Praise was showered on 2015’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt today when news broke that a player found a never-before-seen secret Easter egg that was seven years in the making. A YouTuber named xLetalis found the hidden gem after crossing 2,500 days within the game and subsequently posted a video detailing their discovery. The Easter egg concerns the player Vivienne who Geralt crosses paths with when she becomes afflicted by a curse, resulting in her lifespan only lasting seven additional years. CD Projekt Red astounded players today when it was discovered that The Witcher 3 actually allows players to find Vivienne dead after seven years have passed within the game. This find has come out as the game itself turns seven this year as well.
The character Vivienne is the focus of a quest within The Witcher 3 expansion, Blood and Wine called The Warble of a Smitten Knight. The mission has the titular Geralt look for and eventually find the character after she’s turned into a kind of half-bird. The Witcher offers to lift the curse, although Vivienne knows this may shorten her lifespan to that of the animal. The woman agrees to Geralt’s help and can later be found in Skellige. The secret Easter egg in The Witcher 3 has players find Vivienne dead in Yennefer’s room at Kaer Trolde Harbour after seven years (2,500 days) has passed in the game.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was released in 2015, becoming one of the games that defined the PS4/Xbox One generation. It was praised highly for its sheer size and attention to detail. Today’s discovery of a seven-year-old Easter egg hidden so that only fans who experience at least 2,500 days in the game can find is proof of how well-deserved that praise is.