CD Projekt Red might be knee-deep in working on Cyberpunk 2077, but The Witcher is always on the Poland-based developer’s mind. Sadly, if you were hoping that CDPR’s next game after Cyberpunk would be The Witcher 4, you’re going to be disappointed.
CD Projekt CEO Adam Kiciński revealed in a recent interview (via VG 24/7) that the developer has no plans to make a Witcher 4, but that doesn’t mean that there will never be a new game set in the Witcher universe.
“The first three Witchers were by definition a trilogy, so we simply could not name the next game The Witcher 4,” Kiciński said. “This does not mean, of course, that we will leave the world of The Witcher, created by us for over a dozen years. The Witcher is one of two franchises on which to build in the future activities of the company.”
Seeing as how the current Witcher trilogy revolves around titular Witcher Geralt of Rivia, it seems likely that any future titles set in the Witcher universe will probably replace Geralt as its protagonist. There’s been recent speculation that Ciri would be the next game’s protagonist, but that’s mostly just wishful thinking. Besides, there is so much history in the Witcher universe, it would be a shame not to go back in time to possibly explore the origins of the Wolf School, or even focus on one of the other five schools in the Witcher universe. Even a forward leap in time would be an interesting narrative decision. What’s the world like after the Wild Hunt? We kind of want to know.
That doesn’t mean we’ll never see Geralt again. After all, he’s about to star in his own Netflix series, and he’s definitely taking over the box art for Soulcalibur VI. We know those things are not the same as a full-blown Witcher game, but we’ll take what we can get at this point.
That second franchise that Kiciński mentioned above is apparently Cyberpunk, which Kiciński “would also like [CD Projekt Red] to successfully develop” over the next “dozen or so years.” Given the developer’s current production schedule, a “dozen or so years” sounds like a pretty good guess as to when we’ll see the next Witcher game.
Cyberpunk 2077 still doesn’t have a release window, though Kiciński related that the developer has the release date “strictly designated internally.” When it does launch, it’s launching for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.