The inaugural WitcherCon is set to take place next month and seeing as how this is the first one ever, what can fans expect?
Co-hosted by CD Projekt Red and Netflix, WitcherCon is a celebration of all things pertaining to The Witcher franchise. This includes the video games, live action series, anime film and merchandise.
This year, WitcherCon is a global virtual celebration (likely due to COVID precautions), so you’ll have to tune into the stream which will be featured on both Netflix and CD Projekt Red’s YouTube and Twitch channels (or co-streaming partners). I personally prefer the excitement that in-person events allow, especially when we’re talking about a somewhat specific niche with a passionate fanbase. The rowdiness of die-hard fans just adds an extra layer of excitement to all the festivities.
The ‘about’ page for the convention provides a breakdown of what fans can expect to see. There’s mention of deep dives into the making of all the various Witcher properties, interactive panels with those who have worked on the games and series, and never-before-seen reveals from across The Witcher franchise.
Unfortunately, we already know not to expect a new Witcher game to be announced. The site explicitly states:
"“In case you’re wondering, no new Witcher game will be announced at WitcherCon.”"
White somewhat disappointing, at least CD Projekt Red tempered our expectations. Plus it’s also not terribly surprising. The studio has its hands full with Cyberpunk 2077, which was an absolutely trainwreck of a mess when it launched last year. One has to assume that even if a Witcher game was in development, it would be early on as all-hands were probably on deck fixing the bugs and issues with Cyberpunk 2077.
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I’m almost certain we’ll see a proper trailer or some sort of production sizzle reel for Season 2 of The Witcher franchise on Netflix. Production on the sophomore season was temporarily shut down due to COVID in March 2020 but picked back up in August. Depending on the schedule, I’m hopeful the second season will debut sometime this year.
I think the concept of WitcherCon is a good thing. I like the idea of passionate fans gathering together to celebrate a franchise they love. But I would’ve liked to see WitcherCon debut in 2022 and allow fans to participate in person. Although a digital event may be more effective, its limited scope runs the risk of coming out flat, especially without the excitement of a new game announcement.
The WitcherCon stream kicks off on July 8 at 1:00 p.m ET/ 10:00 a.m. PT. A second stream with additional, unique content will air later that day at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.