While CD Projekt RED has been busy beavering away on Cyberpunk 2077, quite possibly the most anticipated game on the planet, fans of The Witcher are probably hoping The Witcher 3 wasn’t the last we saw of Geralt. Well, sorry to be the bearer of bad news but CDPR CEO Adam Kicinski has categorically said there will be no Witcher 4; The Witcher was always intended as a trilogy.
"We can't create Witcher 4 because that was a trilogy from the beginning,” said Kicinski during a presentation at Pareto Securities Gaming Seminar. “No one said that one day we won't decide to develop something in the Witcher universe. But now we're focusing on Cyberpunk and Gwent". Fare thee well Geralt, it was nice knowing you.
It’s looking very unlikely then, with CDPR viewing The Witcher franchise as somewhat of a closed book. All of their attention is now dedicated towards Cyberpunk 2077, which it promises will be a sci-fi RPG more ambitious than anything it’s made before.
"Cyberpunk is our new Witcher 3, but even more ambitious. Our goal is to establish a new blockbuster franchise from the beginning. We work on a new universe, futuristic universe. We believe it's very appealing to players, not only RPG players—but this is a true RPG, like Witcher, like Witcher 3, for mature audiences. It's handcrafted, detailed, of course open-world, with open-ended gameplay.
"Great game, more ambitious than Witcher 3, and we believe that we can aim at more ambitious business goals as well—of course, still having gamer-centric focus and quality focus as the main priority."
I wouldn’t overly worry about the last comment regarding more ambitious business goals; CD Projekt RED has long been a staunch opponent of loot boxes, microtransactions, and other assorted tat, but there is certainly a possibility that CDPR has longer-term plans for Cyberpunk 2077 than it did for The Witcher 3. It’s easy to imagine them bolting on additional chapters, or perhaps even multiplayer storylines if some of the rumours were indeed true.
Sad to see the back of Geralt and co? How can Cyberpunk 2077 possibly be even more ambitious than The Witcher 3? Let us know!