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With E3 2021 looming, a lot of gamer attention is primed for new announcements, hardware updates, and perhaps even a few stealth drops of "out now" excitement. But June isn't just about the four days of E3 'proper' - there's a wealth of showcases and other events taking place digitally, from around about now actually (or earlier, if you count things like the Horizon Forbidden West State of Play) until the end of July.
One of these showcases won't really be about games, at all. But it's sure to be of great interest to gamers all the same, as Netflix's Geeked Week will deliver all-new looks at and/or information on Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, the much-anticipated show based on the fantastic indie game Cuphead, and the second season of The Witcher, the Henry Cavill-starring fantasy show based on Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski's novels and short stories, and of course (slightly, probably, more than a little) the CD Projekt Red games inspired by them.
With Season 2 of The Witcher wrapped, here's a peek at some of the production process, from the people who make the show...
As Netflix itself tweeted in May, Geeked Week runs from June 7 to June 11, and in addition to the games-related shows featured, it'll also give us looks at the new He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon, The Sandman, The Umbrella Academy, and Lucifer. Summer Games Fest host Geoff Keighley has now added that a games-specific Geeked Week event will be part of SGF, taking place at 9am Pacfic Time on June 11 - that's 5pm UK (BST) time, by the way. SGF runs across E3, but isn't part of E3 itself, which would be confusing but we're past caring and just looking forward to the shows, frankly.
Netflix will, says Keighley, "debut shows and films based on your favourite games" at this June 11 event. So, chances are that's when we're going to see The Witcher Season 2, in the flesh, and get a hint at where Cavill's Geralt and Freya Allan's Ciri are off to next, having reunited at the end of the first season.
Said second season is meant to be streaming on Netflix towards the end of 2021, with Q4 offered as a release window - but it's not the only Witcher-related project on the go. There's also the animated movie Nightmare of the Wolf, which will focus on another Witcher, Vesemir. We've not seen anything of that, as yet, despite knowing about it for well over a year now - so, perhaps this will be the moment that it gets a debut trailer, and maybe even a release date.
A prequel series, Blood Origin, is also in production, so this June 11 showcase really could be a special one for fans of everything to do with The Witcher. Or, people who simply like seeing Henry Cavill in tight leather armour. We're not here to judge.
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