While we’re awaiting the much-anticipated release of Cyberpunk 2077, it looks as though we may soon be finally getting a new Witcher game.
At a recent financial conference in Poland (via Eurogamer), CD Projekt Red CEO Adam Kiciński indicated that the company is “working on a next single-player game already”, though it is “awaiting development” until after the launch of Cyberpunk 2077. However, he explicitly stated that the new game will not be a sequel to The Witcher 3 and its predecessors, but rather a potential new game set in the same universe.
“I already said there will be no Witcher 4,” said Kiciński. “I clearly said that [The Witcher] was a trilogy. Simultaneously, we’ve always emphasised that we want to create Witcher games and the agreement with Mr. Sapkowski confirmed our rights.”
Of course, Kiciński was referring to the new monetary deal the company signed with Adrzej Sapkowski, the writer for the original Witcher books. Furthermore, while Kiciński didn’t exactly state what IP the new title will be based on, he did state that “all planned games are either Witcher or Cyberpunk“, which all but confirms it.
Now the question is, if it’s not a Witcher game involving everyone’s favourite monster slayer, Geralt of Rivia, who could the main protagonist be? His super-powered protégé, Ciri, would definitely be a standout candidate, having fully assumed her role as a Witcher at the end of the final game in the trilogy. Or CDPR could even take on a bold new direction in the form of a Sorceress such as Yennefer or Triss Merigold. Furthermore, with the Netflix series of the same name spurning gamers to pick up the games again, it only makes sense to use fan-favourite characters.
But of course, we’ll only find out once Cyberpunk 2077 releases on 17 September 2020.
Marion has a serious RPG addiction. Sometimes it bleeds into real life; he forgets to sleep because he thinks he has a Witcher’s body clock. Forgive him in advance if he suddenly blurts out terms such as “Mind Flayer” and “Magic Missile”, because never once does he stop thinking about his next Dungeons & Dragons game.