tweeted yet another hint at Geralt’s next appearance.

Kaer Morhen’s old stones have witnessed many battles… Once more they’ll feel the sting of sparks as blades collide… Check back tomorrow.

— The Witcher (@witchergame) March 14, 2018

We’ll be checking back tomorrow, indeed.

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