According to CD Projekt, 2025 is the earliest possible date for the release of The Witcher franchise’s next mainstream instalment. The Witcher’s longtime publisher earlier this year acknowledged that it was developing a new game in the franchise; however, it has since disclosed that this new game will be the first in a new trilogy. And while some fans had anticipated that The Witcher 4 (unofficial title) will release as soon as possible, it appears that they will instead need to get used to being quite patient.
The Witcher 4, codenamed Polaris, was briefly discussed by CD Projekt CEO Adam Kiciski at a recent meeting with investors. He noted that the game is still in its very early stages of production. According to Kiciski, a significant portion of the ongoing work on The Witcher 4 is connected to the new gaming engine, Unreal Engine 5, which the game is built upon. But once this foundational work is finished, future instalment development ought to move a little faster.
One investor responded by inquiring as to what this would imply for The Witcher 4’s prospective release. Given the direction of The Witcher 5 and The Witcher 6, it was specifically asked if the game would release in three or more years. Kiciski later confirmed that this is accurate, which indicates that the earliest The Witcher 4 may release is 2025.
While 2025 is the earliest possible year for the release of the next Witcher game, it appears very likely that 2026 or later is a reasonable prediction.
Kiciski and the rest of CD Projekt have emphasised once more how far off The Witcher 4 is. It wouldn’t be at all surprising to see the title go further given that delays are also rather typical in the game development industry. Nevertheless, this statement at least helps Witcher fans understand how to get ready in the following months and years as more information about The Witcher 4 becomes available.
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