Henry Cavill added to The Witcher 3 by fans

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  • Wednesday, 08 Jan 2020

(From left) Yennefer, Geralt and Ciri as they look in Netflix's The Witcher. — AFP Relaxnews

Netflix's first season of The Witcher has prompted a resurgence of interest in four-year-old video game The Witcher 3. Even though the game's version of The Witcher doesn't look much like Henry Cavill to begin with, fans have been coming up with a number of ways to add characters and elements from the show to the game's PC version.

As the site's annual winter sale drew to a close, four-year-old game The Witcher 3 was last week's best-seller on PC service Steam, outselling Red Dead Redemption 2, Sekiro, and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

Interest in December 2019's TV show The Witcher was credited with driving its resurgence and, like the show, it was adapted from Andrzej Sapkowski's novels and short stories.

Developed independently, the show and games diverge in some interpretations of Witcher lore, and volunteers from the fan community have been bringing elements from the Netflix property back into the award-winning game.

Five mods in particular stand out.

Not only does the show's lead, Henry Cavill, have a different face shape than the game's hero character, Geralt, but his body is carrying even more muscle mass.

So for those that don't mind downloading a few extra files, community modder Adnan4444 provides Cavillesque continuity through the "Henry Cavill and Anya Chalotra" mod pack, a makeover for both Geralt and another lead character, Yennefer.

Installing it from hub site NexusMods for the PC version of The Witcher 3 adds a new head and body for Geralt, as well as the new amber eye design and black armour and shirts he wears in the show.

The Yennefer modification, currently intended as proof of concept, likewise alters head shape, face, skin, and eyes, with further improvements to come.

Thirdly, the show intensified the way Witchers look after consuming powerful potions, darkening their upper cheeks, and that's in the mod as well.

Mod-maker Adnan gave his permission for other modders to make changes to his work, and that's what has happened.

For example, Adnan's original pack contained several references to the DC Extended Universe: Geralt's medieval underwear became Superman-themed boxer shorts, while he wears Joker face paint for the Hearts of Stone storyline.

However, fellow modder ReplicantPolice uploaded a Geralt Retexture which adheres to the original Hearts of Stone look, restores standard underwear, and gives the Cavill model a rosier complexion.

Two other mods expand the Netflix look: Dynamic Toxic Black Eyes imports the show's glassy, dark-eyed effect for potion-empowered Witchers, while Alternate Amulets homages new medallion and pendant designs; other modders are working on Netflix-compatible versions of the Witcher's swords.

Finally, for those that don't want to escape one of the show's most memorable songs, another mod called "Toss a Coin To Your Witcher (3)" plays at the game's main menu; that mod's creator is expanding scope to include instrumentals and replaced tavern music in future revisions. – AFP Relaxnews

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