The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was released in 2015, but it looks like fans will have to wait until the 10th anniversary for the sequel.
Fans have been clamouring for a sequel to the third Witcher game, Wild Hunt since it received rave reviews. Publisher CD Projekt Red announced the sequel in March 2022, which will use Unreal Engine 5. Previously, CDPR used REDengine for the Witcher games, but a release window for the fourth instalment was only recently given.
Adam Kicinski, President of CD Projekt Red, has announced that there will not just be a fourth Witcher game but a whole new trilogy.
The first game in the new trilogy will be codenamed Polaris, and Kicinski stated that the earliest release date will be 2025. The long wait is because CDPR is working on developing Unreal Engine 5 technology to work in the game series.
Kicinski feels that each new Witcher game should be expected in three years, which means that the fourth instalment is scheduled around the end of 2025, the fifth in 2028, and the sixth in 2031. However, these are rough estimates; for now, anything could change depending on the development of the game engine.
As for The Witcher 4’s release date, don’t expect it to be tied only to Epic Games’ launcher. CDPR CTO Pawel Zawodny said that while the two parties are working together, the game will not be part of an exclusive deal. In addition to more Witcher games, the publisher has announced that there will be a Cyberpunk 2077 sequel and a new intellectual property codenamed Hadar that will be made from scratch, but not many details were revealed.
Fans of The Witcher series can expect two more games in addition to the new trilogy.
CD Projekt Red has announced that studio The Molasses Flood will be making its own game focused more on a Witcher multiplayer, while an unnamed developer will be working on a Witcher game that is expected to be as long and substantial as the main entries in the series. This is welcome news for fans who thought Geralt’s adventures were over after CD Projekt Red announced in 2017 that he was unlikely to return.
All in all, the Witcher series has been around for 15 years and has sold more than 50 million copies across all releases. The main series has proved to be the most popular, although the six spin-offs, including Gwent, are popular in their own right.