Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Destiny 2 Witcher Crossover Includes Geralt Bathtub Meme

Destiny 2 Season of the Wish’s crossover with The Witcher includes a funny reference to The Witcher 3’s famous meme of Geralt in the bathtub.

Destiny 2’s Season of the Wish launched November 28, and it includes various cosmetic items inspired by CDPR’s popular The Witcher series of dark-fantasy RPGs. Bungie also had a bit of fun with this new Destiny 2 content, including a reference to the meme of Geralt in a bathtub.

Adapted from Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski’s long-running novel series, CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt initially released for PC, Xbox One, and PS4 in May 2015. The opening cinematic included a scene of Geralt of Rivia in a wooden bathtub, with his arms and legs resting on the edges. This shot quickly gained memetic popularity, to the point where even people who had never played a Witcher game were familiar with it. The trailer for Netflix’s The Witcher TV show even included a reference to that moment from the game.

Bungie announced the launch of Destiny 2’s The Witcher crossover in a blog post. Featured in the game’s Season of the Wish content, it includes an armor set for each Destiny 2 class, a new ship, a new Ghost shell, and a new Sparrow. The post provided a breakdown of each item, including some insight into Bungie’s creative process. However, the studio also included a little treat for fans who read all the way to the bottom, revealing a new Tub Time emote based on the Witcher 3 meme.

The price of soggy armor isn’t cheap, however, as the Tub Time emote costs a hefty 1,200 Silver on Destiny 2‘s Eververse store. That’s slightly more than the 1,100 Silver players get from the $9.99 bundle, meaning players with no Silver will have to buy the more expensive 1,700 SIlver pack for $14.99.

The Guardian who’s showcasing the emote is wearing the Titan class’s new Kaer Morhen armor set. It gets its name from the Witcher stronghold, and Bungie based its design on Geralt’s iconic Viper School Gear from The Witcher 3. Hunters can instead equip the White Wolf set, which combines the Hunter’s hood and cape with elements from Geralt’s Legendary Wolven armor set. Finally, Warlocks are getting the new Hexter set based on The Witcher 3’s Legendary Ursine armor.

All three of the Witcher-inspired armor sets in Destiny 2’s Season of the Wish include Geralt’s iconic dual longswords on the Guardian’s back. While these are purely cosmetic, Bungie explained how it went to great lengths to make them look real. The same applies to the small cosmetic crossbow on the Hunter’s thigh, with Bungie explaining how the studio collaborated with CD Projekt Red to improve the design.

Another shared element across all three armor sets is the asymmetrical gouges and scarring on the Guardian’s helmets, evoking the image of Geralt’s scarred and grizzled face. They likewise all make heavy use of leather, chainmail, and fur while preserving each of the Destiny 2 class’s unique silhouettes.

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