Soulcalibur VI is one of those firsts I often mention in my articles. Games that I’ve not touched before, but at the same time games that I’m way too excited about. However, I have written about The Witcher before. Indeed I mentioned The Second season of The Witcher in my Hope in the ongoing TV pandemic article. Check it out here. You’re welcome. Among other things, I also mentioned the upcoming Resident Evil series. And of course the upcoming Halo TV adaptation. Three TV projects that I can’t wait to premiere.
And as you can probably already tell, I’m going to focus on the upcoming second season of The Witcher in this article. The premiere date is not far, and there are several other inspirations behind this article. First and foremost I’ll start with Soulcalibur VI, which unfortunately had no series announced as of yet.
What’s Soulcalibur VI All About?
Developed by BANDAI NAMCO Studios and published by BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, Soulcalibur VI is the newest entry in the SOULCALIBUR series. You’ll get to experience all-new gameplay mechanics in this game. And with the most beautiful graphics, the weapons-based fighting genre has ever seen! Taking place in the 16th century, revisit the events of the very first SOULCALIBUR in Soul Chronicle mode. A wide variety of game modes! Furthermore, Soulcalibur VI contains a base roster consisting of 21 fighters. Azvel, Cassandra Alexandra, Setsuka and of course.
The one and only Geralt of Rivia. The man of the hour, and one of the inspirations for this article.
Geralt was trained at the elite School of the Wolf and is considered one of the deadliest monster slayers. He possesses superhuman reflexes and strength, as well as superior sword fighting skills. Players who choose to fight as Geralt will utilize the witcher’s signature fighting style — a combination of swordplay, ability-enhancing potions, and combat magic.
Doug Cockle — the English voice of Geralt of Rivia — returns in SOULCALIBUR VI to reprise the role. Gamers will also be able to fight in Kaer Morhen — home keep of the School of the Wolf. Accompanying players in battle will be “Hunt or be Hunted” — an iconic composition from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt soundtrack. (source: CD PROJEKT RED)
But what are some of the Steam comments saying about Soulcalibur VI?
*This game is perfect- but not for everybody. Says Tuna-San on Steam.
*While TheOtherRandall says… One of the best fighters right now. Balanced Roster and of course Customization!!!
Soulcalibur VI is available for purchase here at IndieGala. Along with the season pass of the game (here) and the Deluxe Edition (available here). Feel free to check it out.
Let’s Do A Nice Recap Of The 1st Season of Witcher?
Yup. Why focus solely on the upcoming second season? I mean I’ll get to that in a second, but I also think a nice throwback at the first season is in order as well.
The show’s first season follows Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavil), Crown Princess Ciri (Freya Allan), and the sorceress Yennefer of Vengerberg (Anya Chalotra). At different points in time. They’re exploring formative events that shaped their characters. Before eventually merging into a single timeline detailing the invaders from Nilfgaard. While culminating at the battle for Sodden Hill. The 8 episode season was created by Lauren Schmidt Hissric, and it has The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny as a foundation. Which are a collection of short stories that precede the main Witcher saga. And I’m sure you noticed, that the first season has a non-linear narrative, spanning different periods. Hissrich even said this was inspired by Christopher Nolan’s 2017 film Dunkirk which also has a non-linear narrative. Much like most of Nolan movies to be honest.
More Witcher is in high demand
And according to Parrot Analytics, The Witcher, in its US debut, is the third most “in demand” original streaming series, behind Stranger Things and The Mandalorian.
Oh, and in case the TV series doesn’t give you the Witcher fix you need, don’t worry. There are 2 spin-off movies in development right now. First and foremost, an animated spin-off film titled The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf is in the works. The main focus is on the origin story of Geralt’s mentor and fellow Witcher Vesemir. Secondly, a live-action prequel limited series, The Witcher: Blood Origin, was announced as well. It’s set 1200 years before Geralt’s time and will show the origin of the Witchers. We can’t wait for those projects too.
The Experience of an Olympic Witcher Fan
What can we expect in the second season of The Witcher?
Well, quite a lot actually. And we at IndieGala are not the only ones that are looking forward to it. But before I dive into that… Let me just refresh your memory of Witcher’s Number 1 fan: Vitalina Batsarashkina. The Russian sharpshooter that won two gold medals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Indeed. She won a gold medal in the 10 m. air pistol event and in the 25 m. pistol event.
But her achievement didn’t really attract the attention of the public. Well, not as much as her stance and her accessories. Yup. Vitalina was photographed wearing a Witcher medallion, and really excited the fans of the franchise. Oh, and it gets better. When she returned back to Russia, she was greeted with a surprise. A cool rendition of Toss a coin to your Witcher. Cool right? We thought so too. Just look at this.
Cool Stories And Awesome Cast
And as for the second season… It’s hopefully going to be good. The production of the second season of The Witcher was delayed so many times (thanks to COVID-19) but we finally got a glimpse of the first trailer. Yes, after a full year in development hell, the second season (consisting of 8 episodes) will finally see the light of day. At the end of 2021. Ahead of the second season, the show announced new cast additions for the upcoming season. Which include the likes of Chris Fulton in the role of Rience. A major antagonist in the Witcher books of course.
Other additions in the cast include Graham McTavish as Dijkstra, Kevin Doyle and Simon Gallow. The season 2 premiere will finally give fans their introduction to Nivellen. Brought to life by the talented Kristofer Hivju and yes., The Witcher season 2 release date is now confirmed for December 17, 2021. Hey, the WitcherCon virtual event in July 2021 has even treated us to a trailer, which you can watch here.
But in case you were wondering, here’s the official synopsis for the second season of The Witcher
“Convinced Yennefer’s life was lost at the Battle of Sodden, Geralt of Rivia brings Princess Cirilla to the safest place he knows, his childhood home of Kaer Morhen. While the Continent’s kings, elves, humans and demons strive for supremacy outside its walls, he must protect the girl from something far more dangerous: the mysterious power she possesses inside.”
Furthermore, the show’s showrunner (Lauren Schmidt Hissrich) described A Grain of Truth as the “perfect kick-off for season two”. “It’s a story of a father and daughter coming together in a place that doesn’t quite feel safe for them. We really get into Nivellen, who is played by the incomparable Kristofer Hivju. We get to explore his character and his backstory with Geralt as well,” she explained. “It’s about the secrets that we keep from each other, and the monsters that we are inside sometimes.”
Soulcalibur VI and The Witcher
Are you excited for the second season of The Witcher? What are your thoughts on the previous season? And what are your expectations about the upcoming second season?