CD Projekt Red starts development of new ‘Witcher game’ after ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ releases this September
Developer CD Projekt Red does not want to keep its hands idle. After the “Cyberpunk 2077” release later this year, the team will immediately start the development of a new “Witcher” game but it won’t be called “The Witcher 4.”
This was confirmed by CD Projekt Red President Adam Kicinski, according to Games Radar. Kicinski told journalists in Poland that the team already formed a “relatively clear concept” for the next title of the "Witcher" series. Kicinski also added that full production of the new game will commence as soon as “Cyberpunk 2077” is released.
“Cyberpunk 2077” is already slated for a September release. This means that work on the new “Witcher” game will already start at around the same time.
“We have already been working on another single-player game, we have created a relatively clear concept that is waiting for further development,” Kicinski said, according to the Evening Standard. “Immediately after the completion of work on Cyberpunk 2077, work on the next title will start from a hoof. We have two worlds and within these worlds we want to create games, therefore all planned games are either 'Witcher' or 'Cyberpunk'.”
The new game won’t be a sequel to “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” so it won’t be called “The Witcher 4.” It won’t likely have Geralt of Rivia as its main character since his story already reached conclusion in the previous game.
While the new title might not be a sequel, Kicinski said that it will be “embedded” into the franchise. Among CD Projekt Red’s three development teams, the two larger teams will continue the development on Cyberpunk 2077 while the smaller team will develop the new “Witcher” game.
“The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” was a turning point for CD Projekt Red as it became one of the most popular RPGs available for the current-gen consoles. It was ported to the Nintendo Switch console last year making it available in all three major gaming consoles.
The popularity of the game, as well as the recently released “The Witcher” Netflix series, unlocked the value of the developer. According to Game Rant, CD Projekt Red’s valuation soared and it became the second-most valuable gaming company in Europe with valued at around $8 billion.