The last couple days has been fairly eventful for fans of CD Projekt Red, as yesterday we got a first look at the Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty expansion, and today during their most recent earnings call, the Polish publisher provided some more details about the future of The Witcher franchise.
Earlier this year, CD Projekt Red announced The Witcher franchise would be returning with “a new saga,” which most took to mean a single game. Well, it turns out this saga will quite a bit bigger than that. During the earnings call, CD Projekt Red CEO Adam Kiciński revealed their next Witcher saga would actually encompass multiple games, referencing their original Witcher trilogy as an example (thanks to Video Games Chronicle for the transcription).
“We have in mind more than one. The first saga was three games, so now we are thinking about more than one game, but we are in pre-production of the first game from the second Witcher saga.”
Certainly sounds like CD Projekt Red will be in the Witcher business for some time to come. Given the struggles CDPR has had with Cyberpunk 2077, it perhaps makes sense to break their next The Witcher story up, rather than trying to deliver one massive singular experience.
Meanwhile, in other Geralt-related news, it seems the next-gen version of The Witcher 3 is still on track for 2022. For those who haven’t been keeping up, the enhanced version of CD Projekt Red’s beloved RPG was originally in development at Saber Interactive’s St. Petersburg studio, but the project was taken back in-house following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Despite this unexpected development shakeup, CDPR has promised the update won’t see significant further delays.
The next-gen version of The Witcher 3 comes to PC, Xbox Series X/S, and PS4 in Q4 of this year.