CD Projekt’s next game is a new The Witcher title
Developer has already created a concept for new single-player project, says president
CD Projekt will work on a new The Witcher game after Cyberpunk 2077 is completed, according to group president Adam Kiciński.
Speaking to journalists at an event on Wednesday (via Eurogamer.PT), Kiciński reportedly said the company has already created a concept for the project, which will be a single-player game set in The Witcher universe.
The game will not, however, be called The Witcher 4, CD Projekt’s president reportedly told press.
Developer CD Projekt Red will split into three teams following the completion of Cyberpunk 2077, Kiciński explained; two larger teams working on DLC and the previously-announced online mode, and a smaller third team to start pre-production on the Witcher project.
Cyberpunk 2077 was recently delayed from April to September.
The Witcher has seen a boost in popularity recently on the back of a successful live-action Netflix series.
Netflix has claimed The Witcher is its biggest debut season for a TV show to date, and US physical sales of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt were reportedly up 554 percent year-on year following the show’s debut in December.
76 million member households “chose to watch” the fantasy show In the four weeks following its December 20 release, according to Netflix.
By this, it means “chose to watch and did watch for at least 2 minutes — long enough to indicate the choice was intentional.”
Book sales also saw a big increase in the US, according to NPD. During the two weeks following The Witcher’s premier on Netflix, US physical book revenue was said to be 562 percent higher than during the same period in 2018.
This increase in revenue was reportedly driven primarily by The Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher, a book that contains short stories from the fantasy world.
Netflix showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich has said she’s mapped out stories for seven seasons of the show that will take the franchise in a different direction to CD Projekt’s game series.
The Witcher season 2 entered production in London in February 2020, ahead of its planned release in 2021.
Netflix has also announced it’s making a Witcher anime film from the team behind the show, including Hissrich and writer Beau DeMayo.