Will the Witcher 4 be an Origin Story?
Most of the video game industry continues to reel from the impacts of the pandemic; however, CD Projekt Red is thriving. Although the Polish developer delayed Cyberpunk 2077 until November, the year 2020 has been a resounding success. Rebounding sales of The Witcher 3 recently catapulted the franchise to over 50 million copies sold. The Netflix television adaptation also became a global phenomenon. The renowned action role-playing studio now faces a crossroads with its most important series. While another title in The Witcher saga is imminent, CD Projekt Red recently admitted that Geralt of Rivia’s tale is finished, which led to fan speculation for the installment. Last week, a surprise revelation from Netflix might have provided insight into the setting and narrative for The Witcher 4.
Moving Forward with Retrospect
During an interview with Bankier in 2018, CD Projekt Red CEO Adam Kiciński admitted the following:
The Witcher is one of two franchises on which to build the future activities of the company [CD Projekt Red]. Today, unfortunately, I cannot reveal anything more.Adam Kiciński
Earlier in the year, CD Projekt Red also promised that production of the next Witcher game would begin after the release of Cyberpunk 2077. According to the interview, Kiciński revealed that the studio had a “fairly clear concept that is waiting for further development”. The studio’s latest consolidated quarterly report for 2020 further emphasized the importance of The Witcher brand. The company admitted that “the most significant factors shaping the current results of the CD PROJEKT Group include the popularity of previously published games set in The Witcher universe.” By all indications, another installment in the series is forthcoming. The only question is the direction in which CD Projekt Red takes the franchise. Until now, fans had little indication; however, a recent tweet from Netflix offers an intriguing possibility.
The Witcher: Blood Origin will tell the back-story of the renowned monster slayers. Set 1,200 years before the events of Geralt of Rivia, Blood Origin promises to expand upon Andrzej Sapkowski’s critically acclaimed novels. The six-episode mini-series will go even further by broadening the scope of the Witcher universe. Blood Origin could possibly hint at the direction for the next video game installment.
While multiple outlets speculate that The Witcher 4 will expound upon Ciri or Jennefer’s lore, the staff at GamingROI believes that a prequel is the most logical. Although CD Projekt Red is unlikely to reveal any details in 2020, fans of The Witcher games can rest assured that a return is imminent.
But we want to know what you think. Do you think that CD Projekt Red is developing another Witcher game? Could the upcoming Netflix show The Witcher: Blood Origin be a hint for the next title? Do you also believe that The Witcher 4 will be a prequel? Let us know in the comments below or the social media links on the right. Also, be sure to check out our other news items on Activision, Final Fantasy VII Remake, Animal Crossing, Modern Warfare, and more.
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Going from Geralt to Ciri and Jennefer as main protagonists would be grave error which I hope CD project won’t commit.