A new Witcher game will begin development as soon as Cyberpunk 2077 is finished, but it won’t be The Witcher 4.
Although technically it doesn’t have anything to do with the games, since it’s based only on the novels, the runaway success of The Witcher TV series on Netflix is somewhat unfortunate timing for CD Projekt, who have repeatedly said that they won’t make a direct sequel to 2015’s The Witcher 3.
They’ve never ruled out a new game of some sort though, and for the last few years rumours have spoken of some sort of spin-off, possibly starring Ciri.
CD Projekt Red boss Adam Kiciński hasn’t confirmed anything like that, but according to Eurogamer Poland the developer now has a ‘relatively clear concept’ of ‘another single-player game’ and work will start as soon as Cyberpunk 2077 is released this September.
‘We have two worlds and within these worlds we want to create games, therefore all planned games are either ‘Witcher’ or ‘Cyberpunk’,’ he added according to a translation by PSU. Implying that the company has no plans to start a major new third franchise.
The statement is a little puzzling though as CD Projekt has recently made a big fuss about being big enough to work on multiple projects at once.
Last year they also promised two new games by 2021, which going by this latest announcement means Cyberpunk 2077 and the new Witcher game. But that doesn’t seem to add up if they don’t start till September, considering how long it takes to make a game of The Witcher 3’s complexity.
This wouldn’t be the first time something has been lost in translation from one of CD Projekt’s pronouncements though and on the face of it there doesn’t seem to be any obvious reason why they’d have to wait for Cyberpunk 2077 to be finished in order to start work on a new game, especially as they specifically say it’ll be different teams.
We’ll try and find out from CD Projekt themselves what’s going on but whatever the details are it seems a new Witcher is definitely happening.
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