CD Projekt Red Is Due To Begin Development On The Next Witcher Game
CD Projekt Red now has two established IPs to its name, with the recently released Cyberpunk 2077 and its acclaimed The Witcher series. Now that its third deadline has been met – to launch Cyberpunk 2077 before year end – the Polish developer can now return its attention to The Witcher’s new chapter.
In an interview with Polish publication Parkiet, CD Projekt Red CEO Adam Kiciński emphasized that “the first three ‘Witchers’ were by definition a trilogy, so we simply could not name the next game ‘The Witcher 4′”. Kiciński’s statement from March assured fans that a new title was definitely in the works, but he couldn’t reveal anything more than that. The Witcher fans have been patient all year, giving way to the Cyberpunk IP. However, Kiciński also gave fans a time for when production would start on the next Witcher installment, and that time has come.
The main confirmation we have of the developer’s intent to pick up The Witcher again lies in a journalist meeting Kiciński held in March. He revealed that the team had a “relatively clear concept” of what the next entry of The Witcher series would entail. Kiciński also confirmed that production of this entry would begin “immediately” after the launch of Cyberpunk 2077, therefore, the devs should already be hard at work, again.
CD Projekt Red had to implement crunch times within the development team amid Cyberpunk 2077’s delays, so we hope there will be some downtime awarded before development kicks off again.
The official CD Projekt Red forum moderator Donata Poplawska mentioned the developer’s initial plans last year, which was to release two triple-A games before 2021. With Cyberpunk 2077’s hat-trick of delays, and the fact that we are almost halfway through December, it’s safe to assume that there will not be a second triple-A game release for CD Projekt Red this year. However, miracles can happen.
Cyberpunk 2077 has received favorable feedback so far, including our review which we dubbed as “future (almost) perfect”. On the other hand, fans of The Witcher have season 2 of the Netflix series to look forward to, as well as revisiting Wild Hunt to learn a recently discovered combat attack.
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