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The next Witcher game is only in pre-production, but developer CD Projekt Red is envisioning some pretty grand plans for it. It might not be surprising to hear, but CDPR expects the game to be the start of a new multiplayer saga, not just a single title.
CD Projekt president Adam Kiciński said as much during an earnings call (via VGC). “We have more than one in mind,” Kiciński said. “The first saga was three games, so now we’re thinking about more than one game, but we’re in pre-production on the first game of the second Witcher saga.” His statement both confirms the game’s pre-production status and confirms that it is the first in a new series. Plans can change, of course, but as long as the series is a success, CD Projekt will continue to shepherd it.
We know very little about The Witcher 4 (as it’s been called colloquially) at this point. It’s being built on Unreal Engine 5, and the only artwork released shows a Witcher school locket in the snow. It was first assumed to be a cat, leading fans to believe that the new saga would focus on Ciri. We’ve since learned that the locket is actually a lynx, the totem animal of a Witcher school canonically formed in the current game timeline. Given that the director promised that the team would not divulge the development of the game, it will likely be a while before we hear more.
Later on the same call (again via VGC), Kiciński brought the next-gen release of The Witcher 3. The original PlayStation 5 and Xbox One versions have been delayed before, but Kiciński said they are “on track” for the current Q4 2022 release window. The Witcher 3 passed 40 million copies sold earlier this year, and that number is only going to increase when it comes to new consoles.