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'Portal' Easter Egg In 'The Witcher 3' Blood And Wine Expansion Proves The Cake Isn't A Lie

31 May 2016, 3:12 pm EDT By Cameron Koch Tech Times
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CD Projekt Red is no stranger to adding various pop culture and video game references to the world of The Witcher, and this latest Easter egg discovered within the game takes the cake.

Very literally, in fact. Via Reddit, the surprise comes in The Witcher 3's second and final expansion, Blood and Wine, during a quest titled "Turn and Face the Strange." During the quest, at one point, players must navigate a series of portals in order to find a path. See where this is going?

One of those portals will take players to a chamber with a bloody crate (or cube) in its center. To the right of the cube is a chest containing one item: cake.

As it turns out, the cake isn't a lie. It's obviously a less-than-subtle reference to Valve's first-person puzzle game Portal, which has players using a portal creating gun to solve various tasks. Often, those tasks involve the use of a "companion cube," a heart-adorned crate that players can place on various switches to open doors. Throughout the game, the promise of cake is held just above players' heads, only for it to be revealed that there never was any cake (sort of?). The phrase "the cake is a lie" is one of Portal's longest-standing contributions to pop culture, outside of simply being a great game to boot.

Portals. A cube. Cake. CD Projekt Red threw in three Portal references for the price of one. No doubt, it's just one of many secrets for players to discover as they explore the brand new region of Toussaint in The Witcher 3's last piece of DLC, which is said to contain upwards of 20 hours worth of additional gameplay. So far, reviews for the game's last expansion have been nothing but positive, so fans of the game should have plenty to look forward to. Players can snag the expansion standalone for $19.99 or as part of The Witcher 3's $24. 99 season pass. The expansion is available now.

You can check out the expansion's Portal Easter egg for yourself below.

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