The next Witcher game is in the works but CD Projekt Red want to make it very clear that it’s not necessarily The Witcher 4.
“We’re happy to announce that the next instalment in The Witcher series of video games is currently in development, kicking off a new saga for the franchise,” reads a statement on CDPR’s website. But, as clarified by a later tweet, this isn’t necessarily going to be The Witcher 4 and, since it’s a “new saga”, we could see a new protagonist step up.
And you know what? We’re absolutely okay with that. Geralt’s great but, after three games, it’s time for a change. We’d happily play as Ciri or an entirely new Witcher, one who’d really let us write our own virtual legend. We’re less enthusiastic about it being a prequel, though making it a sequel would also mean dealing with the consequences of The Witcher 3’s big decisions.
CD Projekt Red has revealed one other thing about the game and that’s that it’ll use Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 5, instead of the company’s in-house RED Engine. It’s part of “..a multi-year strategic partnership with Epic Games,” according to the aforementioned statement. It’s also got a few people worried that Epic Game may be an Epic Games Store exclusive when it hits the PC.
What we have NOT announced today:
– A game called The Witcher 4.
– A game exclusive to one storefront.
It was our initial confirmation of a new saga in The Witcher franchise. Right now, we are not discussing any specifics in terms or story, characters, mechanics, or plot details.
— Radek (@gamebowski) March 21, 2022
But CDPR PR Director Radek Grabowski has cleared all that up with his tweet, right? Not quite. “What we have NOT announced today: – A game called The Witcher 4. – A game exclusive to one storefront”, reads the tweet. It implies that it’s not The Witcher 4 and it won’t be an Epic Games Store exclusive, but it’s not a flat out denial.
We adored The Witcher 3 or, to give it its full title, The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, calling it “A must play for any modern gamer.” So we’re certainly eager to see where CD Projekt Red takes the franchise, Geralt or no Geralt.