Developer CD Projekt Red has confirmed that it will develop more games in The Witcher series. However, the next title will not follow the protagonist of the first three Witcher games, Geralt of Rivia.
“The first three Witchers were by definition a trilogy, so we simply could not name the next game ‘The Witcher 4,'” said CD Projekt Red CEO Adam Kiciński in an interview with Bankier (translation via US Gamer and Google Translate). “This does not mean, of course, that we will leave the world of The Witcher. The Witcher is one of two franchises on which to build the future activities of the company. Today, unfortunately, I can not reveal anything more.”
This isn’t the first time that CD Projekt Red has floated the idea of a follow-up to The Witcher series. During a 2017 investor’s call, CD Projekt Red co-founder, Marcin Iwinski, stated that the team always has The Witcher on its mind.
“The Witcher was designed as a trilogy and a trilogy cannot have a fourth part, can it?” said Iwinski. “We like this world a lot. We invested 15 years of our lives in it and a lot of money. So, we’ll think about [making a new Witcher game] at some point. But please consider us as rational people, we sometimes have weird ideas but overall our thinking is very rational. We have full rights to The Witcher games. They are ours. We have invested enormous funds into promoting it, and it’s a very strong brand.”
Iwinski and Kiciński are both talking around the details of the next Witcher game, but they are saying the same basic things. The game won’t be a Geralt of Rivia story, it won’t be called The Witcher 4, but it will take place in The Witcher universe established by the first three games and – presumably – the books the games are based on.
Timeline-wise, you might think that CD Projekt Red will want to reveal/release this game around the same time as The Witcher Netflix series. However, as that series is reportedly set to debut in 2020, and it’s heavily rumored that Cyberpunk 2077 will be released at that time, we think that you’ll have to wait just a bit longer for the next game in The Witcher franchise.